After rainout, Clevinger to start opener vs. KC

After rainout, Clevinger to start opener vs. KC

Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy will look to bounce back from a shaky start last Sunday in Minnesota as the Royals open a three-game series against the Indians at Progressive Field on Friday. Right-hander Mike Clevinger, who was pushed back after Thursday's rainout in Cleveland, will oppose Kennedy for the Tribe.

Kennedy (0-4, 4.06 ERA) came off the disabled list Sunday after recovering from a strained right hamstring, and he gave up five runs in two innings vs. the Twins before manager Ned Yost pulled him. Kennedy has not fared well against the Indians over his career (2-4, 5.19 ERA), but he has pitched slightly better at Progressive Field (1-2, 4.18 ERA).

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain postpones Ohio Cup finale

CLEVELAND -- The Ohio Cup finale between the Reds and Indians on Thursday at Progressive Field was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on a mutual off-day for both ballclubs at 7:10 p.m. ET on July 24.

Mike Clevinger (2-1, 1.56 ERA) was scheduled to make his fourth start of the season in place of injured Indians ace Corey Kluber, but the right-hander will be pushed back one day and will open the weekend series with the Royals at Progressive Field. Reds right-hander Tim Adleman (2-2, 6.19 ERA) was slated to pitch, but he too will be pushed back a day when Cincinnati visits the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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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.

Chisenhall placed on 7-day concussion DL

Chisenhall placed on 7-day concussion DL

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' depleted outfield got even thinner on Thursday, when Lonnie Chisenhall was shelved with what manager Terry Francona described as a lower-grade concussion.

Cleveland placed Chisenhall on Major League Baseball's seven-day concussion list -- retroactive to Tuesday. With Thursday's game against the Reds postponed due to rain, the Tribe will hold off on making a subsequent roster move until Friday.

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Gomes returning to form after early slump

Gomes returning to form after early slump

CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes struggled to resist the temptation to tinker when he encountered offensive rough patches last season. He toyed with his swing and altered his approach, and then those patches turned into swaths and the catcher's campaign went from bad to worse.

"Man, if I could count how many times I made an adjustment last year," Gomes said with a laugh on Thursday afternoon. "I'd drive myself crazy. That's probably why I've got white hair in my beard now."

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Indians try to stop Hamilton with quicksand

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Indians try to stop Hamilton with quicksand

The Indians couldn't stop Billy Hamilton on Wednesday when the Reds' speedster scored the go-ahead run from first on a single in the ninth inning, but they came up with a solution on Thursday.

Before the series finale was rained out, the Indians left a bag of "quicksand" at Hamilton's locker, which they shared on Twitter.

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Santana drives in 3, but Tribe can't close it out

Santana drives in 3, but Tribe can't close it out

CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Cody Allen had been perfect in save situations dating back to August of last season. That changed on Wednesday night, when a clutch hit from Zack Cozart and a furious sprint from Billy Hamilton fueled a two-run ninth that gave the Reds a 4-3 comeback win over Cleveland at Progressive Field.

With two outs and runners on the corners, Hamilton bolted from first base and Cozart lined a 1-0 pitch from Allen into left field, where Michael Brantley came up just short on a diving attempt. Arismendy Alcantara scored from third and the fleet-footed Hamilton was not far behind, scoring the go-ahead run to send Allen to his first blown save since Aug. 17, 2016.

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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.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Allen's regular-season save streak snapped

Allen's regular-season save streak snapped

CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Cody Allen has been one of the team's most trusted arms in the bullpen over the last several seasons, but even he was bound to eventually come up short in a save opportunity. It took a two-hour rain delay, the speed of Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton and an overturned call to bring Allen's reign of dominance to an end.

Despite Allen recording his first blown save since Aug. 17, 2016, resulting in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Reds at Progressive Field, Indians manager Terry Francona did not place the blame on Allen.

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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.

Tribe can't slow down Hamilton's rally

Tribe can't slow down Hamilton's rally

CLEVELAND -- Just a few minutes earlier, the fireworks had burst and the music had blared as the Indians were celebrating what they thought was a one-run win over the Reds on a rainy Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

But the only sound Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton could hear was the wind whistling in his ears as he blazed around the bases to score the game-winning run in an improbable 4-3 victory over the Indians.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona OK with not selecting ASG players

Francona OK with not selecting ASG players

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona will manage the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in July for the third time in his managerial career, and the skipper is happy that Major League Baseball has taken the team's roster decisions out of his hands.

