Fresh off shutout, Kluber out for more

Fresh off shutout, Kluber out for more

A pair of right-handers will face off in the middle of a three-game set between two American League Central foes, as Twins starter Kyle Gibson and Indians ace Corey Kluber will take the mound on Saturday at Progressive Field.

Gibson will make his second straight start against the Tribe and its hot offense. He went six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits while walking three in Sunday's 5-2 loss at Target Field.

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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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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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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Thursday.

Joshua Needelman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Thursday.

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

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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Guyer to continue rehab at Triple-A Columbus

Indians sign five more picks from 2017 MLB Draft

Guyer to continue rehab at Triple-A Columbus

BALTIMORE -- Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer returned to Cleveland on Thursday after a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus hoping he would be able to rejoin the Tribe, but after an evaluation by the training staff, Guyer will be playing at least one more game with Columbus on Friday.

"He came in and worked out and got some treatment because he got [hit by a pitch] in the ankle ... it's like purple," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But he's OK. He's a tough kid. So he's going to play right field tomorrow night and hopefully go nine innings. We are gonna kind of just go day to day with him, because I think he's really champing at the bit to come back."

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

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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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Wednesday.

Joshua Needelman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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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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Tito on Lindor: 'He's wise beyond his years'

Young star talks mental approach to breaking out of slump after 2-hit night

Tito on Lindor: 'He's wise beyond his years'

BALTIMORE -- Prior to Tuesday night's game, Francisco Lindor told local RBI participants that the most important thing when dealing with a slump is to stay positive and to keep swinging because a slump can't be broken by taking pitches. Just a few hours later, the young shortstop took his own advice.

In the Indians' 6-5 loss to the Orioles, Lindor, who ranks second among American League shortstops in voting for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, showed positive signs of breaking out of his recent rut at the plate after leading off the game with a single to left and then fouling off three pitches to win an eight-pitch at-bat in the fourth for a two-RBI double.

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

Tribe's streak ends as Tomlin cedes lead

Tribe's streak ends as Tomlin cedes lead

BALTIMORE -- With the Orioles' rotation struggles on full display, Baltimore's offense provided a little pick-me-up Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Adam Jones doubled in Manny Machado -- who homered twice and added a double and single -- for the go-ahead run off Brian Shaw in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 6-5 series-evening victory over the red-hot Indians. The victory, which snapped Cleveland's win streak at six, gives the O's their fourth win in 13 games as they try to gain some momentum.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Indians on Tuesday.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Tribe's red-hot Ramirez needs AS boost at 3B

Tribe's red-hot Ramirez needs AS boost at 3B

CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez has enjoyed an historic week in the batter's box for the Indians. Cleveland's third baseman will require a bit more help in the ballot box if he is going to head to Miami as an American League All-Star for the first time.

On Tuesday, the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results were revealed for the AL, and Ramirez still trailed Twins third baseman Miguel Sano for the right to start at third. Heading into Tuesday's action, Ramirez topped Sano in most major offensive categories, and he was in the midst of one of the more incredible weeks in Indians history.

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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.

Baltimore RBI team gets thrill from Lindor visit

Baltimore RBI team gets thrill from Lindor visit

BALTIMORE -- Will Brown has been a coach within the Baltimore Orioles' RBI league for 21 years, and he had never experienced a player from another Major League team visit with the players in his league until Tuesday afternoon.

Prior to playing in the second game of a four-game series against the Orioles, Francisco Lindor stopped at Radecke Park in Baltimore to visit with some players from the Gardenville Grays program during their practice.

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Doublemakers: Tribe's 2Bs, Kluber topple O's

Doublemakers: Tribe's 2Bs, Kluber topple O's

BALTIMORE -- The Indians unloaded for 17 hits, including seven doubles, and Corey Kluber rolled with a shutout as Cleveland cruised to its sixth consecutive win with Monday's 12-0 series-opening victory over Baltimore.

