6:40 AM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
7 hours ago

Salazar pitches two crisp innings as Tribe ties Cubs 1-1 in spring training

MESA, Ariz.: Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Indians. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series.Just another day at work.Salazar pitched two crisp innings, and Cleveland and Chicago played to a 1-1 tie in spring training on Sunday.“I was just trying to work on my fastball,” said Salazar, who allowed one hit and struck out three. “Trying to work down on it and the first guy that I face, it was a walk. But after that, just trying to relax and try to get my tempo back.”The Indians battled injuries for much of last...
13 hours ago

Indians: Second baseman Jason Kipnis shut down from throwing for 4-5 days with rotator cuff strain

Jason Kipnis will have to wait a bit to make his 2017 spring debut in Arizona. Kipnis was slated to act as the designated hitter in Sunday’s Cactus League game against the Chicago Cubs but was scratched after being diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain and receiving a cortisone shot, per Indians manager Terry Francona. “If it was during the season, we wouldn’t do anything,” Francona told reporters in Goodyear, Ariz. “There’s just so much time to get ready [for the season] that to kind of put a Band-Aid on it now didn’t seem to make sense. … It’s considered a [rotator cuff...
13 hours ago

Marla Ridenour: Cavs GM David Griffin’s restocking plan nearly complete as he and LeBron James get what they want

CLEVELAND: Cavaliers general manager David Griffin had a plan all along, even if LeBron James sounded as if he were questioning it when he called for more playmakers last month.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue had faith in Griffin’s strategy, even if his superstar did not. In the wake of the flap over James’ comments following a Jan. 23 loss at New Orleans, Lue said he believed the Cavs had enough to defend their NBA title and tried to put the emphasis on playing better as a unit. But he also said he knew Griffin would do the best he could to make the Cavs better.Lue and Griffin realized bolstering...
14 hours ago

Jason Kipnis shut down from throwing for 4-5 days with rotator cuff strain

Jason Kipnis will have to wait a bit to make his 2017 spring debut in Arizona. Kipnis was slated to act as the designated hitter in Sunday’s Cactus League game against the Chicago Cubs but was scratched after being diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain and receiving a cortisone shot, per Indians manager Terry Francona. “If it was during the season, we wouldn’t do anything,” Francona told reporters in Goodyear, Ariz. “There’s just so much time to get ready [for the season] that to kind of put a bandaid on it now didn’t seem to make sense. … It’s considered a [rotator...
17 hours ago

Indians continue to look at Mike Clevinger as starting pitcher

Barring something unforeseen, Mike Clevinger’s long-term development continues to follow the path of a starting pitcher. This is something the Indians have maintained since last season, when Clevinger appeared in games as both a starter and a reliever. With six of the seven spots in the Indians’ bullpen already secure, it was possible Clevinger could be an option for the seventh spot as a pitcher capable of throwing multiple innings. For at least the duration of the spring, that likely won’t be the case. Francona reaffirmed on Saturday that plan is to have Clevinger stretched out...
Feb 25, 2017
Bulls 117, Cavaliers 99: No LeBron, no victory as Cavs fall to Jimmy Butler-led Bulls

Bulls 117, Cavaliers 99: No LeBron, no victory as Cavs fall to Jimmy Butler-led Bulls

CLEVELAND: Sooner or later, the Cavaliers will make the psychological breakthrough of winning a game without their leader, LeBron James.As the numbers of futility mount, the task could seem more daunting with every loss.But with James sitting out Saturday’s nationally televised game because of what ABC reported as strep throat, there were reasons to feel positive.Coming in, the Cavs boasted an 8-1 record in February and were the winners of four consecutive games. They acquired 3-point sharpshooter Kyle Korver in a January trade and are on the verge of signing ex-Dallas Maverick Deron...
Feb 25, 2017
Indians continue to look at Mike Clevinger as starting pitcher; Jason Kipnis to begin spring as DH

Indians continue to look at Mike Clevinger as starting pitcher; Jason Kipnis to begin spring as DH

Barring something unforeseen, Mike Clevinger’s long-term development continues to follow the path of a starting pitcher. This is something the Indians have maintained since last season, when Clevinger appeared in games as both a starter and a reliever. With six of the seven spots in the Indians bullpen already secure, it was possible Clevinger could be an option for the seventh spot as a pitcher capable of throwing multiple innings. But for at least the duration of the spring, that likely won’t be the case. Manager Terry Francona reaffirmed on Saturday the plan is to have Clevinger...
Feb 25, 2017

