April 23, 2014

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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…

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…