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UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Tampa Bay Lightning star Tyler Johnson returns to Spokane for Indians’ opening night, meets new manager Kenny Holmberg

Spokane Indians first-year manager Kenny Holmberg grew near Tampa, Florida, swiftly becoming a fan of the city’s NHL team, the Tampa Bay Lighting.


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Spokane Indians add another top-5 prospect in outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez

The Texas Rangers assigned two outfielders to the Indians opening day roster, Julio Pablo Martinez, the organization’s third-ranked prospect, and Hasuan Viera.


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Former Gonzaga standout Jeff Bohling back in Spokane with Boise, takes on ex-Bulldog Royce Bolinger

Jeff Bohling, the 2016 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, played second base for the Boise Hawks, his second year with the Colorado Rockies organization after being drafted in …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Spokane Indians Update: Hans Crouse scratched from start with cut finger

Even before the game began, Spokane Indians new manager Kenny Holmberg was forced into his first pitching change.


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Spokane Indians Pregame: Rangers assign No. 3 prospect Julio Pablo Martinez to Indians

The Spokane Indians face the Boise Hawks on opening day of the Northwest League schedule at 6:30 p.m. at Avista Stadium.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Hans Crouse draws Spokane Indians’ Opening Day assignment on the mound

Hans Crouse will tell you – he be can be a little, well, quirky on the mound. “I talk to myself out there quite a bit,” Crouse, 19, said on …


Q&A: Catching up with Spokane Indians senior vice president Otto Klein

We had a chance to catch up with Otto Klein, senior vice president of the club, to talk about the upcoming season of Spokane Indians baseball.


From Hall of Famers to Kurt Russell, the Northwest League has just about seen it all

The onset of another season of Spokane Indians baseball reminds us of some of the highest highs and lowest lows in Northwest League history.


Spokane Indians have 10 fireworks, 2 Star Wars nights on stadium promotions schedule

Take a look at the stadium promotions schedule for the Spokane Indians this summer.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 12:56 p.m.

Spokane Indians players who played Major League Baseball

These Spokane Indians reached the major leagues since the franchise returned to short-season Class A status in 1983. Does not include players sent to Spokane on rehab assignments.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 12:58 p.m.

Ex-Indians still remain a major presence for Major League teams

Since the Spokane Indians franchise returned to Class A short-season status in 1983, there have been 155 former Indians to play in the major leagues as of June 1. Of …


Where are they now? Catching up with members of last season’s Spokane Indians team

The 2017 Spokane Indians employed a total of 49 players; here’s where they are now.


Spokane Indians’ new manager Kenny Holmberg was destined for a life in baseball

Kenny Holmberg was pretty much destined for a life in baseball. Part of it was nature: he’s the son of a baseball lifer. Part of it was nurture: after a …


Last season’s top three RBI leaders among returning cast for Spokane Indians

It’s not that often a minor league team returns the entire middle of its batting order from one season to the next. But for first-year manager Kenny Holmberg, that’s one …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Indians Fanfest sees some stars, and a whole lot of home runs

Cannon-armed pitcher Hans Crouse took a moment to introduce himself to a few hundred Spokane Indians fans Wednesday, two days before his opening day start at Avista Stadium.


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Spokane Indians express sky-high feelings on tour of Fairchild Air Force Base

The Spokane Indians were given a tour Tuesday of the 92nd Air Fueling Wing, toed the catwalk of Fairchild’s lofty control tower and watched a punch-heavy combat training session.


John Blanchette: Royce Bolinger gets a second baseball life as pitching prospect

Royce Bolinger, after seven years into his professional baseball career as a hitter, has come full circle to where he began, as a member of the 2018 Indians … pitching …


John Blanchette: Looking at the great ‘what if’ had the Spokane Indians remained a Triple-A team

What if Spokane hadn’t lost its Triple-A team? Maybe the timeline would have looked something like this:


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Cooler weather, Spokanasaurus greet 2018 Spokane Indians arrival

Carrying bags with the namesake of their parent club, the Texas Rangers, players trickled through the airport terminal, reporting to Spokane a week before the Indians’ season opener at Avista …


Spokane Indians parent club selects RHP Cole Winn with 15th overall pick in MLB Draft

The Texas Rangers, parent club of the Spokane Indians, selected Cole Winn, a right-handed high school pitcher, with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 MLB …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 11:53 a.m.

Baseball players in minors to lose minimum wage protection

Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under a provision in government spending legislation. The provision …


Steve Stroughter, former Spokane Indians outfielder, dies

Outfielder Steve Stroughter, the most consistent hitter during Spokane’s unremarkable Pacific Coast League affiliation with the Seattle Mariners, has died in Fresno, California. He was 65.


‘Moose’ Stubing, Spokane Indians’ last Triple-A manager, dies at 79

Although Larry “Moose” Stubing almost came away emptyhanded from his stays in baseball’s major leagues, he will be remembered for more than his one season as the last Triple-A manager …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Spokane Indians’ Avista Stadium receives high marks from Stadium Journey

Avista Stadium, home to the Spokane Indians, was listed at No. 31 among Stadium Journey’s top 100 stadium experiences in the United States and Canada for 2017, the Indians announced …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Former Spokane Indians manager Rob Picciolo dies at 64

Former Spokane Indians manager Rob Picciolo, a beloved man who spent his entire adult life in professional baseball, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 64.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

Former Spokane Indians pitcher Chuck Churn dies

Clarence “Chuck” Churn, a tall righthander who earned almost a quarter of his career pitching victories during two Pacific Coast League seasons with the Spokane Indians, has died at the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Indians’ ‘redband’ rally for another win – this time off the field

A redband rally got one more win for the Spokane Indians this year.


Spokane Indians fall to Vancouver, eliminated from NWL playoffs

Brock Lundquist went 2 for 4, including a homer in the fourth inning, to lift the Vancouver Canadians to a 2-1 win over the Spokane Indians in the second game …


Vancouver holds off Spokane Indians in Northwest League playoff opener

The Spokane Indians, known for late rallies on their way to the Northwest League North Division second-half title, had one fall just short in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:28 p.m.

Unhealthy air quality forces move of NWL playoff opener from Spokane to Vancouver for entire series

The Spokane Indians Northwest League playoff opener Tuesday evening was postponed because of Spokane’s poor air quality.