February 12, 2016

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Indians: Jason Kipnis looking for even more production this season after career year in 2015

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona predicted big things for Jason Kipnis in 2015. The second baseman delivered. As one of the American League’s most productive leadoff batters, Kipnis reached career highs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.303), hits (171), doubles (43) and on-base percentage (.372), while leading all AL players at Read More…

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Josh Tomlin staying around: Right-hander says loyalty’s a big reason why he agreed to new $5.5 million, two-year contract

CLEVELAND — Josh Tomlin has shown toughness and tenacity during his time with the Indians. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it. Tomlin and Cleveland agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that can earn the right-hander $11.75 million over three seasons. The 31-year-old agreed Jan. 15 to a $2.25 million, one-year deal Read More…

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Indians: Veteran Mike Napoli says he still has lots in the tank

CLEVELAND — The Indians made it official Tuesday, announcing they had agreed with veteran Mike Napoli on a one-year contract worth $7 million. Napoli is expected to open the season as Cleveland’s starting first baseman — something he said prompted him to sign with the Indians. “I think it was a pretty good opportunity for Read More…

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MLB Winter Meetings: Indians, Reds discussed deal for Frazier

Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that the Indians and Reds discussed a trade for Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier, but that the two sides could not come to an agreement as Day 3 of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings came to an end in Nashville, Tennessee. Cleveland is in search of offense — preferably a right-handed Read More…

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Indians’ Lindor finishes second to Houston’s Correa in AL Rookie of the Year race

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CLEVELAND — According to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Francisco Lindor is not the American League’s Rookie of the Year. That’s going to be a tough sell to the Indians and their fans, who watched the 22-year-old shortstop produce one of the finest debut seasons in team history. Lindor, who led AL rookies in Read More…

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has surgery on right shoulder, might not be ready for 2016 season opener

CLEVELAND — Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will likely miss the start of next season following right shoulder surgery. The team said Brantley, Cleveland’s best all-around player, won’t be ready “for game activity” for five to six months after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure Monday in Wilmington, Del. Brantley, who throws left-handed, had a small tear repaired Read More…

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Baseball: Shapiro begins tenure in Toronto

TORONTO — Mark Shapiro hoped for a smoother start to his new job as president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays. The longtime Cleveland Indians executive, who began his role with Toronto on Monday, spoke at a packed news conference eager for more details about last week’s departure of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, the Read More…

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Manny continues to be Manny — and it’s helping the Cubs

CHICAGO — Manny Ramirez’s latest gig with the Cubs is proof that if you hang around the game long enough, you’ll see it all. Among the greatest right-handed hitters of his generation and definitely one of the least coachable, he’s back in baseball as a coach. Exactly what kind of coach, well, no one in Read More…

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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…