Tomlin, Brantley take positive rehab steps

Tomlin, Brantley take positive rehab steps

CLEVELAND -- Despite sitting atop the American League Central, the Indians have had to deal with a bunch of injuries as of late. But before their matchup with the Red Sox on Monday night at Progressive Field, Indians manager Terry Francona announced some good news for a couple of the team's injured players.

Francona said that both right-hander Josh Tomlin (left hamstring strain) and outfielder Michael Brantley (right ankle sprain) both took a step in the right direction with their respective rehabs. According to the manager, Tomlin threw a three-inning simulated game at Progressive Field on Monday, and All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley is back to throwing and hitting.

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A-Jax: Junior Leaguer's grab 'awesome'

A-Jax: Junior Leaguer's grab 'awesome'

CLEVELAND -- On Aug. 1 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Indians center fielder Austin Jackson made what may be considered the "catch of the year" as he leaped on the warning track to rob Boston designated hitter Hanley Ramirez of a home run before flipping over the center-field wall.

While Jackson's catch may have been one of the best catches in the Majors this season, Jackson may have some competition for best catch in all of baseball this year thanks to a Junior Leaguer named Jack Regenye.

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'Machine' ready to roll for Players Weekend

'Machine' ready to roll for Players Weekend

In his first Spring Training as a Minor Leaguer in 2014, Bradley Zimmer got a chance to play on the big league side. Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen greeted Zimmer with an inadvertent 97-mph fastball to the ribs.

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Despite Lindor's HR, Tribe can't finish off sweep

Despite Lindor's HR, Tribe can't finish off sweep

KANSAS CITY -- A potential statement series didn't turn out the way the Royals wanted it to, but they did avoid the sweep thanks to a strong start from right-hander Jason Hammel and some offensive help from their bench players.

Hammel turned in six innings and gave up five hits and three runs, and the Royals held back the red-hot Indians, 7-4, Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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Salazar's dud a rarity of late for Tribe's starters

Club's rotation has been on a roll in August

Salazar's dud a rarity of late for Tribe's starters

KANSAS CITY -- Only a few days ago, Danny Salazar leaned against a wall inside Target Field's visitors' clubhouse, explaining how no starter in the Indians' rotation wanted to be the one who ended the streak. The group has been on the kind of roll that fuels friendly competition among teammates.

In a 7-4 loss to the Royals on Sunday, Salazar was the one who finally flinched.

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Kluber 'good to go' for Wednesday start

After testing ankle in bullpen session, Kluber expects to take next turn

Kluber 'good to go' for Wednesday start

KANSAS CITY -- Given Corey Kluber's importance to the Indians' rotation, the staff ace is doing everything in his power to prepare for his scheduled start against the Red Sox on Wednesday. The right-hander passed a big test Sunday with a bullpen session at Kauffman Stadium.

A couple hours before the Tribe's 7-4 loss to the Royals, Kluber tested his mildly sprained right ankle with a mound workout that lasted roughly 10 minutes. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway and head athletic trainer James Quinlan closely monitored the session, which went well enough to convince manager Terry Francona that Kluber is "good to go" for Wednesday.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Timely hits back Bauer as Tribe blanks Royals

Timely hits back Bauer as Tribe blanks Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Jay Bruce continued his sizzling start with the Indians by hitting an RBI double, and catcher Roberto Perez delivered a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning as the Indians held off the Royals, 5-0, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Indians, who improved to 8-2 on the road trip, moved 7 1/2 games ahead of the Royals in the American League Central and remained six games ahead of the second-place Twins, who beat the D-backs on Saturday. The Royals are 1 1/2 games back in the AL Wild Card chase.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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Cerebral Bauer unable to explain recent success

With strong showing in KC, righty has another solid start to break down

Cerebral Bauer unable to explain recent success

KANSAS CITY -- Trevor Bauer loves to dive head-first into data. He can cite the spin rates of his pitches and will roll his eyes when a tracking system misreads something that leaves his right hand. Not only does Bauer work with the Indians to gather as much information as possible, the pitcher also employs a research assistant.

In the Indians' 5-0 victory over the Royals on Saturday night, Bauer continued his recent run of dominance on the mound -- a month-long sample that he is currently deciphering in an effort to sustain the success. For all the numbers he has crunched and slow-motion video he has studied, Bauer also knows there is and always will be one cold-hard fact about the game of baseball.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bruce's 2 HRs, 5 RBIs power Tribe past KC

Bruce's 2 HRs, 5 RBIs power Tribe past KC

KANSAS CITY -- Score Round One to the Indians.

In the first of 10 games between the Indians and Royals that could decide the American League Central, the Tribe cruised to a 10-1 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Miller returns, escapes jam in win over Royals

Reliever had been sidelined with a knee injury; Almonte placed on DL

Miller returns, escapes jam in win over Royals

KANSAS CITY -- The Indians got a major part of their bullpen back just in time for this weekend's key divisional clash with the Royals.

