July 25, 2014

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Is former Indians great Omar Vizquel worthy of Cooperstown? Oh, yeah, there’s no doubt about it

Former Cleveland Indians player Omar Vizquel throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Indians Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Omar Vizquel was inducted into the Indians’ Hall of Fame prior to Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Next stop, Cooperstown? Vizquel’s Hall of Fame worth will undoubtedly be debated by plenty at random points throughout the next four years until the 11-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time All-Star will be eligible to take his Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Brantley returns to lineup

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley watches his two-run double off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Smith in the ninth inning Sunday in Cleveland. The Indians lost 10-4. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley is back in lineup, and manager Terry Francona couldn’t be happier. “He means so much to what we’re doing, so to have him back is nice,” Francona said of Brantley, the Indians’ top All-Star candidate, who entered Saturday batting .326 and a team-high 11 home runs and 46 RBIs in 70 Read More…

Late rally not enough as Indians fall to Tigers

Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall, top, tags out Detroit Tigers' Don Kelly after Kelly tried to steal third base in the third inning of a baseball game on Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ offense waited too long to get going Friday night at Progressive Field. Deposed closer John Axford didn’t help matters, either. With three-time defending Central Division champion Detroit in town for the opener of a three-game series and with the crowd at Progressive Field (33,545 fans) as big as it had been Read More…

Indians notes: Vinnie Pestano back, says his velocity is, too

CLEVELAND — Fan favorite and former elite setup man Vinnie Pestano is back in the big leagues. With the Indians not needing a fifth starter until July 1, right-hander Zach McAllister, who was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday. Pestano, who was demoted to the minors after struggling Read More…

Indians notes: Zach McAllister’s return pushed back

Cleveland Indians starting pitchers, from left, Trevor Bauer, Zach McAllister, Justin Masterson and Corey Kluber watch from the dugout Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Wednesday’s rainout will delay right-hander Zach McAllister’s return to the rotation. McAllister was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and was scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale, but the Indians elected to move their rotation back once Wednesday’s game was postponed. That means McAllister, who has been sidelined since May 22 with a Read More…

Bro-dacious victory: Struggling Nick Swisher lifts Indians past Angels with walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning

Nick Swisher

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher didn’t have a whole lot of bros in the Progressive Field crowd when he strutted to the plate Thursday afternoon with the game on the line in the 10th inning. When the at-bat of the Indians’ $15-million man was complete, however, he had plenty of friends. Booed for going hitless and Read More…

Indians notes: Zach McAllister back; Josh Outman out

Zach McAllister

CLEVELAND — The Indians activated Zach McAllister from the disabled list Wednesday, designating left-handed reliever Josh Outman for assignment. McAllister, who has been sidelined since May 22 with a lower-back strain, was expected to be added to the 25-man roster today, but with Cleveland’s bullpen taxed, he was activated in case he was needed in Read More…

Michael Brantley diagnosed with concussion, but manager says Indians star could be back in action as early as Saturday

Los Angeles Angels shortstop John McDonald leap frogs Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley after throwing to first to complete a double play on Jason Kipnis Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, Terry Francona confirmed Wednesday night, but the Indians manager said it was possible Cleveland’s left fielder could return to the lineup Saturday. “You can bet that if he’s playing Saturday, then he’s fine, because that’s the last thing we want to do is run Read More…

Angels slugger Mike Trout’s two home runs loom large in Indians’ two winning streaks coming to an end

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout is greeted by bench coach Dino Ebel after Trout's solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Something fishy was going on at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. Indians starter Josh Tomlin had his worst performance of the season, the Cleveland batters couldn’t figure out rookie starter Matt Shoemaker and Angels center fielder Mike Trout continued his torrid pace at the plate with a pair of monster home runs during Read More…

Indians Notes: Tribe signs 4 draft picks

CLEVELAND — While the Indians were expected to introduce first-round draft pick Justus Sheffield, who signed with the team Monday night, the Tuesday news conference turned into a party as three other top prospects signed with the team and filed into the interview room. Sitting next to Sheffield — the 31st overall pick and a Read More…