Salazar scratched from start due to illness

CLEVELAND -- Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar was scratched several hours prior to his scheduled series-opening Friday start against the Angels due to illness.

Right-hander Trevor Bauer will pitch on a normal four days' rest, thanks to an off-day on Thursday.

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Core, contracts create optimism in Cleveland

While Indians haven't lived up to hype, they could be preseason darlings again in '16

Core, contracts create optimism in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- It's not yet clear how the Indians' season will end. It might never be forgotten how it began.

It started with lofty expectations. They were the predicted Cinderella story of seemingly every media outlet. Sports Illustrated took it a step further with a regional cover and World Series expectations.

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Kipnis leads Tribe to series win over Crew

Kipnis leads Tribe to series win over Crew

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis had three RBIs as the Indians completed a mini-sweep of their two-game series against Milwaukee with a 6-2 victory at Progressive Field on Wednesday night.

Rookie starting pitcher Cody Anderson filled in admirably for the injured Carlos Carrasco in his first start since being activated from the disabled list, allowing two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while working on a pitch count. He threw 76 pitches, struck out four, walked two and allowed a home run.

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Anderson encouraged after strong start off DL

In first start back from oblique strain, righty tosses 4 1/3 solid innings

Anderson encouraged after strong start off DL

CLEVELAND -- When a pitcher returns from the disabled list, Indians manager Terry Francona isn't looking for anything specific to assure him that the pitcher has returned to his previous form. For rookie starter Cody Anderson, he just wants to "throw the ball until they take it away" from him.

Anderson achieved his goal in Wednesday's 6-2 home victory against Milwaukee, exceeding his intended pitch count in his first start in nearly three weeks after hitting the DL with a strained oblique.

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Lindor's presence has him fitting right in

21-year-old earning respect on and off the field

Lindor's presence has him fitting right in

CLEVELAND -- As first-year players are known to do, Francisco Lindor made a rookie mistake in Tuesday's 11-6 home victory over Milwaukee. Not only was it a rookie mistake, but it was a rookie mistake that broke a cardinal rule of baseball: never make the third out of an inning at third base.

The 21-year-old shortstop had just slugged a two-out double down the right-field line, scoring Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis to give the Indians a 9-2 lead. Brewers right fielder Domingo Santana's throw to the infield missed the cutoff man and rolled slowly over the pitcher's mound and onto the infield grass.

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Brantley leads way as Tribe outmuscles Crew

Brantley leads way as Tribe outmuscles Crew

CLEVELAND -- Every member of the Indians' lineup reached base safely at least once in an 11-6 victory over the Brewers at Progressive Field in Tuesday's series opener.

Brewers starter Wily Peralta lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his shortest start since May 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, striking out one. He labored through each inning, needing 71 pitches to retire eight batters in an outing which featured both diminished velocity and a visit from the team trainer.

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Top of the order to you: Tribe trio on fire

Kipnis, Lindor, Brantley reach base 11 times in win over Brewers

Top of the order to you: Tribe trio on fire

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor was standing on first base when Michael Brantley hit his second home run in Tuesday's 11-6 win over the Brewers at Progressive Field. As the pair trotted around the bases, Lindor looked feverishly over his shoulder at his new friend and teammate, smiling. When Lindor crossed home plate, he eagerly awaited Brantley's arrival, smiling. When Brantley met Lindor at home, the duo performed their new signature handshake, which they call "The Professional."

Brantley and Lindor, whose budding friendship may lead to a blockbuster buddy movie in the future, represent two-thirds of the top of an Indians lineup that's looking better and better by the day. The other piece of that puzzle is All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis.

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Indians' Carrasco to DL with sore shoulder

Right-hander expected to only need minimum stay on disabled list

Indians' Carrasco to DL with sore shoulder

CLEVELAND -- Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco felt elevated shoulder soreness after his most recent start in New York -- a gem against the Yankees in which he struck out 11 and allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. After Tuesday's 11-6 win over the Brewers, the Indians placed him on the 15-day disabled list.

Carrasco had a clean MRI on Tuesday afternoon, but he was scratched from his scheduled Wednesday start at Progressive Field before receiving a cortisone shot and being placed on the DL. Instead, it will be Cody Anderson who takes the mound for the Indians, opposing Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers.

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Fan's amazing catch proves he's superhero in disguise

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Fan's amazing catch proves he's superhero in disguise

Contentious question: As an adult, should you bring a glove to the ballpark? Objectively true answer: Only if you are this Indians fan, who is clearly just a superhero enjoying a well-deserved day off.

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Myles hits for the cycle for Double-A Akron

Indians farmhand collects four consecutive hits following first-inning pop out

Myles hits for the cycle for Double-A Akron

Indians farmhand Bryson Myles hit for the cycle on Tuesday as Double-A Akron fell to Trenton, 9-7.

The five-year veteran out of Stephen F. Austin State led off the game with a pop out, but finished with four straight hits to round out a night 4-for-5 that included three RBIs. Myles tripled home two runs in the second, doubled in the fourth, singled in the sixth and rocked a solo shot to left-center in the eighth.