The win keeps the Tribe (37-31) atop the American League Central -- a season-high three games up on Minnesota -- and it is their 13th in the past 20 games. By contrast, the O's (34-35) have lost nine of 12.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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#ASGWorthy Ramirez doubles in 7th straight

Slugger sets franchise record, sparks Tribe's offensive outburst

#ASGWorthy Ramirez doubles in 7th straight

BALTIMORE -- Jose Ramirez proved on Monday he deserves the recognition he's getting in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot fan voting after setting a club record of seven consecutive games with a double. The latest two-bagger, his first of three extra-base hits, started a four-run fourth inning for the Indians in a 12-0 victory over the Orioles.

Just a few hours after receiving the American League Player of the Week title, the switch-hitter laced a double 104.9 mph, according to Statcast™, to right field off Orioles starter Dylan Bundy's 90.1-mph fastball, setting the franchise record.

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

Indians lose Brantley to DL with ankle sprain

Jackson takes over in left field; Tribe inks three draftees

Indians lose Brantley to DL with ankle sprain

BALTIMORE -- The Indians activated outfielder Michael Brantley from the paternity list and placed him on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Friday) with a right ankle sprain, the club announced on Monday afternoon.

Brantley, who welcomed his third child with his wife, Melissa, on Thursday, has not played since Wednesday, when he went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs in a loss to the Dodgers.

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

Det. Francisco Lindor tells Cleveland to vote

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Det. Francisco Lindor tells Cleveland to vote

As of the most recent voting update released last week, no Indians were slated to start the 2017 All-Star Game.

But there was good news: Cleveland had a player in the top five at every single position. All was not lost. The good people of Cleveland simply needed some added motivation to get out the vote -- not just once or twice, but five times a day. Luckily, a seasoned detective is on the case, and he's brought some righteous puns with him.

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Tribe's Ramirez (.516) named Player of Week

Tribe's Ramirez (.516) named Player of Week

Following an impressive stretch in the batter's box, Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez was named American League Player of the Week on Monday.

Ramirez homered from both sides of the plate in the first game of a doubleheader against the Twins on Saturday. He helped the Indians sweep the twin bill, going 5-for-10 with two homers and two doubles on the day.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Zimmer throws 101.5 mph

Statcast of the Day: Zimmer throws 101.5 mph

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second time this month, a baserunner elected to test the arm strength of Indians rookie Bradley Zimmer. Once again, that wound up being a poor decision.

During the second inning of Sunday's 5-2 win over the Twins, Zimmer not only uncorked a throw that halted a potential rally, but the center fielder registered the hardest-thrown outfield assist in the Majors this season. According to Statcast™, Zimmer's throw to the plate to nab Max Kepler registered at 101.5 mph.

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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.

Edwin drives in five as Tribe wins fifth straight

Edwin drives in five as Tribe wins fifth straight

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians arrived at Target Field this weekend with a chance to begin seizing control of the American League Central. Cleveland took a major step in that direction with a four-game sweep, culminating in a 5-2 win on Sunday that was powered by a pair of home runs from slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

Encarnacion's display, which gave him 16 long balls on the season, backed a strong start by right-hander Trevor Bauer, and marked the third time in as many games that a Cleveland batter cleared the fence twice. With the win, the first-place Indians also moved two games ahead of Minnesota, marking the Tribe's largest division lead of the year.

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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 listen to his podcast.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Sunday.

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Indians recall Armstrong from Triple-A

Urshela, Clevinger optioned to Columbus

Indians recall Armstrong from Triple-A

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shawn Armstrong has spent the past 24 hours in Minneapolis, providing some insurance in the event that the Indians' bullpen required an additional arm. The reliever was informed Sunday morning that he was needed at Target Field.

Prior to Cleveland's game against the Twins, Armstrong was called up from Triple-A Columbus, marking his fourth stint with the big league club this season. Third baseman Giovanny Urshela, who was promoted on Saturday for a one-game stay with the Tribe, was optioned back to the same affiliate.

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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.