SEATTLE -- The Indians were willing to give Carlos Santana until Tuesday to suit back up with the team, but the first baseman will rejoin the club in Seattle before the end of the current series.
Santana was placed on Major League Baseball's paternity list on Thursday after he and his wife, Brittany, welcomed a daughter into their family that morning in Cleveland. After an off-day on Monday, the Indians open a three-game series in Kansas City, but Santana is planning on flying to Seattle for Sunday's game at Safeco Field.
The Mariners are hoping that Saturday's contest against the Indians will present a favorable matchup. Cleveland has struggled against left-handed pitching for most of this season and Seattle will hand the ball to one of its hot hands, lefty Roenis Elias.
Elias (2-1, 2.56 ERA) has allowed no more than one earned run in each of his past three outings, picking up a pair of wins and posting a 1.35 ERA in that stretch. On Monday, the 26-year-old southpaw held Tampa Bay to one run over six innings, ending with six strikeouts and three walks.
SEATTLE -- While dealing with a persistent offensive slump, Lonnie Chisenhall has tried to focus on other ways he can help the Indians. The third baseman has improved his defense and has developed into one of Cleveland's best baserunners.
Chisenhall has taken a lot of pride in those elements of his game.
SEATTLE -- To say that Jason Kipnis has enjoyed a good May would be a vast understatement. Even calling it a great month would not do it justice. What the Indians second baseman has done over the past four weeks has been historic.
"I have no words for it," Indians outfielder Brandon Moss said fter the Indians' 5-3 win over the Mariners. "I'm surprised it's not being talked about more throughout baseball. I know he gets his credit, but I've never seen anything like it. And, I mean, I really haven't."
SEATTLE -- This was the main event. The heavyweight matchup that the fans inside Safeco Field paid to see on Thursday night. Indians ace Corey Kluber stared in at Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz in a power-versus-power moment that was critical to the contest.
The Mariners had two runners aboard with two outs in the fifth inning. Kluber had a three-run lead.
SEATTLE -- The Indians got another good outing from their rejuvenated Cy Young Award winner and the Mariners were left with concerns about their emerging young starter in a 5-3 Cleveland win that opened a four-game series at Safeco Field on Thursday night.
Tribe right-hander Corey Kluber entered the evening leading the American League in strikeouts with 83 and trailing only Washington's Max Scherzer (85) for the Major League's most so far this season, but Kluber blew past Scherzer with 13 punchouts. He struck out the side in the fifth inning, punched out two more in the sixth, and struck out the side again in his seventh and final inning.
SEATTLE -- Scott Atchison was one of the Indians' most reliable relief arms a season ago, but the veteran right-hander has dealt with uncharacteristic struggles through two months this season. An injury issue is going to give the laboring reliever a chance to regroup.
On Thursday, Cleveland placed Atchison on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle, and promoted right-hander Austin Adams from Triple-A Columbus to take his place in the bullpen for the time being.
CLEVELAND -- It began with only a handful of players during the Indians' last road trip. Slowly, more and more members of Cleveland's team and staff began joining the cause, shaving their heads as a collective show of support for Mike Aviles' young daughter.
Earlier this month, Aviles' 4-year-old girl, Adriana, was diagnosed with leukemia and has a tough road ahead in battling the disease. Aviles said Adriana laughed at her dad when he buzzed his hair and said he looked funny. As more and more people have followed with closely cropped hair, Aviles has felt overwhelmed.
CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona checked on Carlos Santana early Wednesday morning. The first baseman had been struck hard on the left wrist by a pitch in the ninth inning the previous night, and Francona was not sure Santana would feel up to playing again so soon.
By Jordan Bastian and August Fagerstrom
CLEVELAND -- The Indians concluded a six-game homestand in overwhelming fashion on Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland used an eight-run third inning to power its way to a 12-3 rout of the Rangers, snapping Texas' seven-game winning streak in the process.
Each member of the Tribe's starting lineup scored at least one run and had at least one hit, and seven drove in at least one run in the offensive outpouring. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis finished a triple and a homer shy of a cycle, respectively, and Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher each contributed a home run in the win for Cleveland.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn has spent the majority of his career as a leadoff hitter, but the Indians' center fielder has taken off at the plate since losing that role last month. To Bourn, the timing of the lineup change and his resurgence in the batter's box fall into the category of coincidence.