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Kluber-Lester battle lives up to hype

Both aces notch strong outing, including Cubs' starter's 11-pitch at-bat

Kluber-Lester battle lives up to hype

CHICAGO -- Corey Kluber's focus is singular on the day he pitches. The ace of the Indians' rotation narrows his concern to each hitter who steps into the batter's box, and he doesn't bother to pay much attention to who is opposite him on the mound.

In the Indians' 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Monday afternoon, though, Kluber found himself in unique circumstances as an American League pitcher. In the third inning, Chicago left-hander Jon Lester -- proving to be a formidable foe on the hill for the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner -- was also giving Kluber a battle from the batter's box.

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Kluber takes perfecto into 6th, but Tribe falls

Kluber takes perfecto into 6th, but Tribe falls

CHICAGO -- On a day where both starters dazzled, Kris Bryant stole the show with a two-out, walk-off home run in the ninth inning as the Cubs defeated the Indians, 2-1, on Monday at Wrigley Field. Monday's game was a makeup of a game scheduled for June 15 that was postponed because of inclement weather.

It was the rookie third baseman's second career walk-off home run, pushing the Cubs 6 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco for the second Wild Card spot. Chicago picked up its 12th walk-off win of the season as it moved to a Major League best 20-4 since July 29.

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Heavy workload improves Allen's pitching

Closer uses extra time on mound to make adjustments

Heavy workload improves Allen's pitching

CHICAGO -- Days off are not always kind to Indians closer Cody Allen. When the hard-throwing right-hander has a prolonged down period, he feels he sometimes loses his rhythm on the mound. A heavy workload over a short time period gives him a chance to work out any kinks.

"Absolutely," Allen said on Monday. "When you're scuffling and you're out there a few days in a row, it gives you a chance to kind of work through some things and battle. If you look like a starting pitcher, he's out there for six or seven innings at a time, he's got six or seven innings to maybe work around some innings where he didn't throw the ball great. It can be the same thing for a reliever."

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Lindor takes Betances deep in game's key AB

Go-ahead homer in eighth inning was reliever's first blast allowed to a lefty this season

Lindor takes Betances deep in game's key AB

NEW YORK -- It is one thing to watch video footage of Yankees reliever Dellin Betances at work. Actually standing in the batter's box and looking out to the mound brings on an entirely new perspective. Indians rookie Francisco Lindor had one thought when he first stood in to face the towering power pitcher.

"He's big," Lindor said with a laugh. "He's a big guy."

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Indians HRs open, close victory to claim series

Indians HRs open, close victory to claim series

NEW YORK -- Francisco Lindor homered in the eighth inning off Dellin Betances to lift the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Battling from behind, the Yanks had tied the game in the seventh. The Indians leave New York having taken three of the four-game set, and the Yankees fell a half-game behind the Blue Jays in the American League East after Toronto's 12-5 victory over the Angels.

"He's a good hitter," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Lindor. "Especially against that guy, [when] lefties' OPS was like .330 or something absurd. He has bat speed from both sides of the plate and he doesn't stop playing. That was obviously a huge lift for us."

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Emotional Aviles thanks Posada for support

Former Yankees catcher wishes Indians utility man's daughter well

Emotional Aviles thanks Posada for support

NEW YORK -- Mike Aviles had to fight back tears. Standing in the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium before Saturday's game, the Indians veteran was stunned to hear Yankees great Jorge Posada -- on a day dedicated to honoring his career -- would even for a moment mention Aviles in his speech to the crowd.

Posada, who was having his number retired by his former team in a pregame ceremony, briefly wished Aviles and his family well in light of the leukemia battle currently being fought by Aviles' young daughter, Adriana. It was a moment that meant the world to Aviles.

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Lindor's near-cycle not enough for Tribe

Lindor's near-cycle not enough for Tribe

NEW YORK -- The Yankees broke out against Indians starter Danny Salazar early and often on Saturday in a 6-2 victory over the Indians at Yankee Stadium, the first Major League win for prized prospect Luis Severino.

The Yankees pounced on Salazar with a three-run first inning on home runs by Brett Gardner and Brian McCann. Salazar, who allowed eight hits and five runs (four earned) over 4 2/3 innings, entered Saturday with a 1.45 ERA in his previous seven starts, holding opponents to a .147 average in that span. It snapped a streak of seven consecutive starts throwing at least six innings for the Indians' right-hander.

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Francona tossed after 'neighborhood play' goes against Tribe

Questionable call stalls Cleveland rally in loss to Yankees

Francona tossed after 'neighborhood play' goes against Tribe

NEW YORK -- Indians manager Terry Francona did not think he was asking for too much. Without the ability to challenge the "neighborhood play" that came up in the third inning on Saturday, Francona hoped the umpires on hand at Yankee Stadium would at least use a crew-chief review to ensure everything went by the book.

"Just get it right," Francona said. "That's what we have replay for."

