September 19, 2014

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Arthroscopic surgery on both knees ends disappointing season for Indians’ Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher

CLEVELAND — Another unproductive and injury-plagued season will come to an end prematurely for Indians first baseman Nick Swisher. Swisher, who was batting a career-low .208 with only eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games, underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees Wednesday in Los Angeles. He had been on the disabled list with Read More…

Rookie Tyler Holt helps Indians rally past Twins

Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, left, and right fielder Tyler Holt celebrate after the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-5 in a baseball game Tuesday. Holt, who came in as a pinch-hitter, drove in two runs with a sixth inning double and also scored a run. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — Tyler Holt arrived at Target Field 25 minutes before the first pitch. The Cleveland Indians’ rookie had a quick bite to eat, took a few swings in the batting cage and then got the biggest hit of his young career. Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run, Holt hit a go-ahead Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe signs veteran reliever Scott Atchison

Scott Atchison

The Indians signed veteran right-handed reliever Scott Atchison to a contract for next season. Atchison’s deal, which was finalized Tuesday, includes a team option for 2016. Financial terms were not immediately available. The 38-year-old Atchison has been major contributor out of Cleveland’s bullpen this season, posting a 6-0 record and a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances. Read More…

Orioles 4, Indians 1: Tribe can’t complete sweep of division leaders

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Kyle Crockett, right, reacts as Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Schoop, left, runs the bases after a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — A productive homestand ended with the Indians being not so productive Sunday at Progressive Field. With a chance to sweep the American League East Division-leading Orioles, Cleveland instead settled for a three-game series win, managing just two hits in a 4-1 loss in front of 22,564 fans. The Indians, who went 3-2 in Read More…

Carlos Carrasco shines in Indians’ win over Orioles

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco has frustrated managers and pitching coaches since breaking into the big leagues in 2009. Now in his sixth year with the Indians, he finally appears to be on the right track. Carrasco tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday night, allowing three hits without a walk, as the Tribe cruised to a 6-0 Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Bourn returns to outfield, leadoff spot in lineup

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn hits a sacrifice bunt off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Center fielder Michael Bourn returned to his familiar spot atop the Indians’ batting order on Saturday night. The two-time National League All-Star had been on the disabled list from July 6-Aug. 14 with a strained left hamstring, but declared the injury completely healed. “I feel good and I’m ready to play,” Bourn said Read More…

Indians walk off with another win, down Baltimore on Mike Aviles’ home run in the 11th

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles is mobbed by teammates after Aviles hit a game-winning solo home run off Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz in the eleventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, in Cleveland. The Indians defeated the Orioles 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber put the Indians in position for a victory, but needed Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison to finish the job. Aviles led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a homer onto the left-field porch, giving the Tribe a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. The walk-off home Read More…

Indians: Former closer John Axford claimed off waivers by Pirates

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, left, takes relief pitcher John Axford out of the game against the Minnesota Twins. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — John Axford’s days are done in Cleveland. The deposed closer, who lost his job shortly into the season, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The Pirates reportedly will be responsible for the remainder — a little more than $1 million — of the $4.5 million salary Axford is earning Read More…

Indians split doubleheader against Arizona with thrilling win, shutout loss

The Diamondbacks’ Andrew Chafin, a Wakeman resident and Western Reserve grad, threw five shutout innings in his major league debut in the second game. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians played two Wednesday night at Progressive Field. It was one too many. After a dramatic 3-2 win in the opening game of a traditional doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, Cleveland limped to an agonizing defeat in the nightcap, going scoreless through 12 innings of a 1-0 loss. The long day — seven Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Bourn set for activation; Nick Swisher seeking second opinion

Michael Bourn

CLEVELAND — Michael Bourn (left hamstring strain) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Friday, while Nick Swisher is headed in a different direction. Bourn, who has been sidelined since July 6 — his second stint on the injured list with a left hamstring issue — is expected to play Friday and Saturday, Read More…