Indians ride Kluber's 11 K's, 5-run 5th to sweep

Indians ride Kluber's 11 K's, 5-run 5th to sweep

CLEVELAND -- With the divisional race heating up, the Indians were able to take care of business against the team they had struggled with for much of the season. Corey Kluber struck out 11 over eight innings in the Indians' 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday at Progressive Field to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the American League Central.

Both the Tigers and Royals inched closer in the divisional race after Cleveland went 2-5 on a recent road trip. But a three-game sweep over the Twins -- a team it is 8-8 against -- was enough to hold off its divisional foes. For Minnesota, the loss extends the losing skid to 13 games. It is the team's longest since a franchise worst 14-game slump in 1982.

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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.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland

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Indians complete deal to acquire Crisp from A's

Switch-hitting outfielder played 415 games for Cleveland from 2002-05

Indians complete deal to acquire Crisp from A's

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' outfield has weathered a number of storms this season, but there is another one coming. If Cleveland reaches the postseason, it will be without the services of Abraham Almonte, eliminating an important layer of outfield depth.

On Wednesday, the Indians acquired veteran outfielder Coco Crisp from the A's, providing some insurance for down the stretch and potentially into October. Oakland received Minor League left-hander Colt Hynes and sent cash along with Crisp to Cleveland, where the outfielder began his Major League career 14 years ago.

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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.

Special K: Kluber thrusting self into Cy Young mix

Righty finishes August with 11-strikeout outing vs. Twins

Special K: Kluber thrusting self into Cy Young mix

CLEVELAND -- Twins second baseman Brian Dozier could only shake his head in disbelief, barking at himself in frustration after watching a sinker catch the outside corner for a called strike.

From the very first at-bat, it was evident that Indians ace Corey Kluber was going to have that kind of night and the Minnesota batters could merely watch. Kluber whiffed 11 batters in the Indians' 8-4 win on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the Twins at Progressive Field.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer highlights Tribe talent set for AFL

OF Allen, SS Chang also to represent organization this fall

Zimmer highlights Tribe talent set for AFL

CLEVELAND -- On Wednesday, it was announced that three of the Indians players will be playing in the Arizona Fall League in 2016. Top prospect and outfielder Bradley Zimmer spearheads the trio of players that includes shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang and outfielder Greg Allen.

Zimmer is the Indians' No. 1 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. He is also the 28th overall prospect in the Majors on MLBPipeline's Top 100 list. Zimmer was drafted 21st overall in 2014.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Struggling Tomlin to be skipped in rotation

Right-hander has 7.96 ERA over last 10 starts

Struggling Tomlin to be skipped in rotation

CLEVELAND -- The Indians stuck by Josh Tomlin throughout his August struggles, but the situation reached a breaking point on Tuesday night. Now, Cleveland plans on skipping the right-hander in the rotation, while weighing what steps to take next.

Prior to Wednesday's game against the Twins, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that the team would bypass Tomlin's next turn, which would come up Monday against the Astros. With an off-day on Thursday, Cleveland could bring Corey Kluber back on Monday, delaying the need for a fifth starter until Tuesday's tilt against Houston.

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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, Indians face Marlins in first September series

Carrasco, Indians face Marlins in first September series

The Indians and Marlins will begin a three-game Interleague series on Friday at Progressive Field when a pair of right-handers take the mound. Carlos Carrasco goes for Cleveland and Andrew Cashner starts for Miami in the opener.

Carrasco (9-7, 3.23 ERA) will be looking to improve in September after struggling in August. Carrasco went 2-3 with a 5.20 ERA in six August starts. He allowed three or more runs in all but one start. In his last start, Carrasco was charged with three runs on eight hits over four innings. In a loss to the Rangers, Carrasco struck out eight and walked one. The big righty has logged five straight starts of at least eight strikeouts.

