Tribe drops Interleague opener to Phils in extras

Tribe drops Interleague opener to Phils in extras

PHILADELPHIA -- If you blinked, you might have missed it.

After 10 1/2 innings of play and nearly 3 1/2 hours, Ryan Howard ended Friday night's game at Citizens Bank Park on one pitch. The veteran first baseman lined a 3-2 pitch from Cody Allen over the right-field wall to give the Phillies a 4-3, 11-inning win over the Indians.

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Hunter comes off DL to bolster Tribe bullpen

Hunter comes off DL to bolster Tribe bullpen

PHILADELPHIA -- The Indians will get a bullpen boost going into their three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

The club announced before Friday's game that it activated reliever Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list. Hunter had been on the shelf since Cleveland signed him, having undergone multiple core-muscle surgeries in the offseason.

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Lindor happy to give back with RBI program

Indians shortstop takes part in drills with Philly youth players during off-day

Lindor happy to give back with RBI program

PHILADELPHIA -- The Indians had an off-night in Philadelphia on Thursday. You have to understand. Off-nights are precious for big leaguers, a rare opportunity to take a break from the daily grind of the regular season.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor chose to spend part of his evening at Citizens Bank Park. There was no game. Outside, it rained on and off. The place was nearly deserted by the time the 22-year-old rising star arrived. Except at one of the indoor batting cages where members from three of Philadelphia's Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) program were going through some drills.

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Castro among top prospect performers Thursday

Pirates prospect continues to impress while Boston outfielder stays hot at the plate

Castro among top prospect performers Thursday

With Jameson Taillon's impressive start to the 2016 season, you would never suspect that he hadn't pitched competitively since '13.

The Pirates' No. 4 prospect (No. 51 overall) improved to 2-0 on Thursday, firing seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Indianapolis in a win against Norfolk. Taillon scattered five hits and issued two walks in the outing, which was his longest of the season for the Indians.

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Sigh of relief: Tribe bullpen steps up in clutch

After McAllister gets huge strikeout, Allen navigates tricky 9th for 7th save

Sigh of relief: Tribe bullpen steps up in clutch

MINNEAPOLIS -- Zach McAllister walked off the mound, flexed and let out a shout. Given the way the previous two games played out for the Indians, the big right-hander was not about to let the gravity of the situation escape him. He was going to savor it.

With the bases loaded in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Twins, McAllister elevated a 95-mph fastball that blew by the bat of Minnesota slugger Byung Ho Park for the frame's final out. Two days after giving up a walk-off home run to Oswaldo Arcia, McAllister stood tall for the Tribe in a game that was punctuated by a stellar showing for the bullpen.

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Indians spoil prospect's debut, hold off Twins

Indians spoil prospect's debut, hold off Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians spoiled Twins top prospect Jose Berrios' highly anticipated Major League debut, knocking him out of the game after four-plus innings en route to a 6-5 win to avoid a three-game sweep on Wednesday night at Target Field.

"We had a little momentum coming into the series, and the first two games didn't go our way," Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "Going into this off-day, we needed to get a win. We're a game above .500 right now. If you're looking at our past Aprils, I think that's much better than what we've done the last couple."

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Indians option Anderson; recall Crockett

Righty to work on mechanical flaw in Triple-A, expected to return May 7

Indians option Anderson; recall Crockett

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians believe that they identified a flaw in Cody Anderson's delivery during his start against the Twins on Tuesday night. Cleveland is now giving the right-hander a chance to work on the issue at Triple-A Columbus before returning to the big leagues.

