Tomlin gets start against rival Reds

Tomlin gets start against rival Reds

The Ohio Cup is up for grabs starting Monday as the Indians travel to Great American Ball Park to take on the Reds for two games before heading over to Progressive Field to finish the home-and-home series. Cincinnati has won 11 of the 19 Ohio Cup series, but Cleveland has dominated it of late, winning nine of the last 10 games between the two clubs.

Scott Feldman (2-4, 4.29 ERA) will start for the Reds, but he is no stranger to the Indians. He's started six career games against Cleveland, going 2-3 with a 2.72 ERA in those starts while holding the Tribe to a .224 average.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#ASGWorthy: Ohio Cup loaded at shortstop

Tribe's Lindor, Reds' Cozart candidates to bring skills to Midsummer Classic

#ASGWorthy: Ohio Cup loaded at shortstop

The Ohio Cup is always appointment viewing, for little reason other than it pins two intrastate rivals who happen to be two of the more storied franchises in baseball against one another.

But the 2017 version of the series -- which begins tonight at 7:10 pm ET at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati -- adds another level of intrigue.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe sweeps behind early outburst

Tribe sweeps behind early outburst

HOUSTON -- The Indians continued their dominance of the Astros, polishing off a three-game sweep of Houston on Sunday afternoon behind a career-high-tying five RBIs from Yan Gomes -- including a three-run homer -- in an 8-6 win at Minute Maid Park.

The three-game skid matches the longest of the season for the Astros, who went 1-5 against the Tribe this season. Every game in the season series had been close prior to Sunday, when the Indians rocked Astros starter Joe Musgrove (3-4) for seven runs on eight hits in three-plus innings and jumped to an 8-1 lead, before holding off the Astros late.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Indians on Sunday.

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Kluber throws 50 pitches in sim game

Kluber throws 50 pitches in sim game

HOUSTON -- Corey Kluber exceeded his expected pitch count in Saturday's simulated game at Progressive Field and came out feeling good.

The right-hander, who has been sidelined for most of May with a lower back strain, threw 50 pitches. He was scheduled to throw a minimum of 35.

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Yan's long HR stops Astros in their tracks

Yan's long HR stops Astros in their tracks

HOUSTON -- In Yan Gomes' first at-bat on Sunday, he just missed hitting a home run to left field at Minute Maid Park. The Indians' catcher made sure the ball got out in his following plate appearance against Houston starter Joe Musgrove.

Gomes hammered Musgrove's third-inning offering a projected 457 feet to left, according to Statcast™. His third homer of the season, a three-run shot, gave Cleveland a 5-1 lead en route to its 8-6 series-sweeping win over the Astros.

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Justice: Indians proving to be road warriors

Back atop AL Central, Cleveland must stake claim on home turf

Justice: Indians proving to be road warriors

HOUSTON -- The Cleveland Indians did not look at this weekend series against the high-flying Astros as anything more than the next three games on their schedule, and isn't that how really good teams always see the world?

"We just try to play the game we're playing," manager Terry Francona said. "I think that's always kind of how we feel."

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mejia looks to stay hot in return to Akron

Mejia looks to stay hot in return to Akron

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Francisco Mejia (Indians' No. 2), Akron vs. Altoona (6 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Clevinger silences Astros' bats in Tribe win

Clevinger silences Astros' bats in Tribe win

HOUSTON -- Between what are two seemingly sure-fire American League postseason contenders, the Indians stole a second series win against the Astros with a 3-0 victory Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Behind seven-plus shutout innings from starter Mike Clevinger, Cleveland (22-19) earned its fourth straight win against Houston (29-14); Clevinger didn't allow a hit until Jose Altuve's leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh. Cleveland has handed the Astros two of their three series losses this season.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Indians on Saturday.

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Tribe's Chisenhall showing off power stroke

Lefty-hitting outfielder has four homers in past six games

Tribe's Chisenhall showing off power stroke

HOUSTON -- Lonnie Chisenhall homered for a second straight game in the Indians' 3-0 victory over the Astros on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

The left-handed-hitting Chisenhall has homered in consecutive games for the third time this season; all six of his homers have come in pairs.

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Clevinger gives Tribe glimpse of potential

Filling in for Kluber, righty flirts with no-no of mighty Astros

Clevinger gives Tribe glimpse of potential

HOUSTON -- Mike Clevinger's teammates circled him on the mound and offered congratulations with taps on the chest and words of encouragement when they saw Indians manager Terry Francona head their way.

