Indians Rumors & News

  • Danny Salazar could return to rotation in World Series

    Larry Brown Sports "Fresh off winning the American League pennant, the Cleveland Indians may get another reason to celebrate. Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar, who has been out for over a month with a forearm strain, will throw a simulated game over the weekend and..." October 22

  • Here's how the AL champion Cleveland Indians were built

    CBS Sports "For the first time since 1997, the Cleveland Indians are the American League champions. They dispatched the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS earlier this week. The Indians are now four wins away from their first championship since 1948. They'll play the winner of the Dodgers-Cubs NLCS in the..." October 22

  • Indians should quit hedging, retire Chief Wahoo completely

    Sporting News "Progressive Field sits about a block removed from a bend in the Cuyahoga — a river name borne from a butchered Mohawk word, a river once so sullied that it could catch fire. And from those fires came a desire to be clean again. To restore the river to something closer to its natural..." October 21

  • Indians sell out World Series tickets in 15 minutes

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday that the team has sold out the remaining allotment of tickets for its home games in the 2016 World Series. A limited number of World Series tickets went on sale to the general public via at 10 a.m. on Thursday. By 10:17 the club announced..." October 21

  • Indians' 95-year-old WS winner upset club hasn't contacted him

    New York Daily News "The oldest living Yankee also happens to be the only surviving member from the last Cleveland Indians team to win a World Series title, the 1948 club that beat the Boston Braves in six games. But Eddie Robinson, 95, says he is not too pleased with his old team from northeast Ohio, mainly..." October 21

  • Charlie Sheen would like to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game

    Hardball Talk "For all of the ups and downs of his personal and professional life, Charlie Sheen is and always has been a passionate baseball fan. Sheen once bought out an entire section of bleachers for an Angels game so he could catch a home run ball (he didn’t catch a home run ball). He starred in “Eight Men..." October 21

  • Wedding crashers: Fans purchase gifts for Merritt "When one of Ryan Merritt's teammates mentioned it late Wednesday night, the rookie pitcher assumed it was a joke. When text messages began arriving, buzzing the phones belonging to Merritt and his fiancee, they realized this was not a prank. Indians fans really had found their wedding..." October 21

  • Trevor Bauer says his finger will be OK for the World Series

    Hardball Talk "Indians starter Trevor Bauer said he expects his sliced right pinkie to heal in time for the World Series. Bauer, of course, is a drone hobbyist and hurt his finger while fixing a drone. By the time he’ll have to pitch again he will have had nine days since his last, bloody start in ALCS Game..." October 20

  • Kipnis: Channing Tatum should play me in film adaptation of '16 Indians

    CBS Cleveland "When you don’t have your most consistent hitter, two of your best pitchers, experience a drone-related mishap, and a hurler with just 11 MLB innings under his belt pitches the clincher, your story is worthy of being a movie, right? Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis certainly..." October 20

  • The Indians' trust in Terry Francona has led to an unlikely World Series berth

    Fox Sports "The Francona Factor cancels out Murphy's Law. It seems like anything that could have gone wrong this postseason for the Cleveland Indians has ... but they keep winning. The Francona Factor is the main component of a team that has allowed it to overcome more adversity over the past few weeks..." October 20

  • Mike Napoli wanted Indians to celebrate by going to Las Vegas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are four wins away from capturing their first World Series title since 1948, but Mike Napoli doesn’t want to wait that long to go all-out with the celebration. After his team finished off the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, Napoli wanted to take the long way home from..." October 20

  • Andrew Miller named ALCS MVP for Cleveland Indians, but says he doesn't deserve it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Andrew Miller was named MVP of the American League Championship Series, but he said he didn't deserve the award. The Indians advanced to the World Series on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS. Miller helped secure the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, which was not..." October 20

  • Indians blank Jays to book trip to World Series

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians tried somebody new Wednesday, but in the end, a couple of old reliables put them in the World Series after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 to win the American League Championship Series in five games. The newcomer was Ryan Merritt, who was making his..." October 19

  • Jose Bautista has great quote about facing Indians’ Ryan Merritt

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays may be down 3-1 in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians, but don’t tell that to Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays outfielder remains as confident as ever heading into Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday. In fact, he thinks Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt, who is scheduled to start..." October 19

  • Bullpen brilliance gives Indians ALCS stranglehold

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians looked to be in trouble when starting pitcher Trevor Bauer left the game in the first inning Monday night. Manager Terry Francona was forced to turn the game over to the bullpen. It turned out that the game was in good hands. Mike Napoli hit a..." October 18

  • Terry Francona lost a tooth while chewing tobacco before Game 3

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was apparently not the only one who had a medical emergency at the Rogers Centre on Monday night. Not long before Bauer’s finger began gushing blood, Terry Francona lost a tooth. Francona told reporters on Tuesday that he felt something “crunchy”..." October 18

  • Donaldson homers as Jays stay alive in ALCS

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays finally got their bats working. Aaron Sanchez and the bullpen took care of the rest, and Toronto is still alive in the American League Championship Series after defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Tuesday afternoon. Cleveland leads the best-of-seven..." October 18

  • Indians' Trevor Bauer suggested a gruesome solution to stop his finger from bleeding

    Fox Sports "We all saw what happened to Trevor Bauer's finger during Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday. The Indians starter was forced to leave the game in the first inning, thanks to his grotesquely injured pinkie finger. It was literally a bloody mess. But apparently it all could have been avoided, if..." October 18

  • Terry Francona: Middle finger during broadcast a 'nervous habit'

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday morning that video showing him extending a middle finger to a camera during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays was a "nervous habit" and not intentional. "God, I was so embarrassed..." October 18

  • Are the Indians making the right move starting Kluber on short rest in Game 4?

