Moss shows why Indians wanted his power

Moss shows why Indians wanted his power

CLEVELAND -- Earlier this season, while mired in a slump, new Indians slugger Brandon Moss concisely summarized the nature of his game for reporters.

"I'm going to strike out," Moss said. "You guys better get used to that. That's not going to change. I've always struck out. So, if that's something you want to write about, write about it. But the difference is when I'm not striking out, the balls put in play are driven, they're not missed."

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Fastball command doesn't hold Carrasco back

Fastball command doesn't hold Carrasco back

CLEVELAND -- Not many pitchers can get by without their fastball command. When a pitcher struggles, it's the cliché response one expects to hear.

Sometimes, it's the ability to get by without one's fastball command that separates a top-flight starter from a next-flight starter.

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Moss, Kipnis help Tribe win 4th straight

Moss, Kipnis help Tribe win 4th straight

CLEVELAND -- The Indians offense came alive for 11 hits and eight walks in a 7-3 victory in the series opener against Cincinnati on Friday night at Progessive Field.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco struck out seven over six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks. Reds starter Mike Leake struggled through four innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, five walks and a homer. He didn't strike out a batter for the first time in his career as a starter.

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Kluber looks to continue hot streak vs. Reds

Kluber looks to continue hot streak vs. Reds

When the Reds and Indians meet for the second game of their three-game series on Saturday, both starting pitchers will be rather starved for a victory.

Indians starter Corey Kluber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, is 1-5 with a 3.79 ERA in nine starts. Kluber is coming off of a complete game with one run allowed vs. the White Sox on Monday, but got a no-decision in a 2-1 loss.

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Future of catchers Perez, Hayes undecided

Future of catchers Perez, Hayes undecided

CLEVELAND -- Barring some unforeseen circumstance, the Indians will have their star catcher, Yan Gomes, back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

Gomes, working his way back from an MCL sprain in his right knee, caught seven innings for Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, batted four times as a designated on Thursday, and will catch a full nine innings on Friday. He'll get a day off on Saturday before rejoining the Major League club for Sunday's showdown between Trevor Bauer and Johnny Cueto.

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Indians starting to gel with another series win

Indians starting to gel with another series win

CHICAGO -- Following a nightmarish start to the season, the Indians are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

With a 5-2 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night, the Indians have won three straight games for the first time this season. They took three of four against previously red-hot Chicago and also have won back-to-back series for the first time.

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Salazar sizzles as Tribe tops Sox, takes series

Salazar sizzles as Tribe tops Sox, takes series

CHICAGO -- The Indians handed the White Sox their first home series loss after five straight victories by virtue of a 5-2 decision Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Cleveland claimed the last three games of this four-game set, allowing eight runs in total.

Danny Salazar followed the tone set by Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Shaun Marcum by holding the White Sox to five hits over six innings while striking out eight and walking three. The Indians picked up all the runs they needed in the first with four put up against John Danks.

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House activated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

House activated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- The Indians activated left-hander TJ House (shoulder inflammation) from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and immediately optioned him to Triple-A Columbus.

With the addition of Shaun Marcum to the rotation -- he allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday in his first start -- there just wasn't room for House, who has an 0-4 record and 13.15 ERA.

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Gomes could return to lineup Sunday vs. Reds

Indians catcher out since April 12 with sprained knee

Gomes could return to lineup Sunday vs. Reds

CHICAGO -- Barring some last-minute setback, the Indians expect to have catcher Yan Gomes back behind the plate for the finale of the weekend series with the Reds on Sunday.

Gomes, who has been on the disabled list since April 12 with a sprained right knee, is in the midst of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus.

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Marcum stoic following stellar first start

Right-hander works 6 2/3 innings, keeps focus on helping Tribe win

Marcum stoic following stellar first start

CHICAGO -- Shaun Marcum's outing Wednesday night was his first start of the season, but in many respects, it was the completion of a nearly two-year journey to become part of a Major League rotation again following major surgery and a long rehabilitation process.

Marcum, though, wasn't in a sentimental mood after the Indians' 4-3 victory, in which he allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings against the White Sox to pick up his first win since June 26, 2013.

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Marcum steers Tribe victory over White Sox

Marcum steers Tribe victory over White Sox

CHICAGO -- With at least one baserunner in 15 of the last 16 innings, the Indians finally saw results in a 4-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night. A three-run seventh inning gave Cleveland the run support it needed against a Chicago team that has scored six runs in the first three games of the series.

Indians closer Cody Allen gave up one run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez, but he struck out pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck with the bases loaded to escape the jam and earn his eighth save.

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Carlos Carrasco makes human baseball of Jose Ramirez

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Carlos Carrasco makes human baseball of Jose Ramirez

Considered playoff contenders at the start of the year, things hadn't been going so well for the Cleveland Indians, opening the season with just a 12-21 record. However, after beating the White Sox, 4-3, on Wednesday night, Cleveland has now won four of their last six.

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Tribe donating equipment to local baseball league

New catcher's gear will help five Garfield Heights divisions move forward after theft

The Indians are pitching in to a local baseball league.

Cleveland announced Wednesday that it will donate new catcher's gear to the Garfield Heights Baseball League on Thursday night in reaction to a theft from the league's storage facility last week.

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Marcum recalled, Walters optioned to Triple-A

Right-hander fills rotation's No. 5 spot; utility man to get regular at-bats

Marcum recalled, Walters optioned to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- Shaun Marcum is back in the big leagues. The Indians officially recalled the veteran right-hander from Triple-A Columbus for his second stint in the Majors this season on Wednesday, and they optioned Zach Walters to Columbus.

Marcum missed all of 2014, but is 58-46 with a 4.21 ERA in his big league career.

