Indians' offense breaks out in big way

Indians' offense breaks out in big way

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley took a moment to admire his shot. The Indians left fielder held his bat firmly in his right hand, watched the baseball disappear into the right-field stands and slowly walked out of the batter's box. This blast served as a bit of payback.

Cleveland had already been punched in the gut plenty over the past several days. In Wednesday's 12-1 win over the Royals, the Tribe's hitters were also hit in the back a few times by Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie. Indians manager Terry Francona responded with an on-field argument that led to an ejection. The lineup answered with a season-high four homers in a much-needed skid-stopping victory.

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Kluber, 12-run outburst help Tribe beat Royals

Kluber, 12-run outburst help Tribe beat Royals

CLEVELAND -- The Indians unleashed a week of pent-up offensive frustration upon the Kansas City Royals with a season-high 18 hits and four home runs in a 12-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field.

The outburst could also be viewed as a release stemming from an inability to score with Corey Kluber on the mound this season. Kluber entered the contest receiving a Major League-low 2.41 runs per game. Wednesday was just the fourth time in 22 starts that Kluber received more than four runs of support. He more than did his part, too, holding the Royals to a ninth-inning run in his second complete game of the season and the fifth of his career. He struck out six and walked one, allowing just five hits.

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Francona ejected after Brantley hit-by-pitch

Francona ejected after Brantley hit-by-pitch

CLEVELAND -- After watching Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie hit his third batter of the afternoon on Wednesday, Indians manager Terry Francona had seen enough.

In the fifth inning of Cleveland's 12-1 win over Kansas City, Francona emerged from the home dugout and got into a heated exchange with home-plate umpire Tom Woodring, resulting in the manager's third ejection of the season. The argument came immediately after Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was hit by a pitch from Guthrie, who received a warning from Woodring earlier in the game.

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Carrasco, Indians hit road to take on A's

Carrasco, Indians hit road to take on A's

The Athletics return home to Oakland after a brief five-game road trip, when they take on the Indians to begin a four-game series and an 11-game homestand. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (10-8, 4.26 ERA) will start the opener for Cleveland, facing off against A's righty Chris Bassitt (0-3, 2.94 ERA).

Bassitt has made four starts this season after beginning the year in the bullpen, and has thrown more than five innings in all four, while allowing two earned runs or fewer in each outing. He worked a season-high 6 1/3 innings against the Indians on July 11, allowing two earned runs while striking out three and walking one.

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Indians call up Holt from Triple-A Columbus

Indians call up Holt from Triple-A Columbus

CLEVELAND -- The Indians recalled outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus prior to Wednesday's 12-1 win against the Royals.

Holt, who batted ninth and went 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored in his season debut, replaced David Murphy on the 25-man roster, after the veteran left fielder was traded to the Los Angeles Angels prior to Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Royals.

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Bauer's curveball betrays him against Hosmer

Bauer's curveball betrays him against Hosmer

CLEVELAND -- Three times.

Three times Trevor Bauer had gone to his curveball in a 3-2 count this season. The hook had been working for the righty in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Kansas City. He'd thrown it a season-high 28 times. It had gotten him five of his six strikeouts. It had only been put in play twice, both going for outs.

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Antonetti: Tribe's focus a bit more long term

Antonetti: Tribe's focus a bit more long term

CLEVELAND -- If the Indians ever intended to be buyers in the days leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, that plan has since been scrapped. A week of offensive ineptitude and the worst home losing streak in four decades has Cleveland re-evaluating the roster it thought could be a contender this year.

Following a 2-1 loss to the American League Central-leading Royals on Tuesday night, general manager Chris Antonetti discussed his club's recent shift in thinking. In light of the recent events on the diamond, the Tribe is now looking toward next season, while also trying to salvage what is remaining of the season at hand.

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Indians trade veteran Murphy to Angels

Shortstop prospect Stamets heading to Cleveland to complete deal

Indians trade veteran Murphy to Angels

CLEVELAND -- Hugs in the dugout are usually a sign that a player is preparing to pack his bags. During the fourth inning of the Indians' game against the Royals on Tuesday night, veteran outfielder David Murphy received his farewell embraces before heading to the clubhouse.

With the Indians sitting in the American League Central cellar, the club had to approach Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline with an eye both on this year and the future. With Murphy not a part of the long-term plans, the Tribe pulled its first deal of the trade season, sending the outfielder and cash considerations to the Angels in exchange for Minor League shortstop prospect Eric Stamets.