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday afternoon, the Indians will look to finish off an ALCS sweep of the Blue Jays and clinch their first pennant since 1997. The first three games have been very close -- one game was decided by one run, the other two by two runs -- and all have gone Cleveland's way. The Indians will..." October 18

  • Kluber in Game 4 on short rest "There was little solace to be had at the time. Indians manager Terry Francona, with no choice but to remove his starting pitcher from the mound in the first inning Monday, as Trevor Bauer's lacerated pinkie continued dripping too much blood to conceal, began trudging back to the dugout. He had..." October 18

  • The ALCS will be played even if the Indians’ logo is banned

    The Comeback "The Cleveland Indians lead the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in the ALCS as it moves to Toronto for Game 3. While Jose Bautista may be wondering if the ALCS is rigged, there are some wondering if the playing fo the ALCS will be considered illegal in Ontario. A judge in Ontario is overseeing a legal..." October 17

  • Indians’ Twitter account taunts Jose Bautista, Blue Jays over excusemaking

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are up 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, and they’ve about had it with Jose Bautista’s excusemaking. Their Twitter account kept prodding at Bautista on Monday, and they even asked fans to chime in on what they expected Toronto’s next defense to be." October 17

  • Indians prepared for 'rowdiness' of Blue Jays fans

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The sound from a capacity crowd reverberates around the cavernous venue. It's almost tangible. The decibel level reaches heights rarely seen. The roar of the fans can make the opposing players shake. When the roof is closed and the seats are filled, Rogers Centre gets raucous. The Indians..." October 17

  • Trevor Bauer’s ‘Phantom Menace’ love might embarrass him more than drone injury

    The Comeback "Indians’ pitcher Trevor Bauer suffered a highly-embarrassing injury Friday, cutting his pinky finger while repairing a drone, and missed his scheduled American League Championship Series Game 2 start as a result. However, his press conference about the injury may have revealed something even more..." October 17

  • Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor hoping to follow in Alomar’s footsteps

    Toronto Star "Francisco Lindor, Cleveland’s exciting young shortstop, was born Nov. 14, 1993, three weeks after Joe Carter’s World Series-clinching home run. So he didn’t watch Roberto Alomar during his heyday with the Blue Jays. But Lindor still wears no. 12 in honour of the Hall of Fame second baseman, who..." October 17

  • Indians' Salazar throws simulated game, could return during World Series "The Indians are two wins away from reaching the World Series, meaning Danny Salazar's comeback bid still has a heartbeat. During Sunday's American League Championship Series workout at Rogers Centre, Salazar not only was with the team north of the border, but the right-hander also worked..." October 17

  • Terry Francona trying to manage Cleveland Indians' rotation of ALCS question marks

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona knows this much about his starting rotation for the American League Championship Series – Josh Tomlin started today's Game 2 against Toronto. After that, it's out of his hands. Not only that, everything rests on the pinkie finger of Trevor Bauer's right hand. In spring..." October 16

  • Francisco Lindor’s ALCS success has been fueled by a lucky penny from a little girl

    The Comeback "With apologies to Andrew Miller, Francisco Lindor has been the best player in the ALCS so far. Cleveland’s all-star shortstop is 4-for-8 with a home run and has driven in three of the his team’s four runs, including the deciding run in both of the series’ first two games. You might think that..." October 16

  • Lindor, Kluber power Indians to Game 1 win

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have a standard formula for winning, and Friday night all of it was on display: strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a lockdown bullpen. Francisco Lindor's two-run homer in the sixth inning accounted for all of the runs as the Indians beat the..." October 15

  • Indians quiet Blue Jays, lead 2-0 in ALCS

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- How do you win a game with only four hits? Easy: only give up three. Francisco Lindor drove in what became the winning run in the third inning, and reliever Andrew Miller put on an overpowering display of pitching late in the contest as the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto..." October 15

  • Cleveland entertaining possibility of starting Corey Kluber on short rest

    ESPN "Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that he plans to go "game by game'' with his pitching rotation for the rest of the American League Championship Series. That appears to include the possibility of bringing back staff ace Corey Kluber on short rest in a Game 4 on Tuesday in..." October 15

  • Miller won't return to rotation: 'That ship has kind of sailed'

