Indians need a final All-Star Ballot push

Four Cleveland sluggers within striking distance of AL starts

Indians need a final All-Star Ballot push

CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez strutted through the Indians' clubhouse on Sunday morning, wearing a bright teal hat with his initials stitched into the front. Combined with his bright white shirt and colorful jeans and shoes, Cleveland's third baseman looked like he'd be right at home in Miami Beach.

Indians fans have four more days to ensure Ramirez can head to Miami for the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

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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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dominant Kluber is AL Player of Week

Indians ace threw shutout, struck out 24 in two starts

Dominant Kluber is AL Player of Week

Corey Kluber continues to dominate since his return to the Indians rotation, and another pair of brilliant starts netted Cleveland's ace American League Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Kluber tossed his second shutout of the season last Monday against the Orioles, then followed it up with his third straight outing with double-digit-strikeouts five days later against the Twins. The 31-year-old allowed just two unearned runs on six hits in 16 innings over his two starts during the week -- for a spotless 0.00 ERA -- with two walks and 24 strikeouts.

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Bieber makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Bieber makes Pipeline 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.

The Mets have MLBPipeline.com's top-rated first-base prospect in Dominic Smith. They also have another promising first baseman in Peter Alonso, who has hit well when able to stay healthy.

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Brantley, Guyer activated off disabled list

Brantley, Guyer activated off disabled list

CLEVELAND -- Order was restored in the Indians' outfield on Monday, when both Michael Brantley and Brandon Guyer were activated from the disabled list.

With Brantley and Guyer back in the fold for Cleveland's series against the Rangers, the Tribe's outfield returns to its planned alignment. Brantley will head back to left field, while Guyer will again pair with Lonnie Chisenhall as part of a right-field platoon. Rookie Bradley Zimmer and Austin Jackson will see time in center, with the latter also offering depth for the corners.

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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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Carrasco set to duel Hamels in opener

Carrasco set to duel Hamels in opener

Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels will come off the disabled list on Monday and pitch against the Indians in the first game of a four-game series at Progressive Field.

Hamels has been sidelined with a strained right oblique, and he will be starting for the first time since April 26. He will be opposed by Tribe right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lineup goes quiet, big hits elusive vs. Twins

Tribe 1-for-23 with RISP, scores only two runs through 3-game sweep

Lineup goes quiet, big hits elusive vs. Twins

CLEVELAND -- The Indians arrived home for their weekend series against the Twins as one of baseball's hottest offenses. Cleveland was churning out runs at a high rate and used that high-octane approach to chase down Minnesota to reclaim first place in the American League Central.

Things can change fast in baseball.

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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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe can't back Tomlin, falls to 2nd place

Tribe can't back Tomlin, falls to 2nd place

CLEVELAND -- Ervin Santana did not have the chance to face the Indians the last time the Twins ran into their division rival. In a 4-0 win over the Tribe on Sunday afternoon, Minnesota's rotation leader turned in the kind of outing that will have Cleveland hoping it can avoid him in the future, too.

Behind six effective innings, Santana picked up his 10th win of the season, guiding the Twins to a three-game sweep of the Indians at Progressive Field, and helping Minnesota back into first place in the American League Central. It felt like a little payback for last weekend, when Cleveland swept the Twins over four games in Minneapolis to temporarily gain control of the division.

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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 Facebook.

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Twins on Sunday.

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Kluber finds success relying on curveball

Ace has 1.29 ERA with 52 K's in 5 starts since change in approach

Kluber finds success relying on curveball

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber's curveball is not only his best pitch, but one of the top weapons in baseball. After a rough start to the season, a five-week span plagued by inconsistency and injury, the Indians ace has turned to that pitch at a higher rate than at any point in his career.

The results have been stellar. In five June starts since coming off a month spent shelved with a back issue, Kluber has posted a 1.29 ERA with 52 strikeouts, six walks and a .400 opponents' OPS in 35 innings. In four of those starts, the righty's curve was his most-thrown pitch. Prior to June, Kluber's breaking ball was his No. 1 pitch in just one of 140 career regular-season starts.

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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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ice homers twice, plates seven for Captains

Ice homers twice, plates seven for Captains

Logan Ice put together one of the best offensive games of his young career and led Class A Lake County to a 15-6 win over Dayton on Sunday.

