May 7, 2015

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Indians have big day planned for home opener

CLEVELAND — Progressive Field underwent a facelift this offseason, and Tribe fans will get their first look today when the Indians face four-time defending Central Division champion Detroit in the home opener. As usual, a sell-out crowd is expected to flock to Cleveland’s park — tickets were gone in 11 minutes on the first day Read More…

Santana gets birthday blast to help Indians beat Astros

HOUSTON — Carlos Santana is beginning to develop a knack for hitting home runs on his birthday. Santana celebrated his 29th birthday in style Wednesday night, hitting a solo homer to help the Indians to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros. It’s the third home run he’s hit on his birthday after knocking two Read More…

Indians: Carlos Carrasco rewarded for maturity, signs four-year, $22 million extension

CLEVELAND — The powerful arm was always apparent, and so was Carlos Carrasco’s potential. When they merged last season, the Indians believed they had another quality starter for the future. Carrasco finalized a $22 million, four-year contract on Tuesday, a day before he makes his season debut against Houston and two days after the Indians Read More…

Corey Kluber has strong outing, but Indians can’t muster any offense, drop season opener to Astros

HOUSTON — Corey Kluber pretty much picked up right where he left off in his Cy Young season. That still wasn’t enough for the Cleveland Indians. Kluber didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning, but the Indians were outdone Monday night by Dallas Keuchel and timely Houston hitting in a 2-0 win by the Read More…

Indians brass thrilled with Progressive Field renovation

CLEVELAND — Like an excited little kid, Indians president Mark Shapiro couldn’t wait to show off the new seats next to the relocated bullpens inside Progressive Field. “Check those out,” Shapiro said, smiling and pointing toward three rows of seats in front of the Indians’ bullpen and behind the outfield wall. “There’s nothing like it Read More…

Indians: Young rotation at forefront of Tribe’s chances

The Indians don’t have a power-packed lineup. There’s no Miguel Cabrera or David Ortiz swinging the lumber in the middle of Cleveland’s batting order. That didn’t stop many respected media members — some of them former big leaguers — from picking the Indians to win the Central Division. What the Indians are projected to possess Read More…

Indians: 5 reasons why, 5 reasons why not

5 reasons … the indians will win the central division 1.     A rotation that was one of baseball’s best throughout the second half of last season continues the trend for the whole season, with defending Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber proving that 2014 was far from a fluke. Pitching wins pennants, and the Read More…

2015 Predictions: Tribe falls short, Dodgers win World Series

American League CENTRAL DIVISION 1. Detroit Tigers: If it’s getting old seeing these guys atop the standings, imagine what it’s like for their division rivals. 2. Chicago White Sox: The South Siders’ active offseason, adding All-Stars Melky Cabrera and Jeff Smardzija among others, pays off with their first playoff trip since 2008. 3. Cleveland Indians: Read More…

MLB PREVIEW: Indians up for lead role in Central casting

Pick up a copy of today's Chronicle, which includes this story and many others in the MLB preview special section.

The Detroit Tigers are, well, the Detroit Tigers. Kings of the Central Division as four-time defending champion, and returning for 2015 with two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera, a stacked lineup and a top-shelf rotation, even without Max Scherzer. The Kansas City Royals, young sleepers for years, are coming off a fairy-tale season after finally Read More…

New season, new deal: Indians ace Corey Kluber opens season tonight vs. Astros, then plans to stick around awhile

CLEVELAND — When the Indians take the field tonight in Houston, they won’t only be celebrating the start of a new baseball season. Cleveland made it official Easter Sunday, announcing that it had agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with defending Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Reports surfaced Saturday night that Kluber Read More…