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Pipeline preview: Aiken is pitcher to watch

Pipeline preview: Aiken is pitcher to watch

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Thursday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Jeimer Candelario (Cubs' No. 3), Iowa vs. Nashville (7:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Indians promote Garner to help fatigued bullpen

Gomes transferred to 60-day DL to make room

Indians promote Garner to help fatigued bullpen

CLEVELAND -- The Indians made a move Wednesday afternoon to add a fresh arm to their taxed bullpen, recalling right-hander Perci Garner from Triple-A Columbus.

Garner made his Major League debut in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Twins. Garner allowed one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning, picking up his first Major League strikeout.

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McAllister makes kick save to catch liner

McAllister makes kick save to catch liner

CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister made a kick save, and it was a beauty.

In the sixth inning of the Indians' 5-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday, McAllister turned in an incredible play that had the Progressive Field crowd reacting in a mix of cheers and laughter. The Indians' reliever kicked a line drive back to the mound and then made an improbable catch for a one-of-a-kind 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.

Davis leads Indians' comeback over Twins

Davis leads Indians' comeback over Twins

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' bats returned at an opportune time in a 5-4 series-clinching win over the Twins on Tuesday at Progressive Field. With the loss, Minnesota's season-long skid extended to 12 games. It is the team's longest such slump since losing 14 consecutive games in 1982.

The Tribe scored more than one run for just the second time in the last nine games, and the win maintained Cleveland's 4 1/2-game lead in the American League Central. The Indians are now 35-17 against the entire division, but they are still just 7-8 against Minnesota.

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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.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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Optimistic Brantley says rehab not mishandled

Left fielder talks to press for first time since Aug. 15 biceps surgery

Optimistic Brantley says rehab not mishandled

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley was running a little behind for the Indians' team picture on Tuesday. A little more than two weeks removed from right shoulder surgery, the outfielder was struggling to slide his belt through the loops of his pants, and laughing a little at himself in the process.

Tribe pitcher Josh Tomlin watched with an amused grin for a moment, but then stepped up and helped Brantley complete the task.

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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.

Bullpen, bats bail out Tomlin's busted start

Struggling pitcher's 1 2/3 inning-outing was shortest as starter of career

Bullpen, bats bail out Tomlin's busted start

CLEVELAND -- From the very first pitch, it once again was not Josh Tomlin's night. The Indians right-hander immediately turned and watched as the ball Brian Dozier struck sailed over the left-center-field wall and crashed into the bleacher seats.

One inning later, Indians manager Terry Francona had seen enough, and he might now be weighing the team's options for the rotation. Tomlin's recent struggles persisted in ugly fashion, but Cleveland salvaged the situation with a 5-4 victory over the Twins, using a comeback on offense and 7 1/3 shutout innings from the bullpen to get the job done.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Squints lookalike catches homer in Cleveland

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Squints lookalike catches homer in Cleveland

If you're of a certain age and/or you're Buck Showalter, you probably love "The Sandlot." And if you love "The Sandlot," you definitely love Squints -- everyone's favorite bespectacled seducer of lifeguards.

But alas, no matter how much you loved Squints -- and no matter how often you pretended The Beast lived in the backyard next door -- he and the rest of the gang remained in the land of make-believe. But we have good news: Squints is real, and he apparently lives in Cleveland and caught a home run ball during the Indians' 5-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday.

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Fan celebrates running grab with a victory lap

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Fan celebrates running grab with a victory lap

Reeling in a foul ball at a Major League game is one of the greatest thrills known to man. Side effects have been known to include one-man flash mobs and loss of limb function entirely.

But reeling in a foul ball on the run, in traffic, with one bare hand at a Major League game? That's a level of ecstasy attained by only the lucky few. Ordinary celebration protocol does not apply. And for one Indians fan during Cleveland's game against the Twins on Tuesday, nothing less than an entire victory lap could express his joy.

