3:02 AM EDT, Sun June 25, 2017
5 hours ago

Twins 4, Indians 2: 13 Walk-Off Thoughts on an ugly first inning, Corey Kluber’s renewed dominance

Here are 13 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. 1. The Indians received a dominating performance from ace Corey Kluber but didn’t help him much in the first inning. Two errors led to two runs, and that self-inflicted deficit lasted until the seventh inning. 2. The error was attributed to Jason Kipnis, who was charged with a throwing error while in the shift. Throwing from the left side of the infield, Kipnis’ throw wasn’t too far off the mark but pulled Carlos Santana off the bag. After a walk, Dozier was driven in via a double by...
6 hours ago
Twins 4, Indians 2: Early mistakes, late home runs doom Indians in loss to Twins

Twins 4, Indians 2: Early mistakes, late home runs doom Indians in loss to Twins

CLEVELAND: The Indians spent most of the day chipping away at an early deficit that was for the most part of their own doing but ultimately fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field.The Indians (39-34) managed to erase some early self-inflicted wounds but couldn’t stave off a late charge by the Twins, who went to work against the bullpen.Tied 2-2 in the eighth, the Indians turned to Cody Allen (0-3). Allen tried to go high-and-inside to Brian Dozier, the first batter he faced. Dozier turned on the pitch and drove it to the Home Run Porch in...
7 hours ago

Indians report: Rookie outfielder Bradley Zimmer displaying ‘mature’ approach

CLEVELAND: Indians rookie outfielder Bradley Zimmer had an up-and-down 2016 between the Double-A and Triple-A levels, eventually changing the mechanics of his swing midway through the year and falling off some top prospect lists. He’s seemed perfectly comfortable in the majors in 2017.Entering Saturday, Zimmer was hitting .308 with a .388 on-base percentage and a .905 OPS to go with four home runs, seven doubles, 20 RBI and seven stolen bases in 34 games. He’s produced offensively while giving the Indians above-average defense in center field that’s included four defensive runs saved,...
7 hours ago

Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion following his traditional season arc

CLEVELAND: A slow start followed by the pummeling of baseballs in June? Edwin Encarnacion is simply having a traditional Edwin Encarnacion-like season. Encarnacion has been among baseball’s most prolific hitters over the previous five seasons. In most of those seasons, it took him some time to get going offensively. Historically, April has been Encarnacion’s worst month at the plate, but as the calendar turns to late May and then June, he’s consistently been one of the more lethal hitters in any lineup. It’s happening again, and it should help to calm some quick-trigger concerns with...
7 hours ago

Early mistakes, late home runs doom Indians in 4-2 loss to Minnesota Twins

CLEVELAND: The Indians spent most of the day chipping away at an early deficit for the most part of their own doing but ultimately fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. The Indians (39-34) managed to erase some early self-inflicted wounds but couldn’t stave off a late charge by the Twins, who went to work against the bullpen. Tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth, the Indians turned to Cody Allen. Allen tried to go high-and-inside to Brian Dozier, the first batter he faced. Dozier turned on the pitch and drove it to the Home Run Porch...
9 hours ago

Marla Ridenour: Buyouts for Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony could create brOhio partnership with LeBron James next season

While Cavaliers fans were watching their blockbuster trade hopes dashed during the NBA Draft on Thursday night, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade were taking in spring menswear shows at Paris Fashion Week.Perhaps a few more jackets suitable for Northeast Ohio might be in order.The state of their franchises, Anthony’s New York Knicks and Wade’s Chicago Bulls, could soon make them buyout candidates. The Cavs will have no influence on their futures short of LeBron James lobbying his two close friends to join him in Cleveland if those buyouts are offered, but a “brOhio” partnership is...
Jun 23, 2017

Twins 5, Indians 0: 13 Walk-Off Thoughts on Trevor Bauer, a rough second inning, BABIP regression

Here are 13 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins Friday night. 1. Trevor Bauer has been searching for answers all season. He’s now 6-6 this season with a 5.53 ERA. He’s been striking out batters at a career-best rate and is among baseball’s leaders with a 10.29 K/9 rate, which is seventh in the game. But he’s still not putting together a stretch like he did in the middle of last season, when he simplified things while working with catcher Chris Gimenez. 2. On Friday night, it was a location issue. Bauer began finding the middle of the plate—as...
Jun 23, 2017
Twins 5, Indians 0: Indians’ hot streak dampened by Twins, misting rain

