The Cleveland Indians opened the 2013 season at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, home of the Blue Jays. Check out a photo gallery from the Tribe's second game of the season there.
On Thursday, March 21, the Cleveland Indians visited the beautiful Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for a Cactus League exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
On Wednesday, March 20, the Cleveland Indians visited the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona for a Cactus League exhibition game.
On Monday, June 17, Tribe right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitched brilliantly for the Cleveland Indians going 7 1/3 innings pitched, only allowing four hits and one run, while striking out four and walking one. Despite Carrasco’s terrific outing the Kansas City Royals battled back to stun the Tribe 2-1 at Progressive Field in the series lid lifter of a three-game weekday series. Following the loss Carrasco met with WTAM 1100 Indians reporter Nick Camino and other members of the media to talk about his successful outing, but also the loss to the Royals. Check out this exclusive video!
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On Monday, June 17, the Cleveland Indians could not hold off the Kansas City Royals losing 2-1 at Progressive Field. Following the series-opening loss Tribe skipper Terry Francona met with WTAM 1100 Indians reporter Nick Camino and other members of the media to discuss the loss, his decision not to let Carlos Carrasco continue in the eighth inning, Carrasco’s brilliant outing, the offensive struggles and right-hander Matt Albers’ wild pitch which allowed the eventual game-winning run to score. Check out this exclusive video!
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CLEVELAND -- Pinch runner Elliot Johnson scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Albers in the ninth inning, giving the Kansas City Royals a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
Johnson sprinted home and slid in safely after Albers' pitch got under catcher Carlos Santana and went all the way to the backstop.
The Royals have won 11 of 13 and in getting to .500 for the first time since May 21 moved past Cleveland into second place in the AL Central.
Aaron Crow (3-2) struck out two after putting the potential go-ahead run at third in the eighth. Greg Holland stranded the tying run at third in the ninth for his 15th save in 17 tries.
Bryan Shaw (0-1) couldn't protect a 1-0 lead for Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, charged with just one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Santana homered in the sixth off Kansas City starter James Shields.
The Indians got the tying run to third in the ninth when Michael Bourn doubled and advanced on a wild pitch. But Holland struck out Mike Aviles and retired Jason Kipnis on an easy grounder to second to end it.
The Royals scored one run in the eighth and ninth to eke out the win.
With the score tied 1-all, Billy Butler opened the Kansas City ninth with a double off Shaw, who walked Lorenzo Cain and was pulled by manager Terry Francona for left-hander Rich Hill. David Lough dropped a bunt toward third that Hill fielded before losing his balance and falling in the infield grass.
Albers got ahead of pinch-hitter Miguel Tejada before uncorking a pitch that went to the backstop. It bounced to Santana, who quickly flipped the ball to Albers covering the plate but Johnson slid in just ahead of the tag.
Blanked for nearly eight innings by Carrasco, the Royals tied it in the eighth on Eric Hosmer's bloop RBI double.
Chris Getz, twice robbed of hits earlier by left fielder Michael Brantley, singled and Alcides Escobar sacrificed. Francona came out and replaced Carrasco, who was making his first start since serving a seven-game suspension and remains in search of his first win since June 29, 2011.
Rather than bring in struggling lefties Hill or Nick Hagadone to face left-handed hitters, Francona went with Shaw, who retired Alex Gordon on a weak popup before Hosmer dropped his hit over shortstop Aviles' head and in front of charging center fielder Bourn to tie it at 1.
It didn't figure to be a pitchers' duel with both starters coming in with blemished resumes.
Shields hasn't won since April 30, and Carrasco has dropped his last seven decisions and was twice suspended since his last victory.
Santana broke up the scoreless matchup by leading off the sixth with his 10th homer, a shot into the stands in right. The homer came on Shields' first pitch of the inning and 101st of the night.
Shields has pitched far better than his record shows. Although he has given up more than three runs just once in 13 starts, the right-hander can't catch a break. The Royals are averaging 2.2 runs in his outings.
Carrasco was pitching for the first time since serving a suspension for throwing at New York's Kevin Youkilis on April 9. In his previous outing, the right-hander was rocked for six runs and 10 hits in four innings by the Detroit Tigers, who didn't have to worry about Carrasco throwing inside because he rarely tried.
However, Carrasco challenged the Royals on the inner half of the plate and retired the first 13 in order before Cain singled sharply to right.
Cain stole second but Carrasco got Lough and Mike Moustakas on groundouts.