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Clutch Kip: Tribe walks off in 10th vs. Twins

Clutch Kip: Tribe walks off in 10th vs. Twins

CLEVELAND -- It took until the 10th for the Indians to finally get on the board, but that was all they needed in a 1-0 walk-off win over the Twins in Monday's series opener at Progressive Field. It was the Tribe's eighth walk-off of the season. With the loss, the Twins' season-long slump extended to 11 games.

After the offense sputtered through nine frames, the Tribe opened its half of the first inning of free baseball with a bunt single by Abraham Almonte. The next two batters were unable to get a sacrifice bunt down, but they reached on a single and a fielder's choice to set the stage for Jason Kipnis, who drove in the winning run with an RBI single into left-center. It was the first 1-0 walk-off win for the Indians in extras since July 23, 1992, against Kansas City.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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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Shutdown bullpen key in edging Twins

Effort highlighted by McAllister escaping bases-loaded jam in 10th

Shutdown bullpen key in edging Twins

CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Cody Allen has been an anchor to the bullpen and saved the day a number of times already. Fellow righty reliever Zach McAllister felt obligated to return the favor on Monday night at Progressive Field.

"It's great," McAllister said after the Tribe's 1-0 walk-off win over the Twins. "He's done that for us numerous times. He's been put in situations that are challenging to come in and be successful, and he's done it. To do that for him is definitely a good feeling."

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

One run all Tribe needs for morale-boosting win

Kipnis delivers walk-off hit for Indians, who hope victory can act as spark for stretch run

One run all Tribe needs for morale-boosting win

CLEVELAND -- One run was all it took. And then two of Jason Kipnis' teammates led the mob that swarmed and tackled the Indians' second baseman in shallow right field, where he did all he could to stop them from forcing him to the ground.

"It probably wasn't my best idea to keep screaming, 'You guys can't bring me down,'" Kipnis said with a laugh after the Indians' 1-0 win over the Twins in 10 innings 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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller, Darvish and tales of filthy offspeed pitches

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Miller, Darvish and tales of filthy offspeed pitches

In Andrew Miller, the Indians have one of the premier left-handed relievers in the game, a guy with an ankle-breaking slider that eats up right-handed hitters like a ravenous athlete attacking the postgame spread.

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, meanwhile, is also known to make the baseball dance in various ways and directions on its path from his fingers to the home-plate area. 

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Indians place Salazar on paternity list

Right-handed reliever Armstrong recalled from Triple-A Columbus

Indians place Salazar on paternity list

CLEVELAND -- The Indians placed right-hander Danny Salazar on the paternity list on Monday afternoon prior to the start of their three-game set against the Twins at Progressive Field. Right-hander Shawn Armstrong was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take his place on the active roster.

Salazar posted his strongest start in the second half of the season in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Texas. The righty had 10 strikeouts and a pair of walks over 5 1/3 innings, in which he allowed just two runs. Salazar made 98 pitches in the loss -- a feat for the Tribe hurler, who has battled with health issues since the All-Star break.

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Indians edged by Texas, maintain AL Central lead

Indians edged by Texas, maintain AL Central lead

ARLINGTON -- If the Indians and Rangers see each other again this season, it will be under the bright October lights with much more on the line. For now, Texas will have to settle for finishing a successful season series with the Tribe with a 2-1 victory on Sunday at Globe Life Park.

With the win, the American League West-leading Rangers took three of four in this set to wrap up a 5-2 showing against the AL Central's top team. In Sunday's finale, lefty Derek Holland led the way with six solid innings, left fielder Carlos Gomez made a pair of key catches and both Ian Desmond and Jonathan Lucroy drove in runs.

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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.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Sunday.

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Salazar's improvement a silver lining in loss

Indians righty strikes out 10, looks more like his old self vs. Rangers

Salazar's improvement a silver lining in loss

ARLINGTON -- If the Indians want to maintain their footing atop the American League Central, the team knows it has to play better than it has of late. That is stating the obvious for a team that has seen its lead drop by three games over the past seven contests.

