Kipnis named an All-Star for second time

Indians second baseman leads several offensive categories at his position

Kipnis named an All-Star for second time

CLEVELAND -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is returning to the Midsummer Classic.

Though he missed out on the starting spot in the American League to the Astros' Jose Altuve in the fan vote, Kipnis earned his spot at the 2015 All-Star Game by his peers.

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Carrasco digs early hole in loss to Astros

Carrasco digs early hole in loss to Astros

CLEVELAND -- The Astros put their foot on the gas in the first inning and didn't let up, collecting 16 hits, including 10 against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, for a 9-4 series-opening victory at Progressive Field on Monday night.

"We swung the bats extremely well and I thought our game plan against Carrasco was great," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We executed it. We had three or four guys getting on base three or more times. When you have big nights like that out of multiple guys, it's usually a good sign. Good effort on the first game of the series against a good pitcher."

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Tribe surrenders early lead to Bucs

Tribe surrenders early lead to Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Gerrit Cole earned his Major League-leading 12th win of the season as the Pirates reached the midpoint of their season with a 5-3 win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

Cole pitched eight innings, struck out five and retired the final 16 batters he faced in Pittsburgh's 81st game of the season. First baseman Pedro Alvarez started the Bucs' big rally in the fifth with a two-run homer, and center fielder Andrew McCutchen finished it with a two-run double.

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Paulino on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Brice fans 21 in 12 shutout frames; Conley allows one run in 13 innings

Paulino on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The Miami Marlins have been known to develop young pitching over the years. They've certainly gotten some help from the farm system this season, with prospects like Jose Urena and Justin Nicolino contributing to the rotation in 2015.

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Rookie Urshela holding his own offensively

Rookie Urshela holding his own offensively

PITTSBURGH -- With anything, familiarity often creates comfort. That appears to be the case for rookie third baseman Giovanny Urshela, who has held his own offensively as he has gained more at-bats and experience with the Indians.

Nearly a month into his Major League career, Urshela has displayed the stellar defense that was expected from him at the hot corner. On top of that, though, the young infielder has given Cleveland a promising hitter who has shown a mature approach at the plate.

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Gomes finding offensive stride after knee injury

Gomes finding offensive stride after knee injury

PITTSBURGH -- Yan Gomes is currently fighting the temptation to glance up at the scoreboard to see if his season statistics are showing improvement. The Indians' catcher knows he needs to worry less about the numbers and focus more on each individual at-bat.

Gomes feels that approach is the best way to get his offensive season back on track.

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Anderson spins gem, but takes hard-luck loss

Rookie continues Tribe's outstanding starting pitching

Anderson spins gem, but takes hard-luck loss

PITTSBURGH -- Cody Anderson has had the chance to sit back and watch one of the American League's hottest rotations since being promoted to the Indians. It has afforded the rookie a crash course in how to attack hitters at baseball's highest level.

So far, Anderson has been a quick study.

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Anderson battles, but Tribe's streak ends at 5

Anderson battles, but Tribe's streak ends at 5

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke turned off a hot Indians offense for eight innings on Saturday and Neil Walker's sixth-inning single drove in the only run he needed to give the Pirates a 1-0 victory on Independence Day.

Cleveland rookie Cody Anderson matched Locke with the exception of a brief sixth-inning sequence, when Josh Harrison doubled and scored on Walker's ensuing single.

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Allen holds unique strikeout record for Tribe

Closer has at least one K in 28 straight games entering Saturday

Allen holds unique strikeout record for Tribe

PITTSBURGH -- Indians closer Cody Allen has been overpowering opposing batters for most of the season, allowing him to recently establish a unique strikeout record for the ballclub.

With a pair of strikeouts in Friday's 5-2 win over the Pirates, Allen has registered at least one strikeout in 28 consecutive appearances, marking a franchise record for a reliever. The previous mark of 23 straight games was set by former Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano between the 2011-12 seasons.

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Moss' time in Bucs' Minors sparked power

Adjustments made in 2010 with Triple-A Indianapolis help outfielder find success

Moss' time in Bucs' Minors sparked power

PITTSBURGH -- Indians outfielder Brandon Moss didn't have feelings of vengeance as he trotted around the bases at PNC Park.

Moss spent 195 games with the Pirates from 2008 to 2010 before being designated for assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis. But it turns out that his demotion directly influenced his ability to belt his two-run home run on Friday night.

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Bourn breaks out with three-RBI night

Center fielder pushes through slump to spark offense

Bourn breaks out with three-RBI night

PITTSBURGH -- Struggling at the plate -- and subsequently dropping in the order -- Indians outfielder Michael Bourn hasn't had the most ideal 2015. But perhaps Friday night will serve as further fuel for consistent optimism.

In Cleveland's 5-2 win over the Pirates at PNC Park, Bourn was an offensive catalyst, using a double and single to drive home three crucial runs from the eight-hole.

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Tribe battles rain, Bucs for 5th straight win

Tribe battles rain, Bucs for 5th straight win

PITTSBURGH -- A trio of early runs and another solid start led the Indians to their fifth straight win, a 5-2 victory over the Pirates on a rainy Friday night at PNC Park.

With Brandon Moss and Michael Bourn providing some early run support, right-hander Trevor Bauer picked up where the rest of the Cleveland rotation left off in Tampa Bay earlier this week. Bauer (7-5) retired the first 10 Pirates hitters he faced and held the Bucs to just two runs before rain knocked him out of the game with one out in the seventh inning. Bauer's showing gave Cleveland's rotation a 1.67 ERA over the team's five-game win streak.