The Indians twice loaded the bases against Shields but couldn't come up with a big hit.
In the third, they loaded the bases with one out on a single and two walks, but failed to score as Shields got Aviles to foul out and then fanned Kipnis -- on a questionable third strike -- to end the threat.
Kipnis again failed to deliver in the fifth, striking out after the Indians jammed the bases with two outs.
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(CLEVELAND) – The American League honored two players this week for MLB’s annual Player of the Week Award and both of them play for the Indians. Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis and right-hander Corey Kluber took home Co-AL Player of the Week Award honors.
Kipnis hit .524 last week going 11-for-21 with one home run, four RBIs and he also score five runs.
Kluber went 2-0 in two starts last week with an ERA of 0.56 striking out 11 hitters in 16 innings pitched. During Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals, Kluber went eight shutout innings.
Earlier this season Indians utility man Ryan Raburn and right-hander Justin Masterson also took home American League Player of the Week honors.
The Indians open up a three-game weekday series Monday evening against the Kansas City Royals.
- Nick Camino
CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber pitched eight shutout innings and the Cleveland Indians spoiled Stephen Strasburg's return with a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Kluber (5-4) escaped three big jams to win for the first time in 11 career starts at Progressive Field.
Kluber gave up seven hits, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. He wiggled out of trouble in the seventh after the Nationals loaded the bases with no outs.
Strasburg (3-6), activated from the disabled list before the game, held the Indians to one run and one hit in five innings.
Making his first start since May 31 when he strained a muscle in his back, the right-hander struck out four, walked four and threw 82 pitches.
Strasburg had gone 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA over a three-start stretch (three earned runs in 23 innings) before exiting his last appearance after two innings against Atlanta. He was placed on the disabled list six days later but was cleared to return following Thursday's bullpen session in Colorado.
Carlos Santana's RBI single with one out in the fourth -- the only hit Strasburg allowed -- gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead. Jason Kipnis drew a one-out walk, stole second and went to third when catcher Jhonatan Solano's throw bounced into center field. Santana's solid single up the middle put the Indians ahead.
Kipnis' sacrifice fly in the eighth scored Cleveland's other run.
Vinnie Pestano pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.
Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, in a 6-for-55 skid, didn't play because of a sore left shoulder.
Kluber escaped jams in the fourth and sixth, which were both set up by errors.
Anthony Rendon led off the fourth with a single, then third baseman John McDonald fielded Ryan Zimmerman's grounder but threw wide into center field. Kluber regrouped with runners at the corners and struck out Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond.
Denard Span reached on an infield hit and took second on a throwing error by Kipnis at second base in the sixth. Rendon's single moved Span to third but Zimmerman struck out and LaRoche bounced into a double play.
Werth started the seventh with a bloop double to right. Desmond was hit by a pitch before pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi popped up a bunt attempt. Kluber tried to make a diving catch but the ball fell in about halfway between home plate and the mound, loading the bases.
First baseman Mark Reynolds grabbed Solano's line drive and beat Lombardozzi to the bag for a double play. The inning ended when Roger Bernadina grounded out.
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(CLEVELAND) -- Indians first baseman Nick Swisher was kept out of the starting lineup on Sunday afternoon for the Tribe's series-finale against the Washington Nationals at Progressive Field.
Swisher has been dealing with a sore left shoulder.
Despite manager Terry Francona hinting on Saturday that Swisher would play Sunday afternoon, the struggling slugger was kept out of the lineup.
Nick Swisher was not in the Indians lineup on Sunday due to a sore left shoulder. AP Photo
Swisher said it is an injury that could land him on the disabled list, however on Sunday Francona said that probably will not be the case.
Swisher has been slumping lately hitting just .237 on the season with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.
- Nick Camino
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jason Kipnis had a home run among his three hits and the Cleveland Indians got a series-clinching 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
A night after ending an eight-game losing streak, and a span of 12 losses in a row away from home, the Indians made it consecutive victories to clinch their first road series in a month. They had gone 0-4-1 in series since taking two of three May 10-12 at Detroit, the only American League team with a better home record than Texas this season.
Mike Aviles also homered for Cleveland, which also won 5-2 on Tuesday after losing the series opener 6-3. The Indians get a day off before starting a nine-game homestand Friday against Washington.
Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4) allowed one run pitching into the sixth.
Rangers rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-6) gave up five runs in five innings with five strikeouts.
