August 27, 2014

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Late HR lifts Royals, sends Indians to fifth loss in six games

Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler celebrates with Salvador Perez after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second straight game, Cleveland reliever John Axford gave up the winning hit. Billy Butler’s two-run, two-out, eighth-inning, pinch homer off Axford was the difference in the Kansas City Royals’ 6-4 victory over the Indians on Friday night. On Thursday, Nori Aoki punched a RBI-single in the 14th inning off Read More…

Kluber good, Tribe is far from perfect

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nori Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on Thursday night. Cain opened the 14th with an infield single and stole second before Aoki Read More…

Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher lead way as Indians top Twins

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana lays down a bunt single in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians hope struggling Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher continue to hit like they did Tuesday night. Having Danny Salazar pitch like he did won’t hurt either. Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits and Salazar won in his first start in more than two months as the Indians beat the Read More…

One bad slider spoils Indians’ comeback against Twins

Cleveland Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw retrieves a new ball after giving up a solo home run to Minnesota Twins' Josh Willingham in the eighth inning Monday in Minneapolis. The Twins won 4-3, and Shaw took the loss. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians were mounting another comeback, and the bullpen was holding strong. Just one off-target slider was the end of that, when Josh Willingham’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory Monday night. Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Read More…

Santana’s hit in 9th gives Indians doubleheader sweep over Tigers

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley greets teammates after scoring on a three-run double by teammate Carlos Santana. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians are rolling out of the All-Star break, cutting into Detroit’s previously comfortable lead in the AL Central. Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night that sealed a sweep Read More…

Jason Kipnis hits two HRs as Indians rally past Tigers

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DETROIT — Jason Kipnis sprinted around the bases after hitting each of his two homers, forgetting how it felt to trot after hitting the ball well enough to clear the fences. Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer and added a solo shot in the ninth to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Read More…

Indians 7, White Sox 4: Replay review provides chance, and Tribe opens series with a win

Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera, right, argues with second base umpire Dan Iassogna after he was called out stealing second base against the Chicago White Sox. The Indians appealed and Cabrera was ruled safe after a replay review. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers carried the day, but the night belonged to the Indians. Keeping the excitement going from one of the most memorable events in Cleveland sports history, the Indians opened a three-game series against Central Division rival Chicago with a resounding 7-4 victory at Progressive Field. Lonnie Read More…

Indians Notes: T.J. House optioned to minors, but still in rotation

Cleveland Indians' starting pitcher T.J. House delivers in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — T.J. House was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, but the left-hander has not been removed from the rotation. With the All-Star break coming Monday through Thursday and the Indians not needing a full starting staff, House (1-2, 4.40 ERA) was replaced on the 25-man roster by Clippers reliever Austin Adams. House, who Read More…

Indians 9, Yankees 3: Roberto Perez homers in major league debut as Tribe rallies late

Indians catcher Roberto Perez watches his two-run homer in his major league debut Thursday during a 9-3 win over the Yankees. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Roberto Perez knows how to make a good first impression. Called up from the minors Tuesday, Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut to help spark a late rally and lead the Cleveland Indians to a 9-3 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night. “I still can’t believe Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona leads majors with 318 pitching changes in 90 games

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CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona loves to use his bullpen, making a major league-high 318 pitching changes over the first 90 games. Not surprisingly, three Tribe relievers rank among the top five in the American League in appearances. Cody Allen and Marc Rzepczynski are tied for second with 44 and Bryan Shaw is fifth Read More…