First win of '15 elusive but Kluber locked in

AL's reigning Cy Young winner racks up 8 K's in 8-inning no-decision against Twins

First win of '15 elusive but Kluber locked in

CLEVELAND -- Say this for Corey Kluber: he has done his part. Three starts into his Cy Young encore, the ace of the Indians' staff has looked every bit as overpowering and dominant as he did throughout last summer's breakout showing.

Kluber just has no wins to show for it.

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Tribe unravels late after Kluber's stellar start

Tribe unravels late after Kluber's stellar start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Plouffe connected on a walk-off solo homer in the 11th inning to give the Twins a 3-2 win over the Indians on Friday night at Target Field.

Plouffe's blast came on a 3-1 cutter from Indians right-hander Bryan Shaw, and gave the Twins their third straight win. It helped atone for the Twins' inability to come through with runners in scoring position in the ninth and 10th innings.

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Salazar getting chance to reclaim rotation spot

Right-hander tabbed to start middle matchup against Twins; McAllister moving to bullpen

Salazar getting chance to reclaim rotation spot

MINNEAPOLIS -- When right-hander Danny Salazar takes the mound for the Indians on Saturday, it will not be a spot start. Cleveland is hoping that Salazar makes the most of his opportunity and resumes his previous role as a fixture in the starting rotation.

"I have to show them that I've been working hard," Salazar said. "I have to prove it."

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Brantley notches 2 hits in return from back stiffness

All-Star outfielder rejoins starting lineup as DH

Brantley notches 2 hits in return from back stiffness

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians had a familiar face back in the heart of their batting order on Friday night. It did not take long for a familiar swing to return as well.

Following a bout with a nagging back issue, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley returned to the lineup for Cleveland in the opener of a three-game set with the Twins, delivering a pair of hits in a 3-2, 11-inning loss at Target Field. In five plate appearances, Brantley came through with two singles as the Tribe's designated hitter.

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Tribe calls on Salazar for matchup with Twins

Tribe calls on Salazar for matchup with Twins

When the Indians broke camp this spring, the team felt right-hander Danny Salazar needed to tackle a few issues at Triple-A Columbus to begin the season. After one strong start for the Clippers, Salazar will be recalled by Cleveland to start the second game of this three-game series against the Twins. It will be more than a spot start for Salazar, who is being given the chance to reclaim a regular role in the rotation.

Salazar will face Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, who won 16 games last season but is still searching for his first victory of 2015. Hughes turned in a quality start in Chicago on Sunday against the White Sox, but Minnesota's offense offered little support. Following an extra-innings win by the Twins on Friday night, Hughes will look to extend his team's winning streak to four games.

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Bauer focused on improving body language on mound

Righty, enjoying stellar start to season, realizes he may have been misunderstood in past

Bauer focused on improving body language on mound

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer knows that he might have been misunderstood at times in the past. By teammates. By coaches. By umpires. The young Indians pitcher realizes now that his body language on the hill may have played a role in the mixed signals.

Over the offseason and through Spring Training, Bauer worked extensively on fine-tuning his pitches, and he also focused on the mental side of his game. Part of that has included reminding himself to hone in on the elements that are under his control, and not reacting negatively when things do not go as planned on the field.

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Carrasco feeling better; Tribe looking at Monday start

Carrasco feeling better; Tribe looking at Monday start

CLEVELAND -- One day after being struck on the side of the face by a line drive, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was only dealing with swelling and a bruised jaw.

Carrasco was in Cleveland's clubhouse on Wednesday morning, and Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the pitcher was feeling better. Carrasco was forced out of Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the White Sox in the first inning after being hit by a sharp comebacker off the bat of Melky Cabrera.

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Tribe righty Bauer pleased with way season has started

Tribe righty Bauer pleased with way season has started

CLEVELAND -- It was a strange spring for Trevor Bauer, and his enigmatic ways have lingered into the early portion of the regular season. After two victories and a near no-hitter, the young Indians right-hander is not about to complain too much about the interesting opening to his campaign.

"Overall, I think I'm off to a good start," Bauer said. "I'll definitely take where I'm at."

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#TBT: Feller tosses the one and only Opening Day no-hitter

#TBT: Feller tosses the one and only Opening Day no-hitter

It took around 40 years for it to happen the first time, and considering the 7 1/2 decades that have passed since then, it's looking like it may never happen again.