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Bauer ensures slim lead enough in big win

Fans 7 over 7 1/3; bullpen quells late threat

Bauer ensures slim lead enough in big win

CHICAGO -- While it wasn't quite the battle of aces from the previous night, Trevor Bauer and Jose Quintana staged quite an impressive pitching duel of their own on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Bauer, who pitched into the eighth inning, was just a little bit better in leading the Indians to a 3-1 victory over the White Sox -- a rare win this season for the Tribe in a tight game against an American League Central opponent.

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Bauer, Tribe end White Sox winning streak

Bauer, Tribe end White Sox winning streak

CHICAGO -- Despite being overshadowed by ace Corey Kluber, Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was equally as impressive in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night. Bauer was quiet as he left the mound the final time in the eighth inning, exiting without much notice after allowing one earned run and four hits and striking out seven over 7 1/3 innings.

The victory snapped Chicago's six-game winning streak and marked back-to-back games in which the White Sox scored two runs or fewer. White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia drove in the lone run with his single in the fourth inning for an offense that struggled to put balls between gaps.

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Francona wishes Chen a happy retirement

Lefty hangs up cleats after 17 seasons

Francona wishes Chen a happy retirement

CHICAGO -- Indians manager Terry Francona reacted Tuesday to the news that pitcher Bruce Chen, whom the Indians designated for assignment on Saturday, was retiring after 17 seasons in the Major Leagues.

"I had a feeling that's what Bruce was gonna do," Francona said. "He's at a point in his life where he earned the right to be happy with whatever choice he made. He's probably at peace with a lot of things. He gave it a good shot this year. He went to Triple-A, and I never seen a guy with that much experience enjoy Triple-A so much, the people, new experiences.

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Pair of aces deal as Sale vs. Kluber wows

Premier matchup in Chicago doesn't disappoint

Pair of aces deal as Sale vs. Kluber wows

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale certainly would not be the best individual to ask about hitting.

Not with six strikeouts in eight official career at-bats. But the third-place finisher in the 2014 American League Cy Young Award race knows about pitching, and as an elite hurler himself, Sale has no idea how his teammates went about hitting Cleveland's Corey Kluber during a 2-1 White Sox victory in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field Monday.

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Kluber dominant, but Indians fall in extras

Kluber dominant, but Indians fall in extras

CHICAGO -- A mound matchup between Corey Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, and Chris Sale, who finished third in the voting, completely lived up to expectations in Monday's series opener between the Indians and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Both starters pitched brilliantly, but neither one figured in the 2-1 White Sox victory in 10 innings. The win was the sixth straight for manager Robin Ventura's crew and put it over .500 for the first time since it was 31-30 on June 4 of last season.

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Kluber follows up 18-K performance with 12 more

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Kluber follows up 18-K performance with 12 more

In his last start, Corey Kluber struck out 18 batters -- tying Cleveland legend Bob Feller for the most in a nine-inning game in franchise history. One might think that in his next start, Kluber's arm would be tired. Maybe he won't throw as hard? Maybe he won't strike out anybody? Well, one would be wrong. Here's how the first five batters on Monday night fared.

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Perez just misses cutting down Kluber's lone run

Eaton knocks ball out of catcher's glove on daring dash home

Perez just misses cutting down Kluber's lone run

CHICAGO -- With a runner on third base and a breaking ball headed for the dirt, the only thing going through a catcher's mind is to become a hockey goalie and stop the ball from getting past you.

In the sixth inning Monday night, with the potential game-tying run 90 feet away, that's all Indians catcher Roberto Perez was thinking as Corey Kluber's curveball dived downward.

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Veteran lefty Chen announces retirement

After 17 seasons in bigs, 37-year-old calls it a career

Veteran lefty Chen announces retirement

CHICAGO -- Veteran left-hander Bruce Chen, who was designated for assignment by the Indians on Saturday, announced his retirement on Twitter Monday night. The move was confirmed by the Indians.

"Today I would like to announce my retirement," Chen wrote on his verified account @ChenMusic. "For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate."

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Indians activate Aviles, option righty Adams

Cleveland goes with 11 pitchers on active roster

Indians activate Aviles, option righty Adams

CHICAGO -- As expected, the Indians activated Mike Aviles before Monday night's game with the White Sox. The utility player started at third base and batted sixth.

What came as a bit of a surprise was the accompanying roster move to clear a spot for Aviles. Instead of subtracting a position player, the team optioned right-hander Austin Adams to Triple-A Columbus.

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Carrasco, Indians can't finish off sweep

Carrasco, Indians can't finish off sweep

Thanks to a gritty outing from Nick Martinez and strong work out of the bullpen, the Rangers avoided a series sweep with a 5-1 win against the Indians on Sunday at Globe Life Park.

Martinez went five innings and surrendered only one run despite allowing at least one runner to reach base in each of his innings. He got just enough help from the Rangers' offense to pick up his third win of the year.

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Missed chances foil Tribe in loss to Texas

Missed chances foil Tribe in loss to Texas

ARLINGTON -- The scoreboard might not have indicated it, but the Indians actually had more baserunners than the Rangers on Sunday.

The Indians fell, 5-1, in the series finale at Globe Life Park while reaching base 12 times -- three more times than the Rangers did. But they were unable to get enough of those baserunners across home plate, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and leaving nine men on base.

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Carrasco takes loss, but saves bullpen

Carrasco takes loss, but saves bullpen

ARLINGTON -- Outside of a couple pitches that got away from him against Mitch Moreland, Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitched well in Sunday's series finale.

But those two pitches proved to be costly in the 5-1 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Moreland drove in the first run of the game with a double off the top of the right-field fence and brought home two more with a 407-foot home run to center in the sixth.

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