Inbox: Will Chisenhall start in right in '16?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Indians fans' questions

Inbox: Will Chisenhall start in right in '16?

It seemed a foregone conclusion that Lonnie Chisenhall was gone next year. Do you think his incredible August means he'll be the starting right fielder next season?
-- John B. (@jjsnowcat via Twitter)

Since being recalled to the Majors on July 30, Chisenhall has turned in seven Defensive Runs Saved (second in the American League for the entire season) in 183 1/3 innings. His 41.1 UZR/150 ranks first in the AL among right fielders with at least 180 innings.

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Pair of additions 'likely' for Tribe roster

Pair of additions 'likely' for Tribe roster

CLEVELAND -- The Indians announced Thursday afternoon that they would "likely" purchase the contract of two Minor Leaguers for Friday's series opener in Detroit.

Left-handed reliever Giovanni Soto and utility player Michael Martinez are expected to be added to the big league club, joining right-handed relievers Gavin Floyd and Shawn Armstrong and corner infielder Chris Johnson as the five players the Indians have added since rosters expanded on Tuesday. The Indians' roster currently sits at 30 players.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe unable to rally after short Bauer start

Tribe unable to rally after short Bauer start

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a pair of doubles, while R.A. Dickey tossed his second complete game of the year to lead the Blue Jays to a 5-1 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

The victory ensured that Toronto maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the American League East after New York also came away with a 13-8 win over Boston earlier in the day. Cleveland dropped to six games behind Texas for the second AL Wild Card spot after the Rangers won in San Diego late Wednesday night.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Pen, including new arms, picks up slack for Bauer

Six relievers combine for 6 2/3 scoreless frames after starter struggles in Toronto

'Pen, including new arms, picks up slack for Bauer

TORONTO -- Getting less than two innings out of their starter, the Indians relied heavily on their bullpen to get them through the series finale at Rogers Centre on Wednesday -- a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Cleveland used six relievers after Trevor Bauer was lifted from the game after only 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed five earned runs on six hits in what was his shortest outing of the season. It marked the second time in four starts he's been unable to pitch at least two innings.

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Ramirez's first MLB hit was a very Manny hit

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Ramirez's first MLB hit was a very Manny hit

Manny Ramirez is Manny Ramirez. Manny Ramirez has always been Manny Ramirez. The phrase "Manny being Manny" is forever -- there was never a time when Manny wasn't Manny, and there will never be a time when he won't be. Case in point: His first MLB hit.

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Kluber looks to improve on road vs. Tigers

Kluber looks to improve on road vs. Tigers

Corey Kluber will take the mound in the series opener against the Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday night, as the Indians' nine-game road trip heads to Detroit.

The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner is 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA over his last seven starts. Kluber has made a pair of appearances against Detroit this season, going 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA. He lasted a season-low five innings in his previous start at Comerica Park in a rain-delayed loss.

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Gomes twice launches game-tying blast

Tribe catcher nearly burns former club on 2-homer night

Gomes twice launches game-tying blast

TORONTO -- Yan Gomes took two swings and tied the game for the Indians on two occasions, but despite those efforts the Tribe saw their six-game winning streak come to an end in a 5-3, 10th-inning loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night.

The Indians' catcher, who was dealt from Toronto to Cleveland in 2012, went yard to tie the game at 2 in the seventh before he knotted it up again in the ninth, ripping a solo shot off closer Roberto Osuna to keep the Tribe's hopes alive.

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Tribe's 3-homer rally unable to save streak

Tribe's 3-homer rally unable to save streak

TORONTO -- Ryan Goins came through with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays defeated the Indians, 5-3, in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

With the victory, Toronto maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the American League East, as New York also came out on top with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox. The Indians had their winning streak snapped at six, dropping to five games back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mathias has a night to remember for Scrappers

Indians No. 21 prospect goes 4-for-5 with a career-high 6 RBIs for Mahoning Valley

Mathias has a night to remember for Scrappers

Mark Mathias' career is just beginning, but he may never have as good of a game as he did Wednesday.

The Indians' No. 21 prospect homered and tripled as part of a 4-for-5 performance, while his career-high six RBIs proved to be the difference in Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley's 11-5 victory over Auburn.

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Tribe recalls Armstrong, activates Floyd, Johnson

Trio is 1st wave of September additions to expanded roster

Tribe recalls Armstrong, activates Floyd, Johnson

TORONTO -- The Indians recalled right-hander Shawn Armstrong, activated right-hander Gavin Floyd from the 60-day disabled list and activated infielder Chris Johnson from the 15-day DL on Tuesday as the Major League roster size expanded to 40.