The Indians went ahead to stay with two outs in the second when Jason Giambi was hit by a pitch and Aviles homered, his fourth this season, for a 2-0 lead.
An inning later, Michael Bourn had a leadoff infield hit and scored on Michael Brantley's single.
Leonys Martin scored both runs for Texas, now 19-10 at home. He led off the third with his third homer, and reached on an error in the ninth before scoring on Jurickson's Profar's double.
Jimenez, who had four strikeouts and four walks, was gone after Lance Berkman walked and Adrian Beltre singled to start the sixth. Reliever Rich Hill retired the only batter he faced before Bryan Shaw got the last two outs of the inning.
Kipnis, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, hit his ninth homer on the first pitch of the fifth. Brantley then walked with one out and scored on a double by Carlos Santana to make it 5-1.
After a flyout in his first at-bat, Kipnis singled in the third. He had a hustling double in the seventh, when he hit the ball to left and slid headfirst into second to beat a strong throw by David Murphy, who had already thrown out one base runner.
In the ninth, Kipnis reached on a strange double-play fielder's choice. Runners on first and second base both froze when shortstop Jurickson Profar couldn't quite come up with a short-hopper. Profar threw to third for the force, and Adrian Beltre held the ball momentarily before realizing there was still a play to be made at second.
Bourn also started the game with a single, but ended the first when he was thrown out trying to score on Brantley's two-out hit. Murphy threw a strike to catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who held on through the collision at the plate. It was Murphy's third outfield assistant his last eight games.
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Texas ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --
Terry Francona liked the sound coming from clubhouse around the corner from his office - the blaring music after a victory.
It had been awhile for the Cleveland Indians , especially on the road. Corey Kluber , pitching less than 25 miles from where he went to high school, allowed one run over eight innings and the Indians snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory at Texas on Tuesday night.
"It's good to get back in the `W' column," Mark Reynolds said. "We can stop worrying about it now and just relax and play ball." With the efficient effort by Kluber (4-4), some solid defense and timely hits, the Indians also snapped a 12-game road slide. "We played a nice ballgame, and we kept the line moving at the plate," Francona said.
"Because of that you get to hear some music, which is a welcome sign." Reynolds had an RBI single in the fourth off Derek Holland (5-3) that put Cleveland ahead to stay. Drew Stubbs added a two-run single in the fifth and scored on a single by Nick Swisher , who had only two hits his previous 28 at-bats.
Lefty Holland, who pitched a season-low 4 1-3 innings, was 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his previous seven starts. Holland struck out the game's first three batters on 11 pitches. But the left-hander was gone after the Indians had scored three runs and his only walk loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. The Ohio native had been 3-0 in six previous career starts against Cleveland.
"You've got to give the Indians hitters credit. They fought for their at-bats and made him work. They got some hits when it mattered," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "You're going to have some days when it just doesn't work out." Neither team took pregame batting practice on the field after a busted water pipe under the infield caused a sinkhole right behind the mound. Workers had to dig more than 3 feet deep to fix the pipe, but completed the repair and had the grass back in place behind the mound about an hour before the game.
With his team mired in the losing streak, Francona joked before the game that there were no Bull Durham -like shenanigans by his team trying to get a day off. The Indians were just fine, and happy when the game was over. Every starter in the lineup got a hit. Kluber, who went to Coppell High School, struck out three with three walks and benefited from three double plays. He didn't throw more than 10 pitches in an inning until the sixth.
"It really wasn't any different than another game," Kluber said. "I've seen, I couldn't tell you how many games here. I've thrown here in college summer league. ... It really didn't feel any different." Francona was impressed. "He's getting better right in front of our eyes," the manager said.
"For him to go out there and kind of shoulder that responsibility, was, (we're) really proud of him." Ryan Raburn had a leadoff double in the fourth and scored on Reynolds' second hit of the game.
Reynolds was 2 for 25 the first seven games of the trip that ends with Wednesday's series finale. Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles , the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in the Cleveland lineup, had consecutive singles to start the fifth. Both moved up a base on Holland's errant throw into center when trying to pick Gomes off second base.
Stubbs followed with his runs-producing hit before Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch to bring up Swisher. "Thought I had a good game that first inning, when I was in control," Holland said.
"It was just an overall terrible performance. I didn't have my fastball. I made some pitches that they just found holes." After Kluber walked Leury Garcia and Andrus to start the sixth, Garcia was thrown out trying to advance to third on David Murphy 's flyout to left.