Relief ace Andrew Miller pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Tribe's 10-1 win in Friday night's series opener after being activated from the 10-day disabled list, following his bout with right knee soreness. In order to clear a spot on the roster for Miller's return, outfielder Abraham Almonte was placed on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona keeps things loose with DJ, hoops

Indians manager wants players to have fun this weekend

Francona keeps things loose with DJ, hoops

KANSAS CITY -- Music was blaring inside the visitors' clubhouse as Indians players arrived at Kauffman Stadium on Friday afternoon. The handful who made their way to the park early were gathered around a Pop-A-Shot basketball hoop, and were engaged in a heated competition hours before their game against the Royals.

Welcome to Club Tito.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Capel plates four for Lake County

Capel plates four for Lake County

Now into his second month playing in the Florida State League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finding his power stroke.

Guerrero, MLBPipeline.com's No. 6 overall prospect (Blue Jays' No. 1), connected on his second home run in as many games on Friday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Class A Advanced Dunedin blanked St. Lucie, 4-0.

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Bruce homers, but Tribe's streak ends at 6

Bruce homers, but Tribe's streak ends at 6

MINNEAPOLIS -- Max Kepler was not in the Twins' starting lineup for Thursday's nightcap of a twin bill against the Indians. An injury forced him into the mix and Kepler's late go-ahead home run fueled a 4-2 victory, which ended Cleveland's six-game winning streak and run of 10 straight wins at Target Field.

The Indians lead the American League Central by 5 1/2 games over the idle Royals and six over the third-place Twins, who earned a split of the doubleheader after dropping a 9-3 decision in Game 1.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Clevinger, Bauer provide relief for Indians' 'pen

Starters step in to ease burden on pitching staff

Clevinger, Bauer provide relief for Indians' 'pen

MINNEAPOLIS -- There are times when a defeat is not a complete loss. The Indians would have surely preferred to sweep Thursday's doubleheader and the series with the Twins, but the Tribe was nonetheless pleased to head into an important set against the Royals with its pitching staff intact.

In a 4-2 loss in the nightcap at Target Field, starters Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer helped ease the burden on the bullpen by coming on in relief. It did not net a trip to the win column, but it put the Indians in a position where the upcoming rotation plans are unaffected, and the entirety of the relief corps should be available on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomes homers, drives in 4 in win over Twins

Gomes homers, drives in 4 in win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Yan Gomes takes pride in prioritizing defense, making anything he does in the batter's box a bonus for the Indians. In the opener of a doubleheader against the Twins on Thursday, the catcher came up big on both fronts, helping Cleveland to a 9-3 win at Target Field.

Gomes went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run, one walk, a hit-by-pitch and four RBIs for the American League Central-leading Indians, who won their sixth straight and pushed the third-place Twins seven games back in the standings. The catcher also helped starter Carlos Carrasco grind out five innings, and delivered a key pickoff throw to halt a potential Twins rally while the game was still close.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Thursday.

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Win-fall: Indians' rotation clicking for success

Starters are 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA, 114 strikeouts in August

Win-fall: Indians' rotation clicking for success

MINNEAPOLIS -- There is a competition brewing among the Indians' rotation members. Paced by ace Corey Kluber, who is in the midst of a stellar season that should have him firmly in the mix for some season-end hardware, the starters are taking the mound each night trying to one-up each other.

"You don't want to be the guy that screws it up," Danny Salazar said with a laugh.

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Salazar 'speaks' volumes with strong outing

Indians righty stays focused using his own pre-pitch pep talk

Salazar 'speaks' volumes with strong outing

MINNEAPOLIS -- Indians right-hander Danny Salazar started to feel like he was rushing through his delivery in Tuesday night's start against the Twins. In searching for a solution, he found something that worked: Salazar began talking to himself on the mound.

As the game wore on, cameras began to zoom in on Salazar during some of his pre-pitch mumbling -- verbal cues that helped hone his focus on each throw. That played a small role in Salazar's seven strong innings in the Tribe's 8-1 victory, though he noted on Wednesday afternoon that he has used the approach in previous outings.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Santana surging, starts Tribe's homer parade

First baseman has slugged 14 career jacks at Target Field

Santana surging, starts Tribe's homer parade

MINNEAPOLIS -- Indians first baseman Carlos Santana did not have a good answer. When asked why he has hit so many home runs at Target Field, he first called it a good question, but then found that a shrug was the only appropriate response.

"I don't know. I feel good," Santana said after an 8-1 rout of the Twins on Tuesday night. "It doesn't matter if it's here or another park. Right now, I feel more comfortable."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chisenhall could shift to LF on return from DL

Indians RF will play all 3 outfield spots during injury rehab

Chisenhall could shift to LF on return from DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Six years ago, Lonnie Chisenhall stood in left field for the Indians for precisely one pitch. That is the extent of his experience at the position, which may now be Chisenhall's way back to the roster when he is deemed ready to come off the disabled list.

