Out pitch eludes Allen in difficult setback

Closer gives up three-run lead in ninth inning

Out pitch eludes Allen in difficult setback

CHICAGO -- The final seven batters for the White Sox reached base Monday night, but Indians closer Cody Allen felt as if he was one pitch away from getting out of the jam -- right until the end of the ninth-inning meltdown that led to a 4-3 loss.

"I never felt like we were out of it until we were," Allen said. "But it's just one of those things. They hit some good pitches, they hit some bad pitches."

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Phil Rogers

Bauer drawing success from hard work, curious mind

Bauer drawing success from hard work, curious mind

CHICAGO -- You never know what's going to happen in baseball, at least not if you keep an open mind and a sense of humor. You can even give up three consecutive home runs and have it be a good thing.

Trevor Bauer did that this spring, and it's starting to look like a turning point of his career.

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Allen unable to protect Tribe's three-run lead

Allen unable to protect Tribe's three-run lead

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for four runs with one out in the ninth off of Cleveland closer Cody Allen to claim an improbable 4-3 victory on Monday night.

Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs on a smash to center that was playable for Mike Aviles, but the ball sailed over his head. Tyler Flowers followed with a single to left and Gordon Beckham singled home the tying run on the next pitch. Adam Eaton singled to load the bases and Melky Cabrera singled to left against a drawn-in outfield on a 3-2 fastball to bring in the game-winner. Seven straight hitters reached base against Allen after Adam LaRoche struck out.

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Bourn's absence factors into Indians' loss

Gets first day off; pivotal play in center not made

Bourn's absence factors into Indians' loss

CHICAGO -- One of the key moments, perhaps the key moment, in the Indians' ninth-inning meltdown Monday night was a two-run double to deep center field by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The hit trimmed a seemingly comfortable three-run lead down to a single run and set the stage for the stunning 4-3 Tribe loss.

It also sparked many to wonder why Michael Bourn, the Indians' regular center fielder, wasn't in the game at that point as a defensive replacement for Mike Aviles. With White Sox left-hander John Danks starting on the mound, Indians manager Terry Francona felt it was a good opportunity to give the leadoff hitter, who is 3-for-21 (.143) against left-handers so far this season, his first day off.

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Tribe tries to bounce back behind Carrasco

Tribe tries to bounce back behind Carrasco

The White Sox and Indians have been slow out of the gate to start the season, so gaining momentum in this series could give either club the confidence it needs to turn things around.

After Monday's dramatic ninth-inning rally, the White Sox will send Hector Noesi to the hill for his second start. Cleveland will counter with Carlos Carrasco, who will return to the hill after being hit by a line drive by Chicago's Melky Cabrera in his last start.

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Carrasco unhindered after being hit by liner

To start Tuesday after sustaining bruised jaw

Carrasco unhindered after being hit by liner

CHICAGO -- Carlos Carrasco originally was slated to start Monday for the Indians, but his start was pushed back to Tuesday after he sustained a bruised jaw on April 14 when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chicago's Melky Cabrera.

Indians manager Terry Francona said there will be no limitations on the right-hander.

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House hit hard again in loss to Twins

House hit hard again in loss to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor May turned in arguably the best outing of his young career, and was backed by a three-run homer from Torii Hunter to give the Twins a 7-2 win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

May, making his 11th career start, went six innings, allowing just one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was first time in his career he went at least six innings and gave up fewer than three runs. It helped the Twins to their second straight series win after also taking two of three from the Royals this week. More >

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Indians fighting through slump up and down lineup

Tribe ranks near bottom of AL in most offensive stats

Indians fighting through slump up and down lineup

MINNEAPOLIS -- Each season, the common refrain for any team that is struggling early in the year consists of two words: It's early. Two weeks into this campaign, the Indians have been saying that a lot in reference to the club's laboring lineup.

Tribe lefty TJ House did not do his team any favors with a rough outing on Sunday, but the offense once again limped through nine innings, leading to a 7-2 loss to the Twins at Target Field. Michael Brantley delivered an RBI single in the third inning and Carlos Santana slugged a solo home run in the ninth, and that was all she wrote for the local nine.

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Irregular schedule has House searching for groove

Indians' fifth starter has been hit hard in sparse action

Irregular schedule has House searching for groove

MINNEAPOLIS -- Part of the job description of a fifth starter is to be flexible on behalf of the rest of the rotation. When days off arrive for a ballclub, that might mean being pushed back several days in order to keep the top four arms as close to a regular routine as possible.