Moments later, Clevinger handed the baseball to his skipper, officially ending his best day in the big leagues and one that offered a glimpse of the pitcher the Indians believe the 26-year-old right-hander can be.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Confusion reigned on Gomes' roof-scraper

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Confusion reigned on Gomes' roof-scraper

Baseballs can't just disappear. That's not how physics work in our reality. And yet, that seemed to happen during Saturday's Indians-Astros game at Minute Maid Park.

Yan Gomes hit a towering shot to left field off Astros pitcher Mike Fiers in the second inning. Norichika Aoki raced back to the wall ... and then ... poof. He had no idea where the ball was. The broadcast crew had no idea where the ball was. Gomes himself had no idea where the ball was. 

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Jackson's rehab assignment off to good start

Jackson's rehab assignment off to good start

HOUSTON -- Austin Jackson had no setbacks in Friday's rehab assignment for Triple-A Columbus, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run at Louisville.

Jackson is on the 10-day disabled list with a right big toe hyperextension; the center fielder was placed on the DL on May 2.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kipnis, Edwin show signs of heating up

Tribe sluggers hit momentum-changing HRs in Houston

Kipnis, Edwin show signs of heating up

HOUSTON -- The Indians have been looking for Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnacion to bust out of slumps. And for Encarnacion, ending his season-long slump would be welcome news for the Indians.

In Cleveland's 5-3 win over the Astros on Friday, both Kipnis and Encarnacion homered off Houston starter Charlie Morton, as did Lonnie Chisenhall.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bauer towers over Astros as Tribe powers up

Indians righty improves to 7-0 in 7 career starts vs. Houston

Bauer towers over Astros as Tribe powers up

HOUSTON -- Even when Indians starter Trevor Bauer isn't at his best, he finds a way to get the best of the Astros.

Bauer beat the Astros for the seventh time in seven career starts against them, and the Indians backed him with three homers to snap Houston's four-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory in the series opener Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Indians on Friday.

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Chang belts pair of solo shots for Akron

Chang belts pair of solo shots for Akron

Nationals No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Victor Robles had a 20th birthday to remember on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Class A Advanced Potomac's 11-7 loss to Lynchburg. Robles raised his season average by 28 points with the performance to .283.

"We got off to a rough start tonight and got down a bunch, but he goes out and hits an opposite-field homer and then the triple," Potomac manager Tripp Keister told MiLB.com. "When he hit it, you really didn't think he'd get three out of it, but he's so fast and does so many things that make you say, 'Wow.'"

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Early-season returns puzzling for rotation

Early-season returns puzzling for rotation

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' rotation problems have been perplexing. There are an assortment of areas in which the starters have been among the most dominant in the American League, but the results have betrayed the kind of picture painted by the numbers.

Over the course of a season, many of the problematic categories will likely correct themselves, given how strong Cleveland's staff has been in terms of strikeouts and walk rate. Indians manager Terry Francona does not want to just be in wait-and-see mode, though. He wants his pitchers to do something about it.

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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 logs first multihomer game

Capel logs first multihomer game

J.P. Crawford collected a season-high three hits on Wednesday, though none were bigger than the Phillies' top prospect's go-ahead two-run single in the top of the 11th inning that propelled Triple-A Lehigh Valley to its 12th straight victory.

Crawford, MLB Pipeline's No. 4 overall prospect, drove in a run with each of his three knocks, tallying RBI singles in his first two at-bats before coming through in extra innings and finishing with four RBIs (also a season-high) in the IronPigs' 11-8 win over Rochester.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe top prospect Zimmer enjoys day of firsts

Outfielder notches first hit, run before going deep in ninth

Tribe top prospect Zimmer enjoys day of firsts

CLEVELAND -- Bradley Zimmer had two baseballs in his possession after his first milestone game in the Major Leagues.

One was from the double that the Indians rookie sent bouncing high off the left-field wall for his first career hit in the third inning of Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Rays. The other was from the home run he launched in the ninth. That second ball required some bartering. The Indians fan who caught the blast headed home with an autographed bat and 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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Almonte to miss 3-5 weeks with biceps sprain

Almonte to miss 3-5 weeks with biceps sprain

CLEVELAND -- The Indians got more clarity on outfielder Abraham Almonte's injury on Wednesday, as the team announced that he will miss three to five weeks with a high-grade sprain to his right biceps tendon.