    CBS Sports "Thus far this postseason, one of the biggest trends has been managers relying heavily on their bullpen. We saw Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen enter Game 5 of the NLDS in the seventh inning earlier this week, and of course Indians skipper Terry Francona has been very aggressive with bullpen ace..." October 15

  • Activist files human rights complaint against Indians name, logo

    CBC Sports "Architect Douglas Cardinal has filed a human rights complaint about the use of the Cleveland baseball club's name. Cardinal is demanding the team name, Cleveland Indians, and its Chief Wahoo logo be banned from use in Ontario. In an application with Ontario's Superior Court of Justice and in..." October 15

  • Indians rearrange playoff rotation

    Today's Knuckleball "Initially scheduled to take the ball for the Indians during their first road game of the ALCS — just as he did in the ALDS — Josh Tomlin will now pitch in Cleveland against the Blue Jays. The Indians rearranged their rotation in advance of Friday’s Game 1. Instead of Tomlin drawing the first..." October 14

  • Trevor Bauer has ALCS start pushed back due to bizarre drone-related injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer will have to wait a bit longer to make what is likely the biggest start of his career. The Cleveland Indians pitcher was originally slated to start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he has seen that start pushed back a game due to..." October 14

  • Toronto fan gives ALCS tickets to boy injured in Cleveland shooting

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "– You don't have to be a Blue Jays fan to appreciate this play: A Toronto woman is giving her tickets to the first game of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field Friday night to a young Cleveland boy recently wounded in a shooting. The woman, who does not want to be..." October 14

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • Danny Salazar still not 100 percent; will not pitch in ALCS for Cleveland Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "There are two ways of looking at Danny Salazar not being ready to pitch in the American League Championship Series for the Indians against Toronto. No.1, The bullpen could have certainly used another arm to protect an undermanned rotation against the heavy-hitting Blue Jays in the best-of-seven..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • LCS schedule announced: Cubs get primetime, the Jays and Indians get three of day games

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just released its League Championship Series schedule. At least through next Friday You will be shocked (i.e. not shocked at all) to see that the National League Games take precedence in terms of prime time scheduling, with the Cubs and whoever their opponent will be —..." October 13

  • Blue Jays announcer says he won’t use ‘Indians’ in ALCS broadcast

    SI "Toronto Blue Jays announcer Jerry Howarth says he will not use the word “Indians” in reference to the Cleveland Indians as the two teams face off in the American League Championship Series on Friday, according to The Star. Howarth said that he has not referred to the Atlanta Braves by their..." October 12

  • Danny Salazar could return for ALCS

    247 Sports "Starting pitcher Danny Salazar could return to the Cleveland Indians for the ALCS if they were to advance against the Boston Red Sox according to Jordan Bastian of He has not pitched since he sustained a right forearm strain against the Minnesota Twins on Sep. 9. If Salazar were..." October 11

  • Terry Francona’s sweet revenge may cost his friend a job

    New York Post "This was Tito’s Revenge. Ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona got plenty of pleasure beating his old team. Though friendly with the players and Red Sox manager John Farrell, there is no love lost between Francona and Red Sox ownership. With Francona in charge, the Red Sox broke the Curse of the..." October 11

  • Blue Jays Play-By-Play Guy Won't Call Cleveland's Team "Indians"

    Deadspin "It is news to me that Jerry Howarth, the radio play-by-play voice of the Blue Jays since 1981, does not use the name “Indians” when calling baseball games out of respect to Native people. But it’s not new news—Howarth has observed this practice for more than 20 years. It’ll complicate things..." October 11

  • Pedro apologizes for making offensive Native American joke on air

    New York Daily News "Oh, Pedro. The Hall of Fame pitcher celebrated the Indians ALDS sweep over the Red Sox in politically incorrect fashion on Monday during the TBS postgame show. Martinez, a former Red Sox pitcher, said he wanted to pay tribute to the (Cleveland) Indians before tapping his hand against his..." October 11

  • Indians sweep Red Sox, send Ortiz into retirement

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Having lost two of their top three starters after playing most of the season without their best hitter, the Cleveland Indians weren't given much of a chance to making a real run at the franchise's first title since 1948. However, step one is out of the way after the Indians swept..." October 10

  • Blue Jays' Shapiro: 'I want to play the Indians'

    CBS Sports "Not long after the Blue Jays swept the Rangers in the ALDS (Game 3: TOR 7, TEX 6), an obvious question was posted to Jays team president Mark Shapiro: Did he care which team his Jays wound up facing in the ALCS? Per The Score, here's what Shapiro told Sportsnet's Barry Davis: "No, I care. I..." October 10

  • Indians-Red Sox Game 3 rained out

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Both managers say they are sticking with their scheduled Game 3 starters after Sunday's American League Division Series game between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park was washed out by an all-day rain. Josh Tomlin will be trying to finish off a three-game..." October 09

  • MLB postpones ALDS Game 3 between Indians, Red Sox

    Today's Knuckleball "Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox has been postponed due to rain. The contest was originally scheduled for 4:08 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday at Fenway Park, but mother nature had other plans. As a result, the matchup has been rescheduled..." October 09

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