9/26/2016 | Indians down Tigers to clinch AL Central
The Indians clinched their first American League Central title since 2007 at the ballpark that housed four of the previous five division crowns. In the process, their 7-4 win over the Tigers made Detroit's postseason pursuit much tougher.
9/26/2016 | Nothing went as planned for Tribe -- except title
The plan Monday called for a shutdown start from Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber to put an emphatic exclamation point on the Indians' first division title since 2007.
9/26/2016 | Indians win AL Central for 1st time since '07
In enemy territory, and against a team that has tormented Cleveland for so many years, the Indians finished the job. With a 7-4 victory over the Tigers on Monday night, the Indians punched their ticket to the October dance as the American League Central champions.
9/26/2016 | Kluber exits start with right groin tightness
With an American League Central title in the Indians' reach, ace Corey Kluber was forced to exit Monday's game against the Tigers.
9/26/2016 | Francona thinks highly of 'rising star' Falvey
One of the aspects of the Indians' leadership structure that manager Terry Francona enjoys is the hands-on approach of the front office. The top members of Cleveland's leadership do not shy away from stepping in the clubhouse, working directly with Francona, his coaches or the players.
9/26/2016 | Salazar looks 'really good' in bullpen session
Danny Salazar walked out of the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park, and moved swiftly down the hall toward the training room. Before he disappeared around a corner, the Indians pitcher was asked if he played catch again on Monday afternoon.
9/26/2016 | Santana, Upton share AL Player of the Week
Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton have earned American League co-Player of the Week honors. It is the first time each player has won the award this season.
9/25/2016 | Party delayed as Tribe looks ahead to key series
White Sox starter Carlos Rodon handcuffed the Tribe's bats and cost the Indians the chance to wrap up an American League Central crown by dealing them a 3-0 defeat on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.
9/25/2016 | Division, Wild Card in play as Tribe visits Tigers
The Tigers have dominated the Indians over the past few seasons, but Cleveland has turned the tables this year. Now, the Tribe rolls into the Motor City with a chance to clinch an American League Central title outright in enemy territory.
9/25/2016 | Indians react to tragic loss of Fernandez
A group of Indians players stood in front of a clubhouse television, others watching from their seats at their lockers, taking in the unfathomable news of Jose Fernandez's death. One of the baseball's rising stars, and one of the faces of the game, was gone.
9/25/2016 | Rodon shuts down Tribe, prevents division clinch
White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon delayed the Indians' party on Sunday afternoon. With a brilliant eight-inning performance at Progressive Field, Rodon led Chicago to a 3-0 win over the American League Central-leading Tribe, which could have clinched the division outright in its final home game of the season.
9/24/2016 | Bullpen day backfires in Indians' loss to Sox
The Indians, down two starters because of injuries, had a bullpen day on Saturday against the White Sox. It didn't go well, as eight pitchers combined to all eight runs.
9/24/2016 | Indians cognizant of Lindor's fatigue
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor has the benefit of youth, and the added adrenaline that comes with playing in a postseason race. That does not mean that Lindor, with his ever-present smile and seemingly boundless energy, does not get tired once in a while.
9/24/2016 | Rodon takes on Tomlin, Tribe in finale
Carlos Rodon, who has a 5.19 ERA in three starts vs. the Indians in 2016, gets the start in Sunday's finale for the White Sox. Cleveland goes with Josh Tomlin, who is looking for a career-best 13th win.
9/24/2016 | Excitement high with Tribe on cusp of clinch
Trevor Bauer worked into the eighth inning on Friday night, while the Tribe offense broke out with a flurry of runs, creating a combination that netted a 10-4 rout of the White Sox. The fans offering the standing ovation understood the gravity of the moment. Cleveland has not hoisted a division-clinching banner in nine years, but it is on the cusp of completing its journey to another crown.
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.
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