Tribe sweeps Rays on Aviles' HR in 10th

Tribe sweeps Rays on Aviles' HR in 10th

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Moore made his first start for the Rays since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago, but a Mike Aviles home run in the 10th inning Thursday spoiled the left-hander's return and gave the Indians a 5-4 victory to complete a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

"We needed it," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You can't come into a series getting ahead of yourself, but we needed to get greedy today. You win three and it's easy to go, 'Well, three out of four.' But, we needed to win today and that was a hard one to win. We've got to keep going. This can't be, we take a deep breath, we've played a good series. We've got to get after it."

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Record aside, Kluber worthy of All-Star berth

Tribe ace among leaders in several categories, but receives little run support

Record aside, Kluber worthy of All-Star berth

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Kluber has not given much thought to the All-Star Game. The ace of the Indians' rotation knows that other people probably are not thinking too much about him in relation to the Midsummer Classic, either.

"I don't know how many guys with the traditional statistics that I have make an All-Star Game," Kluber said, shrugging off the topic Thursday.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Bourn sits out CLE-TB finale for suspension

Tribe outfielder takes 1-game punishment after exchange with ump on June 16

Bourn sits out CLE-TB finale for suspension

ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball heard Michael Bourn's case, but the Indians center fielder ultimately had to serve the one-game suspension he received last month.

Bourn will sit out Thursday's game against the Rays, adhering to the one-game punishment MLB gave him for bumping into home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi on June 16. Bourn appealed his case in a video conference with MLB officials last Friday.

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Francona pranks Kevin Cash's car in parking lot

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Francona pranks Kevin Cash's car in parking lot

Be careful where you park when Terry Francona's around. Before the Indians finished sweeping the Rays during a four-game series on Thursday, Francona and another unidentified "uniformed" Cleveland player and/or coach stole into the parking lot and wrote "Zep says hi" on Kevin Cash's car. Which likely stands for Indians pitcher Marc Rzepczynski.

It certainly makes sense that Rzepczynski and Francona would be behind the prank -- after all, Cash was the Indians bullpen coach for the last two years before moving to Tampa. 

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Bauer faces Bucs as Indians continue road trip

Bauer faces Bucs as Indians continue road trip

The rivalry between the cities of Cleveland and Pittsburgh plays out yearly in the NFL, but it's rare that the respective fan bases can carry the passion into a baseball stadium. That will change this weekend, when the Indians head to PNC Park to take on the Pirates in a three-game Interleague series.

The opener on Friday will feature Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, who has boasted a pristine 1.69 ERA in seven road starts and an 0.82 ERA in three Interleague outings this season. Bauer has been stellar in previous meetings with the Cardinals, Reds and Cubs this year, and now will get the chance to take on one of the National League's contenders in the Pirates.

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Five-RBI night boosts Moss' confidence

Tribe slugger has been frustrated by lack of consistency

Five-RBI night boosts Moss' confidence

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Moss picked up the baseball that ended Indians starter Carlos Carrasco's bid for a no-hitter against the Rays on Wednesday night. With two strikes and two outs in the ninth inning, Joey Butler sent a slider bouncing into right field, where Moss retrieved the ball from the turf.

"I was upset for him," Moss said Thursday morning before the Tribe's 5-4 victory in the series finale at Tropicana Field. "I think we all really, really, really wanted to see him finish that off. It would've been really incredible for him. He pitched an incredible game as it is. I'm sure, 0-2, two outs in the bottom of the ninth and losing it there, that's something he'll probably think about for the rest of his life."

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Carrasco's near no-no lifts Indians over Rays

Carrasco's near no-no lifts Indians over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Carrasco needed just one more strike to complete the Indians' first no-hitter in more than three decades. The big right-hander unleashed a slider to Rays outfielder Joey Butler and gave up a single that averted history.

Carrasco was unable to complete a no-hitter, but the pitcher settled for an overpowering one-hitter that led Cleveland to an 8-1 victory on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Butler erased Carrasco's perfect game with a walk in the seventh inning and then dashed the righty's bid for a no-no with an RBI single to right-center field with two outs -- and an 0-2 count -- in the ninth.

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Carrasco ends up on the precipice of history

Right-hander fans 13 in falling one strike short of no-hitter vs. Rays

Carrasco ends up on the precipice of history

ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Carrasco spun around swiftly and watched helplessly as the baseball sailed over second baseman Jason Kipnis. While Kipnis jumped and stretched in an admirable effort to pluck the ball from the air, it was no use. This single from Tampa Bay's Joey Butler was as clean as they come.

Just like that, with two outs and two strikes on Butler in the ninth inning, Carrasco's no-hitter was gone.

