Carrasco's near no-no lifts Indians over Rays

Carrasco's near no-no lifts Indians over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Carrasco needed just one more strike to complete the Indians' first no-hitter in more than three decades. The big right-hander unleashed a slider to Rays outfielder Joey Butler and gave up a single that averted history.

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Carrasco ends up on the precipice of history

Right-hander fans 13 in falling one strike short of no-hitter vs. Rays

Carrasco ends up on the precipice of history

ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Carrasco spun around swiftly and watched helplessly as the baseball sailed over second baseman Jason Kipnis. While Kipnis jumped and stretched in an admirable effort to pluck the ball from the air, it was no use. This single from Tampa Bay's Joey Butler was as clean as they come.

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Tribe pitchers enjoying unprecedented success

Carrasco becomes 3rd consecutive Cleveland hurler to flirt with perfection

Tribe pitchers enjoying unprecedented success

ST. PETERSBURG -- As Carlos Carrasco sat by his lonesome in the Indians dugout throughout Cleveland's victory over the Rays on Wednesday night, fellow starters Danny Salazar and Cody Anderson understood exactly what was running through his mind.

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Cash played role in Carrasco's development

Rays manager helped right-hander turn '14 season around as Indians bullpen coach

Cash played role in Carrasco's development

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joey Butler lined a single to center, a loud sigh from the Tropicana Field crowd vibrated around the park, and it was over.

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Did you know: Carrasco's near no-hitter

Right-hander's bid becomes 3rd this season broken up in 9th

Did you know: Carrasco's near no-hitter

Although Carlos Carrasco came up one out shy in his no-hit bid on Wednesday, the Indians starter still turned in a career night while making some history along the way.

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They Said It: Reaction to Carrasco's near no-no

They Said It: Reaction to Carrasco's near no-no

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning on Wednesday night, but gave up a single to Joey Butler with two outs in the final frame in an 8-1 win over Tampa Bay. Carrasco finished with a one-hit, 13-strikeout gem for Cleveland. Here are some thoughts from inside the Indians' clubhouse in the wake of his outstanding performance.

"It was an 0-2 slider. He went to it. He threw some 0-2 sliders tonight that he executed really well. It's the 124th pitch of the game. He just didn't quite get on top of it and didn't get where he wanted to. He did a great job. What a tremendous effort." -- Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, on the pitch to Butler in the ninth inning

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Kluber gets nod in series finale vs. Rays

Kluber gets nod in series finale vs. Rays

For the first time in 451 days, the Rays will send left-hander Matt Moore to the mound, as he closes out a four-game series against the Indians on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Moore will make his first start since April 7, 2014, after working his way back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent back on April 22, 2014 -- one of 26 pitchers to have the procedure in 2014.

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Aviles embracing mentor role to Urshela, Lindor

Aviles embracing mentor role to Urshela, Lindor

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mike Aviles would surely prefer to be playing for the Indians on an everyday basis, but the veteran knows that his value extends beyond the daily lineup card. Right now, Cleveland is also leaning on Aviles as an experienced voice for rookies Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela.

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Francona appreciates bond between front office, coaches

Francona appreciates bond between front office, coaches

ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians manager Terry Francona was not going to pretend to know the details of the reported rift between the Angels' front office and coaching staff, but the situation unfolding in Los Angeles did give him a platform to once again praise the cohesive bond that exists in Cleveland.

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Salazar follows rookie's lead with stellar outing

Right-hander flirts with no-hitter during 7 2/3 strong innings vs. Rays

Salazar follows rookie's lead with stellar outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Salazar was quick to proclaim his outing in the Indians' 6-2 victory over the Rays Tuesday the best start of his season, but he was equally as quick to give some of that credit to his teammate Cody Anderson.

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Kids are all right: Lindor, Urshela spark Tribe

Rookie third baseman homers, shortstop makes diving play in win over Rays

Kids are all right: Lindor, Urshela spark Tribe

ST. PETERSBURG -- Giovanny Urshela's poise was put to the test on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. As the Indians' rookie third baseman tried to talk to reporters, shortstop Francisco Lindor kept sneaking over and placing a sock on Urshela's head.

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Homers back Salazar's dominant outing

Homers back Salazar's dominant outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Salazar silenced the Rays' bats and his Indians teammates clubbed three home runs in a 6-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

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Kipnis would be honored to be on All-Star team

Indians second baseman leads AL in hits; adds 6th HR in Tuesday's win

Kipnis would be honored to be on All-Star team

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jason Kipnis probably knew the question was coming, and the Indians' second baseman shook his head and laughed a little when it did finally come up on Tuesday night. Kipnis was asked if he has paid attention to the All-Star fan voting results over the past few weeks.