Twins 5, Indians 0: Indians’ hot streak dampened by Twins, misting rain

CLEVELAND: Nothing like a persistent mist to cool down what was one of the hottest teams and offenses in baseball.After going 7-1 on a just-completed road trip in which they scored at least five runs in every game, the Indians were stopped in their tracks in a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins Friday night in a game played in a misting rain for much of the night.The Indians (39-33) mustered only four hits, two of them coming against Twins starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia (2-3), who threw five scoreless innings in his best start of the season. They had previously totaled at least 10 hits in nine...
Jun 23, 2017

Indians’ hot streak dampened by Minnesota Twins, misting rain in 5-0 loss

CLEVELAND: Nothing like a persistent mist to cool down what was one of the hottest teams and offenses in baseball. After going 7-1 on their recent road trip in which they scored at least five runs in every game, the Indians’ offense was halted in a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins Friday night in a game layered with a misting rain for much of the night. The Indians (39-33) mustered only four hits, two of them coming against Twins starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia (2-3), who threw five scoreless innings in his best start of the season. They had previously totaled at least 10 hits in nine...
Jun 23, 2017

Indians notebook: Jose Ramirez building All-Star case; Danny Salazar to throw simulated game on Monday

CLEVELAND: Jose Ramirez was held out of the lineup on Friday night. Perhaps he needed to let his bat cool after a scorching week and a half of hitting.Ramirez had one hit in Thursday’s 6-3 win in Baltimore, snapping a streak of nine consecutive multi-hit games.“He hit himself right out of the lineup,” Indians manager Terry Francona joked.Ramirez was on such a torrid pace that he was one of the few Indians to play in all four games over a three-day stretch in Minnesota. He might have received a day off a bit earlier in the week, but the club wanted to keep his bat in the lineup as long...
Jun 23, 2017

Jose Ramirez building All-Star case; Danny Salazar to throw sim game on Monday

CLEVELAND: Jose Ramirez was held out of the lineup on Friday night. Perhaps he needed to let his bat cool after a scorching week and a half of hitting. Ramirez had one hit in Thursday’s 6-3 win in Baltimore, snapping a streak of nine straight multi-hit games. “He hit himself right out of the lineup,” joked Indians manager Terry Francona. Ramirez was on such a torrid pace that he was one of the few to play in all four games over a three-day stretch in Minnesota. He might have received a day off a bit earlier in the week, but the club wanted to keep his bat in the lineup as long...
Jun 23, 2017

Why Browns expect second-year tight end Seth DeValve to become breakout playmaker this year

Seth DeValve would maneuver his large frame into a textbook position and complete an eye-opening catch with a defender draped on his back.The scene repeatedly unfolded during spring practices and each time served as a reminder that DeValve is bigger, faster and stronger than he was when the Browns drafted him last year in the fourth round out of Princeton University.The clinics DeValve would put on suddenly made him look like a go-to target for whichever Browns quarterback wins the starting job, and it’s not farfetched to believe the young tight end could be the team’s most improved...
Jun 23, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers donate $875,000 from watch parties to Habitat for Humanity

CLEVELAND: The Cleveland Cavaliers have donated $875,000 in proceeds from NBA Finals watch parties to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.Watch parties were hosted at the Quicken Loans Arena during the NBA Finals this year when the Cavaliers played the Golden State Warriors at Oakland. Fans could buy tickets online for $10.The watch party program launched during the 2015 NBA Finals, generating more than $260,000.Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski says it’s “highly appropriate” that playoff support can be translated into a positive outcome for Cleveland neighborhoods.The team has donated...
Jun 22, 2017
Indians 6, Orioles 3: Austin Jackson has 3 hits, 3 RBI to carry Indians past Orioles

Indians 6, Orioles 3: Austin Jackson has 3 hits, 3 RBI to carry Indians past Orioles

BALTIMORE: Austin Jackson had three hits and three RBI, Erik Gonzalez homered and the Indians put on another offensive show at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles in a 6-3 victory Thursday night.The Indians won three of four from the Orioles to complete a 7-1 road trip that began with a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. The Indians have scored at least five runs and reached double figures in hits over nine consecutive games, and homered in 11 in a row.The Orioles’ beleaguered pitching staff was overmatched against that kind of firepower. The Orioles were outscored 28-10 in the series...
Jun 22, 2017

Draft night starts quietly for Cavaliers with no trades, no word from Chauncey Billups

Going into Thursday night’s NBA Draft without a general manager did not prevent the Cavaliers from pursing trades and trying to bolster their roster to better compete with the Golden State Warriors.But they had few assets, surrendered in building the team that captured the 2016 championship and celebrated in a massive parade exactly a year ago. The Cavs entered the night with no draft picks, no tradeable first-rounders until 2021 and no money to buy a draft pick.Discussions included talks about the San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, but the asking price...