Working with a depleted rotation last October, Indians manager Terry Francona leaned heavily on his bullpen during his team's World Series run. Closer Cody Allen and relief ace Andrew Miller shouldered the bulk of the load, making it fair to wonder if there would be any negative carryover this season.
Cleveland Indians Schedule
About Cleveland Indians
Why Buy Cleveland Indians Tickets from SeatSmart?
Same tickets. Lower prices. Guaranteed.
When you buy Cleveland Indians tickets from SeatSmart, we guarantee that you are getting the lowest price available on the web. No other site can sell Cleveland Indians tickets at a lower price than the one you see for our Preferred Inventory.
SeatSmart connects you directly to professional sellers. That means that not only are you getting the lowest available price, but you're buying Cleveland Indians tickets that are 100% guaranteed to be authentic. Click here to learn more about our Authenticity Guarantee.
No Hidden Fees
You'll never be surprised by hidden fees when you buy Cleveland Indians tickets from SeatSmart. You deserve to know the final price of your tickets right from the get-go.
CLE Homepage News
Jose Ramirez delivered a two-run double in the first inning, and Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a two-run single later in the frame, leading the Indians to a 4-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday afternoon.
Indians pitcher Danny Salazar had nowhere to go but up Saturday after a dreadful first inning against the Mariners.
It all began 15 years ago, and you are going to want to be part of the MLB.TV celebration of baseball and technology, as the world's longest-running and most successful live-streaming sports product is a way of life for millions.
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was a blue-chip prospect and a first-round Draft pick. Third baseman Jose Ramirez was signed as a 17-year-old free agent. Their divergent paths to the majors ended in Cleveland, where they now comprise one of the most exciting infield duos in the American League.
Gleyber Torres was 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees' top prospect promptly knocked off the rust and put his entire skillset on display Saturday.
Carlos Carrasco pitched well enough to win. He also worked long enough to save the Indians' bullpen from extended duty.
Who do the Indians have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Cleveland's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Ben Gamel added a solo shot and scored twice, powering the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
A sprained right knee derailed the 2015 season for Indians catcher Yan Gomes. A separated right shoulder cost him two months last year.
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is one of the game's most talented young players, and he reminded the Astros of that Thursday. Lindor's two-run, go-ahead homer in the seventh powered the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Astros in the series finale at Progressive Field.
Francisco Lindor could not hide his smile when told how far his home run soared on Thursday night. The Indians shortstop keeps insisting that he is not a power hitter, but he sent a pitch from Astros reliever Chris Devenski over the seats in center field and into the Progressive Field bullpens.
Abraham Almonte pumped his fist hard and let out a shout after crashing hard into the right-field wall on Thursday night. It was hard to blame the Indians outfielder, given that potential game-saving catches do not always arrive in the first inning.
They were born near each other, made their debuts within a week of each other, finished first and second in the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Award race, play the same position, took the field next to each other for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and had this fun little moment on the basepaths Wednesday.
Cody Allen's knuckle-curve has been the source of frustration for plenty of hitters in his overpowering April
Browns' Draft picks to throw first pitch
So the latest triumph in Michael Brantley's comeback campaign -- 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the Indians' 7-6 win over the Astros on Wednesday night -- had a little luck attached, as Brantley himself would acknowledge. But who deserves the occasional break more than Brantley?
When the bullpen phone rang on Wednesday night, Indians closer Cody Allen was ready. It did not matter that the ninth inning had not arrived. As Cleveland showed the world in October, its relievers are not only overpowering, but also adaptable.
Michael Brantley does not look like he's missed a beat. In a 7-6 victory over the Astros at Progressive Field on Wednesday night, the Indians left fielder continued his impressive comeback with a pair of hits and three RBIs to pace the Tribe's offense.
Lindor messed with Correa at second
Austin Jackson's trot around the bases at Progressive Field on Tuesday night carried a little extra meaning for the veteran outfielder. The blast did not help the Indians to a win in the end, but it was another sign that Jackson is feeling more like himself on the field again.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch headed out to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night. Even with Brandon Guyer due up for the Indians, Hinch was not considering removing left-hander Dallas Keuchel from the game. The manager just wanted to quickly go over the situation.