Ice, the Indians' No. 21 prospect, put together his first career two-homer game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high seven RBIs.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber: K's don't mean a thing without a win

First-inning defensive miscues cost Tribe despite righty's 13 strikeouts

Kluber: K's don't mean a thing without a win

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis stared at Indians first baseman Carlos Santana for a moment from across the diamond. One pitch into Saturday's game, the second baseman gloved a grounder off the bat of Brian Dozier and fired the ball to Santana, who jumped off the bag to make the catch.

The result of the play was a throwing error charged to Kipnis -- the first of two first-inning missteps that loomed large in a 4-2 loss to the Twins at Progressive Field. Maybe Santana could have stretched with his foot still on the bag. Maybe not. Either way, Kipnis did not expect the early mistakes to wind up derailing another stellar start from Tribe ace Corey Kluber.

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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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber K's 13, but Indians fall to Twins

Kluber K's 13, but Indians fall to Twins

CLEVELAND -- Despite a dominant start by Indians ace Corey Kluber, Brian Dozier's go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning off Cody Allen proved to be the difference in the Twins' 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday at Progressive Field.

Dozier's shot -- his 13th of the season -- came on Allen's sixth pitch after he replaced Kluber, who held the Twins to three hits and struck out a season-high 13 batters in seven innings. The win clinches the series for the Twins, who pulled within a half-game of the Tribe in the American League Central.

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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 Facebook.

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Twins on Friday.

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Francona easing Zimmer into lefty matchups

Francona easing Zimmer into lefty matchups

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona weighs multiple factors when decided whether to sit rookie Bradley Zimmer against a left-handed starter. Francona will consider the style of the lefty, while also examining the opposing team's bullpen, trying to determine if Zimmer could be a weapon off the bench.

On Saturday, Francona admitted he may have over-thought the situation one night earlier.

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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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McKenzie fans nine for Lynchburg

McKenzie fans nine for Lynchburg

Austin Riley's perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 win over Fort Myers on Saturday.

The Braves' No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season -- and second of his career -- as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Progressive Field hosts Pitch, Hit & Run event

Top finishers have opportunity to compete at All-Star Week in Miami

Progressive Field hosts Pitch, Hit & Run event

CLEVELAND -- In his final year participating in the annual Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run event at Progressive Field, Chaz Neuenschwander finished the competition on top.

Neuenschwander -- a native of Willshire, Ohio -- claimed the first-place plaque in the 13/14 baseball division on Saturday morning in the competition's 21st annual contest. It marked the third time that Neuenschwander has taken part in the competition, and the second consecutive year he has won the first-place prize.

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

Tribe's RISP woes reappear as Ramirez rests

Indians' 9-game offensive outburst, paced by red-hot third baseman, ends

Tribe's RISP woes reappear as Ramirez rests

CLEVELAND -- By the time Jose Ramirez grabbed a bat and found his way to the batter's box on Friday night, it was too late for the Indians. He came off the bench, rolled over a pitch for a game-ending groundout and that was that. The only fireworks that followed were of the planned postgame variety.

Long before the Indians' 5-0 loss to the Twins, Indians manager Terry Francona decided to give Ramirez the night off. The third baseman had certainly earned some time off his feet, but his absence -- combined with Michael Brantley sidelined while recovering from an ankle issue -- left Cleveland's lineup depleted against the team chasing the Tribe in the American League Central.

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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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians fall to Twins in opener as bats cool off

Indians fall to Twins in opener as bats cool off

CLEVELAND -- The Indians returned home as the American League Central leaders, but the Twins still plan on having a say in the race this summer. On Friday night, Minnesota lefty Adalberto Mejia quieted Cleveland's recently scorching lineup, guiding the Twins to a 5-0 win at Progressive Field.

The Twins, who were swept by the Tribe over four games in three days last weekend, took the opener of this three-game set behind Mejia's effort and some timely offense. Brian Dozier contributed a pair of run-scoring hits and Jorge Polanco delivered a two-run homer to back Mejia, who avoided the potential harm of five walks with five shutout innings.

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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 Facebook.

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Twins on Friday.

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Tribe's Allen returns from paternity list

Indians option righty Plutko to make room for closer

Tribe's Allen returns from paternity list

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' bullpen returned to order on Friday, when closer Cody Allen was reinstated from Major League Baseball's paternity list. Allen missed the past two games in Baltimore to be with his wife for the birth of their son, while lefty Andrew Miller filled in as Cleveland's closer. With Allen back, the Indians optioned right-hander Adam Plutko to Triple-A Columbus and continue to have eight arms in the bullpen.

