July 23, 2014

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One bad slider spoils Indians’ comeback against Twins

Bryan Shaw

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians were mounting another comeback, and the bullpen was holding strong. Just one off-target slider was the end of that, when Josh Willingham’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory Monday night. Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Read More…

Tigers 5, Indians 1: Tribe drops finale but takes series

Ryan Raburn

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians refused to allow one setback to sour their trip to Detroit. Drew Smyly gave up four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer, helping the Tigers beat Cleveland 5-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. “It was a great series for us,” Josh Tomlin said after Read More…

Tribe scores seven in seventh to win

Larry Lage The Associated Press DETROIT — Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer and Asdrubal Cabrera sent the next pitch over the right-field fence to cap a seven-run seventh inning and help the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Friday night. Kipnis hit another home run, a solo shot, in the Indians’ two-run Read More…

Indians: It was an average first-half for Tribe

indians slider

As the 47-47 record indicates, it was an average first half for the Indians, who dealt with injuries and performance issues to key players, as they began their quest to repeat as a postseason qualifier under second-year manager Terry Francona. The Indians are still in contention for a playoff spot (3 1/2 games out in Read More…

One-two punch: Tribe’s Trevor Bauer, Yan Gomes big in sweet victory

Yan Gomes, Cody Allen

CLEVELAND — The Indians will enter the All-Star break on a winning note, and they have right-hander Trevor Bauer and catcher Yan Gomes to thank. Bauer tossed another gem Sunday at Progressive Field, with Gomes driving in all of Cleveland’s runs in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the White Sox that signaled the end of Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe pretty average over first half of regular season

CLEVELAND — As the 47-47 record indicates, it’s been a mediocre first half of the season for the Indians, who enter the All-Star break in third place — 7 1/2 games behind Central Division leader Detroit. “I wish our record was better,” manager Terry Francona said. “I do think the way we’ve played, now the Read More…

Indians 9, Yankees 3: Roberto Perez homers in major league debut as Tribe rallies late

Roberto Perez

CLEVELAND — Roberto Perez knows how to make a good first impression. Called up from the minors Tuesday, Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut to help spark a late rally and lead the Cleveland Indians to a 9-3 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night. “I still can’t believe Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona leads majors with 318 pitching changes in 90 games

Terry Francona

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona loves to use his bullpen, making a major league-high 318 pitching changes over the first 90 games. Not surprisingly, three Tribe relievers rank among the top five in the American League in appearances. Cody Allen and Marc Rzepczynski are tied for second with 44 and Bryan Shaw is fifth Read More…

Yankees 5, Indians 4: Vinnie Pestano allows homer in 14th inning that sinks Tribe

Jacoby Ellsbury, Vinnie Pestano

CLEVELAND — Things had been better for reliever Vinnie Pestano since he returned from the minor leagues. Until Wednesday night. Pestano, who had not allowed a run in eight games since his recall from Triple-A Columbus, surrendered a solo home run in the 14th inning to Jacoby Ellsbury that propelled the Yankees to a 5-4 Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona hoping for a LeBron James return

Terry Francona

CLEVELAND — When LeBron James finally makes his decision, Indians manager Terry Francona is hoping the destination is Cleveland. “That would be really cool,” Francona said prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, “just ’cause I am enjoying sort of being entrenched here. I would love it. I don’t know how much I’m supposed Read More…