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Tribe pitchers enjoying unprecedented success

Carrasco becomes 3rd consecutive Cleveland hurler to flirt with perfection

Tribe pitchers enjoying unprecedented success

ST. PETERSBURG -- As Carlos Carrasco sat by his lonesome in the Indians dugout throughout Cleveland's victory over the Rays on Wednesday night, fellow starters Danny Salazar and Cody Anderson understood exactly what was running through his mind.

For the third consecutive night, an Indians pitcher entered the sixth inning with a perfect game. In the 8-1 win over Tampa Bay, Carrasco was perfect through the first 19 batters he faced and proceeded to carry a no-hitter until only one out remained in the ninth. Both bids at history were broken up by Joey Butler, who ended the perfect game with a walk and then singled to break up the no-hitter.

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Cash played role in Carrasco's development

Rays manager helped right-hander turn '14 season around as Indians bullpen coach

Cash played role in Carrasco's development

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler lined a single to center, a loud sigh from the Tropicana Field crowd vibrated around the park, and it was over.

Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay's young manager, swallowed hard. He felt good and bad at the same time. Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco, with an overpowering pitching performance, came within one strike of no-hitting the slumping Rays in Wednesday night's 8-1 loss before Butler's two-out hit in the ninth inning.

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Did you know: Carrasco's near no-hitter

Right-hander's bid becomes 3rd this season broken up in 9th

Did you know: Carrasco's near no-hitter

Although Carlos Carrasco came up one out shy in his no-hit bid on Wednesday, the Indians starter still turned in a career night while making some history along the way.

Not only did he set some career-bests in his dominant performance against Tampa Bay, but he helped the Indians pitching staff continue its record-setting run against the Rays. He's also not alone when it comes to close calls with history, as this season alone has already seen its fair shair of no-hit bids taken deep into ballgames.

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They Said It: Reaction to Carrasco's near no-no

They Said It: Reaction to Carrasco's near no-no

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning on Wednesday night, but gave up a single to Joey Butler with two outs in the final frame in an 8-1 win over Tampa Bay. Carrasco finished with a one-hit, 13-strikeout gem for Cleveland. Here are some thoughts from inside the Indians' clubhouse in the wake of his outstanding performance.

"It was an 0-2 slider. He went to it. He threw some 0-2 sliders tonight that he executed really well. It's the 124th pitch of the game. He just didn't quite get on top of it and didn't get where he wanted to. He did a great job. What a tremendous effort." -- Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, on the pitch to Butler in the ninth inning

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Aviles embracing mentor role to Urshela, Lindor

Aviles embracing mentor role to Urshela, Lindor

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mike Aviles would surely prefer to be playing for the Indians on an everyday basis, but the veteran knows that his value extends beyond the daily lineup card. Right now, Cleveland is also leaning on Aviles as an experienced voice for rookies Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela.

That is a role that Aviles has willingly embraced.

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Francona appreciates bond between front office, coaches

Francona appreciates bond between front office, coaches

ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians manager Terry Francona was not going to pretend to know the details of the reported rift between the Angels' front office and coaching staff, but the situation unfolding in Los Angeles did give him a platform to once again praise the cohesive bond that exists in Cleveland.

Francona made it no secret when he took over the managerial duties prior to the 2013 season that his rapport with team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti played the largest role in his decision to take the job. In the years since coming to Cleveland, Francona said the cooperation between the front office and on-field staff has only become stronger.

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Salazar follows rookie's lead with stellar outing

Right-hander flirts with no-hitter during 7 2/3 strong innings vs. Rays

Salazar follows rookie's lead with stellar outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Salazar was quick to proclaim his outing in the Indians' 6-2 victory over the Rays Tuesday the best start of his season, but he was equally as quick to give some of that credit to his teammate Cody Anderson.

One night after Anderson kicked off his start with 6 1/3 perfect innings en route to his first Major League win, Salazar began his appearance by retiring the first 15 batters he faced before ultimately earning a victory after allowing two runs -- one earned -- on two hits.

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Kids are all right: Lindor, Urshela spark Tribe

Rookie third baseman homers, shortstop makes diving play in win over Rays

Kids are all right: Lindor, Urshela spark Tribe

ST. PETERSBURG -- Giovanny Urshela's poise was put to the test on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. As the Indians' rookie third baseman tried to talk to reporters, shortstop Francisco Lindor kept sneaking over and placing a sock on Urshela's head.

"It feels pretty nice with him next to me at shortstop," Urshela said of Lindor. "And next to me in the locker room."

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Homers back Salazar's dominant outing

Homers back Salazar's dominant outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Salazar silenced the Rays' bats and his Indians teammates clubbed three home runs in a 6-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

Salazar started for the Indians and was perfect through five innings before walking Asdrubal Cabrera to start the sixth. Two outs later, Curt Casali broke up the no-hit bid with a double to left-center. Cabrera also struck for an RBI double against the Indians right-hander in the eighth inning.

