April 1, 2015

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Indians: Confident Corey Kluber ready for Cy Young encore

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — It wasn’t just a surprise that Corey Kluber won the 2014 American League Cy Young award. This qualified as a shock — like the Browns winning the Super Bowl shock. Kluber, a stoic, unassuming 28-year-old right-hander was all but off the radar after failing to win a spot in the rotation out Read More…

Indians think they can contend in powerful Central Division

Cleveland Indians players take part in a spring training baseball practice, Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — In the past, when talk focused on the toughest divisions in baseball, rarely did the discussion turn to the American League Central. Times have changed. Though the Central hasn’t crowned a World Series champion since the White Sox in 2005, it has become one of the American League’s most powerful divisions, playing Read More…

Indians: Slugger Jason Giambi retiring after 20 seasons

Jason Giambi reacts after hitting a walk-off two-run home run against White Sox reliever Addison Reed in a game in 2013. Giambi announced his retirement Monday. (AP FILE PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi is calling it a career. In a move that was expected, Giambi, the 44-year-old slugger who played 20 seasons in the majors — the last two with the Indians — announced his retirement Monday. “I’ve done everything I possibly can in my career,” Giambi said in an exclusive interview with the Read More…

Indians pitcher Salazar involved in police investigation

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CLEVELAND – Indians pitcher Danny Salazar was investigated for involvement in a possible sexual assault complaint. The team confirmed knowledge of a police investigation Wednesday in a statement from general manager Chris Antonetti. “We are aware of an investigation involving Danny,” Antonetti said. “Since this potentially could become a legal matter, we won’t have any Read More…

Indians: 3B Urshela, LHP Ryan Merritt win minor league awards

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Third baseman Giovanny Urshela and LHP Ryan Merritt were named the Indians’ minor league players of the year on Monday. Urshela was the Lou Boudreau Award winner — top position player — while Merritt was the Bob Feller Award winner for top pitcher. Urshela, 23, split last season with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron, batting Read More…

Indians: Michael Brantley prepping for big 2015 season after breakout 2014

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CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley had a breakout season in 2014, establishing himself as one of the game’s best players by making the All-Star team for the first time and finishing third in American League MVP voting. So, how did the Indians’ left fielder reward himself this offseason for the finest year of his baseball existence? Read More…

Indians ace Corey Kluber named top professional athlete at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, middle, shakes teammate Michael Brantley’s hand after being named Professional Athlete of the Year at Thursday’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber wasn’t an All-Star this season, but there haven’t been many awards the right-hander hasn’t won since the Midsummer Classic in July. Kluber, the American League’s 2014 Cy Young Award winner, was recognized again Thursday night as the Professional Athlete of the Year at the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Read More…

Indians: Jason Kipnis has surgery on finger, expected to be ready for 2015 season

In this Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits an RBI-single off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. The team said Kipnis had the operation on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND – Injuries plagued Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis last year. Now, before the 2015 season has even gotten underway, the former All-Star is dealing with another health issue. The Indians announced Wednesday that Kipnis underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. The surgery was performed at the Cleveland Read More…

Indians sign Gavin Floyd, say his elbow is fine; four spots in rotation set

Veteran right-hander Gavin Floyd will join the Indians rotation after signing a one-year deal for a reported $4 million not including incentives. The Tribe says Floyd, who had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and suffered a broken elbow last year, is healthy. (AP file photo)

CLEVELAND — The Indians will enter spring training with four spots in the rotation already spoken for. Cleveland signed free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd, 31, to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million Tuesday. And according to general manager Chris Antonetti, Floyd, who has been plagued by elbow injuries the past two seasons, has a Read More…

Indians pick up power bat in trade for A’s Brandon Moss

Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss watches his three-run home run on Sept. 30 during the AL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

CLEVELAND — The Indians addressed the need for more power in their lineup. Now Brandon Moss has to provide it. Cleveland finalized a trade Monday — the first of the winter meetings — that has been in the works for weeks by acquiring Moss, a first baseman/outfielder and All-Star last season, from the Oakland Athletics Read More…