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Indians announce spring training schedule

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 21, 2014

The Indians announced their 2015 spring training schedule on Friday. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18, with the full squad reporting on Feb. 22. The first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 20, the first full-squad workout on Feb. 24.

The schedule features two home night games, March 20 against the Los Angeles Angels and March 24 agains the San Francisco Giants.

Tribe Fan Fest, a ticketed event, is March 17. Michael Brantley bobblehead day is March 7.

Season tickets and group sales (20 or more) are on sale now, with mini-plans available on Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. ET and single games Dec. 6 at 8 a.m.

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Indians' Michael Brantley third in AL MVP voting

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 13, 2014

Indians left fielder Michael Brantley finished third in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award, which was announced Thursday night.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 23, who finished second to Tigers' slugger Miguel Cabrera the past two years, was the unanimous choice of 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Trout received 420 points. Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, an ex-Indian, was second ahead of Brantley. Martinez received 16 second-place votes, Brantley eight.

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Indians' Corey Kluber wins AL Cy Young Award

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 12, 2014
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Indians' right-hander Corey Kluber lost out in a fan vote to participate in the 2014 All-Star Game.

But on Wednesday the 28-year-old right-hander became the fourth Indians pitcher to win the American League Cy Young Award, edging out Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez.

Kluber received 169 total points and 17 first-place votes, Hernandez 159 points and 13 first-place votes. Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale finished third with 78 points.

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Indians extend manager Terry Francona's contract through 2018

By August Fagerstrom Published: November 4, 2014

The Cleveland Indians signed manager Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension through 2018, with club options for 2019 and 2020, the club announced Tuesday morning.

"I really didn’t want to move on from here," Francona said. "You watch every manager in their first press conference and they say all these things and they’re all true - they all feel them. But what’s really cool for me is two years later, I’m getting to live them out. I still feel the same way two years later, except maybe stronger, than the day I got hired. And for that I’m really grateful."

Francona, 55, took a year off from managing in 2012 before joining the Indians on October 6, 2012.

Under Francona's leadership, the Indians have had consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-01, compiling a 177-147 (.546) record.

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Indians, Terry Francona agree on two-year contract extension through 2018

By Ron Ledgard Published: November 4, 2014

The Indians announced this morning an agreement with manager Terry Francona on a two-year contract extension.

Here is the team's release:

The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has agreed on a two-year contract extension (2018) with Manager TERRY FRANCONA that includes club options for 2019 and 2020.

Francona, 55, has led the Indians to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-2001, compiling a mark of 177-147 (.546) over his two-year tenure with the Indians that began in October of 2012. His 177 wins and .546 winning pct. rank 4th and 5th-best, respectively, in club history among managers through their first two seasons.  The New Brighton, PA native owns a 14-year Major League career managerial record of 1206-1062 (.532), the 4th-most wins among active big league managers. Dating back to 2004 with Boston, Francona’s teams have posted winning records for ten consecutive seasons, the longest such managerial streak since 2009 (Joe Torre), in addition to a pair of World Series titles and six postseason appearances.

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