Prior to Tuesday's game against the Twins, manager Terry Francona noted that Chisenhall will play all three outfield positions in a Minor League rehab assignment, beginning with right field on Tuesday for Triple-A Columbus. After that, Chisenhall will get at least two games in left field before possibly mixing in some innings in center, and potentially at first and third base.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe's 5 jacks, Salazar's 10 K's slow Twins

Tribe's 5 jacks, Salazar's 10 K's slow Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Danny Salazar continued his second-half resurgence, and Carlos Santana led a five-homer attack with a pair of blasts to power the Indians to an 8-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night in the opener of a key series between American League Central contenders. Cleveland is now 8-0 at Target Field this season.

Salazar, who has fashioned a 1.39 ERA in five outings since coming off the disabled list on July 22, logged 10 strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. The right-hander helped the division-leading Tribe increase its lead to six games over the Twins and Royals, who dropped a 10-8 decision to the A's.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Tuesday.

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Angry Edwin inflicts pain on baseball -- twice

Upset over halting rally with popup, Tribe slugger swats pair of 2-run HRs

Angry Edwin inflicts pain on baseball -- twice

BOSTON -- With two mighty swats, an angered Edwin Encarnacion did everything in his power to distance the Indians from the Red Sox and make their one-day trip to Fenway Park worthwhile in Monday night's 7-3 victory.

The source of his ire came in the second inning, when as the Indians were piling up runs, he squashed a bases-loaded rally with a popup behind second base, prompting him to break his bat behind closed doors.

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Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Indians on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Edwin's pair of 2-run HRs back Bauer's 11 K's

Edwin's pair of 2-run HRs back Bauer's 11 K's

BOSTON -- Coming back to Fenway Park on Monday night for a one-game makeup in the midst of a long road trip became a little less inconvenient for the Indians, who rode a pair of two-run homers by slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.

In a matchup between the leaders of the American League East and Central, Encarnacion proved to be the difference in this one.

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Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Indians on Monday.

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McKenzie goes seven strong

McKenzie goes seven strong

Alex Verdugo's hot streak continued as he hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-4 win over Round Rock on Monday night.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect (No. 28 overall) got off to a fast start as he doubled home a pair of runs in the second and then hit a solo blast in the fourth before finishing 2-for-3.

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Encarnacion heating up, boosting Tribe lineup

Slugger's power, Kipnis' return could propel Indians' offense

Encarnacion heating up, boosting Tribe lineup

ST. PETERSBURG -- Edwin Encarnacion has a reputation as a streaky hitter, capable of pulverizing pitches for extended periods of time when he's on top of his game.

In June, he hit .322 with seven homers, 24 runs and 20 RBIs. But Encarnacion is also susceptible to spells when his average sags. In July, he hit .222 with four homers, 16 runs and 18 RBIs.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Indians on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe edges Rays with Ajax jack, Kluber's K's

Tribe edges Rays with Ajax jack, Kluber's K's

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Kluber came through like an ace on Sunday, and a late home run by Austin Jackson made him a winner as the Indians claimed a 4-3 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

"It's nice to pick him up -- not that he pitched [poorly]; I mean he gave up three [runs]," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But when they got the two-run homer [from Steven Souza Jr.], it's nice to see our offense -- that's two games in a row -- come back and score when he was out of the game. And if anybody deserves it, it's him."

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Indians on Sunday.

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Clevinger, Indians shut out slumping Rays

Clevinger, Indians shut out slumping Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay's bats remained silent Saturday night. Cleveland's Mike Clevinger had a lot to do with that in the Indians' 3-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Making his first start since July 31 after a brief stint in the bullpen meant to keep the rest of the rotation's schedule in order, Clevinger blanked the Rays for seven innings on four hits and a walk while striking out nine to move to 6-4 on the season.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Indians on Saturday.

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Productive Bruce acclimates quickly for Tribe

Productive Bruce acclimates quickly for Tribe

ST. PETERSBURG -- A New York Mets equipment bag still sits atop Jay Bruce's locker. The Indians' prized trade acquisition is very new to the team, with just two starts now under his belt. But the slugger has a familiarity with his new teammates that makes it feel like he's been with them since Spring Training.

In a way he has, although not this year's spring session. Bruce played the first nine years of his career with the Cincinnati Reds, who share the Goodyear Ballpark complex in Arizona with the Indians each spring.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Indians on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Memories of 2015 pop up for Carrasco

Right-hander came within one out of no-hitter at Tropicana Field

Memories of 2015 pop up for Carrasco

ST. PETERSBURG -- On some nights, a pitcher has everything working. For Carlos Carrasco, those special nights are close to a sure thing when he visits Tropicana Field.

Igniting memories of the time he came a strike away from a no-hitter here in 2015, the Indians righty flirted again with a no-no Friday, carrying it this time for 6 2/3 innings until Logan Morrison hit a sharp single to right field in a 5-0 victory over the Rays. 

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