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McKenzie fulfills 'dream-like moment' by signing with Tribe

17-year-old right-hander taken 42nd overall as comp pick

McKenzie fulfills 'dream-like moment' by signing with Tribe

ST. PETERSBURG -- Triston McKenzie stood up from the bench in the visitors' dugout at Tropicana Field, surveyed the field and flashed a smile. After signing his first professional contract with the Indians on Tuesday, the young pitcher was trying to soak in his Major League surroundings.

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Francona encouraged by improved bullpen

Cleveland relievers entered Tuesday with 4th-best ERA in AL

Francona encouraged by improved bullpen

ST. PETERSBURG -- There was a time earlier this season when Indians manager Terry Francona worried that he was to blame for the bullpen's collective struggles. Francona is famous for his heavy bullpen usage, but it is not something he takes lightly.

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Anderson brilliant in second Major League start

Rookie right-hander retires first 19 he faces in win over Rays

Anderson brilliant in second Major League start

ST. PETERSBURG -- Early on, all that is really noticed is the strong rhythm that has been established. As a pitcher moves deeper into a brilliant performance, though, it becomes impossible not to notice when a flirtation with history finds its way onto the field.

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Bats break out to put tough weekend in rearview mirror

Cleveland smacks 13 hits vs. Rays day after being blanked twice by O's

Bats break out to put tough weekend in rearview mirror

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Indians wanted badly to turn the page on what took place in Baltimore over the weekend. In the hours before Monday's game against the Rays, Indians manager Terry Francona went as far as calling a team meeting to begin that process.

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Anderson flirts with perfection in beating Rays

Anderson flirts with perfection in beating Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rookie right-hander Cody Anderson handcuffed the Rays, while the Indians' offense had 13 hits in a 7-1 win on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

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Sizemore stings former team to end perfection bid

Former All-Star with Cleveland homers in 7th for Rays' first hit in loss to Tribe

Sizemore stings former team to end perfection bid

ST. PETERSBURG -- The three All-Star appearances, two Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger that Grady Sizemore amassed over his eight-year career with the Indians has made him a beloved figure in Cleveland.

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Kipnis in need of big ASG ballot push

Kipnis in need of big ASG ballot push

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jason Kipnis will likely be named an All-Star this season for the second time in his career, but the Indians second baseman's inclusion in the Midsummer Classic would require a miracle to come via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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Francona calls team meeting before game vs. Rays

Club's offense managing only 2.75 runs per game in June

Francona calls team meeting before game vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians manager Terry Francona was self-aware enough to know that emotions might envelop his message if he called a team meeting on Sunday night in Baltimore. Instead, Francona jotted down some thoughts and waited a day before gathering with his players.

Prior to Monday's game at Tropicana Field, Francona held a team meeting to reinforce some key points for his struggling team.

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Murata leaves positive impression despite tough debut

Murata leaves positive impression despite tough debut

BALTIMORE -- Toru Murata got through the Orioles' lineup fine the first time around in his Major League debut. The second time around, though, didn't go as smoothly.

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Francona ejected at end of rough day for bats

Francona ejected at end of rough day for bats

BALTIMORE -- On possibly Cleveland's hardest-hit ball of the night, the Orioles' Travis Snider ranged far to his left and completed a full-extension diving grab on a Francisco Lindor line drive to left-center field.

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Tribe blanked in both ends of doubleheader

Tribe blanked in both ends of doubleheader

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles hit three home runs and scored six runs in the fourth inning to complete a doubleheader and series sweep over the Indians with an 8-0 win Sunday that moved Baltimore into a virtual tie for first place in the American League East for the first time since April 19.

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Bauer working to find consistency

Right-hander allows four runs over seven innings in Sunday's loss to O's

Bauer working to find consistency

BALTIMORE -- Trevor Bauer's Sunday stat line doesn't read poorly, but it could have been a lot worse.

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Indians' bats go quiet in twin-bill opener

Indians' bats go quiet in twin-bill opener

BALTIMORE -- Backed by eight scoreless innings from Ubaldo Jimenez, the Orioles rolled to a 4-0 win over the Indians in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Bourn appeals 1-game suspension

Indians outfielder disciplined for June 16 ejection vs. Cubs

Bourn appeals 1-game suspension

BALTIMORE -- Michael Bourn has bumped into an umpire before to the point where he knew he deserved a suspension and took it without a fuss.

That wasn't the case when he made contact with umpire Phil Cuzzi on June 16 at Wrigley Field and was suspended one game for the incident. Bourn appealed his case in a video conference with MLB officials on Friday, and hopes his message will be understood.

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