Prior to Wednesday's 6-5 win over Minnesota, the Indians optioned Anderson to Triple-A and promoted reliever Kyle Crockett from the same affiliate, adding a second lefty to the Tribe's eight-man bullpen. Under the current roster alignment, Cleveland will be temporarily operating with a four-man rotation. Crockett saw immediate action, striking out the only batter he faced.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins-Tribe Prince tribute a part of Rock Hall

Cleveland institution to house items from clubs' Monday memorial for fallen star

Twins-Tribe Prince tribute a part of Rock Hall

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins turned Target Field purple on Monday, celebrating the life and music of Prince in a tribute game against the Indians. Now, there will be a bit of baseball history located inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

On Wednesday, the Twins and Indians finished putting together a package of items from Monday's game that have been authenticated and will be sent to the Rock Hall. Every player and coach from Minnesota and Cleveland autographed the lineup card from the Twins' 4-3 walk-off victory, in which players wore purple wristbands as part of the celebration of the late singer.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bradley among top prospect performers Wednesday

Indians' No. 3 notches three extra-base hits, Rangers' No. 29 prospect strikes out 11 in one-hit shutout

Bradley among top prospect performers Wednesday

Bobby Bradley is on a roll right now, and his hot hitting continued on Wednesday.

Baseball's No. 90 overall prospect (Indians No. 3) helped Class A Advanced Lynchburg to a 12-6 win over Winston-Salem by going 3-for-5 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Bradley's three-run homer was part of a 10-run fifth inning for the Hillcats, who erased a 4-1 deficit.

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Kluber exemplifies Tribe's cohesive mentality

Ace takes time in-game to examine Anderson's delivery in video room, spots issue

Kluber exemplifies Tribe's cohesive mentality

MINNEAPOLIS -- As he watched Cody Anderson labor through his most recent start, Indians ace Corey Kluber thought something looked off with his teammate's delivery. Rather than remain on the bench wondering what was wrong, Kluber headed into the video room behind Target Field's visitors' dugout.

Over the course of a half-inning during Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Twins, Kluber examined footage of Anderson from last season and compared it to images from the start in Minnesota. Kluber found that Anderson's stride was slightly different and passed along the information to pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe's power show not enough to halt Twins

Tribe's power show not enough to halt Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins won in walk-off fashion for a second straight night, as Miguel Sano hit an RBI single into center field in the ninth inning to lift Minnesota to a 6-5 win over the Indians on Tuesday at Target Field.

Sano's game-winner came off closer Cody Allen and scored Brian Dozier after the Indians decided to walk Joe Mauer intentionally with one out after a double from Dozier. The Twins also won on a walk-off hit Monday on Oswaldo Arcia's ninth-inning homer.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Indians waiting on Allen, Shaw to lock in

Cleveland's closer, setup man off to slow starts this season

Indians waiting on Allen, Shaw to lock in

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cody Allen spun around and watched the baseball drop to the grass in center field. As it skipped away, the Indians closer turned and walked slowly off the mound and toward the clubhouse, while Twins players poured out of their dugout for an on-field party.

Not only did Miguel Sano's walk-off single against Allen send Cleveland to a 6-5 defeat on Tuesday night, it continued a rough opening month for the Tribe's typically stalwart stopper. This is not a new script for the Indians, though. The April woes of Allen and setup man Bryan Shaw are more like a series of bad sequels to a movie that Tribe fans did not enjoy the first time.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mike Napoli, powerful human being, destroys home run

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Mike Napoli, powerful human being, destroys home run

Closer Kevin Jepsen didn't even want to throw a strike to Mike Napoli in the ninth inning of Tuesday's Indians-Twins game. His team was up, 5-4, and he figured he should stay away from a man who, let's face it, probably chops down trees with his fists in the offseason and eats them as part of his training regimen.

But Napoli wasn't letting Jepsen get off so easy.

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Bradley among top prospect performers Tuesday

Pirates No. 1 prospect strikes out 11 in scoreless start for Triple-A Indianapolis

Bradley among top prospect performers Tuesday

After he struggled in his last start for Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow returned to form Tuesday to fire six scoreless innings in a win against Durham.

Glasnow, No. 8 on the Top 100, was nothing short of dominant, allowing two hits and one walk while setting a Triple-A career-high with 11 strikeouts. He threw 56 of his season-high 87 pitches for strikes and, after logging exactly five innings in his first three turns, the six frames marked his longest of the season for the Indians.

