Kluber puts early struggles further in rearview

Indians ace's 13-K effort continues run of strong starts

Kluber puts early struggles further in rearview

SEATTLE -- This was the main event. The heavyweight matchup that the fans inside Safeco Field paid to see on Thursday night. Indians ace Corey Kluber stared in at Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz in a power-versus-power moment that was critical to the contest.

The Mariners had two runners aboard with two outs in the fifth inning. Kluber had a three-run lead.

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Kipnis sets May franchise mark as hits keep coming

'He's attacking every game,' Francona says of Indians second baseman

Kipnis sets May franchise mark as hits keep coming

SEATTLE -- To say that Jason Kipnis has enjoyed a good May would be a vast understatement. Even calling it a great month would not do it justice. What the Indians second baseman has done over the past four weeks has been historic.

"I have no words for it," Indians outfielder Brandon Moss said fter the Indians' 5-3 win over the Mariners. "I'm surprised it's not being talked about more throughout baseball. I know he gets his credit, but I've never seen anything like it. And, I mean, I really haven't."

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Kluber racks up 13 K's; Indians top Mariners

Kluber racks up 13 K's; Indians top Mariners

SEATTLE -- The Indians got another good outing from their rejuvenated Cy Young Award winner and the Mariners were left with concerns about their emerging young starter in a 5-3 Cleveland win that opened a four-game series at Safeco Field on Thursday night.

Tribe right-hander Corey Kluber entered the evening leading the American League in strikeouts with 83 and trailing only Washington's Max Scherzer (85) for the Major League's most so far this season, but Kluber blew past Scherzer with 13 punchouts. He struck out the side in the fifth inning, punched out two more in the sixth, and struck out the side again in his seventh and final inning.

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Bauer goes for 3rd straight win vs. Walker, Mariners

Bauer goes for 3rd straight win vs. Walker, Mariners

Whatever the problem was earlier this month for Trevor Bauer, the young Indians starter seems to have sorted out the issue. The right-hander will look to continue his recent hot stretch going on Friday night, when Cleveland continues its four-game set with the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Over his past three starts, the 24-year-old Bauer (4-1, 3.02 ERA) has gone 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA, 21 strikeouts and a .477 opponents' OPS in 22 1/3 innings. In his previous three turns, the righty was 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA, eight strikeouts and a .993 opponents' OPS in 15 1/3 innings.

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Santana on paternity list; Sands gets callup

Santana on paternity list; Sands gets callup

SEATTLE -- The Indians will be without first baseman Carlos Santana for a handful of days at the start of their seven-game road trip through Seattle and Kansas City.

Prior to Thursday's game against the Mariners, Cleveland placed Santana on Major League Baseball's paternity list, which allows a player to be away from the team for a maximum of three days. Santana and his wife, Brittany, welcomed a daughter on Thursday morning back in Cleveland.

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Atchison placed on DL with ankle injury

Indians call up Adams from Triple-A to join bullpen

Atchison placed on DL with ankle injury

SEATTLE -- Scott Atchison was one of the Indians' most reliable relief arms a season ago, but the veteran right-hander has dealt with uncharacteristic struggles through two months this season. An injury issue is going to give the laboring reliever a chance to regroup.

On Thursday, Cleveland placed Atchison on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle, and promoted right-hander Austin Adams from Triple-A Columbus to take his place in the bullpen for the time being.

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Players shave heads to support Aviles' daughter

Shortstop overcome with appreciation as teammates pull together for Adriana, who has leukemia

Players shave heads to support Aviles' daughter

CLEVELAND -- It began with only a handful of players during the Indians' last road trip. Slowly, more and more members of Cleveland's team and staff began joining the cause, shaving their heads as a collective show of support for Mike Aviles' young daughter.

Earlier this month, Aviles' 4-year-old girl, Adriana, was diagnosed with leukemia and has a tough road ahead in battling the disease. Aviles said Adriana laughed at her dad when he buzzed his hair and said he looked funny. As more and more people have followed with closely cropped hair, Aviles has felt overwhelmed.

