A two-run home run by Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference and Cody Allen closed out a nail biter in the ninth, leaving the tying run at third base, as the Cleveland Indians won their first home series of the season behind a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
After Houston took an early 3-1 lead against Corey Kluber, the Houston bullpen picked up the ball game in the fifth for Mike Fiers and had preserved the lead into the seventh, when the Indians took their first lead of the night.
Reliever Chris Devenski had been a force on the mound after taking over for Fiers. After he retired both batters that he faced in the fifth, struck out three straight batters in the sixth, and K’d the first batter of the seventh, Devenski issued a rare walk to Yan Gomes. Carlos Santana struck out swinging for the second out, Devenski’s fifth K of the night. Lindor stepped in for his second at bat against Devenski on the night and the switch-hitting shortstop clobbered a 2-0 pitch over the center field wall for a two-run shot that put Cleveland on top for the first time, 4-3.
Chances are slim that the candles on manager Terry Francona’s 58th birthday cake withstood the strong winds generated by three Indians home runs and plenty of swings and misses by the White Sox as Carlos Carrasco worked eight innings of three-hit shutout baseball and the Indians blanked the White Sox again, 7-0, on Saturday night.
Carrasco (2-1, 1.65 ERA) channeled his inner Corey Kluber and nearly replicated the pitching performance of the Tribe’s ace from one night earlier when he fired a complete game three-hit shutout. Carrasco worked a similar line on the night, exiting for the final frame with a zero on the scoreboard in the runs column while limiting the Sox to three hits and a walk while striking out eight. He was aggressive on the mound, throwing first pitch strikes to 19 of the 27 batters that he faced while hitting 73 of 106 pitches for strikes. Nineteen of those pitches were cut on and missed.
The bats were alive in Minnesota for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night as they gave starter Josh Tomlin some room to work with and he returned the favor with a quality start in an 11-4 victory.
The early run support for Tomlin may have been just what the right-hander needed to relax on the mound. He had had a rough go in his first two outings, but he looked much more like the quality back end of the rotation arm that he was for the club last season.
The Indians were the recipient of a first inning gift from the Twins and built off of the extra out quickly and never looked back.
The Cleveland Indians started the season with an impressive and dramatic three-game sweep in Texas. Since then, things have taken a turn for the worst as the club has dropped five of its last six and is struggling to score runs while limiting the damage.
They will look to turn around the early season woes and heat up the cold bats as they host the Detroit Tigers this weekend in a three-game set.
While the Cleveland Indians’ road trip got off to a great start with a three-game sweep in Texas against the Rangers, the club was tripped up hard in its return to Arizona when it was dealt a discouraging three-game sweep at the arms and bats of the Diamondbacks.
The Tribe will look to get itself righted again and put that bad series in the rear view when it hosts the Chicago White Sox for three straight at Progressive Field this week.
The Indians (3-3) started the season with some impressive late inning dramatics in the heart of Texas, but back in the desert, they were met by a white-hot Diamondbacks team that contained the Tribe offense while putting up buckets of their own runs. The Indians were outscored 21-7 in the three-game set and were not in many of the games late.
The Cleveland Indians used seven unanswered runs to overcome an early four-run deficit and defeat the Texas Rangers, 8-5, from Globe Life Park in Arlington in the 2017 regular season opener on Monday night.
In a matchup of staff aces, Yu Darvish and Corey Kluber took to the bump and showed that there was still some spring rust to knock off. Kluber worked out of a jam in the first inning after walking Carlos Gomez to start the game. He was caught stealing before a groundout by Shin-Soo Choo and a Nomar Mazara two-out double was wasted on a strikeout by Mike Napoli.
The Rangers would avoid run production issues to put up their first run of the season with the first batter of the second inning. Rougned Odor worked the count full before sending a slider over the fence for a solo home run to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
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When the Cleveland Indians signed slugger Mike Napoli last offseason, there was hope, but no certainty, that he could provide the club with the powerful right-handed bat that had been lacking from the lineup for much of the 21st century.
The arrival of Edwin Encarnacion this winter on a three-year free agent deal with a club option for a fourth year in 2020 did not come with those doubts.
It was a beautiful sight to see as live Major League Baseball games were back in Arizona and Florida this weekend as 2017 spring training action got underway.
The Cleveland Indians opened their Cactus League schedule on Saturday as they hosted the Cincinnati Reds at the two clubs’ shared facility at Goodyear Ballpark. The Indians then went on the road to Mesa, taking on the Chicago Cubs before a packed house at Sloan Park, where 15,388 took in the exhibition.
For northeast Ohioans, temperatures far above normal for late February have given Cleveland Indians fans a case of spring fever, as people flocked outdoors to enjoy the unpredictable weather of the region while dreaming of their return to Progressive Field to cheer on their defending American League champion ball club.
The timing for the temperature spike seemed almost perfect, as it coincided with the start of regular spring training contests in Arizona for the Tribe. The Indians open up their Cactus League schedule on Saturday afternoon with a 3:00 PM ET contest against their Goodyear roommates, the Cincinnati Reds.
Unfortunately for Clevelanders unable to take in the game from warm Arizona and Goodyear Ball Park, they were dealt a harsh reminder from Mother Nature that spring, summer, and regular season baseball were still a long ways away as strong overnight thunderstorms brought with them a return of cooler weather with threats of that dreaded white stuff.
In a world dominated by social media, it is difficult to keep anything a secret. Because of this, the cat was out of the bag two weeks ago that the Cleveland Indians had caught a big bird.
After some delay, the Tribe formally announced the signing of free agent bat Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth season on Thursday morning in a press conference from Progressive Field.
In a corresponding move, the team also announced that left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar, claimed off of waivers this offseason from the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been designated for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Encarnacion.
Multiple reports confirmed Thursday night that the Cleveland Indians will sign free agent designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year.
Details of the possible contract have not been confirmed by the organization. It has been speculated by various sources (including Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, and Fan Rag’s Jon Heyman) that the three years will net Encarnacion at least $60 million. That total includes a $5 million buyout for a fourth season (club option), one that would cost the Indians another $25 million.
Encarnacion had previously declined the qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, so the Indians will have to surrender their first round pick in the upcoming draft, originally slotted at 27. It had also been reported that Encarnacion had turned down a four-year, $80 million offer from the Blue Jays, but he declined in order to test the market. Toronto quickly turned to other options to fill their roster vacancy at the first base/designated hitter position while a crowded first base marketplace slowed to a crawl through the Winter Meetings.