Elvis Andrus led off the Texas first with a single but was quickly erased on a double play when Murphy lined out to third baseman Reynolds. Nelson Cruz grounded into a double play after A.J. Pierzynski's leadoff walk in the second. Murphy had an RBI double in the eighth. Pierzynski homered in the ninth off reliever Joe Smith .
NOTES: Andrus has hit in all 34 career games against Cleveland, the longest hitting streak ever by a Texas player against one opponent. ... Rangers DH Lance Berkman reached in the first on a bunt single toward third base - with the Indians infield shifted the other way and third baseman Reynolds near shortstop. ... Kipnis led off the seventh with a walk, stole second base and scored on a wild pitch.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lance Berkman was actually more relaxed with the Texas Rangers on the verge of squandering a great scoring chance in a tie game.
Berkman hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning after an odd double play erased the potential go-ahead run at third base, and the Rangers beat Cleveland 6-3 Monday night to hand the Indians their eighth straight loss.
The Rangers had runners at first and third with no outs when David Murphy hit a grounder that the Indians turned into two outs by throwing behind Jurickson Profar at third.
Berkman suddenly needed a hit instead of a simple sacrifice fly to put Texas ahead. He responded with a shot down the left-field line for his first homer since May 24 and a 5-3 lead over the Indians, who have a 12-game road losing streak that's their longest since a 16-game skid carried over from 2009 into the second away game of 2010.
"A lot of times you feel much more relaxed and you have a better at-bat when you need a base hit as opposed to when you just need a fly ball," said Berkman, who was 2 for 25 with eight strikeouts coming in. "I wasn't thinking, we've just blown this. I was thinking, just try to get a good pitch to hit and try to hit it hard."
Robbie Ross (3-1) got the win after striking out the side following a leadoff walk in the seventh. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
Scott Kazmir (3-4) ended up with the loss even though he was in the dugout when the switch-hitting Berkman homered off left-hander Nick Hagadone.
Carlos Santana had a three-run double in the third inning, but the Indians didn't get another hit and remained a season-high 5 1/2 games behind Detroit just 18 days after they were in first place in the AL Central.
"Work hard and grind because there isn't a magic potion," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "There might be, but you can go to jail. We're going to find out a lot about ourselves right now."
Jeff Baker had a tying homer for Texas in the fourth, his ninth of the season and fourth in the past six games. After Berkman's home run, Nelson Cruz added an RBI double in the seventh.
"He's too good not to find his swing," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Berkman. "It would be nice if he got going and we could start doing things we know we're capable of doing. For now we've just got to keep fighting, and he's one of them who's been fighting and tonight he got us a big blow."
Kazmir fell behind 1-0 in the second on an RBI single by Craig Gentry but avoided further trouble by striking out Elvis Andrus with the bases loaded after third baseman Mark Reynolds misplayed a grounder with two outs.
Josh Lindblom, making his second career start with Texas this season after 101 relief appearances in the big leagues, retired the final 10 batters he faced after Santana's three-run double put Cleveland up 3-1 in the third.
Lindblom, filling in for injured starter Alexi Ogando, allowed five hits while striking out six and walking one. Four of his six innings were perfect.
The Indians had just two baserunners over the last six innings -- Jason Giambi on a walk and Jason Kipnis on an error by Andrus at shortstop.
"There's nothing I can do to change the double that he hit, so I've got to worry about the next pitch," said Lindblom, who was knocked out in the fifth inning of his other start after a flurry of Oakland doubles. "You make the next pitch and the next pitch and the next thing you know you're in the fifth or sixth inning."
The Rangers tied the score quickly in the fourth. A.J. Pierzynski led off with his second single and scored four pitches later on Baker's homer down the left-field line.
Kazmir allowed eight hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings.
"It's just little things that cost us the game," Kazmir said. "It could be a pitch, it could be defensively, offensively. It seems like it's something so small that's costing us, especially the last couple of games."
Mike Aviles started Cleveland's three-run third by beating Andrus' throw on a grounder up the middle. Kipnis singled and Nick Swisher walked with one out, and after Michael Brantley popped out, Santana sent a ball to the gap in right-center, just out of Cruz's reach.
The defensive play of the game ended up as a single for Berkman after Reynolds dove into foul territory to stop a one-hop grounder and threw to first. Berkman would have been out, but Santana came off the bag early to throw back to Reynolds, who tagged out Murphy trying to go from first to third on the play. Berkman was awarded a hit.
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