Posted June 21, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Not long after Johnny Damon joined the Indians, he gave each of his new teammates a gift - customized bathrobes with their names and jersey numbers embroidered on the back. Since then, Damon's handed out advice, and lately he's been delivering clutch hits. After a slow start, the 18-year veteran outfielder is beginning to find his swing for the first-place Indians, who signed Damon as a free agent in April. The 38-year-old has brought needed leadership and wisdom to a young, surprising club that begins the summer on top of the AL Central for the second year in a row. Although his batting average has hovered around .190, Damon, a two-time All-Star who has played in 59 postseason games, is beginning to produce on the field.

Perez, Kipnis shine on MLB network

Cleveland closer Chris Perez was on Intentional Talk on the MLB Network yesterday talking about Cleveland fans, the Bullpen Mafia, and his normal routine. He was confronted by the video of him throwing up after the game. Interestingly enough, he admitted that after he gave up the hit to Freese, he almost lost it out of his nose. Classic. A really good watch actually. Jason Kipnis...

MLB News: Indians Trade 1B Beau Mills to Cincinnati

The Beau Mills era in Cleveland has officially come to an end as the Indians have traded the long-time minor league first baseman to the Cincinnati Reds for cash. Mills, the 13th-overall selection in 2007, had long been the poster boy for underachieving draft picks of the naughts, selected one pick ahead of Atlanta’s Jason Heyward who was an All-Star during his first year in the...

Indians start 10-game road trip today

The Indians' schedule included only eight home games in the month of June, and they've already played them. Following an off day Thursday, they will conclude the month with a 10-game trip to Houston, the New York Yankees and Baltimore.It will be an important trip for the Indians, who despite all the road games this month have managed to climb into first place in the AL Central...

Indians' Perez believes pine tar use is widespread

Outspoken Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez says he believes there are pitchers on every team who use pine tar and other substances to manipulate the ball. Clarifying comments he made earlier on a satellite radio show, Perez, a former Cardinal, said Friday he wasn't specifically calling out St. Louis for doing it. Instead he was saying that he's only been with two teams...

Umpire trips on Carlos Santana's foot

Home plate umpire Derryl Cousins tripped over the foot of Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana while trying to follow a play during Tuesday night's game at Progressive Field against the Cincinnati Reds. Your browser does not support iframes. In the top of the sixth inning, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart hit a grounder down the third base line that ended up curving foul. Cousins...

Indians return to first place during Ohio Cup

Continued home success over their intrastate rivals has helped propel the Cleveland Indians back atop the AL Central. The Indians look to complete a series sweep with a seventh consecutive home victory over the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run homer in the 10th inning Tuesday off hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman gave Cleveland a 3...

Indians 3 Reds 2: Asdrubal Blasts Tribe Into First Place

He owed us after Sunday’s three-error debacle. He knew it, we all knew it. And with one mighty swing of the bat, Asdrubal Cabrera got his redemption. A long night of ill-fated run-scoring opportunities looked like a painful loss as the Indians headed to the bottom of the 10th inning. Tribe starter Josh Tomlin was long gone at this point, despite putting together a solid performance...

Recent lineup change pays off in Indians' walk-off win

Asdrubal Cabrera had the worst game of his major league career Sunday, committing three errors that led to eight unearned runs and also getting reprimanded by his manager for not running hard to first base. The Cleveland Indians shortstop had one of the best games of his career Tuesday. Cabrera clubbed a walk-off, two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning...

Ump makes horrendous call at second base

There's bad calls, and then there's calls like the one Jim Wolf made in the seventh inning of Wednesday's Indians-Reds game. With two outs and Carlos Santana on first, Casey Kotchman chopped one down to Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Votto fielded the ball cleanly on the backhand and elected to go to second base with it. He had trouble with the throw, however, forcing...

Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana Gave Ump Derryl Cousins a Belly Rub (for real)

Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana gave umpire Derryl Cousins a belly rub last night. Three replays later, the announcers figured out what went down. Cousins. Your browser does not support... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Indians 2, Astros 0

Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff triple and Michael Brantley drove in a run late to back up a strong start by Ubaldo Jimenez and the Cleveland Indians got a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Choo's triple was one of only two hits the Indians managed in seven innings against Houston starter Lucas Harrell (6-6) as these teams met for the first time since 2001. Choo...

Indians beat Astros in 1st meeting since '01

HOUSTON (AP) -- Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff triple and Michael Brantley drove in a run late to back up a strong start by Ubaldo Jimenez and the Cleveland Indians got a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Choo's triple was one of only two hits the Indians managed in seven innings against Houston starter Lucas Harrell (6-6) as these teams met for the first time since...

Reds end Battle of Ohio on deflating note as Indians dominate, 8-1

This guy got the last laugh in the Battle of Ohio. Just a week ago, the Reds seemed assured of taking back the Ohio Cup after dominating the Indians at GABP. That feels like years ago after Cleveland wrapped up a shellacking of their in-state rival with an 8-1 win on Wednesday. After last night’s extra innings heart breaker, the Reds needed a bounce back...

6/20 Game Recap: Reds 1 - Indians 8

Player of the Game Justin Masterson pitched his best game of the season by far as he easily beat out Johnny Damon for Player of the Game. Masterson pitched a complete game and didn't allow a single earned run. He struck out 9 and earned the win for a score of 11.57 (the highest score by any Indians player in 2012). This is his third consecutive award. Feathers Up Masterson...
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