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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.

Lindor laments miscue on night of gems

Indians shortstop dazzles on defense aside from bizarre 5th inning

Lindor laments miscue on night of gems

MINNEAPOLIS -- Francisco Lindor put his defensive prowess on display against the Twins on Monday night, making a handful of plays that stirred stunned gasps from the Target Field audience. The young Indians shortstop had little interest in discussing those gems in a quiet visitors clubhouse.

In the aftermath of a 4-3 loss to Minnesota, Lindor was only focused on the one play he did not make. A grounder up the middle in the fifth inning was still eating at him after the defeat. There were a multitude of things that went awry in that ill-fated frame, but the shortstop felt his misstep set Cleveland's downward spiral in motion.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Carrasco out 4-6 weeks; Brantley activated

Francona says Bauer will transition back into rotation

Carrasco out 4-6 weeks; Brantley activated

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians have lost a key member of their rotation, but they have gained a critical piece of their offense.

Prior to Monday's game against the Twins, Cleveland placed right-hander Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, which could keep him sidelined for four to six weeks. The Indians also activated left fielder Michael Brantley from the DL, following his comeback from offseason surgery on his right shoulder.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francisco Lindor's default defensive setting is 'wow'

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Francisco Lindor's default defensive setting is 'wow'

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor did it again - and again, and again, during Monday night's loss to the Twins.

The 22-year-old put on a defensive clinic at shortstop, showcasing both his range (big enough to play two positions at once, basically) and his throwing arm (a rocket) in a series of plays that help explain just how he posted a WAR of 4.6 a season ago.

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Lindor's D, Gomes' blast not enough to stop Twins

Lindor's D, Gomes' blast not enough to stop Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Oswaldo Arcia hit a walk-off solo shot off Indians reliever Zach McAllister in the ninth inning to lead the Twins to a 4-3 win Monday night at Target Field.

Arcia's towering blast to right came on a 1-2 fastball from McAllister, who had not allowed an earned run this season. It was the first walk-off homer for the Twins since Brian Dozier hit one against the Orioles last July 6. It gave Kevin Jepsen the win after a scoreless ninth and helped atone for Yan Gomes' game-tying homer in the eighth against reliever Ryan Pressly.

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Clevinger among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 1 hits go-ahead shot in third multi-homer game, Reds' No. 4 strikes out nine in scoreless start

Clevinger among top prospect performers Monday

No. 7 overall prospect Joey Gallo slugged his sixth and seventh home runs of the season on Monday, including a go-ahead blast in the top of the 12th inning to help push Triple-A Round Rock past Memphis, 6-5.

The Rangers' No. 1 prospect drove in three runs and scored three times, also walking twice, as part of a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Gallo connected on a two-run shot to right-center field in his first at-bat against Memphis starter Jeremy Hefner, and then took reliever Heath Wyatt deep to right field to open the 12th inning.

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Lindor envisions amazing Classic for Puerto Rico

Tribe SS excited to team up with Astros' Correa, intriguing names who could be on roster

Lindor envisions amazing Classic for Puerto Rico

DETROIT -- Francisco Lindor is 22 years old, the same age as young men and women walking around college campuses in caps and gowns at this time of year. He'd match any commencement speaker's definition of accomplishment and ambition: one of the best two-way shortstops on the planet, an emerging spokesman for Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and the youngest No. 3 hitter in the Major Leagues not named Carlos Correa.

So Lindor is busy. Yet a couple hours before his Cleveland Indians opened a series Friday in Detroit, he welcomed questions about a tournament that's more than 10 months away.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe features blend of talent on All-Star ballot

Tribe features blend of talent on All-Star ballot

DETROIT -- Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor finished as the runner-up to Astros shortstop Carlos Correa in balloting for the American League Rookie of the Year Award last season. For years to come, there will likely be a debate over which of the two should start in the All-Star Game.

