Staked to a lead, Kluber comes undone late

Staked to a lead, Kluber comes undone late

ANAHEIM -- Plenty of games this season have resulted in hard-luck losses for Indians ace Corey Kluber. Whether due to a lack of run support or some miscues behind him, Kluber has been dealt a number of defeats that were not entirely decided by his arm.

On Monday, Kluber just had a bad day at the office.

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Kipnis on DL with right shoulder inflammation

Indians recall infielder Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus

Kipnis on DL with right shoulder inflammation

ANAHEIM -- Jason Kipnis could have fought through his nagging right shoulder discomfort, staying in the Indians' lineup as a designated hitter until the soreness calmed down. Cleveland felt that would not be fair for the second baseman and that it might risk a more severe injury.

Prior to Monday's game against the Angels, the Indians placed Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list due to the inflammation in his shoulder and sent him back to Cleveland to begin a period of rest and recovery. The All-Star second baseman will receive a cortisone shot, and the team is hopeful that he can be activated when his two-week stint on the shelf is up.

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Gomes homers, but Indians drop opener

Gomes homers, but Indians drop opener

ANAHEIM -- Garrett Richards settled in after a rough first inning and the Angels plated a combined five runs in the fifth and sixth, surging to a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night and snapping their season-long six-game losing streak.

The Indians, last in the Majors in runs since the beginning of June, took a three-run lead against Richards in the first, getting an RBI single by Michael Brantley and a two-run homer from Yan Gomes. But then the Angels began to chip away against Corey Kluber.

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Murphy grateful for time in Cleveland, new opportunity

Murphy grateful for time in Cleveland, new opportunity

ANAHEIM -- Official word of the trade reached David Murphy during the fourth inning of the Indians' game against the Royals on Tuesday. Just like that, his time in Cleveland had come to a close. It was time to pack his bags and catch a flight to join the Angels.

In the dugout at Progressive Field, Murphy began saying his farewells in what was a surreal moment for the veteran.

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Bourn soars to rob HR with spectacular catch

Bourn soars to rob HR with spectacular catch

ANAHEIM -- For a few seconds, Michael Bourn let the Angel Stadium audience believe that Kole Calhoun had hit a home run in the first inning on Monday night. Cleveland's center fielder was down on the warning track, and the baseball that had just rocketed off Calhoun's bat was nowhere in sight.

Then, Bourn grabbed the ball from his glove and raised it in the air, creating a stunned groan from the crowd.

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Carrasco faces Halos, looking to build off complete game

Carrasco faces Halos, looking to build off complete game

Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker will take the mound against righty Carlos Carrasco and the Indians on Tuesday in the second of three games between the two clubs at Angel Stadium.

Shoemaker hasn't allowed a run since the All-Star break, although he's only made two starts, both on eight days' rest. Still, heading into his Tuesday start on normal rest, Shoemaker has only allowed five hits in 13 scoreless frames since the break, and he's struck out 17.

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Bauer latest Tribe starter to get scant support

Indians held to 7 runs in 4-game series, take split with A's

Bauer latest Tribe starter to get scant support

OAKLAND -- Trevor Bauer went over some of the video from his start on Sunday immediately after the Indians' loss to the A's. During the fifth inning, the young starter's command abandoned him for a brief stretch, but he also felt there were some check-swing calls that did not go his way.

"I thought one of them was for sure a strike," Bauer said after Cleveland's 2-1, 10-inning defeat at the Coliseum.

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Bradley on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Orioles' No. 29 prospect throws no-hitter, strikes out nine

Bradley 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.

Left-hander John Means barely snuck onto MLBPipeline.com's Orioles Top 30 Prospects list, checking in at No. 29. While he may not have the highest profile in Baltimore's system, he's raising it after his performance in July.

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Bauer spins strong start but Tribe falls in 10th

Bauer spins strong start but Tribe falls in 10th

OAKLAND -- Mark Canha notched his first career walk-off hit, an RBI double off the left-center field wall with two outs in the 10th inning to give the A's a 2-1 victory over the Indians.