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Kipnis would be honored to be on All-Star team

Indians second baseman leads AL in hits; adds 6th HR in Tuesday's win

Kipnis would be honored to be on All-Star team

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jason Kipnis probably knew the question was coming, and the Indians' second baseman shook his head and laughed a little when it did finally come up on Tuesday night. Kipnis was asked if he has paid attention to the All-Star fan voting results over the past few weeks.

"Be honest," said Indians outfielder David Murphy, grinning from a couple lockers away.

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McKenzie fulfills 'dream-like moment' by signing with Tribe

17-year-old right-hander taken 42nd overall as comp pick

McKenzie fulfills 'dream-like moment' by signing with Tribe

ST. PETERSBURG -- Triston McKenzie stood up from the bench in the visitors' dugout at Tropicana Field, surveyed the field and flashed a smile. After signing his first professional contract with the Indians on Tuesday, the young pitcher was trying to soak in his Major League surroundings.

"I wish I was in Cleveland right now," McKenzie said. "I've been to this field before."

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Francona encouraged by improved bullpen

Cleveland relievers entered Tuesday with 4th-best ERA in AL

Francona encouraged by improved bullpen

ST. PETERSBURG -- There was a time earlier this season when Indians manager Terry Francona worried that he was to blame for the bullpen's collective struggles. Francona is famous for his heavy bullpen usage, but it is not something he takes lightly.

Before the bullpen's recent turnaround, the group's inconsistency weighed on the manager.

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Anderson brilliant in second Major League start

Rookie right-hander retires first 19 he faces in win over Rays

Anderson brilliant in second Major League start

ST. PETERSBURG -- Early on, all that is really noticed is the strong rhythm that has been established. As a pitcher moves deeper into a brilliant performance, though, it becomes impossible not to notice when a flirtation with history finds its way onto the field.

Indians catcher Yan Gomes noticed as he stood from his crouch and headed back to the dugout midway through Cody Anderson's start in the Tribe's 7-1 win over the Rays on Monday night. The rookie right-hander was not just handcuffing Tampa Bay's offense, but the kid with only three Triple-A starts to his credit was improbably pitching a perfect game.

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Bats break out to put tough weekend in rearview mirror

Cleveland smacks 13 hits vs. Rays day after being blanked twice by O's

Bats break out to put tough weekend in rearview mirror

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Indians wanted badly to turn the page on what took place in Baltimore over the weekend. In the hours before Monday's game against the Rays, Indians manager Terry Francona went as far as calling a team meeting to begin that process.

Francona might consider repeating his speech on Tuesday, too.

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Anderson flirts with perfection in beating Rays

Anderson flirts with perfection in beating Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rookie right-hander Cody Anderson handcuffed the Rays, while the Indians' offense had 13 hits in a 7-1 win on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Making his second career Major League start, Anderson retired the first 19 batters he faced before Grady Sizemore homered on a 1-2 pitch with one out in the seventh to spoil his perfect-game bid.

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Sizemore stings former team to end perfection bid

Former All-Star with Cleveland homers in 7th for Rays' first hit in loss to Tribe

Sizemore stings former team to end perfection bid

ST. PETERSBURG -- The three All-Star appearances, two Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger that Grady Sizemore amassed over his eight-year career with the Indians has made him a beloved figure in Cleveland.

City icon or not, though, Indians manager Terry Francona could have gone without the solo home run the outfielder hit in the seventh inning of the Indians' 7-1 victory over the Rays to break up Cody Anderson's perfect game bid.

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Francona calls team meeting before game vs. Rays

Club's offense managing only 2.75 runs per game in June

Francona calls team meeting before game vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians manager Terry Francona was self-aware enough to know that emotions might envelop his message if he called a team meeting on Sunday night in Baltimore. Instead, Francona jotted down some thoughts and waited a day before gathering with his players.

Prior to Monday's game at Tropicana Field, Francona held a team meeting to reinforce some key points for his struggling team.

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Murata leaves positive impression despite tough debut

Murata leaves positive impression despite tough debut

BALTIMORE -- Toru Murata got through the Orioles' lineup fine the first time around in his Major League debut. The second time around, though, didn't go as smoothly.

After being called up as the Indians' 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader, Murata lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, five runs (three earned), one walk and two home runs while striking out two in an 8-0 loss.

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Francona ejected at end of rough day for bats

Francona ejected at end of rough day for bats

BALTIMORE -- On possibly Cleveland's hardest-hit ball of the night, the Orioles' Travis Snider ranged far to his left and completed a full-extension diving grab on a Francisco Lindor line drive to left-center field.

It was that kind of day, and frankly that type of series for the Indians, as they were shut out in both games of Sunday's doubleheader, losing the finale by a score of 8-0.

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