On Sunday, the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was officially unveiled by Major League Baseball, giving Lindor his first shot at cracking the AL's roster for the Midsummer Classic in San Diego, presented by MasterCard. Correa stands out due to his power and run production. Lindor offers defensive wizardry and an all-around offensive threat. Watching how fans vote for the shortstop position in the AL will certainly be interesting to follow.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe wins bullpen battle with Tigers after injuries

Tribe wins bullpen battle with Tigers after injuries

DETROIT -- The Indians completed a three-game series sweep in Detroit for the first time since 2008, using a pair of RBI hits each from Jose Ramirez and Marlon Byrd to win what ended up a battle of the bullpens for a 6-3 victory over the Tigers Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Both starting pitchers, Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco and Detroit's Shane Greene (1-2), were out by the middle of the fourth due to injuries. While converted starter Trevor Bauer tossed 3 1/3 innings, the Indians jumped former Tigers starting prospect Drew VerHagen with three-run rallies in the fourth and fifth. Ramirez and Byrd, batting fifth and sixth in the Cleveland order, produced RBIs in each inning.

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Ring envy? Shaw's wedding band checked out

Ring envy? Shaw's wedding band checked out

DETROIT -- Indians manager Terry Francona was not sure why the umpires were calling him to the field in the eighth inning on Sunday. All Francona could decipher, while watching all four umps discussing something near the mound, was that there was a complaint about reliever Bryan Shaw.

"That's not a good feeling," Francona said after the Indians' 6-3 win over the Tigers. "When there's four umpires calling you to the principal's office, I'm thinking, 'What'd I do?'"

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lindor has formidable fan in Vizquel

Lindor has formidable fan in Vizquel

DETROIT -- Dazzling defensive plays up the middle are nothing new for Indians fans. Watching shortstop Francisco Lindor now elicits memories of Omar Vizquel playing the position for Cleveland with a blend of artistry and acrobatics.

Now the first-base coach for the Tigers, Vizquel had a great view from the field at Comerica Park on Saturday, when Lindor made a pair of jaw-dropping plays. On Sunday morning, the former Indians great smiled when asked about having the chance to see Lindor pulling off the kind of plays Vizquel made for so many years in a Cleveland uniform.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber, Gomes help Indians roll over Tigers

Kluber, Gomes help Indians roll over Tigers

DETROIT -- Yan Gomes' three-run homer punctuated a seven-run Indians onslaught against Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, sending Corey Kluber cruising to his first win of the season in a 10-1 Cleveland victory on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

"It's awesome," Kluber said of the wealth of run support. "You go out and score three runs in the first, that's a huge boost. But then they didn't stop there. They poured it on for five more, I think, in the third and kept scoring the whole game."

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Lindor leads Indians' D from seat of his pants

Shortstop's second highlight-reel play comes after he's knocked over by smash

Lindor leads Indians' D from seat of his pants

DETROIT -- Francisco Lindor could not stop laughing. The Indians shortstop dropped to a knee in the outfield grass, covered his face with his glove and, while his teammates smiled and shouted playful jabs in his direction, he allowed himself to enjoy the moment.

It was a fun moment for Cleveland within its 10-1 romp over the rival Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. In the seventh inning, a well-struck one-hopper off the bat of slugger Miguel Cabrera ate Lindor up and knocked him over. And, somehow, Lindor once again defied the odds with some defensive wizardry for an improbable out.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber enjoys tremendous support en route to his first win of '16

Kluber enjoys tremendous support en route to his first win of '16

DETROIT -- Things were different for Corey Kluber on Saturday before he even took the mound. From his seat on the visitors' bench at Comerica Park, the Indians' ace watched the Cleveland lineup score three runs against the Tigers in the first inning.

Those three runs were as much run support as Kluber received in his previous three starts combined. The lack of offensive help for the right-hander has been an ongoing storyline, dating back to last season. But it was a complete non-issue in the Tribe's 10-1 rout over Detroit.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.