September 20, 2014

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Indians notes: Michael Bourn set for activation; Nick Swisher seeking second opinion

Michael Bourn

CLEVELAND — Michael Bourn (left hamstring strain) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Friday, while Nick Swisher is headed in a different direction. Bourn, who has been sidelined since July 6 — his second stint on the injured list with a left hamstring issue — is expected to play Friday and Saturday, Read More…

Indians, Diamondbacks rained out, will play traditional doubleheader Wednesday

Indians' Jason Kipnis slides on the tarp after the game between the Indians and the Arizona Diamondbacks was postponed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Blame it on the rain. The series opener Tuesday night between the Indians and Diamondbacks at Progressive Field was postponed by inclement weather. That means the two interleague rivals will play a traditional doubleheader today, with the opening game scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. Trevor Bauer (4-7, Read More…

Indians notes: David Murphy likely out four to six weeks; Nick Swisher may be headed for surgery

David Murphy hits the winning three-run double Sunday in the sixth inning against Toronto.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — There was bad news for the Indians on the injury front Tuesday. David Murphy is expected to miss the next four to five weeks with a right oblique strain, while Nick Swisher could be headed for surgery on his right knee. Both players were placed on the disabled list Sunday. The Indians announced Read More…

Indians blank Yankees but injuries to key players cause concern

Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall, left, congratulates teammate Jose Ramirez at home plate after Chisenhall scored on a two-run home run by Ramirez. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NEW YORK — Right-hander Corey Kluber continued his roll, rookie shortstop Jose Ramirez hit his first major league homer (with his parents in town from the Dominican Republic) and the Indians picked up a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd in Yankee Stadium. But the good feelings Read More…

Indians come up empty against Reds, suffer 3rd straight loss

Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier steals second base as Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis drops the ball. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI — The Indians remain stuck in place. Homer Bailey pitched seven innings to end his losing streak against Cleveland, and Billy Hamilton had an RBI triple and scored a run Thursday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory. The Reds won three of four in the annual intrastate series, splitting two games Read More…

Indians unveil renovations to Progressive Field

Mark Shapiro

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are making extensive renovations to 20-year-old Progressive Field, a move that team officials say will improve the fan experience but will reduce capacity at the downtown ballpark by about 5,000 seats. Team President Mark Shapiro said at a news conference Thursday that the planned changes are the result of Read More…

Indians to renovate Progressive Field

Indians Ballpark Renovation Baseball

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians plan an extensive renovation of Progressive Field over the next two years, remodeling the 20-year-old downtown ballpark to better connect with their fans. The club intends to make interior and exterior modifications to the area stretching from center to right field, a person familiar with the plans confirmed for The Read More…

Reds down Indians as bottom of order gets best of Danny Salazar

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar throws against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

CINCINNATI — Danny Salazar handled the top of Cincinnati’s batting order. It was the bottom that caught up with him. Zack Cozart hit a three-run homer off the left-field foul pole, Kristopher Negron added a two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians opened a five-game road trip with an 8-3 loss to the Reds on Wednesday Read More…

Reds get revenge as Johnny Cueto shuts down Indians

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws to first to drive back Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Reds choked on a stifling pitching performance from the Indians’ ace Monday. Tuesday night, it was Cleveland’s turn. Doing little offensively against Cincinnati’s All-Star right-hander Johnny Cueto, the Indians fell 9-2 in the Cleveland finale of a four-game Ohio Cup series with the Reds, snapping their four-game winning streak in the process. Read More…

Indians notes: Former closer John Axford thriving in new role

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes, left, congratulates relief pitcher John Axford after a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — John Axford is making the best of a bad situation. Signed to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million to become the Indians’ closer this offseason, Axford lost the job shortly into the year. But after being reduced to a mop-up role for a spell, the right-hander is back pitching in key situations, and Read More…