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Entire lineup contributes to Indians' offensive outburst

After injuring himself Tuesday night, Santana crushes three-run homer to cap 8-run 3rd

Entire lineup contributes to Indians' offensive outburst

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona checked on Carlos Santana early Wednesday morning. The first baseman had been struck hard on the left wrist by a pitch in the ninth inning the previous night, and Francona was not sure Santana would feel up to playing again so soon.

Santana said he was fine, and Francona trusted him.

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Tribe's big 3rd inning ends Rangers' win streak

Tribe's big 3rd inning ends Rangers' win streak

CLEVELAND -- The Indians concluded a six-game homestand in overwhelming fashion on Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland used an eight-run third inning to power its way to a 12-3 rout of the Rangers, snapping Texas' seven-game winning streak in the process.

Each member of the Tribe's starting lineup scored at least one run and had at least one hit, and seven drove in at least one run in the offensive outpouring. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis finished a triple and a homer shy of a cycle, respectively, and Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher each contributed a home run in the win for Cleveland.

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Bourn breaks out with outstanding day at plate

Veteran producing after lineup shuffle, contributes to big 8-run 3rd

Bourn breaks out with outstanding day at plate

CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn has spent the majority of his career as a leadoff hitter, but the Indians' center fielder has taken off at the plate since losing that role last month. To Bourn, the timing of the lineup change and his resurgence in the batter's box fall into the category of coincidence.

"Yeah," Bourn said. "This is my ninth [full] year playing, and I've been hitting there probably seven of those years."

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Santana back in lineup; Salazar should make next start

Both players OK after sustaining injuries Tuesday vs. Rangers

Santana back in lineup; Salazar should make next start

CLEVELAND -- One day after they each dealt with injury issues, first baseman Carlos Santana and starter Danny Salazar were on the mend for the Indians.

Santana was hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Texas reliever Shawn Tolleson in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. The first baseman stayed in the game, and X-rays came back negative for structural damage, but manager Terry Francona was still surprised that Santana felt well enough to play on Wednesday.

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Brantley headlines night of missed chances

Indians go 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in loss to Rangers

Brantley headlines night of missed chances

CLEVELAND -- It was an ideal situation for the Indians. With two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, a pair of mistakes by the Rangers -- a fielding miscue by shortstop Elvis Andrus and closer Shawn Tolleson hitting Carlos Santana with a pitch -- set the stage for a Tribe comeback.

Outside the left-field gate, fans poured out of neighboring Quicken Loans Arena to celebrate the Cavs clinching a spot in the NBA Finals. Inside Progressive Field, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley settled into the batter's box with runners on first and second base, and a chance to add to a memorable night for Cleveland.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Kipnis, Raburn go deep but Tribe tripped up

Kipnis, Raburn go deep but Tribe tripped up

CLEVELAND -- Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers and put them at .500 for the first time since beating the Astros to earn their third win on April 11.

Texas slugger Prince Fielder fell a triple shy of a cycle in the win, which improved the Rangers' record to 7-1 on their current nine-game trek through Boston, New York and Cleveland. In those eight games, Fielder has hit .486 (17-for-35) with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

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Brantley, Kipnis seek support after All-Star update

Brantley, Kipnis seek support after All-Star update

CLEVELAND -- The last time Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis enjoyed a hot streak like he has this month, he found himself on the American League All-Star team for the first time. Two years later, Kipnis is making a strong case for a return trip to the Midsummer Classic.

Kipnis needs more help from Tribe fans, though. Vote by using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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McAllister works on fielding after costly error

McAllister works on fielding after costly error

CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister was on the mound at Progressive Field several hours before Tuesday's games, working on fielding drills with Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway one day after making a costly error. This was not punishment for the right-handed pitcher.

"He actually went to Mickey, so that was a good thing," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "When guys don't do things right, and then come and want to make it better, that's a really good thing."

