April 23, 2014

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Indians notes: Times are changing for Tribe

Balloons fly during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Times are changing for the Indians. “It’s not the same,” first baseman Nick Swisher said of the national perception of Cleveland’s baseball team. “I can even go off when I came here when I was with other teams. It was always fun for me to come over here, but you always knew if Read More…

Indians: Fans, team ready to celebrate home opener today

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CLEVELAND — If weather permits, there will be a raucous celebration at Progressive Field today similar to the party held there the last time the Indians were in town. A sellout crowd is expected for Cleveland’s home opener at 3:05 p.m. against Minnesota, as Tribe fans welcome back their team from a successful three-game series Read More…

Indians salvage doubleheader split with ninth-inning rally in nightcap

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley celebrates with Elliot Johnson, Mike Aviles and Asdrubal Cabrera after the last out against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday. The Indians won 6-4. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Michael Brantley gets to head home celebrating a game-winning hit instead of dwelling on a rare error. Brantley atoned for a dropped fly ball by hitting a two-run single in the ninth inning off new Oakland closer Jim Johnson that helped the Cleveland Indians salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader with Read More…

Tribe, ex-Indian Scott Kazmir face off today in day-night doubleheader after rainout

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Scott Kazmir will have to wait at least one more day to make his debut for the Oakland Athletics and pitch against his former team. It’s not exactly the kind of doubleheader he had planned. The game between the A’s and Cleveland Indians was postponed because of rain Tuesday night. It was Read More…

Indians 2, A’s 0: Tribe scores 2 in 9th, opens season with close victory

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Nyjer Morgan hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning against new Athletics closer Jim Johnson and the Cleveland Indians sent Oakland to its major league-record 10th straight opening loss with a 2-0 victory Monday night. Nick Swisher added an RBI single against Johnson (0-1), who was then pulled from his Read More…

Indians catcher Yan Gomes on signing extension: ‘There’s not another place I would want to be’

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes watches from the dugout Monday in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Catcher Yan Gomes finds no issues in making a long-term commitment to the Cleveland Indians. He is confident the franchise’s strides in a turnaround 2013 season will carry over to future success starting this season. Gomes and the Indians completed a $23 million, six-year contract Monday after his breakout performance last season. Read More…

A day like no other: Indians excited to start the season

Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher does a little bat tapping around the batting cage Saturday in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

CLEVELAND — It’s an event like no other for baseball players and fans: Opening Day. For the Indians, it’s actually Opening Night, with Cleveland beginning its quest to return to the postseason for the second straight year at 10:05 p.m. against the A’s at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. “It’s one of the best days,” Read More…

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

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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…