Armstrong begins his second stint with the Indians this year, having worked two scoreless appearances in August (2 2/3 innings, one walk, four strikeouts). He went 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 16 saves in 46 relief appearances with Triple-A Columbus.

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Tribe's top 2 prospects picked for Fall League

Zimmer, Frazier among 8-player class for Arizona showcase

Tribe's top 2 prospects picked for Fall League

TORONTO -- Eight Indians prospects will suit up in this year's edition of the Arizona Fall League. Four position players and four pitchers (to be named later) were selected to the Scottsdale Scorpions' roster released Tuesday.

Outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier, infielder Yandy Diaz and catcher Jeremy Lucas will suit up for the Scorpions when the AFL schedule begins Oct. 13.

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Salazar shakes off illness with 10-K win

Righty outduels Price, holds Blue Jays to 2 runs in 7 innings

Salazar shakes off illness with 10-K win

TORONTO -- After tossing seven strong innings in a victory over the red-hot Blue Jays on Monday night, Danny Salazar was ready to crawl into bed and hit the hay.

"I just want to go home and sleep right now," the right-hander said following the Indians' 4-2 series-opening victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Salazar, who lost six pounds in two days after falling ill late last week, missed his scheduled start on Friday and took the mound on eight days of rest in Toronto. He said he was exhausted after he turned in a quality start against the formidable Blue Jays, whom he limited to six hits, two runs and a walk.

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Shapiro headed to Blue Jays to be president, CEO

Move won't affect roles of Antonetti, Francona

Shapiro headed to Blue Jays to be president, CEO

CLEVELAND -- Mark Shapiro has spent half his life working for the Cleveland Indians. He steadily ascended the front-office ladder to the role of team president, tasted champagne during a handful of memorable postseason runs and spearheaded a sweeping renovation project at Progressive Field.

Every era has an ending.

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Allen twice thwarts Jays in 4-out save

Indians closer escapes trouble with K's to end 8th, 9th

Allen twice thwarts Jays in 4-out save

TORONTO -- Twice in the late innings the Blue Jays threatened to overcome a narrow deficit in their series-opening loss to Cleveland on Monday night. And both times they were thwarted by Indians closer Cody Allen, who recorded his seventh save of four-plus outs of the season in the Tribe's 4-2 victory at Rogers Centre.

Allen fanned Justin Smoak with two out and the bases loaded in the eighth and Josh Donaldson with two out and two on in the ninth to extend the Indians' win streak to six games while stopping the Blue Jays' streak at three games.

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Tribe topples Price for 6th straight win

Tribe topples Price for 6th straight win

TORONTO -- Ryan Raburn came through with a big double in the seventh inning and Cody Allen escaped a bases-loaded situation in the eighth as the Indians survived to secure a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

The loss for Toronto didn't impact its 1 1/2-game lead in the American League East over the Yankees, who lost in Boston, 4-3. Cleveland, which has won six straight, moved to four games behind the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot after Texas lost, 7-0, in San Diego.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona: Shapiro 'thoughtful' in sharing news

Manager says 'happiness outweighs' how much executive will be missed

Francona: Shapiro 'thoughtful' in sharing news

TORONTO -- Terry Francona says he's sad to see Mark Shapiro go, but he's happy the longtime Indians president has found a new challenge with the Blue Jays.

"He spoke to the coaches yesterday and was really, like Mark always [is], thoughtful," the Indians' manager said ahead of the series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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Indians' search for minority owner is ongoing

CLEVELAND -- Indians owner Paul Dolan was surprised by the timing of a recent report noting that he was seeking a minority investor for his ballclub. Dolan has been open to adding an ownership partner for several years and little has changed in that regard.

The only new public information in last week's report was the fact that Dolan has hired Allen & Co. -- a boutique investment bank based in New York -- to assist in his search. The Indians owner took that step roughly one year ago, though, so even that was not a drastic development.

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5 questions facing Indians as Shapiro departs

5 questions facing Indians as Shapiro departs

CLEVELAND -- The Indians and Blue Jays announced Monday that current Tribe president Mark Shapiro will, at season's end, take over as the president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre. Here are five pertinent questions, regarding the future of the Indians' organization, in the wake of the announcement.

1. Will the Indians search for a new team president?
Shapiro will remain as the team's president through the end of the 2015 season. At that point, his duties, which have included both baseball and business aspects, will be handled by current members of the Indians' front office -- likely with general manager Chris Antonetti assuming the majority of the baseball decisions, while chairman/CEO Paul Dolan taking on more of the business decisions. The Tribe made it clear that the club does not feel an immediate need to directly replace Shapiro.