"Yeah," Bourn said. "This is my ninth [full] year playing, and I've been hitting there probably seven of those years."
CLEVELAND -- One day after they each dealt with injury issues, first baseman Carlos Santana and starter Danny Salazar were on the mend for the Indians.
Santana was hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Texas reliever Shawn Tolleson in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. The first baseman stayed in the game, and X-rays came back negative for structural damage, but manager Terry Francona was still surprised that Santana felt well enough to play on Wednesday.
CLEVELAND -- It was an ideal situation for the Indians. With two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, a pair of mistakes by the Rangers -- a fielding miscue by shortstop Elvis Andrus and closer Shawn Tolleson hitting Carlos Santana with a pitch -- set the stage for a Tribe comeback.
Outside the left-field gate, fans poured out of neighboring Quicken Loans Arena to celebrate the Cavs clinching a spot in the NBA Finals. Inside Progressive Field, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley settled into the batter's box with runners on first and second base, and a chance to add to a memorable night for Cleveland.
Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.
This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.
By Jordan Bastian and August Fagerstrom
CLEVELAND -- Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers and put them at .500 for the first time since beating the Astros to earn their third win on April 11.
Texas slugger Prince Fielder fell a triple shy of a cycle in the win, which improved the Rangers' record to 7-1 on their current nine-game trek through Boston, New York and Cleveland. In those eight games, Fielder has hit .486 (17-for-35) with five home runs and 15 RBIs.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CLEVELAND -- The last time Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis enjoyed a hot streak like he has this month, he found himself on the American League All-Star team for the first time. Two years later, Kipnis is making a strong case for a return trip to the Midsummer Classic.
CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister was on the mound at Progressive Field several hours before Tuesday's games, working on fielding drills with Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway one day after making a costly error. This was not punishment for the right-handed pitcher.
"He actually went to Mickey, so that was a good thing," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "When guys don't do things right, and then come and want to make it better, that's a really good thing."
CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister stood in Cleveland's clubhouse, flanked by reporters, answering for the critical seventh-inning throwing error that cost the Indians in a loss to the Rangers on Monday. Not long after the pitcher's terse replies, it was starter Shaun Marcum who shouldered the blame.
By Jordan Bastian and August Fagerstrom
CLEVELAND -- Something had to give when the Indians and Rangers -- two of baseball's hottest teams -- opened a three-game set on Monday at Progressive Field. Behind an outpouring of offense, Texas claimed a 10-8 victory over Cleveland to extend its winning streak to six games.
The Indians saw their season-high winning streak snapped at six.
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CLEVELAND -- Even while Yan Gomes was on the disabled list, Indians manager Terry Francona raved about the catcher's leadership and presence when around the team. On Sunday, Gomes was finally able to bring those attributes back to the field for the Tribe.
"I was happy for him," Francona said prior to Monday's game against the Rangers. "You could tell how excited he was. He worked really hard to be back. He pushed the entire time, and you could tell he was really enjoying it."
CLEVELAND -- Memorial Day means a little more to Indians manager Terry Francona these days. Appreciation for the annual holiday grew for him after his son, Nick, joined the United States Marines and served overseas.
Prior to Monday's Memorial Day game against the Rangers, Francona said he knows this day should have carried more weight for him years earlier.
It wasn't your ordinary changeup. No, this one only traveled about 40 feet, barely making it past the infield grass before bouncing off the dirt -- plus catcher Yan Gomes' shoulder -- and trickling towards the Reds dugout.
CLEVELAND -- In a season of costly defensive miscues, the Indians were glad to be the beneficiary of some poor glove work by their opponent in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Cincinnati at Progressive Field, which clinched a series sweep. Three errors were made by the Reds infield, all of which led to Indians runs.
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer didn't have his swing-and-miss stuff working, but held the Reds to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four, but perhaps more important, didn't walk a batter. That marks the first time in Bauer's career he went more than six innings without a walk.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Zimmer on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week
Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs
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