April 19, 2014

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Indians: Catcher Yan Gomes agrees to six-year, $23 million deal

San Diego Padres' Chase Headley tags home plate ahead of the tag by Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

CLEVELAND — Yan Gomes didn’t need long to prove to the Indians he was worth keeping around for a while. Following a breakout season in 2013, the catcher has agreed to terms with Cleveland on a multiyear contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday. Gomes batted .294 with 11 Read More…

Former Indians first baseman Ryan Garko happy to be coaching and back at Stanford

New Stanford assistant baseball coach Ryan Garko poses at the Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

STANFORD, Calif. — When Ryan Garko played at Stanford, he hung on every word Barry Bonds offered about hitting as the eventual home run king trained and took his swings on campus alongside the college kids and a few other pros. Now it is Garko sharing some of those very tips, and also his own, Read More…

Indians: Carlos Carrasco given 5th spot in rotation

Carlos Carrasco

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians have their fifth starter. Carlos Carrasco earned the final spot in the starting rotation. The Indians said Wednesday that Carrasco will start April 5 against Minnesota. Cleveland chose Carrasco over Josh Tomlin. Carrasco joins Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar in the rotation. The 27-year-old Carrasco made Read More…

Cavs hang on to defeat Raptors despite letting big lead slip away, making potentially costly mistake

The Cavs' Tristan Thompson throws down two of his 15 points Tuesday night at The Q. He also had 13 rebounds. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers get a pardon for forgetting how to play with a gigantic lead, but they’ve used all their mulligans when it comes to botched inbounds plays. In the end, however, Cleveland overcame both Tuesday to hold on for a 102-100 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. “That’s a game, Read More…

Indians’ Mike Aviles has the talent, versatility and team-first attitude to be the perfect role player

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles jogs home after a solo home run off. Aviles' ability to play just about any position keeps his spot on the roster secure. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — After infielder Mike Aviles started in center field March 16 against the Chicago Cubs, he had a brief conversation with Indians manager Terry Francona. The exchange Aviles recounted revealed his willingness to do anything to help his team, even though he wasn’t sure he’d met Francona’s standards. “How did you feel?” Francona asked Read More…

Indians center fielder Michael Bourn to open season on disabled list

Michael Bourn (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will start the season on the disabled list because of a tight left hamstring, though he could return the first week. The Indians will put Bourn on the DL before their opener March 31 at Oakland. The move can be made retroactive and sideline him for Read More…

Indians cut veteran Jeff Francoeur despite solid camp, say versatile infielder-outfielder Elliot Johnson just better fit

Jeff Francoeur

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians released outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Saturday. The Indians signed the 30-year-old to a minor league free-agent contract on Jan. 6 and invited him to major league training camp. Francoeur had 35 at-bats with the Indians this spring, hitting .286 with one home run and 10 RBI. But the Indians also Read More…

Indians: Ace Justin Masterson, organization remain open to possible contract extension, but talks are suspended

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring exhibition baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP file photo/Chris Carlson)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians are going down a familiar path with a star pitcher. Cleveland has suspended talks on a contract extension with ace Justin Masterson, agreeing that it’s time to focus on the upcoming season. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Friday that the club made a “very competitive” offer to Masterson, but Read More…

Indians break off contract talks with Masterson

Masterson

CLEVELAND — Apparently Justin Masterson didn’t make the Indians an offer they couldn’t refuse. Multiple reports broke Thursday night that contract negotiations between Masterson and the Indians had broken down. Masterson, an All-Star for the first time in his career last season, and his agent Randy Rowley, were reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth $51 Read More…

Tough outing: Carlos Carrasco struggles as Indians fall to A’s

Carlos Carrasco

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — This wasn’t what the Indians or Carlos Carrasco wanted to see. The Indians lost to the Oakland Athletics 13-3 on Wednesday, but more troubling was the performance of Carrasco, who is trying to earn the final spot in the Indians’ rotation. Carrasco followed starter Danny Salazar and inherited a 3-0 lead. But Read More…