It was the fourth walk-off win of the season for the A's, who got a two-out single from Sam Fuld to set the stage for Canha. The Oakland outfielder, who entered the game in the fifth inning for Josh Reddick, drew a 3-1 count against Indians right-hander Cody Allen before driving the next pitch for the game-winning hit.

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Salazar continues rotation's sizzling run

Righty allows 1 hit in 8 innings as Indians win 3rd straight

Salazar continues rotation's sizzling run

OAKLAND -- Danny Salazar wanted to pitch the ninth inning on Friday night. The Indians starter knew that if he fell even one inning shy of a complete game, he would hear it from his rotation-mates. After all, they had gone the distance in each of the previous three games for Cleveland.

Alas, all good streaks must come to an end.

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Tribe deals Rzepczynski to Friars for Almonte

Tribe deals Rzepczynski to Friars for Almonte

OAKLAND -- Even after learning he had been traded to the Padres on Friday afternoon, lefty Marc Rzepczynski stuck around for a bit with his now former Indians teammates. The pitcher said his farewells and made a point to chat briefly with Indians manager Terry Francona before leaving the Coliseum.

Shortly before the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, Cleveland shipped Rzepczynski to San Diego in exchange for Minor League outfielder Abraham Almonte. Francona said it was tough to see the reliever go, especially given the scene that unfolded in the visitors' clubhouse.

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Indians' offense stuck in familiar funk

Lineup ranked 13th in AL with .683 OPS in July

Indians' offense stuck in familiar funk

OAKLAND -- Michael Brantley flexed his arms in frustration, let out a quick shout and then tossed his bat away in disgust. The Indians left fielder has been one of the exceptions to Cleveland's offensive woes this season, but even Brantley is not immune from an occasional missed chance.

Brantley's boiling point came in the eighth inning of a 5-1 loss to the A's on Saturday, when he swung through a 92-mph fastball from Drew Pomeranz, striking out and stranding a pair of baserunners. It was one of only a handful of scoring chances on the night for a Cleveland club that has been coming up short in the batter's box too often.

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Tribe falls to A's as bats can't break through

Tribe falls to A's as bats can't break through

OAKLAND -- Aaron Brooks dazzled in his A's debut, holding the Indians to one run across 7 1/3 innings to help his new club snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

Lonnie Chisenhall hit Brooks' lone mistake for a solo home run in the fifth inning. The right-hander, acquired from Kansas City this week in the Ben Zobrist trade, allowed just four other hits, striking out five and walking none for his first career win.

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After trades, Indians give Sands chance to shine

'We're big fans of how he's acted,' Francona says

After trades, Indians give Sands chance to shine

OAKLAND -- The Indians feel that it is time to reward Jerry Sands for being a good soldier. The journeyman has willingly accepted a role as an organizational depth player to this point this year, but Cleveland wanted to see if there is more potential in the right-handed corner outfielder.

With a vacancy on the active roster following the trade that sent lefty Marc Rzepczynski to the Padres on Friday, and an offense in need of help in the wake of the deals that shipped Brandon Moss and David Murphy out of town earlier this week, the Tribe recalled Sands from Triple-A Columbus before Friday's 2-1 win over the A's.

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After trade rumors, Carrasco remains with Tribe

Indians righty coming off complete-game gem vs. A's

After trade rumors, Carrasco remains with Tribe

OAKLAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona heard that Carlos Carrasco's name was continuing to surface in trade rumors in the hours leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Given that he had already assured the pitcher that he was not going anywhere, Francona found it all to be a bit amusing.

True to Francona's word, Carrasco, who pitched a complete-game gem on Thursday vs. the A's, was still with Cleveland when the 4 p.m. ET Deadline came and went.

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Salazar holds A's to 1 hit in Tribe's 3rd straight win

Salazar holds A's to 1 hit in Tribe's 3rd straight win

OAKLAND -- Michael Bourn's go-ahead double in the ninth inning helped the Indians secure their third straight win, a 2-1 decision over the A's at the Coliseum on Friday night.

