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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Cleveland Indians expect manager Terry Francona to return for the 2021 season after he missed 47 games this season due to health reasons. Team president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the 61-year Francona is back home in Arizona resting and recovering. Francona was hospitalized this season after undergoing surgery for a gastrointestinal issue and then dealing with blood clotting complications.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Indians' Francona underwent surgeries during health scare

Oct. 7, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona's mind briefly wandered to a life without baseball while he battled through a major health scare. Retirement stared him in the face. “Some days when I was extremely frustrated, the thought crossed my mind,” the Indians manager said. “When it was hard to...

Cleveland Indians' Josh Naylor, right, and Franmil Reyes watch from the dugout after the Indians lost 10-9 to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series, early Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Indians enter offseason of major decisions, uncertainty

Oct. 6, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A short, stressful 2020 season that ended two games into the playoffs is being followed by an equally harrowing offseason for the Cleveland Indians. They're in a “daunting” financial situation, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Manager Terry Francona's health remains a...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Cleveland Indians expect manager Terry Francona to return for the 2021 season after he missed 47 games this season due to health reasons. Team president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the 61-year Francona is back home in Arizona resting and recovering. Francona was hospitalized this season after undergoing surgery for a gastrointestinal issue and then dealing with blood clotting complications.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Indians expect manager Terry Francona back for 2021 season

Oct. 6, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians expect manager Terry Francona to return for the 2021 season after he missed 48 games in 2020 due to health reasons. President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that the 61-year Francona is back home in Arizona resting and recovering. Francona was...

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor (12) exits the batting cage before Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Indians' early October exit could be followed by Lindor's

Oct. 1, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — As Francisco Lindor played in the longest nine-inning game in history, a nearly five-hour endurance test that ended in an empty stadium on October's first morning, he considered it may have been his last game with Cleveland. “It crossed my mind,” he said. He wasn't alone. And...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by Aaron Hicks after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (57) in the first inning of Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

No debate: Judge, Yankees pound Bieber, Indians in opener

Sep. 29, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — On a night for debates, Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees made quite an opening statement. Shane Bieber had no rebuttal. Judge smashed a tone-setting, two-run homer on Bieber's fourth pitch, Cole struck out 13 in his New York playoff debut and the Yankees opened their AL...

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez watches his double off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Nik Turley during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Indians rally past Pirates, will host Yankees in playoffs

Sep. 27, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are staying home for the first round of the postseason — and the New York Yankees are coming to town. Carlos Santana had four RBIs and delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Indians rallied for an 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Bieber lowers ERA to 1.63, Indians top White Sox 3-2

Sep. 23, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday night. The loss dropped the...

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Scott Barlow is congratulated by Cam Gallagher after the Royals defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-6 in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Royals snap seven-game losing skid, beat Indians 8-6

Sep. 8, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Maikel Franco drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and had an RBI single in the ninth as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6 Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer and Cam Gallagher had an RBI...

Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines argues a call with home plate umpire Jerry Meals after getting ejected in the seventh inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Foul mouth: Brewers feed off coach's ejection, beat Indians

Sep. 4, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andy Haines used his mouth to fight for the Brewers. They used their bats. Unleashing a verbal tirade not meant for children's ears, Milwaukee's batting coach got ejected and the Brewers followed with a four-run seventh inning on the way to beating the Cleveland Indians 7-1 on Friday...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cleveland's three major professional sports franchises--the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians--are teaming up to fight social injustice. One day after the NBA postponed playoff games _ and other leagues followed suit--amid a player-led boycott to protest the shooting of a Black man by police in Wisconsin, the Cleveland teams announced their alliance to “develop a sustainable and direct strategy to address social injustice facing the city and all Northeast Ohio communities.” (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Indians' Francona recovering, still unable to rejoin team

Sep. 4, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona is feeling better after undergoing surgeries and a hospital stay, but it may be some time before he's healthy enough to rejoin the AL Central leaders. Francona has missed 23 games after having surgery for a gastrointestinal issue at the Cleveland Clinic and...