Indians 8, Reds 2: Ryan Merritt pitches Indians past Reds in spring training opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Having made one major league start, Ryan Merritt was summoned from the instructional league in Arizona last October and pitched 4⅓ scoreless innings against Toronto to help the Indians close out the AL Championship Series.Four days after his 25th birthday, the left-hander was back on the mound and started the Indians’ spring training opener, an 8-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.Merritt allowed two runs and four hits in two innings, struck out two, walked none and hit a batter. After retiring the side in order in the first, he allowed Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer.“I...
Feb 25, 2017

Danny Shelton excited about possibility of Browns bolstering D-line with No. 1 pick, Gregg Williams’ passion, result of wrist surgery

CLEVELAND: The thought of lining up next to Myles Garrett or Jonathan Allen puts a smile on Danny Shelton’s face.So Shelton would be giddy if the Browns were to draft one of those defensive linemen No. 1 overall on April 27.“There’s some great guys, and I’m all for D-line,” Shelton, a defensive tackle built like a vending machine, said Saturday before he signed autographs during the Cleveland Auto Show at the I-X Center. “So if they want to help out the D-line, go right ahead because we’ve got a bunch of great guys, and I just know that those guys would make us even...
Feb 24, 2017

Kevin Love expects to return to court in plenty of time to help Cavaliers in playoffs

Kevin Love called his arthroscopic surgery a minor procedure on Friday, and said he believes he’ll be back in plenty of time to get his rhythm and legs ready for the playoffs. Still, the Cavaliers forward sounds as if he’ll need the full six weeks to be healthy and ready. “As far as how I feel now, I feel great. But I’ll go through all the protocol,” Love said. “I’ll be back here on the floor, getting the stitches out, before that getting the swelling down. It’s all just part of going through it. But it was very minor so I feel better. I was out walking within a few days. They...
Feb 24, 2017

Indians’ Michael Brantley takes full swings in latest comeback

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Indians outfielder Michael Brantley participated in regular batting practice for the first time in training camp this year, a significant step in his latest comeback from a shoulder injury.Brantley took 120 swings in an outdoor batting cage Friday as several Indians coaches and medical director Lonnie Soloff watched intently. Brantley had been limited to soft-toss workouts, but he was able to take full cuts against normal pitches.“He looks real good,” batting coach Ty Van Burkleo said. “If you didn’t know he was rehabbing, you’d think he was just getting ready for...
Feb 24, 2017

Browns awarded four compensatory draft picks

The Browns were awarded four compensatory picks for April's NFL Draft, the NFL announced Friday. They received one selection in the third round (No. 103 overall), two in the fourth (Nos. 139 and 142) and one in the fifth (No. 178). However, the third-round pick will go to the New England Patriots because it's what the Browns agreed to surrender in their trade for linebacker Jamie Collins in October. The NFL awarded 32 compensatory picks to 16 teams. The Browns were one of four teams to receive the maximum of four picks. NFL rules stipulate that a team losing more or...
Feb 24, 2017

Cavs 119, Knicks 104; Jason Lloyd's final, Final Thoughts

CLEVELAND: Twenty-three thoughts for 23 points from Kyrie Irving in Thursday’s 119-104 win over the New York Knicks… 1.     Forget about the trade deadline, now the real negotiating season is about to begin. The Cavs’ trade assets were always limited, particularly after they dealt their 2019 pick to Atlanta for Kyle Korver. 2.     The buyout market was likely always going to be their best option. In that regard, Thursday went as well as could be expected for General Manager David Griffin. Two of the targets he has long pursued, Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams, are both...
Feb 23, 2017
Cavaliers 119, Knicks 104: LeBron James’ triple-double leads Cavs over Knicks in first game since All-Star break

Cavaliers 119, Knicks 104: LeBron James’ triple-double leads Cavs over Knicks in first game since All-Star break

CLEVELAND: LeBron James has often called the post-All-Star break portion of the schedule his favorite time of year. He showed why again on Thursday. James registered his sixth triple-double of the season with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in the Cavaliers’ 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks. It was James’ 48th career triple-double.The Cavs remained red-hot during February, improving to 8-1 and surpassing their win total from all of January. James was concerned the All-Star break could disrupt their momentum, but that certainly didn’t happen. The Cavs stood pat as...
Feb 23, 2017

Cavaliers notebook: Veteran point guard Deron Williams, waived by Dallas Mavericks, could be on Cavs’ radar

CLEVELAND: Even without making another move prior to the trade deadline, Thursday went well for the Cavaliers. Two targets they’ve coveted throughout the trade season both became available. Now they’ll have their shot at acquiring one or both without having to relinquish any of their scarce assets — provided they both clear waivers. Deron Williams was waived by the Dallas Mavericks following Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline and appears to be the Cavs’ primary target. Williams could be in demand on the waiver wire because his $8 million salary is manageable, particularly for a team...