April 21, 2015

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Indians think they can contend in powerful Central Division

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — In the past, when talk focused on the toughest divisions in baseball, rarely did the discussion turn to the American League Central. Times have changed. Though the Central hasn’t crowned a World Series champion since the White Sox in 2005, it has become one of the American League’s most powerful divisions, playing Read More…

Indians: Slugger Jason Giambi retiring after 20 seasons

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CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi is calling it a career. In a move that was expected, Giambi, the 44-year-old slugger who played 20 seasons in the majors — the last two with the Indians — announced his retirement Monday. “I’ve done everything I possibly can in my career,” Giambi said in an exclusive interview with the Read More…

Indians pitcher Salazar involved in police investigation

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CLEVELAND – Indians pitcher Danny Salazar was investigated for involvement in a possible sexual assault complaint. The team confirmed knowledge of a police investigation Wednesday in a statement from general manager Chris Antonetti. “We are aware of an investigation involving Danny,” Antonetti said. “Since this potentially could become a legal matter, we won’t have any Read More…

Indians: 3B Urshela, LHP Ryan Merritt win minor league awards

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Third baseman Giovanny Urshela and LHP Ryan Merritt were named the Indians’ minor league players of the year on Monday. Urshela was the Lou Boudreau Award winner — top position player — while Merritt was the Bob Feller Award winner for top pitcher. Urshela, 23, split last season with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron, batting Read More…

Indians Michael Brantley prepping for big 2015 season after breakout 2014

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CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley had a breakout season in 2014, establishing himself as one of the game’s best players by making the All-Star team for the first time and finishing third in American League MVP voting. So, how did the Indians’ left fielder reward himself this offseason for the finest year of his baseball existence? Read More…

Indians ace Corey Kluber named top professional athlete at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

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CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber wasn’t an All-Star this season, but there haven’t been many awards the right-hander hasn’t won since the Midsummer Classic in July. Kluber, the American League’s 2014 Cy Young Award winner, was recognized again Thursday night as the Professional Athlete of the Year at the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Read More…

Indians: Jason Kipnis has surgery on finger, expected to be ready for 2015 season

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CLEVELAND – Injuries plagued Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis last year. Now, before the 2015 season has even gotten underway, the former All-Star is dealing with another health issue. The Indians announced Wednesday that Kipnis underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. The surgery was performed at the Cleveland Read More…

Indians sign Gavin Floyd, say his elbow is fine; four spots in rotation set

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CLEVELAND — The Indians will enter spring training with four spots in the rotation already spoken for. Cleveland signed free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd, 31, to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million Tuesday. And according to general manager Chris Antonetti, Floyd, who has been plagued by elbow injuries the past two seasons, has a Read More…

Indians pick up power bat in trade for A’s Brandon Moss

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CLEVELAND — The Indians addressed the need for more power in their lineup. Now Brandon Moss has to provide it. Cleveland finalized a trade Monday — the first of the winter meetings — that has been in the works for weeks by acquiring Moss, a first baseman/outfielder and All-Star last season, from the Oakland Athletics Read More…

Ohio State refuses to take Michigan lightly

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COLUMBUS — Forget the 5-6 record and the talk about Brady Hoke getting fired. When Ohio State’s coaches and players look at Michigan, they see a dangerous powerhouse desperate because it’s cornered. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer was asked this week if he could tell Michigan had “issues.” “No, because you watch videotape and the talent Read More…