April 24, 2014

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Indians: Carlos Carrasco given 5th spot in rotation

Carlos Carrasco

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…

Cavs hang on to defeat Raptors despite letting big lead slip away, making potentially costly mistake

The Cavs' Tristan Thompson throws down two of his 15 points Tuesday night at The Q. He also had 13 rebounds. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers get a pardon for forgetting how to play with a gigantic lead, but they’ve used all their mulligans when it comes to botched inbounds plays. In the end, however, Cleveland overcame both Tuesday to hold on for a 102-100 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. “That’s a game, Read More…

Indians’ Mike Aviles has the talent, versatility and team-first attitude to be the perfect role player

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles jogs home after a solo home run off. Aviles' ability to play just about any position keeps his spot on the roster secure. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — After infielder Mike Aviles started in center field March 16 against the Chicago Cubs, he had a brief conversation with Indians manager Terry Francona. The exchange Aviles recounted revealed his willingness to do anything to help his team, even though he wasn’t sure he’d met Francona’s standards. “How did you feel?” Francona asked Read More…

Indians center fielder Michael Bourn to open season on disabled list

Michael Bourn (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will start the season on the disabled list because of a tight left hamstring, though he could return the first week. The Indians will put Bourn on the DL before their opener March 31 at Oakland. The move can be made retroactive and sideline him for Read More…

Indians cut veteran Jeff Francoeur despite solid camp, say versatile infielder-outfielder Elliot Johnson just better fit

Jeff Francoeur

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians released outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Saturday. The Indians signed the 30-year-old to a minor league free-agent contract on Jan. 6 and invited him to major league training camp. Francoeur had 35 at-bats with the Indians this spring, hitting .286 with one home run and 10 RBI. But the Indians also Read More…

Indians: Ace Justin Masterson, organization remain open to possible contract extension, but talks are suspended

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring exhibition baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP file photo/Chris Carlson)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians are going down a familiar path with a star pitcher. Cleveland has suspended talks on a contract extension with ace Justin Masterson, agreeing that it’s time to focus on the upcoming season. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Friday that the club made a “very competitive” offer to Masterson, but Read More…

Indians break off contract talks with Masterson


CLEVELAND — Apparently Justin Masterson didn’t make the Indians an offer they couldn’t refuse. Multiple reports broke Thursday night that contract negotiations between Masterson and the Indians had broken down. Masterson, an All-Star for the first time in his career last season, and his agent Randy Rowley, were reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth $51 Read More…

Tough outing: Carlos Carrasco struggles as Indians fall to A’s

Carlos Carrasco

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — This wasn’t what the Indians or Carlos Carrasco wanted to see. The Indians lost to the Oakland Athletics 13-3 on Wednesday, but more troubling was the performance of Carrasco, who is trying to earn the final spot in the Indians’ rotation. Carrasco followed starter Danny Salazar and inherited a 3-0 lead. But Read More…

Indians: Mental toughness is Cody Allen’s strong point

Cleveland Indians' Cody Allen delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in a spring exhibition game Friday in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

MESA, Ariz. — In just one season at High Point University, Indians reliever Cody Allen felt what mental toughness means. His coach, Craig Cozart, put the Panthers through brutal conditioning drills. Allen still recalls the first day of fall workouts, when Cozart made them run 1½ miles in less than 10 minutes. “I’m not exactly Read More…

Reds rally in ninth inning to edge Indians

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws out Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce on a bunt. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Minor league outfielder Steve Selsky doubled in two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Cincinnati Reds, who bounced back from blowing a three-run lead and rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Monday. Indians minor league pitcher Tyler Guuilmet gave up singles to Argenis Diaz and Ramon Read More…