April 25, 2015

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Indians notes: Michael Brantley out of lineup again with bad back

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley still isn’t playing, and the Indians still aren’t willing to place the All-Star left fielder on the disabled list. Brantley, who has been battling lower-back issues since early into spring training,  was out of the lineup Tuesday for the fifth time in seven games to start the season, and likely won’t Read More…

Indians: Carlos Carrasco leaves game after being struck by line drive

CLEVELAND — Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco left Tuesday’s game in the opening inning after being struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Chicago’s Melky Cabrera. Carrasco was taken off the field on a cart and examined, with the Indians announcing during the game that he had sustained a jaw Read More…

Indians Commentary: Tigers continue to dominate Tribe, and Cleveland fans better get used to it

On June 21, the Indians should send a card to the Detroit Tigers. After all, the four-time Central Division champions are their daddy. There’s no use fighting it anymore, Tribe fans. The Tigers own the Indians. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and the boys prove it year in and year out. It’s a fact, and you 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…

#RockYourRed Cleveland Indians fan photos

Indians Fan Photos

Hundreds of people have already started to add Cleveland Indians fan photos to social media sites. The Tribe is encouraging fans to wear red on Wednesday in support of the team’s playoff game against the Tampa Bay Rays at 8 p.m. at Progressive Field. ( Beware of ticket scams.) Social media users have been adding pictures to Read More…

Tribe loses to Kansas City, 6-2, in all-around ugly game

Indians' Yan Gomes reacts after popping out to Kansas City Royals' Justin Maxwell  Wednesday. The Royals won 6-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ pitching was poor and their hitting was terrible. Somehow, though, their defense managed to be even worse Wednesday afternoon. Kansas City scored two runs on throwing errors and two more on fielding miscues, allowing the Royals to beat the Tribe 6-2 in the finale of their three-game series. The loss dropped Read More…

Indians’ Scott Kazmir brings the heat, strikes out 12 in dominating outing against Mets

CLEVELAND — The Indians made news by signing a number of high-priced players in the offseason, but the addition that came the cheapest has been the best of the bunch. Left-hander Scott Kazmir, who signed a minor-league contract worth $1 million after failing to log a single inning in the majors last year, offered up Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Brantley leaves team for birth of child

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley left the team Friday for his home in Florida to be with his wife, Melissa, who is expecting the couple’s first child. Perhaps the time off will provide a remedy for the left fielder’s struggles at the plate. Brantley, considered one of the Indians’ top hitters, is batting just .218 (12-for-55) Read More…

Forget the sac fly, how about a smack fly? Mike Aviles hits grand slam in ninth as Indians beat Tigers, snap losing skid

DETROIT — Mike Aviles initially was looking for a sacrifice fly that would snap a scoreless tie. He ended up with a game-breaking grand slam. Aviles homered in the ninth inning to give the Cleveland Indians a much-needed 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, moments after he hoped one of his pop flies Read More…