August 30, 2014

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David Murphy, Michael Brantley home runs lead Indians past Rangers

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley is hit with water from teammates as he reaches home plate after hitting a game-winning home run in the 12th inning against the Texas Rangers Sunday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — There were plenty of reasons to celebrate Sunday at Progressive Field, but the biggest party was most definitely reserved for Indians outfielder David Murphy. On his daughter Madison’s birthday, Murphy loomed large in all phases of a 4-3 sweep-clinching win over the Rangers, providing his biggest present with a two-run, game-tying home run Read More…

Indians notes: Reliever Nick Hagadone on track this season

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Nick Hagadone throws against the Minnesota Twins on July 23 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

CLEVELAND — Indians fans normally cringe when relief pitcher Nick Hagadone enters the game, but a closer look reveals the left-hander has actually been pretty effective this season. In 15 appearances on the big league level, Hagadone has allowed just three earned runs over 11⅓ innings. He’s been especially effective since being recalled from Triple-A Read More…

Pitching carries the night as Indians shut out Rangers

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher T.J. House delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — The Indians didn’t do a whole lot offensively Saturday at Progressive Field, but with top-shelf pitching the entire night, it didn’t matter. Cleveland scored twice in the sixth inning and let its pitching do the rest in a 2-0 victory over the Rangers in front of 28,285 fans. Left-hander T.J. House rejoined the Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Get over it, Jim Thome deserves a statue

Former Cleveland Indian Jim Thome stands with a statue dedicated to him inside Progressive Field before an Indians baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — Not sure I understand all the grousing from fans and the majority of my fellow comrades in the media over erecting a statue for longtime slugger Jim Thome, one of the greatest and most beloved players in Indians history. The guy was drafted by the team, spent the first 11½ seasons of his Read More…

Indians’ offense in full gear in series-opening win over Rangers

Cleveland Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton talks after being honored for 25 years of broadcasting, before the Indians' baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Friday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — The Indians honored longtime radio announcer Tom Hamilton for his 25 years of service prior to Friday night’s game at Progressive Field. Then they went out and kept Hamilton’s vocal chords busy throughout a 12-2 throttling of the last-place Rangers in the opener of a three-game series. All cylinders were pumping for Cleveland’s Read More…

Indians notes: McAllister removed from rotation, heading to Columbus

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister delivers against the Seattle Mariners Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Zach McAllister has taken another step back in his progression as a big league starting pitcher. The right-hander, who began the season well — 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA over his first four starts  — was designated for assignment prior to the series opener with Texas on Friday. It came on the heels Read More…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber takes over as ace

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — T.J. House will replace Justin Masterson in the rotation, but right-hander Corey Kluber will take over as the Indians’ ace now that Masterson has been traded. Truth be told, Kluber had earned the title long before Masterson was dealt to the Cardinals on Wednesday. He has been one of the American League’s best Read More…

Indians: Justin Masterson traded to St. Louis for prospect


CLEVELAND — After his discount long-term contract offer was rejected this spring, Justin Masterson probably felt his days in Cleveland were numbered. Wednesday, the Indians traded the right-hander to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder James Ramsey, bringing an end to Masterson’s tenure with the Tribe — a stint that began when Cleveland Read More…

Trevor Bauer struggles, Indians offense provides little support as Mariners spoil first game back

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, right, talks with catcher Yan Gomes in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — A return to Progressive Field following a lengthy road trip did not provide relief for the Indians on Tuesday night. Cleveland, one of the majors’ top teams at home this season, couldn’t continue the trend in the series opener with Seattle, dropping a 5-2 decision in front of just 15,713 fans. For one Read More…

Indians notes: Terry Francona not sure buying is best idea at trading deadline

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona isn’t begging general manager Chris Antonetti for reinforcements as Thursday’s trading deadline approaches. “What we need to be geared for is to play good baseball, and if something happens, something happens,” said Francona, whose third-place team trails the first-place Tigers by 6½ games in the Central Division and are five Read More…