April 20, 2014

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Tribe: Injured outfielder still helping team as pinch-runner

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Bourn was not in the starting lineup Thursday for the second straight game while nursing an injured right wrist, but the Indians are optimistic they will get him back fulltime before the regular season is complete. Bourn, who sustained the injury on a slide into second base Tuesday, was wearing a wrap Read More…

Tribe Thursday: Perez surrenders four runs, but Smith saves it

Minnesota’s Andrew Albers reacts as the Indians’ Ryan Raburn advances on a balk. (AP PHOTO)

MINNEAPOLIS — If the Indians keep this up, they won’t have to worry about anybody else in the American League wild-card race but themselves. Cleveland won for the seventh straight time Thursday night, opening a crucial regular-season-ending four-game series against Minnesota with a 6-5 victory at Target Field. The Indians endured another ninth-inning implosion from Read More…

Tribe: Veteran Giambi has consoling words for Perez

CLEVELAND — Veteran slugger Jason Giambi said he gave Chris Perez a hug after the beleaguered closer blew his fifth save Tuesday night in a 5-4 comeback win over the Chicago White Sox. Perez could certainly use some tender loving care. Cleveland’s fiery right-hander has been a lightning rod of controversy for the second straight Read More…

Tribe Wednesday: Almost 31,000 attend latest victory

CLEVELAND — The Indians wrapped up the home portion of their regular-season schedule Wednesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox in front of 30,942 raucous fans. It’s up to the Tribe whether it has played its final game of 2013 at Progressive Field. Cleveland embarks on a four-game series in Minnesota Read More…

Tribe Wednesday: Indians beat Chicago 7-2 at home finale

Cleveland Indians fans cheer after the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2 in a baseball game on Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — If you keep winning, apparently they will come. Indians fans have failed to support their team at the turnstiles for much of the season, but with the Tribe in the thick of the American League wild card race, they’ve slowly but surely begun flocking to Progressive Field. After beginning the last homestand with Read More…

Tribe: Masterson to enter the bullpen

Justin Masterson

CLEVELAND — Indians ace Justin Masterson will pitch again before the regular season is complete, but it won’t be as a starter. Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Masterson, who has been sidelined since Sept. 2 with a strained left oblique, will pitch out of the bullpen tonight or in the series opener at Minnesota Read More…

Tribe Tuesday: Giambi, 42, drills walk-off homer to save Perez

The Indians' Jason Giambi celebrates his walk-off home run. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi has helped the Indians as a veteran presence and with a key hit from time to time this season, but perhaps his biggest contribution of the year came Tuesday night at Progressive Field. With the Indians trailing by a run in a pivotal game for their postseason hopes, Giambi rode to Read More…

Commentary: Time for fans to give Tribe some support

When you Cleveland sports fans wake up Monday morning, you will have a Major League Baseball team headed to the postseason for the first time since 2007. It will be the first time one of your city’s professional franchises has participated in a playoff game since LeBron James skipped town three years ago and won Read More…

Tribe Sunday: A wild-card berth is becoming realistic

The Indians’ Michael Bourn drives in two runs in the sixth inning. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The final homestand of the regular season couldn’t have begun any better for the playoff-hunting Indians. Cleveland, which started Sunday as new owners of the American League’s second wild-card spot, took care of its end of the postseason bargain by drubbing Houston 9-2 to complete a four-game sweep. Though it was cause for Read More…

Tribe: Francona, team staying grounded

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona is confident his team is entering a make or break stretch in the right frame of mind. “We’ve done a good job of staying in the moment and not getting ahead of ourselves,” said Francona, whose club sat a half-game out of the American League’s second wild-card spot through Read More…