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Can Cleveland Indians Turn Things Around Against Kansas City Royals?

April 27th, 2015 at 8:14 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

After losing five of their first six meetings with the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians (6-11) will get a visit from the American League champion Kansas City Royals.

Cleveland is off to a 6-11 start, but the Tribe has only played five home games. They will host the Royals tonight at 6:05, with Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (0-2) looking for his first win.

The Indians will finally get a break from the high-powered Tigers' offense, but they must deal with the solid fundamentals and strong defense of the Royals, who will send Jason Vargas (1-1) to the mound tonight.

The Tribe will send Trevor Bauer (2-0) against Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie (1-1) on Tuesday night. Danny Salazar (2-0) will pitch on Wednesday night for Cleveland against Yordano Ventura (2-1).

Toronto will finish Progressive Field for a four-game series from Thursday through Sunday, so maybe the Indians can use some time at home to dig out of their early hole.

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Cleveland Indians Hitters Haven’t Given Corey Kluber His First Win Yet

April 18th, 2015 at 9:56 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

If Corey Kluber is going to contend for a second consecutive Cy Young award, he's going to have to win some games.

That means he needs help from the Tribe hitters, who failed for the third time to generate enough offense for Kluber's first win.

Minnesota beat Cleveland 3-2 in 11 innings last night, wasting another strong outing by Kluber, who struck out eight batters in eight innings.

Kluber has an 0-1 record to go with his 2.49 ERA.

Cleveland has started this promising season with a 3-6 record, and its pitchers – and fans – can only wait patiently for the offense to awaken.

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Cleveland Indians Fans Should Be Thrilled by Corey Kluber Signing

April 7th, 2015 at 7:12 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Corey Kluber didn't win the Cleveland Indians opener last night, but Tribe fans should still have big smiles on their faces.

That's because the 2014 Cy Young Award winner is not going anywhere.

Kluber signed a five-year, $38.5 million contract, which was surprisingly affordable for the budget-conscious Indians.

Cleveland fans have seen many of their top pitchers leave for (literally) greener pastures, not just CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee, but going all the way back to the 1980s with Rick Sutcliffe and John Denny.

Now with Kluber locked in place as the Tribe's No. 1 starter for years to come, this team has a chance to be built into a perennial contender.

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Indian Uprising 2: Three Key Players for Cleveland Indians’ 2015 Success

April 1st, 2015 at 8:40 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Sports Illustrated is picking the Cleveland Indians to win the 2015 World Series.

That would be great, but longtime Tribe fans will settle for something better than the 61-101 record the Tribe posted in 1987, the last time the magazine predicted an "Indian Uprising."

With Cy Young winner Corey Kluber leading the pitching staff, and no major weaknesses anywhere on the roster, Cleveland certainly could return to the playoffs at the very least.

Kansas City surprised everyone by reaching the World Series last year in a season when everything went right. If the Tribe wants to duplicate the feat, these three players need to have big seasons.

1. Trevor Bauer

Kluber and Carlos Carrasco should form a strong 1-2 punch at the top of the Tribe rotation, but if Bauer can finally fulfill his potential, the Tribe's bargain rotation could be one of the best in baseball.

2. Brandon Moss

Sometimes last year, the Indians seems to lack punch in the middle of the batting order. Moss seems to have recovered from his hip problems, and the former Oakland A's slugger could provide a dramatic power increase from the No. 5 spot in the batting order.

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Zach McAllister Pushes for Cleveland Indians’ No. 5 Starting Spot

March 24th, 2015 at 7:48 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Zach McAllister pitched four strong innings yesterday in the Cleveland Indians' 8-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.

McAllister, who is trying to grab the fifth and final spot in the Indians' starting rotation, gave up two hits and an unearned run. He walked two and struck out four.

Some have ticketed McAllister for a bullpen slot simply because he cannot be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers, unlike Danny Salazar and Josh Tomlin.

However, if McAllister keeps pitching like this, he could make the rotation, with Tomlin in the bullpen and Salazar ticketed for Columbus.

T.J. House, whose effectiveness and lefty status has seemingly won him a rotation spot, will pitch tonight against the San Francisco Giants.

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