July 30, 2014

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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…

Tribe foils Masahiro Tanaka’s bid for 13th victory with Yankees

Cleveland’s Carlos Santana hits a single off Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in the seventh inning. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The Indians couldn’t do anything against a guy making his first career start Monday night, but All-Star Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka? Bring him on. Cleveland gave the Yankees’ ace a beating he had never endured before on the major-league level Tuesday night at Progressive Field, slugging its way to a 5-3 victory that evened Read More…

Michael Brantley is only Cleveland player selected to All-Stars so far

Michael Brantley

CLEVELAND — “Dr. Smooth” will be making a house call in Minnesota on July 15, and he might have some company. Michael Brantley, Cleveland’s multi-talented left fielder, was chosen via player vote to represent the Indians in the All-Star Game at Target Field. He may or may not be joined by starting pitcher Corey Kluber, Read More…

Tribe: Corey Kluber shines over 8⅓ innings, helps team take series

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CLEVELAND — Dominating outings from Corey Kluber are becoming the norm. It’s no wonder Indians manager Terry Francona loves putting the right-hander’s name on the lineup card every five days. “It’s sure nice to write his name in there,” Francona said after watching Kluber pitch his team to a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Royals Read More…

Tomlin, Tribe pounded by Royals

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ 10-game homestand started on a sour note Friday night thanks to pitcher Josh Tomlin. The right-hander allowed five runs in 5⅔ innings, including a three-run homer to Mike Moustakas, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Tribe 7-1 in front of a sellout crowd at Progressive Field. Tomlin (5-6, 4.11 ERA) Read More…

Indians notes: Swisher beaming with U.S.A. pride

CLEVELAND — Designated hitter Nick Swisher was proud to wear a patriotic-themed Indians cap as part of MLB’s Fourth of July celebration. “Swish” enjoyed it so much, in fact, that he offered a suggestion to the league’s marketing department for next year. “If it was up to me, we’d be wearing flags all over our Read More…