And that would be probably be just fine with Bob Feller, who 75 years ago today, threw the first -- and to this day, only -- Opening Day no-hitter in modern day baseball history. And that's just how Feller wanted it to live in history -- forever.

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Bauer, Chisenhall send Tribe to two-game split with Sox

Bauer, Chisenhall send Tribe to two-game split with Sox

CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Trevor Bauer logged six strong innings, picking up his second win in as many starts and helping the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Cleveland.

"We had a rough homestand, but I think guys came out a little bit looser today," Bauer said. "We played pretty well."

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Bourn: An 'honor' to wear No. 42 to celebrate Jackie

Bourn: An 'honor' to wear No. 42 to celebrate Jackie

CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn smiled and touched the sleeve of the jersey hanging in his locker on Wednesday morning. Donning Jackie Robinson's number has become an annual tradition in Major League Baseball, but this is not a novelty that wears off over time.

For Bourn, this is a day he looked forward to every year.

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Marcum clears waivers, accepts Columbus assignment

Marcum clears waivers, accepts Columbus assignment

CLEVELAND -- The Indians hoped they would find a way to keep veteran right-hander Shaun Marcum in the organization after designating him for assignment earlier this week. Cleveland got its wish on Wednesday.

One day after being designated, Marcum cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, where he will slot back into the rotation. The move comes after Marcum worked five innings of emergency relief for Cleveland's beleaguered bullpen in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Tigers.

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Anthony Castrovince

Indians hope to push past early injuries

Carrasco's scare, Brantley's back, Gomes' knee have made for tough start to 2015 for Cleveland

Indians hope to push past early injuries

CLEVELAND -- Eight pitches into the season's seventh game, Carlos Carrasco lay face down on the ground in front of the mound, and your heart sank.

Here's a grounded young man with a growing family, a genuinely pleasant disposition and a wealth of talent who finally, in a brilliant 10-start stretch at the end of last season, put it all together and became the dominant starter the Indians long expected him to be. Off the field, a heart condition that required non-invasive offseason surgery and steady medication reminded Carrasco of his own mortality and inspired him to take the money on the table -- a four-year, $22 million contract that certainly seems team-friendly -- and the security it affords him.

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Bauer's season-opening run ends with nine hitless innings

After tossing six hit-free frames in debut, righty adds three more Wednesday

Bauer's season-opening run ends with nine hitless innings

Trevor Bauer's impressive start to the 2015 season has him in the annals of some of the best no-hit stints to begin a year in baseball history.

The Indians right-hander, who was pulled after six no-hit innings in his season debut against the Astros last week, racked up three more no-hit frames against the White Sox on Wednesday to extend his season-starting streak to nine. He gave up his first hit of 2015 to Jose Abreu to lead off the fourth inning.

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Megan Zahneis

Bauer settles into comfort zone on mound

Bauer settles into comfort zone on mound

Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer is known in baseball circles for his dedication and intelligence. It's a reputation that is well deserved. Bauer's astuteness and acumen shines through in the first 60 seconds you meet the guy, and it's easy to tell that he eats and breathes baseball.

Is Bauer an overthinker? He doesn't think so. A bit socially awkward? Perhaps, but he's getting more comfortable in Cleveland every day. About to "arrive" as an impact starting pitcher? Bauer certainly did all he could this offseason to make that happen, spending the winter at a "baseball ranch" in Texas honing his skills under the tutelage of pitching guru Ron Wolforth.

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Carrasco hit by liner, suffers jaw contusion

No signs of concussion for Indians righty, who returned to the ballpark after trip to hospital

Carrasco hit by liner, suffers jaw contusion

CLEVELAND -- Everyone inside Progressive Field held their breath on Tuesday as Indians starter Carlos Carrasco lay face down on the side of the mound. A line drive off the bat of White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera struck the pitcher on the right side of his face in the first inning, knocking Carrasco to the ground.

It was a frightening moment for Carrasco's team.

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Indians lose Carrasco to injury in loss to Sox

Indians lose Carrasco to injury in loss to Sox

CLEVELAND -- Left-hander Jose Quintana spun six solid innings and Jose Abreu launched his second home run of the season, helping the White Sox claim a 4-1 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians had more on their mind than the loss column, though.

