February 6, 2016

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Jim Ingraham: Improving the Indians won’t be an easy task

If you’re looking for the Indians’ front office this winter, look between a rock and a hard place. That’s where you’ll find president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff, who are going to try to strengthen the team without weakening the team. They will be walking a razor-thin line, because there Read More…

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has surgery on right shoulder, might not be ready for 2016 season opener

CLEVELAND — Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will likely miss the start of next season following right shoulder surgery. The team said Brantley, Cleveland’s best all-around player, won’t be ready “for game activity” for five to six months after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure Monday in Wilmington, Del. Brantley, who throws left-handed, had a small tear repaired Read More…

Baseball: Shapiro begins tenure in Toronto

TORONTO — Mark Shapiro hoped for a smoother start to his new job as president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays. The longtime Cleveland Indians executive, who began his role with Toronto on Monday, spoke at a packed news conference eager for more details about last week’s departure of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, the Read More…

Manny continues to be Manny — and it’s helping the Cubs

CHICAGO — Manny Ramirez’s latest gig with the Cubs is proof that if you hang around the game long enough, you’ll see it all. Among the greatest right-handed hitters of his generation and definitely one of the least coachable, he’s back in baseball as a coach. Exactly what kind of coach, well, no one in Read More…

Jim Ingraham: A mere 95 years ago, the Indians were No. 1

At 3:57 p.m., 95 years ago today, Oct. 12, 1920, Indians shortstop Joe Sewell fielded a ground ball hit by Brooklyn’s Ed Konetchy and flipped it to shortstop Bill Wambsganss for a force out at second base, the out that ended the World Series and made the Indians world champions. It was the Indians’ first Read More…

Indians feel good about second half of season, leadership

CLEVELAND — Though the Indians fell short of their goal of reaching the postseason, there were some positives to take away from 2015 — not the least of which is the emergence of Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes as team leaders. With a host of veterans departing around the trading deadline, Read More…

Jim Ingraham: Indians and Browns take different approaches but both prove adept at losing

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Another Indians season ended quietly Sunday. Time flies when you’re mediocre. Another Browns season continued Sunday, with a loss that puts the “flabber” in flabbergasting. Time stands still when you’re stuck in the mud. Two teams in one city not getting it done in two different ways. Enjoy. Actually, the contrast between the Indians and Read More…

Indians down Red Sox in season finale to finish above .500

CLEVELAND — The Indians, picked by many to at least contend for an American League Central Division championship, didn’t qualify for the postseason, but they did finish with a winning record. That will have to do. Cleveland wrapped up the regular season Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox at Progressive Field. Read More…

Indians notes: Slow starts derail Tribe past two seasons

CLEVELAND — Slow starts and second-half recoveries have been trademarks of the Indians over the past three seasons. Cleveland was able to overcome early struggles to qualify for the postseason in manager Terry Francona’s debut year (2013), but they’ve cost the Indians dearly the past two seasons. “Hopefully, we can get that figured out,” outfielder Read More…

Corey Kluber finishes season strong as Indians blank Red Sox

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber went out on top. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner made his final appearance of the season Saturday night at Progressive Field, and it was a sparkling one as the right-hander pitched the Indians to a 2-0 win over the Red Sox. Kluber tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing just Read More…