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Tribe's bats waste Bauer's solid start against KC

Tribe's bats waste Bauer's solid start against KC

CLEVELAND -- Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning off Indians starter Trevor Bauer as the Royals secured a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

The homer spoiled an otherwise impressive night for Bauer (8-8, 4.13 ERA), who threw the first complete game of his career. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk, striking out six.

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Hagadone returns to rehab after elbow surgery

Hagadone returns to rehab after elbow surgery

CLEVELAND -- Nick Hagadone was in the Indians' clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, his left arm in a cast, chatting with teammates and in good spirits under the circumstances. The left-handed reliever is done for the season following surgery on his throwing elbow, but he is back rehabbing in Cleveland.

Hagadone considers himself fortunate, because his recent injury did not result in a second career Tommy John surgery. Instead, the pitcher fractured the medial epicondyle bone in the joint and, following a stabilization procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews last Thursday, Hagadone is expected to miss six-to-nine-months.

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Tribe calls up Roth, options Aguilar to Triple-A

Tribe calls up Roth, options Aguilar to Triple-A

CLEVELAND -- The Indians called up left-hander Michael Roth from Triple-A Columbus and optioned first baseman Jesus Aguilar to Triple-A prior to Tuesday night's contest vs. Royals.

The right-handed-hitting Aguilar was promoted from Columbus on July 24 with the Indians scheduled to face a series of left-handed White Sox pitchers in Jose Quintana, Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon. Aguilar started all three games and went 2-for-9 with five strikeouts.

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Bauer named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Bauer named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Santana, Lindor homers aren't enough vs. KC

Santana, Lindor homers aren't enough vs. KC

CLEVELAND -- The Royals started this three-game series with a bang, belting two homers, including a three-run shot by Eric Hosmer in the first inning as part of his four-RBI night, in a 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night at Progressive Field.

Indians rookie Cody Anderson struggled for a second consecutive outing, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with two walks. The Royals were aggressive against the strike-throwing righty, with four of his eight hits allowed coming on the first pitch, including home runs by Hosmer and Omar Infante.

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After meeting, Tribe gets energy but not win

After meeting, Tribe gets energy but not win

CLEVELAND -- One team meeting was not going to miraculously turn around the Indians' season, especially with two-plus months remaining on the schedule. For at least one game, Cleveland could at least claim that there was a renewed energy among the players in the home dugout.

Unfortunately for the Tribe, it was more of the same on the field on Monday night, where the Royals ambushed Cody Anderson early in the count and ran up the score early in handing the Indians a 9-4 loss in the series opener. It marked the fifth loss in a row for the reeling Tribe, which had a lengthy meeting on Sunday after a disheartening loss and four-game sweep at the hands of the White Sox.

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Tribe weighing options before Trade Deadline

Tribe weighing options before Trade Deadline

CLEVELAND -- With the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching on Friday, it remains unclear whether the Indians view themselves as buyers or sellers. It could be both, as recent reports have indicated.

Sportsnet.ca reported on Sunday that the Indians and Blue Jays had come close to agreeing to a trade for right-hander Carlos Carrasco, but that the talks "fell apart near the finish line" and that the offer is "no longer on the table."

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Kipnis says players need to be accountable

All-Star infielder wasn't being critical of Francona for club's play

Kipnis says players need to be accountable

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis wanted to make something clear on Monday afternoon. When the Indians' second baseman spoke about accountability within the team after Sunday's loss against the White Sox, Kipnis was in no way being critical of manager Terry Francona.

Kipnis said he meant that it is up to the players to hold each other accountable.

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Struggling Tribe calls for change in attitude

Club holds team meeting following 4-game sweep

Struggling Tribe calls for change in attitude

CLEVELAND -- Following the conclusion of a 2-1 loss on Sunday that completed a four-game series in which the Indians were swept at home by the White Sox and outscored, 26-5, the club held a lengthy team meeting.

"We've been playing [poorly], there's no way around it," All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "Embarrassing. No fight, giving up early. We've got people worrying about their own things, nobody's held accountable. It's just not the way we're going to do business here."

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Indians swept despite Salazar's effort

Indians swept despite Salazar's effort

CLEVELAND -- White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon produced perhaps the most impressive start of his young career, helping the White Sox complete their first four-game sweep on the road since 2007 with a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.

Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (8-6, 3.72 ERA) allowed two earned runs on six hits, three walks and a home run. He struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Salazar has allowed just five earned runs in his last 25 1/3 innings, with a 24-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span.

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Bullpen success a false indicator for Carrasco

Pregame stuff does not carry onto field in difficult outing

Bullpen success a false indicator for Carrasco

CLEVELAND -- It was like they knew what was coming.

