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9/23/2016 | Mechanics could be key to Shaw's durability

Bryan Shaw can often be spotted with a football in his hands. It might zip through the clubhouse to a teammate or be carried out to the field for a round of catch. This is not purely an exercise in leisure for the Indians' setup man.


9/23/2016 | Anderson to start bullpen day vs. Quintana

Cody Anderson gets the start for Cleveland in Saturday night's contest against the White Sox at Progressive Field as the American League Central leaders try to move closer to locking up a division title. But it's more of a bullpen day for the Indians, with the right-hander set for two to three innings. Jose Quintana makes his 31st start of the season and his fifth against the Indians.


9/23/2016 | Tribe rocks Sox, trims magic number to 3

Coco Crisp pulled into second base, flexed his arms and gave an emphatic salute in the direction of the Indians' dugout. His two-out double in the fifth inning on Friday night put the Tribe ahead for good in a 10-4 romp over the White Sox and moved Cleveland one step closer to a clinching celebration.


9/23/2016 | Vote: Young talent up for Best Rookie Award

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide who wins Best Rookie regardless of league affiliation, and all five of your candidates are currently playing key roles in pennant races: Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Nationals center fielder Trea Turner.


9/23/2016 | Clevinger for 5, then 'pen a postseason preview?

The handshake might have arrived earlier than Mike Clevinger wanted, but the Indians rookie had no issue with handing the ball to the bullpen. Given the way Cleveland's relief corps has operated of late, the qualifications for a quality start might as well be reduced to five innings for the Tribe.


9/22/2016 | Santana's smash cuts Tribe's magic number to 4

With his latest homer in a 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday, Carlos Santana not only moved Cleveland a little closer to a division crown, but he put the pressure on Mike Napoli for the Tribe's home run title this season. Santana and Napoli are now tied at 34 shots apiece with 10 games left on the schedule. More importantly for the American League Central-leading Indians was the fact that the victory trimmed their magic number to four to clinch their first division championship since 2007.


9/22/2016 | Perez developing into elite pitch-framer

Through a combination of instincts and work behind the scenes, Indians catcher Roberto Perez has developed into one of baseball's elite pitch-framers. It is an aspect of his game that Perez takes extreme pride in, citing Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina as one player he has studied in order to further hone that skill.


9/22/2016 | Doubles machine: Ramirez churning out hits

Indians closer Cody Allen cracked a smile when asked about Jose Ramirez. He could not help it. Whether it's Ramirez's sense of fashion, or the orange dreadlocks that sprout from his head, or the way he struts through the room, the stocky infielder has that effect on his teammates.


9/22/2016 | Indians catch speed demon Gore stealing

It had to happen sometime. One of the top basestealing weapons in baseball, Royals outfielder Terrance Gore, finally got caught stealing in the ninth inning of the Indians' 4-3 win over the Royals on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.


9/21/2016 | Indians continue AL Central push behind Clevinger

Royals left-hander Jason Vargas hasn't lost to the Indians since 2014. Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger will make his first career appearance against the Royals. That's the matchup for Wednesday's series finale at Progressive Field as the Indians look to move closer to clinching the American League Central.


9/21/2016 | Indians edge KC to shrink magic number to 5

The Royals will not be wearing the division crown this year. In a 4-3 win over Kansas City on Wednesday night, Corey Kluber continued to build his American League Cy Young Award case, Jose Ramirez roped three doubles and the Indians marched closer to an AL Central title.


9/21/2016 | Salazar eyes return as reliever for Tribe's push

Danny Salazar played catch at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon, continuing to fuel the hope that he could be ready for a postseason push for the Indians.


9/21/2016 | I do: Plutko called up while at friend's wedding

With his baseball season complete, it was wedding season for Adam Plutko. The Indians pitcher was in California, standing up in the wedding of one of his friends, expecting the only celebration to be about the couple's big day.


9/21/2016 | Tomlin stepping up for depleted Tribe rotation

Josh Tomlin understands the landscape. After the injuries that have hit the Indians' rotation over the past two weeks, dealing a pair of serious blows to a starting staff that looked primed for a deep postseason run, the microscope is now on Tomlin and rookie Mike Clevinger. In a 2-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night, Tomlin delivered a gem. The right-hander continued to shake off his abysmal August and returned to the precision-based pitching that had him in the All-Star discussion in the first half.


9/21/2016 | Guyer gives Indians MLB-best 11th walk-off

The crowd inside Progressive Field was not sure, and neither were the players inside the Indians' dugout. For a few seconds, as the baseball soared down the right-field line, there was a hush of anticipation as Brandon Guyer sprinted up the first-base line. Then, Guyer raised his right arm into the air. That was everyone's cue. Cleveland's players poured out from the dugout, the fans erupted in a celebratory roar and fireworks popped overhead.


9/20/2016 | October too unpredictable to deal in absolutes

His morning proctology examination was not the most uncomfortable part of Paul Hoynes' day, which tells you what kind of day Tuesday was.


9/20/2016 | Kennedy faces Kluber, division-leading Indians

Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy has never had much success against the Indians -- he is 2-2 with a 5.59 career ERA against them in six starts. On Wednesday night, Kennedy will go up against right-hander Corey Kluber and the Indians, who are closing in on the American League Central title. Kluber has a 2.50 ERA in three starts against the Royals this season.


9/20/2016 | Indians walk off, slice magic number to 6

The Royals have experienced plenty of late-season magic over the past two years. Now the Indians want a turn. On Tuesday night, Cleveland continued its march toward an American League Central title with a 2-1, walk-off win over Kansas City. Brandon Guyer played the role of hero, sending a fly ball deep into the right-field corner for a pinch-hit RBI single, setting off the on-field party at Progressive Field.


9/20/2016 | Tribe hoping Salazar can join 'pen for playoffs

There is not enough time for Danny Salazar to return as a starter for the Indians should they punch their ticket to the postseason. The hard-throwing right-hander could potentially offer Cleveland an intriguing option out of the bullpen.


9/20/2016 | Righty prospect Plutko summoned by Indians

The Indians purchased the contract of Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, and designated lefty TJ House for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Plutko will offer the Indians some insurance in the wake of the injuries to Danny Salazar (right forearm) and Carlos Carrasco (right hand).


9/19/2016 | Inbox: Is Tribe's postseason run in danger?

Is the Indians' postseason run in danger if they don't step up the starting pitching? Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers this and more in the latest Inbox.


9/19/2016 | Clevinger's transformation complete -- and just in time

With shoulder-length hair shooting out from underneath his cap, Mike Clevinger was a wild horse when he joined the Indians a couple seasons ago. The Tribe had a promising prospect on its hands, but one who also would be a long-term project and whose success would be reliant on his complete buy-in.


9/19/2016 | Vote: Esurance MLB Awards balloting begins

Voting is underway through Nov. 11 at MLB.com/awards to help decide the annual Esurance MLB Awards, recognizing 20 suspenseful categories and starting right now with Best Major Leaguer, Best Hitter, Best Pitcher and Best Rookie.


9/18/2016 | Kluber: No reason Tribe rotation can't thrive

The Indians did not fold after Carlos Carrasco's injury on Saturday night, and the club does not plan on packing it in now with a more daunting road ahead. Inside Cleveland's clubhouse on Sunday morning, players pointed to the many obstacles they have already overcome this year.


9/18/2016 | Tribe to add Plutko to bolster pitching depth

Corey Kluber smiled when he saw the pair of nameplates that were placed above one locker inside Cleveland's crowded clubhouse. The Indians' ace remembers what it was like to share a stall with another player after being called up to the big leagues in September.




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