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Errors, Marcum's struggles snap streak

Starter lasts just 2 2/3 innings; two throwing errors key Rangers' rally in 7th

Errors, Marcum's struggles snap streak

CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister stood in Cleveland's clubhouse, flanked by reporters, answering for the critical seventh-inning throwing error that cost the Indians in a loss to the Rangers on Monday. Not long after the pitcher's terse replies, it was starter Shaun Marcum who shouldered the blame.

"That one falls on me," Marcum said of the Tribe's 10-8 loss to Texas.

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Tribe's winning streak halted by red-hot Rangers

Tribe's winning streak halted by red-hot Rangers

CLEVELAND -- Something had to give when the Indians and Rangers -- two of baseball's hottest teams -- opened a three-game set on Monday at Progressive Field. Behind an outpouring of offense, Texas claimed a 10-8 victory over Cleveland to extend its winning streak to six games.

The Indians saw their season-high winning streak snapped at six.

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Easing back, Gomes sits vs. Rangers

Easing back, Gomes sits vs. Rangers

CLEVELAND -- Even while Yan Gomes was on the disabled list, Indians manager Terry Francona raved about the catcher's leadership and presence when around the team. On Sunday, Gomes was finally able to bring those attributes back to the field for the Tribe.

"I was happy for him," Francona said prior to Monday's game against the Rangers. "You could tell how excited he was. He worked really hard to be back. He pushed the entire time, and you could tell he was really enjoying it."

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Memorial Day a family affair for Francona

Memorial Day a family affair for Francona

CLEVELAND -- Memorial Day means a little more to Indians manager Terry Francona these days. Appreciation for the annual holiday grew for him after his son, Nick, joined the United States Marines and served overseas.

Prior to Monday's Memorial Day game against the Rangers, Francona said he knows this day should have carried more weight for him years earlier.

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Bauer's in-game changes to mechanics help in win

Bauer's in-game changes to mechanics help in win

CLEVELAND -- In Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Reds, Trevor Bauer's ninth pitch of the afternoon was a changeup.

It wasn't your ordinary changeup. No, this one only traveled about 40 feet, barely making it past the infield grass before bouncing off the dirt -- plus catcher Yan Gomes' shoulder -- and trickling towards the Reds dugout.

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Indians finish sweep of Reds, win 6th in a row

Indians finish sweep of Reds, win 6th in a row

CLEVELAND -- In a season of costly defensive miscues, the Indians were glad to be the beneficiary of some poor glove work by their opponent in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Cincinnati at Progressive Field, which clinched a series sweep. Three errors were made by the Reds infield, all of which led to Indians runs.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer didn't have his swing-and-miss stuff working, but held the Reds to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four, but perhaps more important, didn't walk a batter. That marks the first time in Bauer's career he went more than six innings without a walk.

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Zimmer on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Zimmer 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.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Indians activate Gomes from 15-day DL

Indians activate Gomes from 15-day DL

CLEVELAND -- The Indians activated catcher Yan Gomes from the disabled list on Sunday and designated fellow backstop Brett Hayes for assignment. Gomes was inserted into the lineup behind the plate and batted seventh for the series finale with the Reds.

When Gomes was diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his right knee, he was given a six-to-eight week timetable for return. Gomes's activation comes six weeks and a day after his injury.

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Kluber continues his brilliant stretch of pitching

Kluber continues his brilliant stretch of pitching

CLEVELAND -- Like his teammate Carlos Carrasco from the night before, Indians starter Corey Kluber didn't have his best stuff in the early goings of his Saturday start.

And, like his teammate, Kluber showed that even when he's not at his best, he's better than most.

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Kipnis, Kluber lead Indians to 5th straight win

Kipnis, Kluber lead Indians to 5th straight win

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians extended their season-high winning streak to five games on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Progressive Field thanks to a late-inning offensive push led by second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Kipnis started a two-out rally with a single in the sixth and later came around to score the tying run. In the eighth, his opposite-field double drove in the go-ahead run.

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