February 9, 2016

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Indians feel good about second half of season, leadership

CLEVELAND — Though the Indians fell short of their goal of reaching the postseason, there were some positives to take away from 2015 — not the least of which is the emergence of Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes as team leaders. With a host of veterans departing around the trading deadline, Read More…

Indians notes: Slow starts derail Tribe’s past two seasons

CLEVELAND — Slow starts and second-half recoveries have been trademarks of the Indians over the past three seasons. Cleveland was able to overcome early struggles to qualify for the postseason in manager Terry Francona’s debut year (2013), but they’ve cost the Indians dearly the past two seasons. “Hopefully, we can get that figured out,” outfielder Read More…

Indians down Red Sox in season finale to finish above .500

CLEVELAND — The Indians, picked by many to at least contend for an American League Central Division championship, didn’t qualify for the postseason, but they did finish with a winning record. That will have to do. Cleveland wrapped up the regular season Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox at Progressive Field. Read More…

Twins 4, Indians 2: Minnesota rallies late to turn back Tribe, takes advantage of Jose Ramirez error

CLEVELAND — From an Indians perspective, about the only intriguing aspect of Thursday night’s game was whether or not the Twins would retaliate for Jose Ramirez’s ballyhooed bat flip the night before. Eliminated from postseason contention during the early morning hours, Cleveland took the field with nothing to play for but pride. The result was Read More…

Indians Notes: Brantley says team grew despite not meeting expectations

CLEVELAND — The Indians fell well short of expectations this year, but outfielder Michael Brantley doesn’t view it as a lost season. “When you look back on the season, when it’s finally over, we didn’t reach our ultimate goal,” said Brantley, whose team was picked by many to contend for a Central Division title. “At Read More…

Tribe splits doubleheader; late win by Astros eliminates Indians from playoff contention

CLEVELAND — After splitting a doubleheader Wednesday against Minnesota at Progressive Field, the Indians were technically still alive for a postseason berth. Realistically, well, that’s a different story. Cleveland dropped the first game 7-1, with the Twins roughing up Carlos Carrasco in his final regular-season outing, but bounced back for a big 10-2 win in Read More…

Indians notes: Brantley shut down for rest of season

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley will not make it to the end of the season. Manager Terry Francona confirmed that an MRI performed on Brantley’s ailing right shoulder revealed inflammation, and that after receiving a cortisone injection Wednesday, last year’s American League Most Valuable Player candidate would be shut down for the remainder of the year. Read More…

Indians: Brantley’s season might be over; rainout Tuesday means twin bill today

CLEVELAND — Indians left fielder Michael Brantley may miss the remainder of the season because of a sore right shoulder. The American League doubles leader was not in the lineup Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins after being examined by an orthopedist at Progressive Field. The game ended up being rained out following a 70-minute delay, Read More…

Indians notes: Francisco Lindor making push to win American League Rookie of Year award

CLEVELAND — With a playoff appearance seeming more and more improbable, the Indians still may have something worth celebrating at the end of the season. Francisco Lindor as American League Rookie of the Year, perhaps? The Indians passed out promotional pamphlets to the press Monday, pushing Lindor, 21, for the league’s first-year-player award by detailing Read More…

Indians’ wild-card hopes take hit with loss to Twins

CLEVELAND — The Indians were dealt another significant blow to their sagging playoff hopes Monday night at Progressive Field. After losing a game in the American League wild-card race with a loss in the series finale at Kansas City on Sunday, Cleveland put another one in the wrong column in the series opener against Minnesota, Read More…