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  • Indians become 1st team to have 4 pitchers with 200-plus strikeouts

    ESPN "The Cleveland Indians have become the first team in Major League Baseball history to have four pitchers reach 200 strikeouts in a season. Mike Clevinger hit that mark with his fourth strikeout against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night, joining fellow starters Carlos Carrasco (217),..." September 23

  • Francona: Bauer to be activated for Friday start vs. Red Sox

    The Score "Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer will be activated Friday to start against the Boston Red Sox, manager Terry Francona confirmed, according to's Jordan Bastian. He'll throw a couple of innings before handing the ball to Shane Bieber out of the bullpen. " September 19

  • Indians considering using Trevor Bauer out of playoff bullpen

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians may have a weapon to make their playoff bullpen even deeper. Indians president Chris Antonetti admitted that the team has considered using Bauer, who fractured his fibula and has not pitched since August 11, as a reliever during the..." September 17

  • Indians honor V-Mart after he officially announces he's retiring

    The Score "Victor Martinez saved his official retirement announcement for where it all started. The 39-year-old Detroit Tigers slugger confirmed on Saturday what had been anticipated for months, that he's retiring at the end of this season after 16 years in the major leagues, according to..." September 16

  • Blue Jays rejected Donaldson trade that included star rookie

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays turned down a trade last winter that would have sent Josh Donaldson to the St. Louis Cardinals for a package that would have included rookie sensation Jack Flaherty, according to a new report from Bob Nightengale of U.S. Today. According to Nightengale, citing a..." September 15

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Cleveland Indians have 16 games left to kick the tires on their new All-Star loaded lineup

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Did you notice anything remarkable about the Cleveland Indians' batting order for Tuesday's game in Tampa Bay? Rookie pitcher Adam Plutko did, and he couldn't help pointing it out to fellow rookie Shane Bieber, who was getting ready to take the mound that..." September 13

  • Which MLB contender has the best postseason starting rotation?

    USA Today "Here’s a thing I made for you to argue about online: Trying to predict the outcome of any short MLB postseason series is a fool’s errand. As noted frequently in this space around this time of year every year, it would take a best-of-269-game series to determine, with..." September 11

  • Why the Yankees, Red Sox are angry over Josh Donaldson trade

    Boston Herald "The Yankees and Red Sox never agree. That they are now likely speaks volumes to the topic at hand. The two bitter rivals recently “voiced displeasure” to MLB regarding the Indians recent trade with Toronto for star third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to The..." September 11

  • Can Trevor Bauer 'beat the clock' and rejoin Cleveland Indians' rotation in time for postseason?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's September and the Indians once again are trying to get their roster back to full strength before plunging into the postseason. They activated lefty Andrew Miller on Monday. Josh Donaldson will join him on Tuesday, but what of Trevor Bauer? Bauer was about to hit the..." September 11

  • Indians activate Andrew Miller from disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Indians announced on Monday that reliever Andrew Miller has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Miller, 33, went back on the disabled list on August 27 with an external impingement in his left shoulder. That marked the third stint on the DL for the lefty this season. He..." September 10

  • Tribe to activate Josh Donaldson on Tuesday "The Indians will activate third baseman Josh Donaldson on Tuesday before the second game of their three-game set against the Rays in St. Petersburg. The 32-year-old Donaldson, who has been rehabbing a left calf injury that has sidelined him since late May, was acquired from the..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Indians Intend To Activate Andrew Miller On Monday

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are planning to activate left-hander Andrew Miller from the 10-day DL on Monday, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports (Twitter link).  This would make it slightly beyond a minimum stint for Miller, who originally hit the DL on August 29 due to an external..." September 09

  • Red Sox among several teams unhappy with Donaldson trade

    The Score "The Cleveland Indians acquired Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays just prior to Major League Baseball's deadline to add postseason-eligible players on Aug. 31, then placed the third baseman on the disabled list. Some contending teams reportedly aren't happy about the situation,..." September 09

  • Indians' Ramirez becomes baseball's first 30-30 man since 2012

    The Score "Jose Ramirez's growing MVP case has now reached historic territory. The Cleveland Indians infielder swiped his 30th base of the season in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays to record the 61st 30-homer, 30-steal season in baseball history, and the..." September 09

  • Miller has another 'pen session, says he's ready "Andrew Miller thinks he's over his left shoulder injury and ready to get into some Major League games. Miller threw 33 pitches off the bullpen mound Saturday afternoon and tried simulating a game setting. The 33-year-old threw a bullpen session on Thursday, and Indians officials..." September 08

