ST. PETERSBURG -- Major League Baseball heard Michael Bourn's case, but the Indians center fielder ultimately had to serve the one-game suspension he received last month.
Bourn will sit out Thursday's game against the Rays, adhering to the one-game punishment MLB gave him for bumping into home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi on June 16. Bourn appealed his case in a video conference with MLB officials last Friday.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Moss picked up the baseball that ended Indians starter Carlos Carrasco's bid for a no-hitter against the Rays on Wednesday night. With two strikes and two outs in the ninth inning, Joey Butler sent a slider bouncing into right field, where Moss retrieved the ball from the turf.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Carrasco needed just one more strike to complete the Indians' first no-hitter in more than three decades. The big right-hander unleashed a slider to Rays outfielder Joey Butler and gave up a single that averted history.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Carrasco spun around swiftly and watched helplessly as the baseball sailed over second baseman Jason Kipnis. While Kipnis jumped and stretched in an admirable effort to pluck the ball from the air, it was no use. This single from Tampa Bay's Joey Butler was as clean as they come.
Carrasco becomes 3rd consecutive Cleveland hurler to flirt with perfection
By Troy Provost-Heron
ST. PETERSBURG -- As Carlos Carrasco sat by his lonesome in the Indians dugout throughout Cleveland's victory over the Rays on Wednesday night, fellow starters Danny Salazar and Cody Anderson understood exactly what was running through his mind.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning on Wednesday night, but gave up a single to Joey Butler with two outs in the final frame in an 8-1 win over Tampa Bay. Carrasco finished with a one-hit, 13-strikeout gem for Cleveland. Here are some thoughts from inside the Indians' clubhouse in the wake of his outstanding performance.
"It was an 0-2 slider. He went to it. He threw some 0-2 sliders tonight that he executed really well. It's the 124th pitch of the game. He just didn't quite get on top of it and didn't get where he wanted to. He did a great job. What a tremendous effort." -- Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, on the pitch to Butler in the ninth inning
ST. PETERSBURG -- Mike Aviles would surely prefer to be playing for the Indians on an everyday basis, but the veteran knows that his value extends beyond the daily lineup card. Right now, Cleveland is also leaning on Aviles as an experienced voice for rookies Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians manager Terry Francona was not going to pretend to know the details of the reported rift between the Angels' front office and coaching staff, but the situation unfolding in Los Angeles did give him a platform to once again praise the cohesive bond that exists in Cleveland.
Right-hander flirts with no-hitter during 7 2/3 strong innings vs. Rays
By Troy Provost-Heron
ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Salazar was quick to proclaim his outing in the Indians' 6-2 victory over the Rays Tuesday the best start of his season, but he was equally as quick to give some of that credit to his teammate Cody Anderson.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Giovanny Urshela's poise was put to the test on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. As the Indians' rookie third baseman tried to talk to reporters, shortstop Francisco Lindor kept sneaking over and placing a sock on Urshela's head.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jason Kipnis probably knew the question was coming, and the Indians' second baseman shook his head and laughed a little when it did finally come up on Tuesday night. Kipnis was asked if he has paid attention to the All-Star fan voting results over the past few weeks.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Triston McKenzie stood up from the bench in the visitors' dugout at Tropicana Field, surveyed the field and flashed a smile. After signing his first professional contract with the Indians on Tuesday, the young pitcher was trying to soak in his Major League surroundings.
ST. PETERSBURG -- There was a time earlier this season when Indians manager Terry Francona worried that he was to blame for the bullpen's collective struggles. Francona is famous for his heavy bullpen usage, but it is not something he takes lightly.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Early on, all that is really noticed is the strong rhythm that has been established. As a pitcher moves deeper into a brilliant performance, though, it becomes impossible not to notice when a flirtation with history finds its way onto the field.
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Indians wanted badly to turn the page on what took place in Baltimore over the weekend. In the hours before Monday's game against the Rays, Indians manager Terry Francona went as far as calling a team meeting to begin that process.
Former All-Star with Cleveland homers in 7th for Rays' first hit in loss to Tribe
By Troy Provost-Heron
ST. PETERSBURG -- The three All-Star appearances, two Gold Gloves and one Silver Slugger that Grady Sizemore amassed over his eight-year career with the Indians has made him a beloved figure in Cleveland.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jason Kipnis will likely be named an All-Star this season for the second time in his career, but the Indians second baseman's inclusion in the Midsummer Classic would require a miracle to come via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians manager Terry Francona was self-aware enough to know that emotions might envelop his message if he called a team meeting on Sunday night in Baltimore. Instead, Francona jotted down some thoughts and waited a day before gathering with his players.
Prior to Monday's game at Tropicana Field, Francona held a team meeting to reinforce some key points for his struggling team.
BALTIMORE -- On possibly Cleveland's hardest-hit ball of the night, the Orioles' Travis Snider ranged far to his left and completed a full-extension diving grab on a Francisco Lindor line drive to left-center field.
By Connor Smolensky and Todd Karpovich
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles hit three home runs and scored six runs in the fourth inning to complete a doubleheader and series sweep over the Indians with an 8-0 win Sunday that moved Baltimore into a virtual tie for first place in the American League East for the first time since April 19.