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How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

CLEVELAND -- The Indians and Blue Jays are playing a three-game series in Toronto this week, because that's just odd and happenstance enough to make total sense in the odd and often happenstance industry of professional sports.

This is a strange series because Mark Shapiro is leaving one organization for another. We all know that now. As announced by both clubs on Monday, the president of the Indians will be leaving to become president and CEO of the Blue Jays and Rogers Centre.

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Quotes to note: Shapiro, Dolan on transition

Quotes to note: Shapiro, Dolan on transition

CLEVELAND -- The Indians announced Monday that team president Mark Shapiro will assume the same role with the Blue Jays at the conclusion of this season. Here are some thoughts from Shapiro and Tribe owner Paul Dolan from the news conference in Cleveland.

Dolan, asked if he tried to convince Shapiro to stay:

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Tribe shows spark in AL Wild Card race

Club sweeps five-game homestand, but taking things one game at time

Tribe shows spark in AL Wild Card race

CLEVELAND -- The Indians are accomplishing goals that have eluded them for much of the season.

Like winning at home, for instance. Before this most recent five-game homestand sandwiched between two long road trips, the Indians had gone just 24-34 at Progressive Field.

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Tribe hits 2nd slam in 2 days to sweep Halos

Tribe hits 2nd slam in 2 days to sweep Halos

CLEVELAND -- Abraham Almonte launched a grand slam, Carlos Santana drove in three runs with a little help from the sun and Josh Tomlin spun seven-plus strong innings to lead the Indians to a 9-2 rout over the Angels on Sunday at Progressive Field.

The win was the eighth in the past 10 games for Cleveland (63-66), which still has a pulse in the American League Wild Card race. The Indians are five games back of the second Wild Card spot with four teams, including the Angels (65-65), ahead of them. Los Angeles, which is 6 1/2 games out of first in the AL West and 3 1/2 back of a Wild Card spot, has lost eight of 10 and 25 of its last 36.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomes focuses on defense, but bat warming up

Catcher has been inconsistent offensively after injury, but Francona appreciates his game calling

Gomes focuses on defense, but bat warming up

CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes has learned to put game calling and defense at the top of his priority list. When the Indians' catcher enjoys an overpowering offensive display like the one turned in on Saturday night, he says it is simply a bonus for him.

It's a trait that Cleveland manager Terry Francona loves in Gomes.

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Lindor's leadoff at-bat sets stage for big 8th

Shortstop singles after 8-pitch battle to spark 5-run rally

Lindor's leadoff at-bat sets stage for big 8th

CLEVELAND -- Before there can be fire, there must be a spark. Before there can be a rally, there must be a baserunner.

Francisco Lindor was that baserunner, and that spark, in the Indians' five-run eighth inning that broke a tie and propelled the Tribe to an 8-3 victory over the Angels at Progressive Field on Saturday night.

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Gomes shows Silver Slugger form with 5 RBIs

Catcher's grand slam caps 5-run 8th as Tribe rallies for win

Gomes shows Silver Slugger form with 5 RBIs

CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes walked out of the batter's box, watching as the ball he just hit sailed high into the Cleveland night. The Indians' catcher slowly shifted into a trot, dropping his bat as the baseball disappeared into the bushes beyond the center-field wall.

By the time Gomes reached first base in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-3 triumph over the Angels, his right fist was high in the air and he was shouting along with the Progressive Field crowd. For the first time in his career, Gomes had launched a grand slam. For the first time this season, the Indians' home ballpark had reached October-esque decibel levels.

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Four Tribe pitchers have over 150 strikeouts

Bauer, Kluber, Carrasco, Salazar first franchise foursome to accomplish feat

Four Tribe pitchers have over 150 strikeouts

CLEVELAND -- Last year, it was Corey Kluber alone who set Indians records and placed his name alongside all-time franchise greats with a historic second half that led to an American League Cy Young Award victory.

This year, it's the entire Indians rotation.

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Gomes' grand slam caps rally to top Halos

Gomes' grand slam caps rally to top Halos

CLEVELAND -- One night after coming from behind with three runs against seventh-inning reliever Trevor Gott, the Indians went off against Angels setup man Joe Smith in the eighth, getting a go-ahead double by Carlos Santana and a game-breaking grand slam by Yan Gomes to capture an 8-3 win from Progressive Field on Saturday.

Gomes knew the ball was leaving the ballpark right off the bat.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.