"With having a baby and everything, I said, 'You take care of what you've got to take care of," Indians manager Terry Francona said prior to Friday's game against the Twins. "He texted me this morning and said, 'I'm good to go.'"

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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 Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer challenged The Freeze to a race

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Zimmer challenged The Freeze to a race

It all started innocently enough. When Bradley Zimmer raced home to score the first run during the Indians' 5-1 victory against the Orioles on Wednesday, the team account tweeted that he could beat the Braves' superheroic racer, The Freeze, without a head start. 

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Gonzalez homers twice for Mahoning Valley

Gonzalez homers twice for Mahoning Valley

After a dominant start to his season with Class A Advanced Carolina, Corbin Burnes is continuing to make it look easy in Double-A.

The Brewers' No. 20 prospect tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday as Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes over seven innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven.

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Jackson, Clevinger spark Tribe to win over O's

Jackson, Clevinger spark Tribe to win over O's

BALTIMORE -- A three-RBI night by Austin Jackson gave Indians starter Mike Clevinger just enough cushion to go a solid five innings, as the Indians secured a series victory with a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.

Clevinger, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to Thursday's game, was charged with two runs on six hits while throwing 100 pitches. After Clevinger's exit, the Indians' bullpen shut the Orioles down, allowing just three hits in the final four innings.

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Jackson giving Tribe a boost with hot stretch

Outfielder collects three hits, three RBIs in win over Orioles

Jackson giving Tribe a boost with hot stretch

BALTIMORE -- With three Indians outfielders on the disabled list, Austin Jackson has relied on his "just be ready" mentality to play any position and bat in any spot in the lineup that his team needs him to on any given night. On Thursday, the outfielder was more than ready in the series finale against the Orioles.

Jackson led his team to a 6-3 victory over the Orioles by going 3-for-5 with three RBIs hitting in the No. 6 spot. He started his night with an RBI triple to right-center in the second and followed with a tiebreaking two-run single in the third inning before leading off the sixth with a single to left.

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Chang goes deep again for Akron

Chang goes deep again for Akron

After a long wait to begin his professional career, Brandon Marsh is showing just what all the hype was about.

The Angels' No. 3 prospect continued his torrid start on Thursday as he connected on his first pro homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 effort for Rookie-level Orem. He tallied four RBIs and scored three runs in the contest, a 13-8 victory over Ogden.

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Miller at it again, escapes jam

Miller at it again, escapes jam

BALTIMORE -- With the bases loaded, no outs and a three-run lead on the line, there is no better reliever to put on the mound than the Indians' Andrew Miller.

Miller entered Wednesday's game against the Orioles after starter Carlos Carrasco allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases in the seventh inning. The dominant lefty recorded three straight outs to escape the inning, as Miller's opponents have now gone 0-for-17 with one walk and 12 strikeouts against him with the bases loaded since 2014.

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Carrasco, Miller's assist propel Tribe past O's

Carrasco, Miller's assist propel Tribe past O's

BALTIMORE -- Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco was nearly untouchable for the first six innings of Wednesday night's game against the Orioles, fanning a season-high 10 batters.

Carrasco -- who ran into trouble in the seventh but was bailed out by relief ace Andrew Miller -- allowed seven hits over six-plus scoreless innings to lead the Indians to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. Carrasco recorded double-digit strikeouts for the 11th time in his career.

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Indians, Twins to play in Puerto Rico in 2018

Indians, Twins to play in Puerto Rico in 2018

The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins will meet in a two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 17-18, 2018, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced on Wednesday. The games will mark the first time that either team has played in Puerto Rico.

"It's going to be a dream come true," Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said. "I always wanted to play in Puerto Rico in front of fans and now that we are going to have the opportunity next April, it's going to be unreal. I am looking forward to seeing my family and seeing the fans over there. It's going to be awesome."

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

Young Tribe fan excited about souvenir ball

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Young Tribe fan excited about souvenir ball

When you really, really want something, you let the world know. And when you're a young fan at a baseball game, what do you want more than a souvenir baseball to take home? Not much, really. And when young fans get those special moments, emotions can fly

At the very end of the Indians' 5-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night in Baltimore, one Cleveland fan wanted nothing more than a baseball. He screamed, yelled, waved his glove and made it known. It worked, validating his effort and sending the kid into a very animated, enthusiastic celebration.

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