Indians activate Gomes for finale with Reds

Indians activate Gomes for finale with Reds

The Indians activated catcher Yan Gomes from the disabled list on Sunday and designated fellow backstop Brett Hayes for assignment. Gomes was inserted into the lineup behind the plate and batting seventh for the series finale with the Reds.

Gomes, last year's Silver Slugger Award winner, has been on the DL since April 12 with a sprained MCL in his right knee, after being injured during a play at the plate the previous day against the Tigers. He was hitting .150 over the first five games of the season before getting hurt. Gomes hit .333 (4-for-12) during a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus.

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Kluber continues his brilliant stretch of pitching

Kluber continues his brilliant stretch of pitching

CLEVELAND -- Like his teammate Carlos Carrasco from the night before, Indians starter Corey Kluber didn't have his best stuff in the early goings of his Saturday start.

And, like his teammate, Kluber showed that even when he's not at his best, he's better than most.

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Kipnis, Kluber lead Indians to 5th straight win

Kipnis, Kluber lead Indians to 5th straight win

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians extended their season-high winning streak to five games on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Progressive Field thanks to a late-inning offensive push led by second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Kipnis started a two-out rally with a single in the sixth and later came around to score the tying run. In the eighth, his opposite-field double drove in the go-ahead run.

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Bauer leads Indians in series finale vs. Reds

Bauer leads Indians in series finale vs. Reds

Until they meet again in Cincinnati coming out of the All-Star break, the Indians and Reds will wrap up their Interleague series on Sunday at Progressive Field.

Cleveland will start Trevor Bauer while the Reds are having rookie Raisel Iglesias step in to replace Johnny Cueto, who will miss the start with right elbow stiffness.

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Indians come up with clutch hits on Saturday

Indians come up with clutch hits on Saturday

CLEVELAND -- Baseball is a game that, more often than not, abides by the law of averages. It's also a game of streaks. But in the end, those streaks tend to even themselves out.

In Saturday's 2-1 victory over Cincinnati, the Indians experienced some regression to the mean, in a good way.

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Indians trying to give players regular rest

Indians trying to give players regular rest

CLEVELAND -- Indians All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley received a day off Saturday, a regularly-scheduled day of rest.

Brantley has dealt with lower back soreness off-and-on throughout the season, and didn't play the field in Friday's game. But the day of rest is as much a part of a larger initiative by the Indians to keep their players fresh as it is about Brantley's health, specifically.

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Bauer designs T-shirt for charity

Bauer designs T-shirt for charity

CLEVELAND -- Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer teamed up with Kyle Mauch, CEO of a company called Athletes Brand, to help design T-shirts for a good cause.

The shirts, which read "Last 1 Standing," were inspired by the story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Lutrell, who received a Purple Heart from his actions in a 2005 ambush by Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wings.

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Moss shows why Indians wanted his power

Moss shows why Indians wanted his power

CLEVELAND -- Earlier this season, while mired in a slump, new Indians slugger Brandon Moss concisely summarized the nature of his game for reporters.

"I'm going to strike out," Moss said. "You guys better get used to that. That's not going to change. I've always struck out. So, if that's something you want to write about, write about it. But the difference is when I'm not striking out, the balls put in play are driven, they're not missed."

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Fastball command doesn't hold Carrasco back

Fastball command doesn't hold Carrasco back

CLEVELAND -- Not many pitchers can get by without their fastball command. When a pitcher struggles, it's the cliché response one expects to hear.

Sometimes, it's the ability to get by without one's fastball command that separates a top-flight starter from a next-flight starter.

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Moss, Kipnis help Tribe win 4th straight

Moss, Kipnis help Tribe win 4th straight

CLEVELAND -- The Indians offense came alive for 11 hits and eight walks in a 7-3 victory in the series opener against Cincinnati on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco struck out seven over six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks. Reds starter Mike Leake struggled through four innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, five walks and a homer. He didn't strike out a batter for the first time in his career as a starter.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Future of catchers Perez, Hayes undecided

Future of catchers Perez, Hayes undecided

CLEVELAND -- Barring some unforeseen circumstance, the Indians will have their star catcher, Yan Gomes, back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

Gomes, working his way back from an MCL sprain in his right knee, caught seven innings for Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, batted four times as a designated on Thursday, and will catch a full nine innings on Friday. He'll get a day off on Saturday before rejoining the Major League club for Sunday's showdown between Trevor Bauer and Johnny Cueto.

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Indians starting to gel with another series win

Indians starting to gel with another series win

CHICAGO -- Following a nightmarish start to the season, the Indians are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

With a 5-2 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night, the Indians have won three straight games for the first time this season. They took three of four against previously red-hot Chicago and also have won back-to-back series for the first time.

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Salazar sizzles as Tribe tops Sox, takes series

Salazar sizzles as Tribe tops Sox, takes series

CHICAGO -- The Indians handed the White Sox their first home series loss after five straight victories by virtue of a 5-2 decision Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Cleveland claimed the last three games of this four-game set, allowing eight runs in total.

Danny Salazar followed the tone set by Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Shaun Marcum by holding the White Sox to five hits over six innings while striking out eight and walking three. The Indians picked up all the runs they needed in the first with four put up against John Danks.

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House activated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

House activated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- The Indians activated left-hander TJ House (shoulder inflammation) from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and immediately optioned him to Triple-A Columbus.

With the addition of Shaun Marcum to the rotation -- he allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday in his first start -- there just wasn't room for House, who has an 0-4 record and 13.15 ERA.

