August 20, 2014

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

Jonathan Schoop, Kyle Crockett

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…

Indians notes: Rotation shining for a spell

Corey Kluber

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ rotation has picked an opportune time for a top-shelf spell. Despite scoring only 19 runs over the last seven games, Cleveland has posted a 5-2 record, thanks in large part to effective outings from its starting pitchers, who have allowed just five earned runs over a span of 44 innings. In Read More…

Indians: Former closer John Axford claimed off waivers by Pirates

Yan Gomes, John Axford

CLEVELAND — John Axford’s days are done in Cleveland. The deposed closer, who lost his job shortly into the season, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The Pirates reportedly will be responsible for the remainder — a little more than $1 million — of the $4.5 million salary Axford is earning Read More…

Indians split doubleheader against Arizona with thrilling win, shutout loss

Zack Walters

CLEVELAND — The Indians played two Wednesday night at Progressive Field. It was one too many. After a dramatic 3-2 win in the opening game of a traditional doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, Cleveland limped to an agonizing defeat in the nightcap, going scoreless through 12 innings of a 1-0 loss. The long day — seven Read More…

Indians, Diamondbacks rained out, will play traditional doubleheader Wednesday

Jason Kipnis

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

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…

Reds get revenge as Johnny Cueto shuts down Indians

Johnny Cueto

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

Yan Gomes, John Axford

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…

Indians roll over Reds as offense backs strong outing from Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber, Yan Gomes

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber wasn’t an All-Star this year, but there’s little doubt the right-hander has been one of the American League’s top starting pitchers. A National League team found that out Monday night at Progressive Field. With Kluber offering up another stifling outing, the Indians rolled past Cincinnati 7-1 to open the two-game Ohio Read More…

Indians notes: Nick Swisher out of lineup with sore right wrist

CLEVELAND — A right wrist strain was enough to keep Nick Swisher out of the lineup for the series opener against Cincinnati on Monday, but the Indians are confident the injury won’t linger. Manager Terry Francona said Swisher called Cleveland’s training staff Monday morning and said he was feeling better. “If he had woke up Read More…