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  1. Terry Francona wants John Axford back in the closer’s role eventually

    Jun 7, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    John Axford

    The Indians’ closer-by-committee has been working well, but manager Terry Francona wants John Axford to take over the closer’s role eventually.

  2. Indians take John Axford out of his role as closer

    May 10, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    John Axford

    The Indians removed the struggling John Axford out of his role as the team’s closer, and will go with a closer-by-committee for the time being.

  3. Indians demote former stud setup man Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A

    Apr 9, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vinnie Pestano

    Not so long ago Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano was one of the best relievers in baseball, throwing 132 innings with a 2.45 ERA and 160 strikeouts between 2011 and 2012, but he struggled with elbow problems last season and is now headed back to the minors at age 28.

  4. A’s lose 10th straight opener, set major league record

    Apr 1, 2014, 1:45 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera, John Jaso

    Billy Beane’s %*$@ doesn’t work on Opening Day.

  5. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  6. Indians to sign John Axford

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Indians are expected to sign free agent reliever John Axford. We learned earlier that Indians president Mark Shapiro was expecting to sign a reliever soon and he moved quickly in talks with Axford. Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals on December 2 and has drawn interest from a…

  7. Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a closer soon

    Dec 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    john axford getty

    Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a new closer soon. After releasing Chris Perez at the end of October, the Indians are currently without a closer and prefer to bring in one from outside rather than promote Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw. Hoynes writes that the…

  8. Indians interested in Fernando Rodney, Brian Wilson

    Nov 12, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    After releasing Chris Perez the Indians might be in the market for a new closer and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’re “scheduled to talk to” free agents Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson. However, according to Hoynes the Indians are more likely to wait for someone’s price tag to drop rather…

  9. Indians win, Rangers win, Rays lose as AL Wild Card intrigue grows

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    The Indians won their ninth consecutive game this afternoon against the Twins, moving into the first of two AL Wild Card slots. They have now won 19 of 24 games since September 3, doing anything and everything necessary to secure themselves the opportunity to advance from the Wild Card play-in game. Starter Scott Kazmir was…

  10. Indians, Rangers survive: wild card standings stay unchanged

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    After the Rays made a sweep in Yankee Stadium look as easy as can be, the Indians and Rangers injected some drama into the AL wild card race before eking out one-run victories. The Indians seemed to have things well in hand against the Twins after scoring three runs in fourth and taking a 6-1…

  11. Indians top Astros to maintain lead as the AL’s second Wild Card

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians

    The Indians entered tonight’s action with a half-game lead over the Rangers for the second Wild Card in the American League. The two teams have been trending in opposite directions, with the Rangers having lost nine of their last ten contests, while the Indians have won seven of their last nine. The Tribe sent lefty…

  12. Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in effort against the Mets

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    As if the Mets hadn’t already worn enough egg on their face for having dealt Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano at the July 2004 deadline, their former lefty took them behind the shed tonight as a member of the Indians. Kazmir struck out 12 Mets hitters over six shutout innings, allowing just…

  13. The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield for batting practice

    Sep 5, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Chicken

    Now that’s what I call a “foul –” [BAM!] [Lede writer hit over head with sledgehammer] The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield during BP: It’s a, well, interesting day at Progressive Field. Yes, that is a live chicken in the outfield shagging flies. pic.twitter.com/fKTHeG5LIA — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 4, 2013  …

  14. So, someone is going to have to be the AL Rookie of the Year, right?

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Jose Iglesias

    The AL fired off all its rounds with a 2012 rookie class that featured Mike Trout, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Jarrod Parker, Hisashi Iwakuma, Matt Moore, Tommy Milone and many others. This year, the strong rookie class is in the other league, with Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Teheran leading the way and Yasiel…

  15. Chris Perez had trouble warming up yesterday

    May 13, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Chris Perez

    Watching the Tigers-Indians game yesterday and noticed that Chris Perez was warming up to come into a close, extra-innings game. Then he sat down and Terry Francona went with a combo of Rich Hill and Cody Allen in the 10th. What gives? While warming up in the bullpen in the top of the ninth, Perez…

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