  • Indians Could Activate Josh Donaldson On Tuesday

    MLB Trade Rumors "Injured third baseman Josh Donaldson appears to be closing in on his Cleveland debut. If all goes well for Donaldson over the next few days, expectations are that the Indians will activate him from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, Paul Hoynes of reports. In the meantime, the..." September 08

  • Lindor, Story closing in on shortstop history "Baseball fans of a certain age remember when the shortstop position changed. It may be happening again. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a power boom changed how the position was viewed. Yes, it was an offensive era all over baseball, but no position was more emblematic than..." September 08

  • Indians won't use Chief Wahoo logo in Toronto "Chief Wahoo did not make the trip across the border to Toronto for the Indians' four-game series with the Blue Jays that will begin Thursday night at Rogers Centre. Acknowledging increased sensitivity to the Chief Wahoo image in Canada, the Indians, who have already announced..." September 07

  • Indians' Andrew Miller says 'it's full speed ahead' after encouraging bullpen session

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Terry Francona knew the news was going to be good before he heard it. "I could see the smile on Carl's face," said Francona. Pitching coach Carl Willis had just watched Andrew Miller throw his first bullpen session since he went on the disabled list for the..." September 07

  • Donaldson's agent refutes claim that Blue Jays offered contract extension

    The Score "On Thursday, a report surfaced that stated the Toronto Blue Jays had offered Josh Donaldson a three-year, $75-million contract extension last winter, which the star third baseman turned down, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. The report quickly prompted a response from Dan Lozano,..." September 06

  • Blue Jays Will Reportedly Acquire Julian Merryweather As PTBNL In Josh Donaldson Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays will acquire right-hander Julian Merryweather as the player to be named later in the Josh Donaldson trade, tweets Fancred’s Jon Heyman. Paul Hoynes of tweeted at the time of the deal that Merryweather “was..." September 05

  • Indians Select Brandon Barnes, Adam Rosales

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced that they’ve selected the contracts of outfielder Brandon Barnes and infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A Columbus. To open roster space for the pair of veterans, outfielder Tyler Naquin and right-hander James Hoyt were placed on the 60-day DL. (Hoyt was first..." September 04

  • Lindor says Indians are lacking energy: 'Guys are dragging their feet'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona was asked before the Indians lost to Kansas City on Monday afternoon if Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez needed a day off. Francona said he'd like to talk to them first before making a decision. "I think we try to keep our antenna up pretty..." September 04

  • What U.S. media is saying about Josh Donaldson trade

    Sportsnet "We’ve now had a full weekend to digest the trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians with a player to be named later heading back to the Toronto Blue Jays. In Donaldson, the Indians acquired a former MVP for their playoff run at minimal cost. The..." September 03

  • Indians to Place Injured Josh Donaldson on DL After Trade

    Bleacher Report "Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson is reportedly going on the disabled list with a calf injury after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade last week. On Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Donaldson, who hasn't appeared in a major league game..." September 03

  • Josh Donaldson coy about status of Cleveland debut

    Yardbarker "Josh Donaldson is officially a Cleveland Indian, but he’s not giving away when he expects to make his debut. Donaldson met with the Cleveland media on Sunday for the first time, saying that he and the team were working on a timetable for him to make his debut. As for how..." September 03

  • Indians Designate Evan Marshall

    MLB Trade Rumors "Amidst a flurry of September 1st moves, the Indians announced that they’ve opted to designated right-hander Evan Marshall for assignment in order to make room for fellow righty Jon Edwards, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Columbus. Marshall, 28, was part of the..." September 02

  • Donaldson grateful for Toronto, fans who took him in 'from day one'

    The Score "New Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson left an imprint on the Blue Jays' fan base over his four seasons in Toronto. It turns out the fans, and the city itself, impacted him in a way he'll never forget, too. "I'm just so grateful for the time that I was..." September 02

  • Atkins: Donaldson trade was 'best decision' for Blue Jays' future

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins helped make a tough choice Friday, trading superstar Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later, and explained Saturday that he had the franchise's future in mind. "I think every decision we make, we..." September 02

  • MVP candidate Jose Ramirez willing to switch to 2B for Indians

    Larry Brown Sports "The acquisition of Josh Donaldson will result in some major changes for the Cleveland Indians, which Jose Ramirez apparently is willing to embrace under one condition. Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters on Saturday that Ramirez is willing to move to second base so long as..." September 01

