Salazar 'a lot closer' to last year's form, Francona says

The Cleveland Indians have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this month, but manager Terry Francona is banking on a solid start from Danny Salazar to help make his club's funk short-lived. Salazar makes his first appearance in the majors in more than two months as he faces the Minnesota Twins on the road Tuesday night. The Indians (50-49) returned from the All-Star...
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Indians update: Masterson, Bourn and Cabrera

After going five innings on Sunday, the Indians decided that Justin Masterson needed one more rehab start. Manager Terry Francona told reporters before Monday's game against the Twins that Masterson would start for Columbus on Friday against Norfolk. In Sunday's start against Indianapolis, the right-hander worked five innings and threw 71 pitches with 47 being strikes. Masterson...
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Three out of four in Motown gives Tribe momentum, but concerns remain

 DETROIT -- After losing 5-1 to the Tigers on Sunday, Indians manager Terry Francona was not in much of a mood to look back and reflect on taking three of four in Detroit. With seven games remaining on what is shaping up as the most important road trip of the season.  Going into the series, most people would have been happy if the Indians did not lose ground in the division. Instead...
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Indians rotation begins to take shape for rest of road trip

DETROIT -- The Indians have set their rotation through Thursday, but just like the current series with the Tigers, it will require a little bit of shuffling. T.J. House will start Monday's series opener in Minnesota with Danny Salazar slated to go on Tuesday and Trevor Bauer on Wednesday. Corey Kluber will take the hill for Thursday's opener of a four-game set at Kansas City...
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Indians keep rolling in Motown, thanks to all-around team effort

DETROIT -- If there is the epitome of a team win, the Indians provided a perfect example during the second game of their doubleheader against the Tigers on Saturday. From a solid start by Zach McAllister to clutch relief outings by John Axford and Carlos Carrasco to big hits from Chris Dickerson and Carlos Santana, a lot of players contributed to the 5-2 win in the nightcap, giving...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential For More Cavs Offseason Moves

Cleveland, Ohio has quickly become a hot spot for athletes. First, Terry Francona agreed to come to the Indians to manage their team. Then, Johnny Manziel sent a text to Browns saying, “Let’s wreck this league together.” Finally, LeBron James agreed to return Cleveland to help bring a championship home. Along with that, he is […]
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Francona expresses pride of seeing Brantley at All-Star Game

DETROIT -- While a lot of the focus during the All-Star Game was on Derek Jeter, the highlight for Indians manager Terry Francona was getting to see Michael Brantley make his first appearance. Francona said during Monday's workout he was going to talk with Brantley out in center field until he realized that Brantley was actually taking fly balls. "So I went out and stood...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the 25 Man Roster Shuffle

Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona are at it again, finding ways to turn their 25 man active roster into at least a 30 man. This is something the Indians started doing actively in 2013, but like the use of a shift against every batter, this form of taking advantage has really blown up in 2014. Excluding trips to the DL, paternity list or trades, the Indians have already made 60 separate...
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The Indians at the break: The Bad

47-47. .500. The middle. Average. Not great, but not bad. This is what our Cleveland Indians are as we sit here at the All-Star break. Heading into the season, Terry Francona’s group had to deal with something that was not on the docket a year before; heightened expectations. Coming off of a 92-win, Wild Card season and bringing back essentially the same core group, the Tribe now...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 days ago  |  Discuss

After Decision II, Tito Bought Cavs Season Tix

It didn't take Indians Manager Terry Francona long to jump on the LeBron Bandwagon. Soon after Lebron James announced he'd be taking his talents back to The Mistake By The Lake, Tito grabbed Cavaliers Season Tickets. Said Francona, "I called for season tickets about an hour after I heard he was coming back. And I’m not even there in the winter. So what does that tell...
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Terry Francona bought Cavs season tickets after LeBron James' announcement

Cleveland Indians' manager Terry Francona jumped right onto the LeBron love boat after the NBA star announced his return to the Cavaliers last Friday. Francona snatched up season tickets after LeBron's declaration and now has his hands on some of the hottest tickets on the market. Things sure can change quickly at Quicken Loans Arena when the 'King' states his reign.
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Terry Francona Bought Cavs Season Tickets After LeBron James’ Announcement

Cleveland has LeBron James fever right now, and Indians manager Terry Francona is no different. He recently proved that in a big way upon hearing the news that James was coming home. James announced last week that he was going to sign with the Cavaliers, an announcement that sent Cleveland into a frenzy. Francona was just as excited, and he told reporters on Monday at the Major League...
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The Aftermath of the Carlos Santana Experiment

