Cubs' Baez, Indians' Lindor accustomed to big stage

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CLEVELAND -- Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez smiled Monday when recalling that he played along side Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor for the East roster in the 2010 AFLAC All-American Baseball Classic at San Diego's Petco Park.

As it turns out, the talent evaluators who selected the 38 players to play in the game did an ...Read more

Jose Fernandez, companions had strong odor of alcohol after fatal crash

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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two of his friends who perished in a violent boat crash off of South Beach last month all had a strong odor of alcohol on them when their bodies were recovered by divers, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.

The toxicology tests for the young men are complete but have not...Read more

Kluber dominates, Perez homers twice as Indians blank Cubs, 6-0

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CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber took his brilliance on the mound to a new level on the game's biggest stage and Roberto Perez blasted his way to a multi-home run night, leading the Indians to a 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Kluber was dominant, putting together one of the best ...Read more

Topping Rangers' offseason list: What to do with Lewis, Holland?

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Topping the Texas Rangers' offseason to-do list is upgrading their starting rotation, though not necessarily because it didn't give them much of a chance during the American League Division Series.

But that was their freshest baseball memory as they convened Monday on their spring training home for their annual pro-scouting ...Read more

Kluber and Miller pitch in and Perez hits two homers for Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber set a franchise record for strikeouts in a World Series game, Andrew Miller walked through the fire in two scoreless innings and Roberto Perez homered twice in a 6-0 Indians victory over the Cubs in Game 1 at Progressive Field.

Kluber struck out nine across six innings and departed after giving up a single in the ...Read more

Indians' Bauer set to start Game 2 vs. Cubs' Arrieta

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians believe Trevor Bauer will be able to get through his start in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night without much of an issue from his lacerated pinkie.

Though they said that before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, and he couldn't get out of the first inning without covering his cleats and pants...Read more

Eyes of baseball world on Indians' Lindor, Cubs' Baez for second time

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CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor remembers the day he and Javier Baez first had the eyes of the baseball world upon them.

It was Feb. 17, 2011, just a few months before the two Puerto Rican-born stars would become first-round draft choices, shortstop Lindor selected No. 8 by the Indians, infielder Baez No. 9 by the Chicago Cubs.

An estimated 150 ...Read more

Cubs' Fowler to keep options open after World Series

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CLEVELAND -- Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler hoped to find a long-term deal elsewhere last offseason, and at one point he appeared headed to the Baltimore Orioles.

He ultimately returned to the Cubs and helped them reach the World Series for the first time since 1945. His entire focus is on helping the Cubs try to win their first ...Read more

Sporting News names Jose Fernandez NL Comeback Player of the Year

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The posthumous honors for Jose Fernandez keep coming.

The Sporting News on Tuesday named the late Marlins pitcher its NL Comeback Player of the Year, one month to the day after he died in a boating accident off Miami Beach.

Major league players voted on the award, with many of the ballots cast before Fernandez's death. Of the 177 votes by ...Read more

After his father's surgery, Indians' Josh Tomlin excited for their World Series reunion

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CLEVELAND -- On Aug. 17, while mired in nearly the worst month of his career, Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin feared he might not get home in time to see his father again.

Now if all goes according to plan, Tomlin will pitch in front of him Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

According to, Jerry ...Read more

Dodgers came up short, but Dave Roberts and Andrew Friedman like where they are

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LOS ANGELES -- While Progressive Field in Cleveland buzzed with activity on Monday as the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians prepared for Tuesday night's World Series opener, Dodger Stadium was eerily quiet, a 28th consecutive World Series-less October passing through Chavez Ravine.

Two wins shy of their ultimate goal, the Los Angeles Dodgers ...Read more

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor's lucky penny from 7-year-old McDonald girl now has company

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CLEVELAND -- Presuming nothing disturbed it from its special resting place, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will have his lucky penny in his pocket Tuesday night for Game 1 of the World Series.

But somewhere in the bowels of Progressive Field -- its senders hope in the clubhouse or the dugout -- sits a massive jar of about 400 more.

The ...Read more

World Series brings reunion for two pairs of Cubs, Indians

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CLEVELAND -- After the Cubs earned a World Series berth Saturday night, second baseman Javier Baez sent a text message to childhood friend and Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor.

"Is this a dream?" Baez wrote.

"Yeah, I think it is," Lindor responded. "Because I haven't woke up yet."

The Baez-Lindor reunion isn't the only one in this ...Read more

'Locked-in' Corey Kluber ready for another challenging offense

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CLEVELAND -- Nearly seven minutes into his World Series media day session, Indians ace Corey Kluber cracked a smile.

The question, fittingly, was if there is any photographic evidence from his childhood that he has ever smiled while on the mound.

"I'm sure there are somewhere," he said with a hesitant grin. "It's just the way I am when I'm out...Read more

Jason Kipnis, who grew up a Cubs fan, excited to face them in World Series

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CLEVELAND -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis admitted he got "choked up" when the Cubs clinched a World Series berth Saturday.

A Northbrook, Ill., native, Kipnis grew up a Cubs fan and saw a stream of social media posts from friends celebrating the Cubs' victory. He called it "a special perfect storm" that he will play in his first World ...Read more

David Ross-Jon Lester bond began by chance in Boston

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CLEVELAND -- The bond Jon Lester and David Ross share began almost by chance.

The Red Sox were knee-deep in an important series against the Tigers in 2013, one with postseason implications, when the two were studying a scouting report. Ross had missed most of the season with a concussion.

And he wasn't happy.

"He was in one of those David ...Read more

Indians continue to shrug off underdog label heading into World Series

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CLEVELAND -- Just as they have all October, the Indians will enter yet another series as the underdogs when they meet the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

It's something the Indians have grown accustomed to, being expected to fall short each step of the way. As the odds continued to be stacked ...Read more

Indians manager Terry Francona, Cavs guard J.R. Smith are unlikely texting buddies

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CLEVELAND -- They are slowly becoming Cleveland's Odd Couple, the Indians' 57-year-old manager and the Cavs' 31-year-old shooting guard. On the surface, Terry Francona and J.R. Smith seem to have little in common. But there is an admiration and respect between them that they hope will soon blossom into more -- as soon as their schedules allow.

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One year later, former Royal Ben Zobrist is ready to break a curse in Chicago

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CLEVELAND -- In the months after he signed with the Chicago Cubs, Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, went house hunting. They needed a place for a growing family -- his third child, Blaise Royal, was born in the days after the 2015 World Series. They needed a place that could function as a home base for Julianna's burgeoning music career. They ...Read more

Kyle Schwarber appears likely to be included on Cubs' World Series roster

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Barring a setback, it appears Kyle Schwarber's improbable return from left knee surgery will be complete when he is added Tuesday to the Cubs' World Series roster.

Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk for Mesa, Ariz., in his second Arizona Fall League game Monday and was expected to join the Cubs in Cleveland. A scout who watched ...Read more