December 22, 2014

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Tribe downs Royals in 11th inning

Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes is safe with an RBI double as Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante gets a late throw. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s getting very crowded at the top of the AL Central. The surging Cleveland Indians have turned the division into one of baseball’s best playoff races. Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had an RBI single in the 11th inning, leading the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the sliding Kansas Read More…

Carlos Santana stays hot against Kansas City as Indians pick up big win over Royals

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Once again, Carlos Santana was a huge hit in Kansas City. Santana, who homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month, hit a two-run homer as the Cleveland Indians topped the Royals 6-1 Friday night. The loss cut the Royals’ lead to a half-game over Detroit in the Read More…

Indians edge White Sox, feel confident heading into big series with first-place Royals

Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring on a single hit by Michael Brantley against the Chicago White Sox Thursday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — Michael Bourn and the Cleveland Indians are feeling pretty good heading into a big series with Kansas City. Bourn had two triples among his three hits, leading Carlos Carrasco and the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. Cleveland took two of three from scuffling Chicago and Read More…

White Sox 3, Indians 2: Kluber, Tribe lose in Chicago

Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber, left, is taken out of the game by manager Terry Francona during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — It seems hard to say Corey Kluber appears to be tiring when the Indians’ ace right-hander allowed only three runs Wednesday night. But the American League Cy Young Award candidate was so dominant through 26 starts this season that a 32-pitch inning against the Chicago White Sox felt like a warning sign. Especially Read More…

Rookies provide winning in touch in Indians’ walk-off win over Astros

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez is swarmed by teammates after hitting the game-winning single in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday in Cleveland. The Indians won 3-2. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — The future looked bright Saturday for the Indians at Progressive Field. Getting production from a number of young players — most notably right-hander Danny Salazar and shortstop Jose Ramirez — Cleveland notched a needed victory, turning back the Astros 3-2. The win came in walk-off fashion, with Ramirez slashing a one-out single to Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Indians still in contention for playoff spot, but …

CLEVELAND — It’s a good thing another Browns season is upon us, and that the Cavaliers’ LeBron James is back on his royal throne in Cleveland, because this Indians season is over. Don’t really care that through Friday the Central Division standings indicated the Indians were only seven games out of first place. And, yeah, Read More…

Indians sloppy on bases and in field, drop series opener against Astros

Houston Astros' Dexter Fowler is tagged out by Cleveland Indians third baseman Mike Aviles in a rundown between third and home in the ninth inning Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Indians got another top-shelf effort from a starting pitcher Friday night in the series opener against Houston. Unfortunately for them, they also got another bottom-feeding performance from their offense and defense. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitched well but was pretty much forced to go it alone in a 5-1 loss to the fourth-place Read More…

Indians notes: Catcher Yan Gomes sustains mild concussion

Yan Gomes

CLEVELAND — Doctors believe Yan Gomes sustained a mild concussion Thursday, but the Indians aren’t planning to put the catcher on the seven-day concussion list yet. “He’s feeling a lot better,” manager Terry Francona said of Gomes, who sustained the injury in the fifth inning of a 4-1 loss in the series finale at Minnesota. Read More…

Corey Kluber far from sharp, but offense provides little help as Indians fall to Twins

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber tosses the ball as Minnesota Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas, left, rounds the vases on a solo home run in the fourth inning Thursday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — Corey Kluber has pitched so well for Cleveland this summer he’s put himself in the conversation about the American League Cy Young Award. On a so-so afternoon for the right-handed rock of the rotation, the Indians didn’t help him out. Kennys Vargas homered and sparked rallies with two other hits, leading the Minnesota Read More…

Mike Aviles, T.J. House lead way as Indians shut out Twins

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles, right, rounds the bases on his solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday in Minneapolis. Aviles had two RBIs as the Indians won 5-0. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Aviles didn’t know his numbers against Ricky Nolasco going into Wednesday night’s game. But he’s glad his manager did. Aviles homered among his three hits and drove in two runs, and rookie T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, combining with four relievers to pitch the Cleveland Indians past the Read More…