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona had this to say before Wednesday’s home game against the New York Yankees: “Early in the year, there’s always some inconsistencies that take a while to kind of play themselves out. That’s just the way a year is. It happens with every team. Then, once guys get settled in and […]
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Tom Werner owns up to Red Sox’ mistakes

Tom Werner first got involved in Major League Baseball in 1990 when he led a group that purchased the San Diego Padres. That venture lasted four tumultuous seasons. His tenure as chairman of the Red Sox has been peaceful — and far more successful — by comparison. Since Werner joined with John Henry to purchase the team in 2002, the Red Sox have won three World Series championships...
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Gomes powers Indians over White Sox, 3-2

CLEVELAND—For a first half of a season that featured so many highs and lows, Sunday’s series finale couldn’t have ended on a better note. Trailing Chicago 2-1 in the eighth inning, Yan Gomes stepped up and delivered when it mattered most. The Tribe catcher launched a go-ahead two-run homer just over the wall in right field to give the Indians both the lead and win, edging...
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Tough day for Tribe epitomized by Adams' debut

CLEVELAND -- When he was called up on Friday, Austin Adams knew that he was going to be making his Major League debut sometime this weekend. It happened on Saturday and didn't go according to plan. Adams came on during the ninth inning with the White Sox holding a 3-2 lead. By the time Terry Francona came to get the ball from him four batters later, he had recorded only one out...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

New-look Tribe lineup heating up as All-Star break approaches

CLEVELAND -- As strange as it sounds on the surface, the best thing to happen to the Indians offense ended up being disabled list stints for Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher in late May. Consider the following -- for the first two months of the season, Terry Francona was playing a juggling game with Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall that wasn't working. Chisenhall wasn't getting...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona on potential LeBron return: "It would be really cool."

CLEVELAND -- Everyone in Northeast Ohio has an opinion on a possible LeBron James return to Cleveland including Indians manager Terry Francona. "It would be really cool. Just because I am enjoying being entrenched here, I would love it. I would plan my trips back to Cleveland a little more frequent (during the offseason)," Francona said on Wednesday before the Tribe took...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kluber trailing in All-Star Game Balloting with one day remaining

Corey Kluber is among the five finalists to be added to the AL All-Star roster via fan vote, but so far things aren’t looking great, despite Terry Francona’s best efforts. Terry Francona sat at computer from 10:30am-4pm (with some interruptions) to vote for Corey Kluber for All-Star Game. "I voted my ass off." — Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) July 8, 2014 Here’s the...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Total team effort lead Indians to 5-3 win over Yankees

CLEVELAND—He is without question a star in the making. Just call him the city’s new favorite No. 23. Looking to bounce back after a loss to New York in the series opener Monday, All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley led a total team effort by the Tribe Tuesday night. Behind solid starting pitching and timely hitting, the Indians rallied to take down the Yanks, 5-3. “That...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ailing ace: It's time for the Indians to shut down Justin Masterson

CLEVELAND -- When Terry Francona finally moved Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher down in the batting order in mid-May he acknowledged that he got the point where he might have been more stubborn than patient. We have reached that point with Justin Masterson. For the past three weeks, Francona, Masterson and the Indians have run the gamut of reasons why the right-hander has struggled...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kluber dominates Royals but needs fans' help to make All-Star team

CLEVELAND -- If it was up to the Kansas City Royals, Corey Kluber might be starting for the American League in next Tuesday's All-Star Game. Instead, it will be up to the fans to get him into the game. The Indians right-hander is one of five American League pitchers who is part of the MLB.com Final Vote to determine the last spot on the roster. Voting began on Sunday after the...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Kluber dominance leads to boos for Francona

CLEVELAND -- For one of the few times in his two seasons in Cleveland, Terry Francona was greeted with a cascade of boos when he came to take Corey Kluber out with one out in the ninth inning. Kluber had just whiffed Salvador Perez for his 10th strikeout of the day while holding the Royals to a run on four hits. But with the right-hander at 109 pitches and the middle of the order...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Kluber brilliant again; pitches Tribe to a 4-1 win over K.C.

CLEVELAND—Look up the word consistency in a dictionary, and Corey Kluber’s face should be there. Backed by another brilliant start from the Indians ace, the Tribe took the rubber match over Kansas City Sunday, 4-1 to win the three-game weekend series. “It’s sure nice to write his name in there,” manager Terry Francona said. “He has weapons and he has poise and he...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians in a slump at home

As recently as two weeks ago the Indians had the best home record in the Majors, but lately Progressive Field has been more hospitable to opponents. After winning 10 straight, the Indians have dropped five of their last six here. In the past six games, they have been outscored 40-21 with opponents hitting 11 home runs. The offense has a .228 batting average, which is 23 points lower...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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