  • Josh Donaldson gives Indians more power for October run - if he gets healthy

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians just became scarier by acquiring former All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays.   The Friday night deal has not been confirmed by either team, but two people close to Donaldson told USA TODAY Sports the trade was..." September 01

  • Indians To Acquire Josh Donaldson

    MLB Trade Rumors "Donaldson has been told he’s going to the Indians, per Passan (Twitter link). Obviously, the deal is still not yet official. The Cleveland organization has long been cited as a natural landing spot for Donaldson. With the move, it seems likely that the club will move..." August 31

  • Report: Two teams are clear frontrunners for Josh Donaldson

    Larry Brown Sports "A Josh Donaldson trade is looking increasingly likely, with two teams looking like the frontrunners. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, it would be a “huge surprise” if anyone other than the St. Louis Cardinals or Cleveland Indians acquires Donaldson before..." August 31

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Indians place Andrew Miller on DL with shoulder impingement, recall Tyler Olson

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians announced this afternoon they have placed reliever Andrew Miller on the disabled list with an impingement in his left shoulder, and they have recalled left-hander Tyler Olson from Columbus. Miller has been on the DL twice this season already and appeared in only 27..." August 29

  • Bauer keeps laser focus in recovery process "Trevor Bauer is exercising tunnel vision when it comes to his throwing program right now. The sidelined Indians pitcher has worked with the training staff on assembling a comeback plan, and he keeps checking off box after box without focusing on the calendar. "I've lost track..." August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Cleveland can do better than Jason Kipnis at second base, but don't expect Jose Ramirez to change positions

    CBS Sports "One popular suggestion for how the Cleveland Indians could improve their roster between now and the postseason involves Jose Ramirez sliding from the hot corner to the keystone to make room for an addition -- be it Josh Donaldson, Yandy Diaz, or someone else entirely. While it's..." August 26

  • MLB Rumors: Andrew McCutchen could be trade target for Indians

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Cutch on the move again? compiled a list of trades that could still take place before postseason rosters need to be set on August 31. Andrew McCutchen's name is mentioned. McCutchen reportedly cleared revocable trade waivers. ESPN's Buster..." August 24

  • Indians' Martin to miss rest of season after life-threatening infection

    The Score "Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin won't play baseball again this season as he recovers from a life-threatening bacterial infection. Indians manager Terry Francona informed the team Wednesday that Martin is "doing fantastic," but that doctors don't want the..." August 22

  • ESPN says it had nothing to do with bogus Tweet: Indians' Trevor Bauer apologizes

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer has apologized to ESPN for saying it treated a bogus tweet as fact regarding his timetable and treatment for a broken right fibula. ESPN, after inspecting its news platforms, says the tweet never appeared on any of them. August 20

  • Leonys Martin Leaving Hospital After Battling Life-Threatening Bacterial Infection

    SI "Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin is set to be released from the hospital today after fighting a life-threatening bacterial infection, the team announced Sunday. Martin had been getting treatment at the Cleveland Clinic and listed in stable condition. He was moved out of..." August 19

  • Jim Thome, Indians' career home run leader, has No. 25 retired

    ESPN "With his red socks pulled high to his knees, Jim Thome pointed his bat outward in his well-known stance before taking a swing and one last trip around the bases in the ballpark where his number is now on permanent display. On Saturday, the Cleveland Indians retired Thome's No. 25,..." August 19

  • Indians' Bauer to miss 4-6 weeks with fractured fibula

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians may not get Trevor Bauer back in time for the playoffs. According to Indians manager Terry Francona, the team has ruled out Bauer from game action for four-to-six weeks, which could risk his status for the beginning of the postseason. Bauer is ready to..." August 17

  • Indians still trying to get a handle on Trevor Bauer's availability for rest of the season

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona said the Indians don't have a handle on whether Trevor Bauer will be able to return to the mound this season after an MRI showed Tuesday that the 12-game winner has a stress fracture of his right fibula. Francona, along with Chris Antonetti, president of..." August 17

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • Leonys Martin Moved Out of ICU After Bacterial Infection

    Bleacher Report "Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has been transferred out of the intensive care unit after he was hospitalized with a serious bacterial infection, the club announced Thursday, per former scout Bernie Pleskoff.  On Monday, Indians president of baseball..." August 16