That can also lead to trouble in finding a rhythm on the mound.

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Tribe adjusts rotation to give Carrasco extra rest

Pitcher still healing from jaw injury in last start

Tribe adjusts rotation to give Carrasco extra rest

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Carlos Carrasco still dealing with a sore jaw, the Indians felt it made sense to give the pitcher an additional day of rest before his next start.

On Sunday, Cleveland announced that it tweaked its pitching probables for the upcoming three-game series in Chicago, pushing Carrasco's next outing to Tuesday. Right-hander Trevor Bauer, who was originally slated for Tuesday, is now scheduled to start on Monday. Corey Kluber remains the planned starter for Wednesday against the White Sox.

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Salazar makes big impression in first start of season

Salazar makes big impression in first start of season

MINNEAPOLIS -- Danny Salazar fired a fastball and watched Twins leadoff man Danny Santana foul it back. Three pitches into his first start of the season on Saturday, the Indians righty had shown three heaters. It was time to turn to his splitter.

Salazar's fourth pitch registered at 87 mph -- nearly a 10 mph drop from his average fastball velocity -- and the bottom dropped out of the split-change that spun in Santana's direction. Minnesota's shortstop swung through the pitch for the first strikeout of the afternoon for Salazar, who was only getting warmed up in an overpowering outing that led the Indians to a 4-2 victory.

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Hagadone backs up Francona's confidence with stellar effort

Hagadone backs up Francona's confidence with stellar effort

MINNEAPOLIS -- Danny Salazar logged six overpowering innings on Saturday and helped lead the Indians to a win over the Twins. Closer Cody Allen struck out three batters in the ninth inning to collect a save and seal the victory for Cleveland.

What should not get lost are the two innings between those performances.

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Perez homers, Salazar fans 10 as Indians top Twins

Perez homers, Salazar fans 10 as Indians top Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Danny Salazar struck out 10 batters in his first start of the season, and was backed by a solo homer from catcher Roberto Perez to help lead the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Twins on Saturday afternoon at Target Field.

"That was really impressive," Perez said. "That was the Danny I know from past years. He was attacking the zone early. He was really aggressive with his fastball. He was overpowering those guys, and then he worked with that splitty off his fastball. He was really effective."

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Tribe options Adams to make room for Salazar

Tribe options Adams to make room for Salazar

MINNEAPOLIS -- In need of a roster spot for starter Danny Salazar, the Indians optioned reliever Austin Adams to Triple-A Columbus prior to Saturday's game against the Twins.

A shift in thinking for the rotation led to Adams being the odd man out in Cleveland's bullpen. Salazar was recalled from Triple-A in order to start Saturday's game and the plan is to keep him in the starting staff. As a result, right-hander Zach McAllister -- already with two relief outings under his belt this season -- will remain in the bullpen for the foreseeable future.

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First win of '15 elusive but Kluber locked in

AL's reigning Cy Young winner racks up 8 K's in 8-inning no-decision against Twins

First win of '15 elusive but Kluber locked in

CLEVELAND -- Say this for Corey Kluber: he has done his part. Three starts into his Cy Young encore, the ace of the Indians' staff has looked every bit as overpowering and dominant as he did throughout last summer's breakout showing.

Kluber just has no wins to show for it.

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Tribe unravels late after Kluber's stellar start

Tribe unravels late after Kluber's stellar start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Plouffe connected on a walk-off solo homer in the 11th inning to give the Twins a 3-2 win over the Indians on Friday night at Target Field.

Plouffe's blast came on a 3-1 cutter from Indians right-hander Bryan Shaw, and gave the Twins their third straight win. It helped atone for the Twins' inability to come through with runners in scoring position in the ninth and 10th innings.

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Salazar getting chance to reclaim rotation spot

Right-hander tabbed to start middle matchup against Twins; McAllister moving to bullpen

Salazar getting chance to reclaim rotation spot

MINNEAPOLIS -- When right-hander Danny Salazar takes the mound for the Indians on Saturday, it will not be a spot start. Cleveland is hoping that Salazar makes the most of his opportunity and resumes his previous role as a fixture in the starting rotation.

"I have to show them that I've been working hard," Salazar said. "I have to prove it."

