April 19, 2014

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Tribe playoffs: September magic fades to only memories

Cleveland Indians’ Ryan Raburn throws his bat after striking out against Tampa Bay starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the sixth inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday in Cleveland. The Rays won the game, 4-0, ending the Tribe’s playoff hopes. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — One and done. The Indians’ return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 ended the same night it began. The Tampa Bay Rays invaded Progressive Field, won 4-0 and held a champagne celebration in the visitors’ locker room. Cleveland’s 10-game winning streak to end the regular season secured only a wild-card Read More…

Tribe Wednesday: Magical ride ends, Rays blank Indians

Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes leaps for a high throw as Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria slides home to score on a two-run double by Desmond Jennings in the fourth inning. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The magic deserted the Indians when they needed it most. A perceived team of destiny after finishing the regular season with 10 straight wins to clinch the top spot in the American League wild-race, Cleveland tasted defeat for the first time in two weeks Wednesday. And it was the type of loss that Read More…

Noland commentary: Playoffs, trade-offs & layoffs

There hasn’t been this much (legitimate) excitement around the Indians and Browns (and maybe even the Cavaliers) in quite some time, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports before we park in front of the television for two straight nights: Regardless of what happens tonight when the Tribe hosts the Tampa Bay Rays in Read More…

Tribe: Cleveland’s fate in hands of rookie

Danny Salazar starts for the Indians tonight when they host Tampa Bay in a wild-card playoff game. (AP FILE PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The Indians have put their postseason lives in the hands of a 23-year-old rookie who has made all of 10 career starts on the major league level. And get this: They feel good about it. Danny Salazar, a fireballing phenom from the Dominican Republic, has met a number of challenges this year, but Read More…

Tribe: Tito at heart of turnaround

CLEVELAND — Still surprised by the franchise-record turnaround and searching for reasons why the Indians are playoff-bound for the first time since 2007? Manager Terry Francona might be a good place to start. “You knew with Tito it was going to be an exciting year, just by the experience he brings and the character that Read More…

Tribe: Chris Perez breaks silence

Chris Perez

CLEVELAND — In the midst of a celebratory clubhouse Sunday at Target Field, deposed closer Chris Perez broke his media silence. It seemed like a fitting occasion. “You can’t put it into words, especially after what happened last year,” Perez said of the Indians clinching their first postseason berth since 2007. “I think you have Read More…

Tribe Sunday: Tenth straight ‘W’ clinches a berth in wild-card game

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, center, is sprayed with champagne in the locker room after the Indians beat the Twins 5-1 in a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013,  to clinch a wild card spot in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfel

CLEVELAND — The Indians manipulated their rotation in order to start right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in a pivotal regular-season finale Sunday at Target Field. The Big U didn’t let them down. Continuing his dominating second-half with gusto, Jimenez pitched the Indians past the Twins and into the postseason for the first time since 2007, as Cleveland Read More…

Indians 5, Twins 1: Tribe takes over top spot in wild-card race with 1 day left in season

MINNEAPOLIS — A team that was left for dead on countless occasions this season is alive and well atop the American League wild-card heap. With a 5-1 victory over Minnesota at Target Field on Saturday, coupled with a Tampa Bay loss, the Indians shot to a one-game lead over the Rays and the Rangers in Read More…

Closing in on the playoffs: Indians drub Twins for eighth straight win, move into tie for top wild-card berth

MINNEAPOLIS — Prior to the second game of the series at Target Field, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that the team would finish the regular season without a designated closer. They didn’t need one Friday night against the Twins. Thanks to an early offensive assault, Cleveland romped past Minnesota 12-6 to notch its eighth straight Read More…

Perez no longer the closer

MINNEAPOLIS — Here’s something that should make a whole lot of Indians fans happy: Right-hander Chris Perez is no longer the closer. Manager Terry Francona confirmed Friday the Indians will finish the regular season closing by committee, with the game dictating which pitcher he would employ. The options are deep with Justin Masterson, Joe Smith, Read More…