The first four White Sox batters Carlos Carrasco faced in Saturday night's 10-3 loss singled. Three more reached base on batted balls in the inning. When it was all said and done, the 28-year-old righty walked off the mound to a 5-0 deficit before the Indians had a chance to bat.

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Doby statue embodies spirit of pioneer

Indians honor contributions of franchise legend

Doby statue embodies spirit of pioneer

CLEVELAND -- Larry Doby was never booed in Cleveland.

Pitchers threw at his head. Some teammates refused to play catch with him. Visiting fans yelled racial slurs from the stands.

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Carrasco digs early hole in third straight loss

Carrasco digs early hole in third straight loss

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox continued their strong play, defeating the Indians by more than six runs in a third consecutive game with a 10-3 victory at Progressive Field on Saturday night.

"We're just putting it together," White Sox winning pitcher Chris Sale said. "We had a six-run lead and we had guys diving for balls in the outfield, hustling down the line. This is what we've seen the whole time and know we can play like."

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Kluber left with little to show for solid outing

Numbers not indicative of right-hander's season

Kluber left with little to show for solid outing

CLEVELAND -- As Corey Kluber walked off the field to end his outing Friday night, a crowd of 26,553 rose to its feet and cheered the reigning Cy Young Award winner.

It's not an uncommon sight in Cleveland. Kluber received a similar ovation when he struck out 18 against the Cardinals back in May. And when he blanked the Astros into the seventh inning earlier this month. This time, though, the circumstances were different. This time, the scoreboard read 4-0 in favor of Chicago.

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Kluber, Indians shut down by White Sox

Kluber, Indians shut down by White Sox

CLEVELAND -- Jose Quintana followed a strong pitching performance by teammate Jeff Samardzija with one of his own, going the distance for his first shutout in a 6-0 White Sox victory at Progressive Field on Friday night.

His opposition, Corey Kluber, held the White Sox to two runs through seven innings before his final frame did him in. Kluber's final line read six earned runs on eight hits, two walks and a homer. He struck out seven in seven-plus innings.

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Indians not motivated to deal starting rotation

Listening to all offers, but pitchers key to staying in contention

Indians not motivated to deal starting rotation

CLEVELAND -- One of the reasons the Indians still believe they can climb back into contention this season is the strength of their starting pitching. The rotation's foundation is also the reason Cleveland feels it can compete for the postseason for the next several years.

Those are two reasons that the Indians are not looking to trade any of their starting pitchers right now.

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Tribe calls up Aguilar to give lineup some pop

Right-handed hitter gives Francona power option for first, designated hitter

Tribe calls up Aguilar to give lineup some pop

CLEVELAND -- The Indians added some right-handed power to the order on Friday, calling up first baseman Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus. The move offers manager Terry Francona a handful of options for his offense.

The Indians optioned lefty Kyle Crockett to Triple-A to vacate a spot for Aguilar.

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Bauer looking for answers after tough start

Right-hander has allowed 10 homers over last six outings

Bauer looking for answers after tough start

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer had a dictionary on hand following Thursday's 8-1 series-opening loss to the White Sox.

"The definition of insanity is you try the same thing over and over and expect different result," Bauer said. "I'm not insane, so clearly there's some adjustments to be made."

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Indians overpowered by Sox in series opener

Indians overpowered by Sox in series opener

CLEVELAND -- If Jeff Samardzija pitched his final game with the White Sox on Thursday night, the right-hander went out on a high note. Facing swirling trade rumors, Samardzija handcuffed Cleveland over eight innings, guiding Chicago to an 8-1 win at Progressive Field.

Samardzija received plenty of help from the White Sox offense, which launched four home runs, including one from each side of the plate from Melky Cabrera. Alexei Ramirez and Adam Eaton also went deep for Chicago, which tagged Tribe starter Trevor Bauer for six runs on six hits (three homers) in his six-inning loss.

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Hagadone out 6-9 months following surgery

Indians left-hander injured elbow during Minor League appearance

Hagadone out 6-9 months following surgery

CLEVELAND -- The Indians hoped that Nick Hagadone would be a force out of their bullpen this season. If the left-hander is going to develop into a late-inning weapon for Cleveland, it will have to wait until next year.

Hagadone underwent surgery to stabilize a fractured medial epicondyle bone in his left elbow on Thursday, ending his season. Dr. James Andrews performed an internal fixation of the bone in Pensacola, Fla., and informed the Indians that the pitcher will likely require a recovery period lasting six-to-nine months.

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