Thanks to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was agreed upon in December by MLB and the MLB Players Association, the Commissioner's Office is now responsible for the roster decisions that the manager used to handle in the previous agreement.

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Throw-hio! Robertson at heart of Indians' win

Outfielder triples, makes 2 sparkling defensive plays, including game-saving assist

Throw-hio! Robertson at heart of Indians' win

CINCINNATI -- Daniel Robertson slammed hard enough into Great American Ball Park's center-field wall that his hat popped off and dropped to the warning track. In one quick burst, the outfielder shuffled to his feet, plucked his cap from the ground and sprinted off the field.

That running, bruising catch robbed Reds shortstop Zack Cozart of an extra-base hit, ended the fourth inning and was just one of Robertson's contributions in a wild 8-7 victory for the Indians on Tuesday night. The journeyman outfielder also tripled, made a game-saving throw in the eighth inning and was in the batter's box when the game's decisive run scored on a wild pitch.

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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.

EE's 2 HRs lead Tribe to wild win in Cincy

EE's 2 HRs lead Tribe to wild win in Cincy

CINCINNATI -- The Indians have been waiting for big offseason acquisition Edwin Encarnacion to let his power emerge. Encarnacion broke it out in a big way on Tuesday as he slugged two home runs in Cleveland's 8-7 win over the Reds to help split the two Ohio Cup games at Great American Ball Park.

"I think he's getting more dangerous," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Encarnacion. "He's hit a number of balls just foul, but he's barreling them up. I think you're going to see nights like this won't be the only time."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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 listen to his podcast.

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Can Indians keep Clevinger in starting role?

Club discussing options as Kluber nears return; six-man rotation not being considered

Can Indians keep Clevinger in starting role?

CINCINNATI -- With ace Corey Kluber nearing his return from the disabled list, the Indians have a decision to make. Right-hander Mike Clevinger has performed well enough that Cleveland plans on sifting through its options for potentially keeping him in the rotation.

"Just the fact that we're having this conversation means he's doing some real good things, which we'll take," Indians manager Terry Francona said prior to Tuesday's game against the Reds. "I'd much rather have hard decisions than just real easy ones because guys are struggling."

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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.

Lough inks Minor League deal with Tribe

Five-year vet hit .239 in 30 games for Phillies last season

Lough inks Minor League deal with Tribe

The Indians signed journeyman outfielder David Lough to a Minor League deal, the club announced Tuesday. Cleveland assigned Lough to Triple-A Columbus.

Lough had been in the Tigers' Minor League system after signing with Detroit this offseason, and he was released on May 17. He was batting .169 in 24 games with Triple-A Toledo.

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

Indians held to Kipnis HR in Ohio Cup loss

Indians held to Kipnis HR in Ohio Cup loss

CINCINNATI -- For the first time in his brief career, Reds right fielder Scott Schebler has slugged a home run in three straight games. Schebler's homer to lead off the bottom of the second inning helped Cincinnati to a 5-1 victory over Cleveland in Monday's Ohio Cup series opener.

The Reds already held a 1-0 lead thanks to Adam Duvall's two-out RBI single off Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the first inning. Schebler lifted the first pitch that Tomlin offered in the second inning -- an 85-mph cut fastball -- into the right-field seats for the homer. That had him tied for second in the National League with 13 homers for the season.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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 listen to his podcast.

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Door opens but Tribe can't break through

Door opens but Tribe can't break through

CINCINNATI -- Indians manager Terry Francona held up his right hand, motioning for home-plate umpire Will Little to give him a few extra seconds. Francona had lost sight of the baseball, as did third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh, so he was hoping someone in the clubhouse could take a good look at the replay.

"They couldn't see it," Francona said after the Indians' 5-1 loss to the Reds on Monday night.

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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.

Kluber ready to begin rehab assignment

Kluber ready to begin rehab assignment

CINCINNATI -- Corey Kluber is one step closer to returning to the rotation. The Tribe ace completed another bullpen session with no issues on Monday in Cleveland and is on target to make a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said that the goal is to have Kluber (on the 10-day disabled list with a lower-back issue) log around five innings or 70 to 75 pitches in his start on Thursday with the Clippers. If everything goes according to plan, Kluber would then meet with manager Terry Francona, Callaway and the team's medical staff to determine if being activated is the next step.

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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 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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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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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.

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

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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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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.

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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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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