During a 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Sunday, Cleveland walked away encouraged by a solid outing from righty Danny Salazar, whose recent issues compounded some problems for the rotation as a whole. That was the only true positive, along with the fact that the Indians did not lose in blowout fashion like in the previous two losses at Globe Life Park.

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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.

Francona using DH starts to keep Napoli fresh

Indians first baseman approaching career high in playing time

Francona using DH starts to keep Napoli fresh

ARLINGTON -- Mike Napoli was on his way to the field at Globe Life Park earlier this weekend when he overheard a reporter ask manager Terry Francona what the first baseman has brought to the Indians this year. Napoli stopped inside the visitors' dugout, leaned in behind the media and waited for Francona's response.

"Nothing," Francona quipped. "Zero."

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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 unable to clean up messy first

Indians righty surrenders 7 runs, 4 unearned, in loss to Rangers

Carrasco unable to clean up messy first

ARLINGTON -- A mess of things created a dicey first-inning situation for Carlos Carrasco. There were a couple of hits, an error and a mental mistake behind him. He also balked at an unfortunate time. It was an opportunity for Carrasco, one of baseball's best arms, to pull off an escape act.

"It was a bad inning," Indians manager Terry Francona said after a 7-0 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night. "And then, he gets a strikeout and throws a terrible 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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gimenez steps up in relief to save bullpen

Indians catcher retires side on 10 pitches in 8th inning

Gimenez steps up in relief to save bullpen

ARLINGTON -- At first glance, it may have seemed unnecessary when catcher Chris Gimenez took the mound for the Indians on Saturday night. The way manager Terry Francona saw it, though, Gimenez's eighth-inning appearance eliminated a tough postgame conversation with another player.

"If we wouldn't have [used Gimenez], we were going to have to make a roster move," Francona said after the Indians' 7-0 loss to the Rangers. "And, I don't think anybody deserved to lose their job."

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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 lacks spark after Carrasco's rocky start

Tribe lacks spark after Carrasco's rocky start

ARLINGTON -- The American League's top two teams expected some back and forth in their series this week, but trading blowouts was probably not what the Rangers and Indians had in mind. On Saturday night, A.J. Griffin's strong start and a big first inning helped Texas pull off a 7-0 romp over the Tribe at Globe Life Park.

"I think A.J. capitalized when he got the lead and did what he needed to do with the back-to-front, up-to-down game to keep hitters off-balance," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "More than anything else, it was getting ahead and staying ahead."

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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.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Saturday.

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Bruises for bases: Guyer racking up HBPs

Tribe outfielder hit by pitch MLB-high 27 times this year

Bruises for bases: Guyer racking up HBPs

ARLINGTON -- Brandon Guyer was sporting a bright red bruise on the side of his left shin on Saturday evening. It was the result of the latest pitch to tail low and in and strike the Indians outfielder, who has become baseball's new hit-by-pitch king.

That is a crown Guyer is reluctant to wear.

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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.

Aiken among top prospect performers Saturday

Top Red Sox pitcher impresses in second start; Twins' No. 3 continues hot streak

Aiken among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Making his second professional start on Saturday, Groome, No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one earned run and struck out five of the nine hitters he faced in two innings for Boston's Gulf Coast League affiliate in a contest against the Twins'.

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Indians end funk with furious 17-hit attack

Offense shakes off four-game slump for AL Central leaders

Indians end funk with furious 17-hit attack

ARLINGTON -- There was no panic in Cleveland's clubhouse on Thursday night. The offense was mired in an ugly slump, but the Indians still had a nice view from atop the American League Central and could trust that one of the league's top lineups was just going through a cold spell.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we come out of it here soon," Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said 24 hours before Friday's 12-1 rout over the Rangers. "Tomorrow's going to be a good day to say we're just going to get back to the basics of some good line drives, put it in play, get some guys on base and have a little bit more fun."

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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.