Bourn's go-ahead double

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Kluber after Indians' trades: 'It's not over yet'

Kluber after Indians' trades: 'It's not over yet'

OAKLAND -- Corey Kluber was not ready to concede this season for the Indians. Sitting at his locker inside the visitors' clubhouse at the Coliseum before Thursday's 3-1 win, the leader of Cleveland's rotation shrugged off the trades made by the team's front office over the past few days.

The way Kluber saw it, there was no correllation between the transactions and the way the team should approach the final two months of the current campaign.

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Tribe makes out well in Moss-Kaminsky swap

Cleveland gets touted left-handed prospect in exchange for power bat

Tribe makes out well in Moss-Kaminsky swap

With two regulars (Matt Adams and Jon Jay) already on the disabled list and a third (Matt Holliday) reinjuring his right quadriceps Wednesday night, the Cardinals decided to bolster their offense by acquiring Brandon Moss from the Indians on Thursday morning. But the price that St. Louis paid, lefty pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky, is a steep one for a club in its position.

The Cardinals have the best record in baseball, and they're almost certainly going to make the playoffs, even if Holliday is sidelined for a while. In the 31-year-old Moss, St. Louis is getting a one-tool player who can hit for power, but provides negative value in terms of on-base percentage and defensive ability as a first baseman and corner outfielder. Moss' 15 homers are more than anyone on the Cards' roster, but he's hit .217/.288/.407 in 94 games -- among the lowest numbers of his Major League career. Moss is not just a half-season rental, however, as he is eligible for arbitration one more time this offseason.

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Carrasco cruises, Santana homers to top A's

Carrasco cruises, Santana homers to top A's

OAKLAND -- Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer in support of right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who fired a one-run complete game to guide the Indians to a series-opening, 3-1 victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Thursday night.

"He kind of took the sting out," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco. "I'm thrilled the way he pitched. I know he's mentioned being a little tougher, trying to dig deeper. I thought tonight he did everything you're supposed to do. Now, you've just got to follow it up again. That was a really good outing."

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Looking to future, Tribe acquires young pitcher for Moss

Struggling slugger goes to St. Louis for highly regarded lefty Kaminsky

Looking to future, Tribe acquires young pitcher for Moss

OAKLAND -- Brandon Moss stood in front of his locker at Progressive Field earlier this week, sounding lost while discussing the Indians' offensive struggles this season. The outfielder was brought to Cleveland to provide power in the heart of the lineup, but inconsistency has plagued his bat.

If Moss is going to find what has been missing over the season's final two months, he will do so wearing a Cardinals uniform. With an eye clearly on the future, the Indians traded Moss to St. Louis on Thursday morning in exchange for highly regarded left-handed pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky.

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Carrasco shakes off trade rumors in stellar start

Indians righty pitches rotation's 3rd straight complete game

Carrasco shakes off trade rumors in stellar start

OAKLAND -- It looked to Indians manager Terry Francona as though recent trade rumors were beginning to trouble starter Carlos Carrasco. Worried that it could become a distraction, Francona had a brief chat with the pitcher about the reports claiming that teams were calling Cleveland about the big right-hander.

Carrasco's nerves were calmed by their conversation.

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Chisenhall set for utility role in return to Indians

Chisenhall set for utility role in return to Indians

OAKLAND -- Given the emergence of rookie Giovanny Urshela, Lonnie Chisenhall's days as the Indians' starting third baseman appear to be behind him. Chisenhall has taken the developments of the past few months in stride, and is now trying to show Cleveland that he can be counted on as a versatile utility man.

"You want to make yourself an asset to a team," Chisenhall said.

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Naquin on DL after colliding with outfield wall

Former 1st-round pick sidelined with concussion-like symptoms

Naquin on DL after colliding with outfield wall

OAKLAND -- Indians outfield prospect Tyler Naquin crashed into a wall during Triple-A Columbus' game against Indianapolis on Wednesday, creating enough concern to warrant a trip to the Minor League disabled list one day later due to consussion-like symptoms.

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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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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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