In a matchup of two of the American League's top clubs, Dallas Keuchel was once again on top of his game. The Houston lefty continued his strong start to the season, stifling the Indians in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
Making his first start of the year in center field, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick delivered a terrific catch in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Indians, stealing what would've been the first home run of the season from second baseman Jason Kipnis.
The Indians would not have activated Jason Kipnis from the disabled list if he was not ready. The challenge for manager Terry Francona now is to balance having his second baseman back and taking steps to avoid running him into the ground.
Yandy Diaz put one of his best offensive skills on display on Opening Day. Rangers ace Yu Darvish sent a fastball just below the strike zone, and the Indians rookie shot the pitch into the right-field corner for a double. It was Diaz's first Major League hit and a look into his potential.
Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.
Former MLB All-Star Steve Delabar and Mariners reliever Jonathan Aro were among three Minor Leaguers suspended Monday, the Commissioner's Office announced.
Yes, these are the Indians the way they were drawn up. While the 10-8 record doesn't blow you away, it projects to 90 wins over 162 games, and it's only been in the last week that the reigning American League champions have hit their stride.
After strong pitching and stellar defense helped the Tribe win the first two games in the series, the Indians made three errors and helped Chicago to a win the 6-2 finale.
Indians manager Terry Francona's eyes widened at the mention of the play on Sunday morning. One night earlier, catcher Yan Gomes threw out Tyler Saladino from his knees. The quickness and strength displayed in only a few seconds blew Francona away.
White Sox starter Derek Holland limited the defending American League champions to one run in six innings on Sunday during a 6-2 White Sox victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. Holland improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 against the Indians, raising his career mark to 7-1 against Cleveland with a 2.27 ERA. Holland struck out six and walked three.
Carlos Carrasco followed the example set by Corey Kluber Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field by shutting out the White Sox over eight innings Saturday in a 7-0 Cleveland victory. The Indians came within three outs, recorded by Zach McAllister in the ninth, of producing back-to-back individual shutouts for the first time since April 16-18, 1981, when Wayne Garland and Bert Blyleven did the honors.
Carlos Carrasco briefly pleaded his case in the visitors' dugout, but it was no use. After eight brilliant innings against the White Sox on Saturday night, the pitcher's night was done. Indians manager Terry Francona did not want to give in to unecessary pressure.
Part of Jose Ramirez's value is his ability to move around the diamond for the Indians. While Jason Kipnis was sidelined earlier this month, Ramirez filled in at second base. Last year, Ramirez played left field in Michael Brantley's absence before sliding to third base for the second half.
Cleveland ace Corey Kluber allowed three hits in his complete-game, 110-pitch performance, striking out nine and walking two en route to a 3-0 win vs. the White Sox. Jose Quintana lasted six innings and 106 pitches, fanning six and walking three while allowing five hits. Kluber faced 29 hitters, two over the minimum.
During Corey Kluber's outing against the White Sox, the re-emergence of his cutter was critical in piecing together his best performance of this young season. The right-hander threw a shutout, and allowed just one runner to reach second base.
The Indians have started to look more like themselves on the field this week, and now the reigning American League champions are adding a familiar face back into the fold. Prior to Friday's game against the White Sox, Cleveland activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day disabled list, following his comeback from a right shoulder injury.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci on Thursday, the Indians' offer to Francisco Lindor during the spring was around $100 million, but the rising star turned down Cleveland's proposal. There have been no indications that negotiations have continued into the season.
Trevor Bauer threw 6 1/3 solid innings, and Carlos Santana connected on a pair of RBI doubles to lift the Indians to a three-game sweep over the Twins with a 6-2 win on Thursday afternoon at Target Field.
Carlos Santana could fit in just fine in a number of different places in the Cleveland lineup. Manager Terry Francona likes Santana batting leadoff, though, and has written Santana's name at the top of the lineup card in all 15 games so far this season.
April weather in Minnesota is unpredictable -- the Twins have played in snow before -- and Wednesday's rainout forced both teams to figure out what to do with their respective rotations.
In games when the Indians' offense has put up big numbers, chances are good Jose Ramirez is somewhere in the thick of things.
Junior Fernandez put his tough start to the season behind him in a truly dominant manner, retiring the first 19 batters he faced on Wednesday.
Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion both hit two-run homers, while Francisco Lindor connected on a two-run triple and extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single in the first to help the Indians to a 11-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.