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Gomes could return to lineup Sunday vs. Reds

Indians catcher out since April 12 with sprained knee

Gomes could return to lineup Sunday vs. Reds

CHICAGO -- Barring some last-minute setback, the Indians expect to have catcher Yan Gomes back behind the plate for the finale of the weekend series with the Reds on Sunday.

Gomes, who has been on the disabled list since April 12 with a sprained right knee, is in the midst of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus.

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Marcum stoic following stellar first start

Right-hander works 6 2/3 innings, keeps focus on helping Tribe win

Marcum stoic following stellar first start

CHICAGO -- Shaun Marcum's outing Wednesday night was his first start of the season, but in many respects, it was the completion of a nearly two-year journey to become part of a Major League rotation again following major surgery and a long rehabilitation process.

Marcum, though, wasn't in a sentimental mood after the Indians' 4-3 victory, in which he allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings against the White Sox to pick up his first win since June 26, 2013.

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Marcum steers Tribe victory over White Sox

Marcum steers Tribe victory over White Sox

CHICAGO -- With at least one baserunner in 15 of the last 16 innings, the Indians finally saw results in a 4-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night. A three-run seventh inning gave Cleveland the run support it needed against a Chicago team that has scored six runs in the first three games of the series.

Indians closer Cody Allen gave up one run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez, but he struck out pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck with the bases loaded to escape the jam and earn his eighth save.

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Carlos Carrasco makes human baseball of Jose Ramirez

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Carlos Carrasco makes human baseball of Jose Ramirez

Considered playoff contenders at the start of the year, things hadn't been going so well for the Cleveland Indians, opening the season with just a 12-21 record. However, after beating the White Sox, 4-3, on Wednesday night, Cleveland has now won four of their last six.

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Tribe donating equipment to local baseball league

New catcher's gear will help five Garfield Heights divisions move forward after theft

The Indians are pitching in to a local baseball league.

Cleveland announced Wednesday that it will donate new catcher's gear to the Garfield Heights Baseball League on Thursday night in reaction to a theft from the league's storage facility last week.

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Marcum recalled, Walters optioned to Triple-A

Right-hander fills rotation's No. 5 spot; utility man to get regular at-bats

Marcum recalled, Walters optioned to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- Shaun Marcum is back in the big leagues. The Indians officially recalled the veteran right-hander from Triple-A Columbus for his second stint in the Majors this season on Wednesday, and they optioned Zach Walters to Columbus.

Marcum missed all of 2014, but is 58-46 with a 4.21 ERA in his big league career.

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Bauer ensures slim lead enough in big win

Fans 7 over 7 1/3; bullpen quells late threat

Bauer ensures slim lead enough in big win

CHICAGO -- While it wasn't quite the battle of aces from the previous night, Trevor Bauer and Jose Quintana staged quite an impressive pitching duel of their own on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Bauer, who pitched into the eighth inning, was just a little bit better in leading the Indians to a 3-1 victory over the White Sox -- a rare win this season for the Tribe in a tight game against an American League Central opponent.

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Bauer, Tribe end White Sox winning streak

Bauer, Tribe end White Sox winning streak

CHICAGO -- Despite being overshadowed by ace Corey Kluber, Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was equally as impressive in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night. Bauer was quiet as he left the mound the final time in the eighth inning, exiting without much notice after allowing one earned run and four hits and striking out seven over 7 1/3 innings.

The victory snapped Chicago's six-game winning streak and marked back-to-back games in which the White Sox scored two runs or fewer. White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia drove in the lone run with his single in the fourth inning for an offense that struggled to put balls between gaps.

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Francona wishes Chen a happy retirement

Lefty hangs up cleats after 17 seasons

Francona wishes Chen a happy retirement

CHICAGO -- Indians manager Terry Francona reacted Tuesday to the news that pitcher Bruce Chen, whom the Indians designated for assignment on Saturday, was retiring after 17 seasons in the Major Leagues.

"I had a feeling that's what Bruce was gonna do," Francona said. "He's at a point in his life where he earned the right to be happy with whatever choice he made. He's probably at peace with a lot of things. He gave it a good shot this year. He went to Triple-A, and I never seen a guy with that much experience enjoy Triple-A so much, the people, new experiences.

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Pair of aces deal as Sale vs. Kluber wows

Premier matchup in Chicago doesn't disappoint

Pair of aces deal as Sale vs. Kluber wows

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale certainly would not be the best individual to ask about hitting.

Not with six strikeouts in eight official career at-bats. But the third-place finisher in the 2014 American League Cy Young Award race knows about pitching, and as an elite hurler himself, Sale has no idea how his teammates went about hitting Cleveland's Corey Kluber during a 2-1 White Sox victory in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field Monday.

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Kluber dominant, but Indians fall in extras

Kluber dominant, but Indians fall in extras

CHICAGO -- A mound matchup between Corey Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, and Chris Sale, who finished third in the voting, completely lived up to expectations in Monday's series opener between the Indians and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Both starters pitched brilliantly, but neither one figured in the 2-1 White Sox victory in 10 innings. The win was the sixth straight for manager Robin Ventura's crew and put it over .500 for the first time since it was 31-30 on June 4 of last season.

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Kluber follows up 18-K performance with 12 more

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Kluber follows up 18-K performance with 12 more

In his last start, Corey Kluber struck out 18 batters -- tying Cleveland legend Bob Feller for the most in a nine-inning game in franchise history. One might think that in his next start, Kluber's arm would be tired. Maybe he won't throw as hard? Maybe he won't strike out anybody? Well, one would be wrong. Here's how the first five batters on Monday night fared.

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