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Improved defense boosting pitchers' confidence

Indians' 12 Defensive Runs Saved ranks 5th in AL, 10th in MLB

Improved defense boosting pitchers' confidence

NEW YORK -- The Indians' pitching staff already had the kind of stuff to blow away opposing lineups and pile up strikeouts at a record rate. Over the past three months, Cleveland's arms have had the benefit of also working with a much-improved defense behind them.

That combination that can create more confidence.

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Bronx gem signifies Carrasco's revival

Indians righty fans 11 for win at Yankee Stadium, where he returned to the rotation a year ago

Bronx gem signifies Carrasco's revival

NEW YORK -- Indians manager Terry Francona needed some convincing to put Carlos Carrasco back into the rotation a year ago. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway and former bullpen coach Kevin Cash helped persuade the manager to give the big right-hander another shot.

Sitting in the visiting manager's office at Yankee Stadium -- where Carrasco made his return to starting last August -- Francona smiled on Friday night. In a 7-3 victory over New York, Carrasco struck out 11, worked into the seventh inning and displayed just how far he has come in one year's time.

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Indians' bullpen shuts down Yankees' threat

After Carrasco's dominant 6 2/3, Crockett, Allen step up in stressful situations

Indians' bullpen shuts down Yankees' threat

NEW YORK -- Indians lefty Kyle Crockett emerged from the bullpen door in left field and made the jog to the mound at Yankee Stadium. The local crowd was already revved up by New York's building momentum, creating an atmosphere that has intimidated many young pitchers over the years.

Crockett did his best to tune everything out as he made his way to the center ring of the Bronx circus.

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Indians withstand Yankees' charge, pull away

Indians withstand Yankees' charge, pull away

NEW YORK -- Carlos Carrasco torched the Yankees with a dominant performance, giving up five hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings Friday as the Indians beat the Yankees, 7-3, at Yankee Stadium. Carrasco struck out 11, throwing 81 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

"He just continues to pound strikes," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's holding his stuff so well -- I would say probably more than holding -- and I think as he's starting to get to know himself and the league and how to pitch, I'll tell you what, he's done a pretty good job."

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Indians acquire Choice from Rangers for cash

Outfielder, who has had stints in Majors last 3 seasons, optioned to Triple-A Columbus

Indians acquire Choice from Rangers for cash

NEW YORK -- The Indians added a layer of depth to their outfield on Friday, acquiring Michael Choice from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations.

The 25-year-old Choice -- a first-round pick by the A's in the 2010 Draft -- has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus by Cleveland. The outfielder has spent the bulk of this season at Triple-A, but he has had stints in the Majors in each of the past three years.

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Francona not surprised by interest in Shapiro

Francona not surprised by interest in Shapiro

NEW YORK -- Indians manager Terry Francona has made it no secret that he came to Cleveland largely due to his relationship with general manager Chris Antonetti and team president Mark Shapiro. Given the kind of communication that group has established, Francona was not caught off guard by the speculation about Shapiro's future.

Before a report came out Thursday night indicating that Shapiro is a "strong candidate" to replace outgoing Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston, Francona and other staff members had already been looped in on the situation by the Indians' president.

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Master of deceit: New grip helping Salazar trick hitters

Tribe righty more confident in tweaked 2-seamer, and it shows in results

Master of deceit: New grip helping Salazar trick hitters

NEW YORK -- Danny Salazar quickly shuffled down the dugout steps and picked up a baseball that was resting on the visitors' bench at Fenway Park. He spun the ball in his right hand and then positioned it just so, with "Major League Baseball" in bold type between his index and middle fingers.

"This is the grip I'm using this year," Salazar explained earlier this week.

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Happy to be back, Tomlin stifles powerful Yanks

Indians right-hander has been sharp in first two starts since shoulder surgery

Happy to be back, Tomlin stifles powerful Yanks

NEW YORK -- The cowboy boots sitting at the base of Josh Tomlin's locker are a welcome sight for the Indians. For the bulk of the past three years, the veteran right-hander has been missing from the clubhouse, stranded out in Arizona while working through a comeback from injury.

On Thursday night in the Bronx, Tomlin was not only back, but he looked more like himself than he has in some time for the Tribe. The soft-spoken starter with the soft-velocity fastball handcuffed New York's powerful lineup for seven innings en route to a 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium.

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Indians hold off Yankees after Tomlin's stellar start

Indians hold off Yankees after Tomlin's stellar start

NEW YORK -- Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez each collected run-scoring hits to back a strong start from Josh Tomlin, and the Indians escaped a ninth-inning threat to beat the Yankees, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium on Thursday to open a four-game set.

Chisenhall sent a double to center field in the second to score Carlos Santana, while Brantley's RBI single in the third drove home Jason Kipnis and Ramirez's RBI single in the fourth scored Abraham Almonte.

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Shapiro reportedly a candidate to be Jays president

Shapiro reportedly a candidate to be Jays president

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays' search for a replacement for outgoing president and CEO Paul Beeston has reportedly expanded to Cleveland.

On Thursday, FOXSports.com reported that Indians team president Mark Shapiro has emerged as a "strong candidate" to replace Beeston, who plans to retire at the end of the season. When asked about the report, Shapiro declined comment to MLB.com.

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