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Indians designate Marcum to make room for Hayes

Fresh off successful return to bigs, right-hander a roster casualty due to need for backup catcher

Indians designate Marcum to make room for Hayes

CLEVELAND -- The Indians had a difficult decision to make in order to add backup catcher Brett Hayes to their roster on Tuesday. Following an admirable return to the big leagues, Shaun Marcum received some tough news from Cleveland.

Prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox, the Indians designated Marcum for assignment, giving the Tribe 10 days to either trade or release the pitcher, or assign him to Triple-A Columbus in the event he clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Tribe signs righty Chacin to Minor League deal

Tribe signs righty Chacin to Minor League deal

CLEVELAND -- The Indians added another layer of rotation depth on Tuesday, signing former Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a Minor League contract.

Chacin is currently building up pitch volume at Cleveland's spring complex in Goodyear, Ariz., and he's slated to join Triple-A Columbus' staff in the coming weeks. In a surprise move, the veteran right-hander was released by Colorado on March 22 after appearing to be a lock for the club's rotation earlier in camp.

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MiLB hidden-ball trick leaves broadcasters silent

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MiLB hidden-ball trick leaves broadcasters silent

The hidden-ball trick is an art form. It takes a perfect mixture of subtlety, craftiness and serendipitous timing. They occur every so often in MLB, when the planets align and the universe graces us with pure moments of joy.

On Friday, we were bestowed a hidden-ball trick not in the Majors, but in a Triple-A game between the Columbus Clippers and Indianapolis Indians.

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Indians confident in Perez to step in behind plate

As Gomes recovers from sprained knee, 'luxury' backup takes everyday role

Indians confident in Perez to step in behind plate

CLEVELAND -- Roberto Perez found himself in the Indians' backup catching role based on circumstance. Yan Gomes has emerged as one of the top young catchers in the game, both in terms of his developing offense and strong defense, so it would be tough for anyone to supplant him as Cleveland's starter.

"He's a backup here because we have Yan Gomes," said Sandy Alomar Jr., the Tribe's first-base coach and a former Major League catcher. "Anywhere else, he could start."

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Tribe signs reliever Webb to Minor League deal

Tribe signs reliever Webb to Minor League deal

CLEVELAND -- The Indians are only six games into the regular season, and the club's bullpen depth has already been put to the test. Cleveland added another layer of insurance on Monday by signing right-hander Ryan Webb to a Minor League contract.

Webb -- assigned to Triple-A Columbus -- was released earlier on Monday by the Dodgers, who acquired him from Baltimore via trade on Thursday. Los Angeles acquired a Competetive Balance Round B pick (74th overall) in this year's First-Year Player Draft as part of the four-player deal with Baltimore and is on the hook for the entirety of Webb's $2.75 million salary for 2015.

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Gomes to miss 6-8 weeks with moderate MCL sprain

With catcher sidelined, righties Marcum, Adams promoted from Triple-A, lefty Crockett optioned

Gomes to miss 6-8 weeks with moderate MCL sprain

CLEVELAND -- Losing catcher Yan Gomes for any length of time is a devastating blow for an Indians club hoping to contend this season. Cleveland placed Gomes on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a right knee injury and is expecting him to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

"In the really big picture, it could've been worse," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It's a difficult loss, but he's going to be OK. And anybody that's been around Gomer for five seconds knows he'll work, he'll overwork, and he'll be back the minute he can be."

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Marcum provides bright spot in return to bigs

Marcum provides bright spot in return to bigs

CLEVELAND -- The long road back to the Majors for Shaun Marcum wasn't complete until a car ride on two final long roads -- about 120 miles of I-70 E, and another 130 miles on I-71 N.

Five hours after leaving Indianapolis -- where the Triple-A Columbus Clippers had been playing -- Marcum arrived in Cleveland. It was 3:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning.

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Indians unable to overcome shaky House vs. Tigers

Indians unable to overcome shaky House vs. Tigers

CLEVELAND -- Miguel Cabrera has tormented the Tribe throughout his career and that did not change during Cleveland's home-opening set against the rival Tigers. Cabrera launched two home runs, collected four hits and powered Detroit to an 8-5 victory over the Indians on Sunday at Progressive Field.

Cabrera's four-hit, four-RBI outpouring capped off an 11-for-14 showing in the three-game sweep of the Tribe, as the Tigers improved to 6-0 on the season. That marks the most hits the Tigers' first baseman has produced in a three-game series in his career. In the process, Cabrera's season average skyrocketed to .520 from .182 over the past three games.

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