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Brantley notches 2 hits in return from back stiffness

All-Star outfielder rejoins starting lineup as DH

Brantley notches 2 hits in return from back stiffness

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians had a familiar face back in the heart of their batting order on Friday night. It did not take long for a familiar swing to return as well.

Following a bout with a nagging back issue, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley returned to the lineup for Cleveland in the opener of a three-game set with the Twins, delivering a pair of hits in a 3-2, 11-inning loss at Target Field. In five plate appearances, Brantley came through with two singles as the Tribe's designated hitter.

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Bauer focused on improving body language on mound

Righty, enjoying stellar start to season, realizes he may have been misunderstood in past

Bauer focused on improving body language on mound

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer knows that he might have been misunderstood at times in the past. By teammates. By coaches. By umpires. The young Indians pitcher realizes now that his body language on the hill may have played a role in the mixed signals.

Over the offseason and through Spring Training, Bauer worked extensively on fine-tuning his pitches, and he also focused on the mental side of his game. Part of that has included reminding himself to hone in on the elements that are under his control, and not reacting negatively when things do not go as planned on the field.

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Carrasco feeling better; Tribe looking at Monday start

Carrasco feeling better; Tribe looking at Monday start

CLEVELAND -- One day after being struck on the side of the face by a line drive, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was only dealing with swelling and a bruised jaw.

Carrasco was in Cleveland's clubhouse on Wednesday morning, and Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the pitcher was feeling better. Carrasco was forced out of Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the White Sox in the first inning after being hit by a sharp comebacker off the bat of Melky Cabrera.

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Tribe righty Bauer pleased with way season has started

Tribe righty Bauer pleased with way season has started

CLEVELAND -- It was a strange spring for Trevor Bauer, and his enigmatic ways have lingered into the early portion of the regular season. After two victories and a near no-hitter, the young Indians right-hander is not about to complain too much about the interesting opening to his campaign.

"Overall, I think I'm off to a good start," Bauer said. "I'll definitely take where I'm at."

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#TBT: Feller tosses the one and only Opening Day no-hitter

#TBT: Feller tosses the one and only Opening Day no-hitter

It took around 40 years for it to happen the first time, and considering the 7 1/2 decades that have passed since then, it's looking like it may never happen again.

And that would be probably be just fine with Bob Feller, who 75 years ago today, threw the first -- and to this day, only -- Opening Day no-hitter in modern day baseball history. And that's just how Feller wanted it to live in history -- forever.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bauer, Chisenhall send Tribe to two-game split with Sox

Bauer, Chisenhall send Tribe to two-game split with Sox

CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Trevor Bauer logged six strong innings, picking up his second win in as many starts and helping the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Cleveland.

"We had a rough homestand, but I think guys came out a little bit looser today," Bauer said. "We played pretty well."

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Bourn: An 'honor' to wear No. 42 to celebrate Jackie

Bourn: An 'honor' to wear No. 42 to celebrate Jackie

CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn smiled and touched the sleeve of the jersey hanging in his locker on Wednesday morning. Donning Jackie Robinson's number has become an annual tradition in Major League Baseball, but this is not a novelty that wears off over time.

For Bourn, this is a day he looked forward to every year.

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Marcum clears waivers, accepts Columbus assignment

Marcum clears waivers, accepts Columbus assignment

CLEVELAND -- The Indians hoped they would find a way to keep veteran right-hander Shaun Marcum in the organization after designating him for assignment earlier this week. Cleveland got its wish on Wednesday.

One day after being designated, Marcum cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, where he will slot back into the rotation. The move comes after Marcum worked five innings of emergency relief for Cleveland's beleaguered bullpen in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Tigers.

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Anthony Castrovince

Indians hope to push past early injuries

Carrasco's scare, Brantley's back, Gomes' knee have made for tough start to 2015 for Cleveland

Indians hope to push past early injuries

CLEVELAND -- Eight pitches into the season's seventh game, Carlos Carrasco lay face down on the ground in front of the mound, and your heart sank.

Here's a grounded young man with a growing family, a genuinely pleasant disposition and a wealth of talent who finally, in a brilliant 10-start stretch at the end of last season, put it all together and became the dominant starter the Indians long expected him to be. Off the field, a heart condition that required non-invasive offseason surgery and steady medication reminded Carrasco of his own mortality and inspired him to take the money on the table -- a four-year, $22 million contract that certainly seems team-friendly -- and the security it affords him.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.