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Bauer imitates batting stances to rave reviews

Bauer imitates batting stances to rave reviews

PITTSBURGH -- Trevor Bauer was waiting for the right moment. When he stepped into the batter's box in the seventh inning on Friday night, the Indians pitcher saw an opportunity and seized it. He raised his bat and began moving it in a violent circular motion.

The batting stance was more than familiar. This was Bauer as Mike Aviles.

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Facing Bucs sparks memories for Francona

Manager grew up near Pittsburgh, appreciates city

Facing Bucs sparks memories for Francona

PITTSBURGH -- Before 10 years as a Major League player and 13 managerial seasons, Terry Francona recalls spending Opening Day in the seats of old Three Rivers Stadium.

"My mom would let me out on Opening Day when I was old enough drive," Francona said while sitting in the away dugout of PNC Park.

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Tribe sweeps Rays on Aviles' HR in 10th

Tribe sweeps Rays on Aviles' HR in 10th

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Moore made his first start for the Rays since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago, but a Mike Aviles home run in the 10th inning Thursday spoiled the left-hander's return and gave the Indians a 5-4 victory to complete a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

"We needed it," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You can't come into a series getting ahead of yourself, but we needed to get greedy today. You win three and it's easy to go, 'Well, three out of four.' But, we needed to win today and that was a hard one to win. We've got to keep going. This can't be, we take a deep breath, we've played a good series. We've got to get after it."

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With no DH vs. Bucs, slumping Santana sits

Francona confident first baseman will find hot streak

With no DH vs. Bucs, slumping Santana sits

PITTSBURGH -- Traveling to a National League city always presents a problem for Indians manager Terry Francona. For the series opener against the Pirates on Friday, first baseman Carlos Santana became the odd-man out with no designated hitter in the lineup.

Francona also felt the slumping Santana could potentially benefit from the break.

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Bourn sits out CLE-TB finale for suspension

Tribe outfielder takes 1-game punishment after exchange with ump on June 16

Bourn sits out CLE-TB finale for suspension

ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball heard Michael Bourn's case, but the Indians center fielder ultimately had to serve the one-game suspension he received last month.

Bourn will sit out Thursday's game against the Rays, adhering to the one-game punishment MLB gave him for bumping into home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi on June 16. Bourn appealed his case in a video conference with MLB officials last Friday.

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Francona pranks Kevin Cash's car in parking lot

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Francona pranks Kevin Cash's car in parking lot

Be careful where you park when Terry Francona's around. Before the Indians finished sweeping the Rays during a four-game series on Thursday, Francona and another unidentified "uniformed" Cleveland player and/or coach stole into the parking lot and wrote "Zep says hi" on Kevin Cash's car. Which likely stands for Indians pitcher Marc Rzepczynski.

It certainly makes sense that Rzepczynski and Francona would be behind the prank -- after all, Cash was the Indians bullpen coach for the last two years before moving to Tampa. 

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Five-RBI night boosts Moss' confidence

Tribe slugger has been frustrated by lack of consistency

Five-RBI night boosts Moss' confidence

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Moss picked up the baseball that ended Indians starter Carlos Carrasco's bid for a no-hitter against the Rays on Wednesday night. With two strikes and two outs in the ninth inning, Joey Butler sent a slider bouncing into right field, where Moss retrieved the ball from the turf.

"I was upset for him," Moss said Thursday morning before the Tribe's 5-4 victory in the series finale at Tropicana Field. "I think we all really, really, really wanted to see him finish that off. It would've been really incredible for him. He pitched an incredible game as it is. I'm sure, 0-2, two outs in the bottom of the ninth and losing it there, that's something he'll probably think about for the rest of his life."

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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.

Carrasco was unable to complete a no-hitter, but the pitcher settled for an overpowering one-hitter that led Cleveland to an 8-1 victory on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Butler erased Carrasco's perfect game with a walk in the seventh inning and then dashed the righty's bid for a no-no with an RBI single to right-center field with two outs -- and an 0-2 count -- in the ninth.

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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.

Just like that, with two outs and two strikes on Butler in the ninth inning, Carrasco's no-hitter was gone.

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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.

For the third consecutive night, an Indians pitcher entered the sixth inning with a perfect game. In the 8-1 win over Tampa Bay, Carrasco was perfect through the first 19 batters he faced and proceeded to carry a no-hitter until only one out remained in the ninth. Both bids at history were broken up by Joey Butler, who ended the perfect game with a walk and then singled to break up the no-hitter.

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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.

Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay's young manager, swallowed hard. He felt good and bad at the same time. Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco, with an overpowering pitching performance, came within one strike of no-hitting the slumping Rays in Wednesday night's 8-1 loss before Butler's two-out hit in the ninth inning.

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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.

Not only did he set some career-bests in his dominant performance against Tampa Bay, but he helped the Indians pitching staff continue its record-setting run against the Rays. He's also not alone when it comes to close calls with history, as this season alone has already seen its fair shair of no-hit bids taken deep into ballgames.

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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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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.

That is a role that Aviles has willingly embraced.

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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.

Francona made it no secret when he took over the managerial duties prior to the 2013 season that his rapport with team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti played the largest role in his decision to take the job. In the years since coming to Cleveland, Francona said the cooperation between the front office and on-field staff has only become stronger.

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