October 20, 2014

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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…

Arthroscopic surgery on both knees ends disappointing season for Indians’ Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher

CLEVELAND — Another unproductive and injury-plagued season will come to an end prematurely for Indians first baseman Nick Swisher. Swisher, who was batting a career-low .208 with only eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games, underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees Wednesday in Los Angeles. He had been on the disabled list with Read More…

Rookie Tyler Holt helps Indians rally past Twins

Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, left, and right fielder Tyler Holt celebrate after the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-5 in a baseball game Tuesday. Holt, who came in as a pinch-hitter, drove in two runs with a sixth inning double and also scored a run. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — Tyler Holt arrived at Target Field 25 minutes before the first pitch. The Cleveland Indians’ rookie had a quick bite to eat, took a few swings in the batting cage and then got the biggest hit of his young career. Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run, Holt hit a go-ahead Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe signs veteran reliever Scott Atchison

Scott Atchison

The Indians signed veteran right-handed reliever Scott Atchison to a contract for next season. Atchison’s deal, which was finalized Tuesday, includes a team option for 2016. Financial terms were not immediately available. The 38-year-old Atchison has been major contributor out of Cleveland’s bullpen this season, posting a 6-0 record and a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances. Read More…

Orioles 4, Indians 1: Tribe can’t complete sweep of division leaders

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Kyle Crockett, right, reacts as Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Schoop, left, runs the bases after a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — A productive homestand ended with the Indians being not so productive Sunday at Progressive Field. With a chance to sweep the American League East Division-leading Orioles, Cleveland instead settled for a three-game series win, managing just two hits in a 4-1 loss in front of 22,564 fans. The Indians, who went 3-2 in Read More…

Carlos Carrasco shines in Indians’ win over Orioles

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco has frustrated managers and pitching coaches since breaking into the big leagues in 2009. Now in his sixth year with the Indians, he finally appears to be on the right track. Carrasco tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday night, allowing three hits without a walk, as the Tribe cruised to a 6-0 Read More…