May 27, 2015

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Indians: Young right-hander Danny Salazar shining again in rotation

CLEVELAND — Once upon a time, people referred to Indians pitcher Danny Salazar as “Sala-Star.” After falling on hard times for a spell, the fireballing right-hander appears to be rising again. Salazar provided the latest piece of evidence Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. After allowing a leadoff home run on his fourth pitch, he retired Read More…

Danny Salazar dominates Twins as Indians cruise

CLEVELAND — The day didn’t begin well for Danny Salazar on Sunday afternoon. The end, however, was pretty much perfect. Salazar allowed a home run to the first batter of the game, but found a dominant groove after that, helping the Indians to an 8-2 victory over the Twins that snapped a three-game losing streak Read More…

Indians notes: Jason Kipnis flourishing atop batting order

CLEVELAND — Not many of manager Terry Francona’s moves have paid off over the first month-plus of the season for the last-place Indians. Replacing Michael Bourn with Jason Kipnis as the leadoff hitter is the exception. Since Kipnis has taken over atop the batting order — April 26 — the second baseman has flourished, hitting Read More…

Indians fight back, but still fall short against Twins

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher is finally back and the weather is warmer. The Indians, however, remain ice cold. Another day brought another loss — 7-4 to Central Division rival Minnesota on Saturday — for Cleveland, which assured itself of dropping another series. The last-place Indians have won just one series — the season-opening three-game set Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Still time for Tribe turnaround, but …

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ miserable month of April didn’t take them out of contention in the Central Division, but it was a pretty good start. Meaning it was a pretty good start to taking them out of contention, not that it was a pretty good start, overall. It obviously wasn’t, since Cleveland pulled into May Read More…

Indians notes: Anthony Swarzak designated to clear room for Bruce Chen

CLEVELAND — Anthony Swarzak was the odd man out. With the Indians needing to clear a roster spot for Saturday’s starting pitcher Bruce Chen, Swarzak, who is out of minor league options, was designated for assignment. The hope is that the right-hander will clear waivers and accept an assignment at Triple-A Columbus. Swarzak, who was Read More…

Twins 9, Indians 3: Torii Hunter torches Tribe in series opener

CLEVELAND — It was a beautiful night for baseball at Progressive Field on Friday — if you played for the Minnesota Twins. With temperatures above 80 degrees at first pitch, the Twins stayed hot, throttling the Indians 9-3 in the opener of a three-game series between Central Division rivals. Minnesota won for the 11th time Read More…

Indians notes: Mike Aviles placed on family medical emergency list

CLEVELAND — The Indians placed utility player Mike Aviles on the family medical emergency list prior to the series opener with Minnesota on Friday, replacing him on the 25-man roster with Triple-A Columbus infielder/outfielder Zach Walters. The team would not disclose the nature of the emergency, with manager Terry Francona telling reporters only that, “It’s Read More…

Royals 7, Indians 4: Corey Kluber loses again, remains winless following Cy Young season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Corey Kluber knows his record, but would prefer not to dwell on it. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner remained winless through seven starts this season after the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Thursday. “Whether it’s good or bad I don’t think you dwell on it,” Read More…

Indians 10, Royals 3: Tribe solves lefty Danny Duffy, erupts for easy win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Indians had won just twice in their first 11 games against left-handed starters this season, and were forced to face Royals lefty Danny Duffy on the mound Wednesday night. They didn’t have to look at him for long. Just about everyone in the Cleveland lineup drove in a run as Read More…