April 19, 2014

Medina
Sunny
47°F

Indians: Travis Buck delivers as DH

CLEVELAND – Travis Buck needed a confidence boost.
Just getting the nod from Cleveland manager Manny Acta for his first major league game as a designated hitter Saturday might have been enough. But Buck’s two-run home run in the seventh inning was the difference in the Indians’ 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and the seldom-used [...] Read More…

So far, so good … so Pronk: Hafner showing signs of old self

CLEVELAND – Travis Hafner doesn’t care about the opposing pitcher’s numbers. He doesn’t feel he needs to earn their respect, either.
Hafner just wants to be mechanically sound when he’s in the batter’s box and figures the rest of the intangibles will take care of themselves.
The return of Pronk continued in earnest Friday night at Progressive [...] Read More…

Tribe notes: Consistent Josh Tomlin a hit

CLEVELAND — While the Cleveland Indians have more question marks covering them than the Riddler from the Batman comics, No. 4 starter Josh Tomlin has become their superhero of consistency.
The right-hander became the team’s first pitcher since 1919 — an era when pitchers would sometimes stay on the mound for both games of a doubleheader [...] Read More…

Browns notes: Hillis has moments, but injury slows him

CLEVELAND — Even when he’s not racking up rushing yards and plowing his way through the line and into the end zone, running back Peyton Hillis finds a way to impress his coaches, his teammates and his fans.
Hillis saw his streak of 100-yard rushing games and rushing touchdowns come to an end during the Browns’ [...] Read More…

Falcon defense abuses Browns’ Joe Thomas

CLEVELAND — How many Pro Bowls has left tackle Joe Thomas been to in his career? Three. How many quarterbacks have gone down on Thomas’ watch this season? Two.
Although Thomas wasn’t ready to admit it, the Wiscon­sin standout turned in one of the worst performances of his four-year NFL career Sunday.
He was responsible for both [...] Read More…

Acta finds positives in Indians’ loss to Twins

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians aren’t so much looking for wins at this point in the season as they are hoping for a few minor victories within their losses.
Such was the case Saturday night when manager Manny Acta found a few positives to discuss after Cleveland’s 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
“Fausto (Carmona) really battled [...] Read More…

Tribe notes: Lofton enters team Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND – A large crowd showed up at Progressive Field on Saturday night, and it probably had more to do with the induction of Cleveland Indians great Kenny Lofton into the franchise’s Hall of Fame than it did with the actual game between the Indians and Minnesota Twins.
Fans picked up their Lofton “The Catch” bobbleheads [...] Read More…

No offense against A’s means end to Indians’ win streak

CLEVELAND – Though most of the Cleveland Indians’ 3-0 loss to the Oakland A’s on Friday night was unsightly, it was Mike Redmond’s at-bat in the sixth inning that truly put the “ugh” in ugly.
The Indians had consistently failed at the plate – though Jayson Nix was credited with a single on a ball that [...] Read More…

No LeBron as Crushers make special plea

AVON — There were LeBron James jerseys, LeBron James banners and even several peti­tions aimed at keeping LeBron James in Cleve­land. The only thing that was missing during the Lake Erie Crushers’ 5-4 loss in 12 innings over the Florence Freedom on Wednesday night was … LeBron James.
While the high-profile Cavaliers star wasn’t in attendance, [...] Read More…

Strasburg impressing everyone but himself

Nearly 33,000 people showed up at Progressive Field on Sunday, and it wasn’t because it was a sunny afternoon or because the Cleveland Indians were giving away their newest bobblehead doll.
The second-largest crowd of the season was there to watch Nation­als rookie Stephen Strasburg pitch and the 21-year-old right-hander didn’t disappoint. His fastball was humming, [...] Read More…