Almonte left Monday's 8-7 win over the Rays and was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, but further examination and an MRI confirmed the biceps injury. He initially experienced pain in his right arm after taking a swing on May 10 in Toronto.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lindor lends advice to Zimmer after callup

Indians' top prospect went 0-for-3 in Major League debut Tuesday

Lindor lends advice to Zimmer after callup

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor remembers the mixture of nerves and anxiety that he felt when he walked into Comerica Park for his Major League debut two years ago. The Indians' shortstop knows that Bradley Zimmer experienced the same when he walked into Cleveland's clubhouse on Tuesday.

When Zimmer arrived to Progressive Field, the rookie found his locker in a back corner of the room, neighboring the stall belonging to Lindor. That could be of benefit for Zimmer, considering both players were first-round Draft picks, dealt with top-prospect status in the Minors and arrived to the big leagues amidst considerable hype.

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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 can't climb out of early hole in finale

Tribe can't climb out of early hole in finale

CLEVELAND -- While Rays starter Alex Cobb limited the damage on Wednesday afternoon, Tampa Bay's offense did plenty of its own in a 7-4 win over the Indians at Progressive Field. Behind three more home runs, the Rays took two out of three in the series against Cleveland.

"Obviously a great series," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's a pretty challenging task to go into Boston and come here and find a way to have a winning road trip. I'm really happy and proud of the way the guys went about it, especially after losing the first game here."

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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.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Early HRs too much for Tribe to overcome

Early HRs too much for Tribe to overcome

CLEVELAND -- The Rays entered Tuesday's game against the Indians fifth in the American League with 51 home runs. Once again, the team's power was on full display, as Tampa Bay combined to hit a season-high five homers to back starter Jake Odorizzi and defeat the Indians, 6-4, at Progressive Field.

Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson led the way with two solo homers off Indians starter Danny Salazar. Tim Beckham connected for a two-run home run off reliever Shawn Armstrong, and Colby Rasmus and Derek Norris both added solo shots off Salazar.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

William Kosileski is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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Salazar done in by home runs in start

Righty strikes out nine over five innings, gives up four solo shots vs. Rays

Salazar done in by home runs in start

CLEVELAND -- Danny Salazar's season has ventured into enigmatic territory. The Indians starter continues to pile up strikeouts at a rapid rate, but his 2017 line has taken a hit in light of the walks allowed and home runs surrendered. It has been a perplexing stretch for Tribe pitcher.

In a 6-4 loss to the Rays on Tuesday night, Salazar found both ends of the pitching spectrum once again. He struck out nine with his overpowering mix of a high-velocity fastball and disappearing split-change. Unfortunately for Cleveland, Salazar also yielded a quartet of home runs, including two to Corey Dickerson, to sink his team's chances.

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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.

What to expect from Indians' Zimmer

Cleveland's top prospect set for big league debut after impressing at Triple-A

What to expect from Indians' Zimmer

The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday that they are promoting top prospect Bradley Zimmer to the Major Leagues to make his debut against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Zimmer will take the roster spot of Abraham Almonte, who, after suffering a strained right biceps on Monday, has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, where he joins outfielders Austin Jackson and Brandon Guyer. As a result, Zimmer will start in center field on Tuesday, batting ninth.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians prank Cash on scoreboard

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Indians prank Cash on scoreboard

Terry Francona and Kevin Cash are good friends, dating back to when Cash was the backup catcher for the Francona-skippered Red Sox in 2007-08. He was also the Indians' bullpen coach under Francona before he became manager of the Rays. 

Naturally, that means there were plenty of opportunities for Francona to prank the former catcher. 

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Big first inning sets the tone in Cleveland win

Big first inning sets the tone in Cleveland win

CLEVELAND -- What was billed as a pitchers' duel between Carlos Carrasco and Chris Archer developed into an offensive battle for the Indians and Rays on Monday at Progressive Field. Thanks to a five-run first inning and some strong work from their bullpen, the Indians topped the Rays, 8-7, and overcame an injury to Carrasco.

"Of course we don't ever want to see our starters come out early," Indians reliever Boone Logan said. "But, we've got the arms down there to pick up the innings. That's what we did tonight."

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Thrust into early action, Tribe 'pen thrives

Thrust into early action, Tribe 'pen thrives

CLEVELAND -- After Indians starter Carlos Carrasco left in the fourth inning of Monday's win over the Rays due to injury, Indians manager Francona was forced to turn to his bullpen earlier than he would have liked. Luckily for the manager, he has the pieces to make it work.

Francona still stresses over such games.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.