Bauer faces Angels as Tribe goes for 7 in a row

Bauer faces Angels as Tribe goes for 7 in a row

The Indians and Angels will close out their three-game series at Progressive Field on Thursday in a matinee that will feature a matchup between right-handers Trevor Bauer and JC Ramirez, with Cleveland seeking its seventh straight victory.

Bauer, who will start on an extra day of rest, last pitched against the Blue Jays on Friday and earned his eighth win of the season after conceding three runs over five innings. The 26-year-old has gone 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA in four career starts against the Angels.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer, big 8th lead Indians to 6th straight win

Zimmer, big 8th lead Indians to 6th straight win

CLEVELAND -- After an all-around great performance in Tuesday's series opener between the Indians and the Angels, Bradley Zimmer came through once again for the Tribe on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Zimmer laced a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning before the Indians erupted with a seven-run eighth en route to a 10-4 win over the Angels and their sixth straight victory.

Zimmer's clutch hit came off a 3-2 slider from Angels starter Ricky Nolasco, and the Tribe's rookie center fielder drilled it off the 19-foot wall in left to score Austin Jackson from first. This came after he hit his first career leadoff homer in the bottom of the first -- his seventh home run of the season.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Wednesday.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Valuable Shaw gets job done with game on line

Indians righty relieves Carrasco in 7th, keeps it tied before Tribe breaks out

Valuable Shaw gets job done with game on line

CLEVELAND -- With the go-ahead run on second and only one out in the top of the seventh inning on Wednesday night at Progressive Field, Indians manager Terry Francona opted to replace starter Carlos Carrasco with reliever Bryan Shaw.

Shaw entered the game to face the Angels' Kaleb Cowart and Yunel Escobar, and the right-hander did his job, inducing two ground-ball outs to keep the game tied. Shaw's outing proved big in the long run for Cleveland, as the offense broke out to score eight runs over the seventh and eighth innings to defeat the Angels, 10-4.

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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.

Almonte optioned as Tribe recalls Armstrong

Almonte optioned as Tribe recalls Armstrong

CLEVELAND -- Before their game on Wednesday against the Angels at Progressive Field, the Indians recalled right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus. As a result of Armstrong's promotion, outfielder Abraham Almonte was optioned to Columbus.

The roster move comes one day after the Indians used all six of their relievers in an extra-inning 11-7 victory over the Angels on Tuesday. With the heavy load the bullpen carried on Tuesday night -- in addition to the Tribe's current six-man starting rotation -- Armstrong gives the Indians a fresh arm in the 'pen.

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Clevinger, Middleton share tight bond

Pitchers met at Angels' training complex, faced each other for first time Tuesday

Clevinger, Middleton share tight bond

CLEVELAND -- Keynan Middleton first met Mike Clevinger four years ago at the Angels' training complex in Arizona.

At the time, Middleton was just a few months removed from being drafted by the Angels, and Clevinger was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The two pitchers quickly formed a tight bond, though their paths diverged when the Angels dealt Clevinger to the Indians in exchange for reliever Vinnie Pestano in August 2014.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Brantley's sweet defense

Outfielder makes 5-star catch on play with a 7 percent catch probability

Statcast of the Day: Brantley's sweet defense

CLEVELAND -- After Angels outfielder Ben Revere connected on an Andrew Miller four-seam fastball low and away, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley sprinted toward the line, chasing the bloop that was dropping in a hurry. With the ball just a few feet away from landing, Brantley laid out to make a diving catch to record the first out in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 11-7 victory over the Angels at Progressive Field.

"[I was] just trying to get to the ball," Brantley said. "It was fading down and away from me, and I was just trying to get there to make a catch for my pitcher."

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

Edwin's walk-off slam extends Tribe streak

Edwin's walk-off slam extends Tribe streak

CLEVELAND -- As fireworks lit up the night sky and the Cleveland faithful erupted in cheers, the Indians celebrated their third walk-off win of the season by mobbing Edwin Encarnacion at home plate. Encarnacion played the role of the hero, as his walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th lifted the Indians over the Angels, 11-7, in Tuesday night's series opener at Progressive Field.

Encarnacion's walk-off blast -- his 21st homer of the season -- came on a first-pitch slider from Angels reliever Bud Norris and gave the Indians their fifth straight win to maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over the Royals in the American League Central division. It is Encarnacion's sixth career walk-off homer and his 10th career walk-off hit.

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

Zimmer crushes first career grand slam

Zimmer crushes first career grand slam

CLEVELAND -- The second that Bradley Zimmer connected on a 3-1 fastball from Angels starter Jesse Chavez, the crowd at Progressive Field erupted. Zimmer took a brief moment to watch before beginning his trot to first, as the ball landed in the bullpen beyond the center-field wall.

The end result was Zimmer's first career grand slam, which gave the Indians a 6-0 lead in the second inning Tuesday's 11-7 extra-inning win over the Angels. Zimmer's slam would end up being the first of two for the Indians on the night, as designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion belted a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th.

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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.

Mejia, McKenzie move up on Top 100 list

Catcher jumps from No. 40 to No. 16, right-hander goes from No. 57 to No. 24

Mejia, McKenzie move up on Top 100 list

CLEVELAND -- The Indians organization is well represented in MLBPipeline.com's Midseason Top 100 Prospects list released on Tuesday, as Francisco Mejia and Triston McKenzie have once again been ranked among the top prospects in baseball.

After beginning the season as the No. 40 overall prospect, Mejia jumped up to No. 16 in the latest rankings. Mejia, 21, has been heralded as one of the top developing prospects after making headlines with his 50-game hitting streak in the Minors last season. This season with Double-A Akron, the switch-hitting catcher has posted a .322/.370/.531 slash line with 10 homers, 17 doubles and 36 RBIs.

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Jackson activated off DL; Olson optioned

Jackson activated off DL; Olson optioned

CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Austin Jackson was activated from the disabled list before the Indians' game against the Angels at Progressive Field on Tuesday. Reliever Tyler Olson was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

Jackson had been sidelined since June 27 with a left quad strain that he sustained while running the bases in a 4-0 loss to the Twins on June 25.

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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.

Bieber is lights out in Akron debut

Bieber is lights out in Akron debut

Shane Bieber has passed every test the Indians have thrown his way this season, a trend that continued Tuesday with his scoreless debut for Double-A Akron.

Starting for Akron in game one of a doubleheader against Binghamton, Bieber, the Indians' No. 13 prospect, limited opposing hitters to five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He found the zone with 65 of his 94 pitches, striking out five and walking one, and generated another nine outs on the ground.

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Santana HRs as lefty, righty; Indians rolling

Santana HRs as lefty, righty; Indians rolling

CLEVELAND -- After sweeping the Blue Jays over the weekend, the Indians extended their winning streak to four games on Monday night, as Carlos Santana belted two homers to power the Indians over the in-state rival Reds, 6-2, at Progressive Field to retain the Ohio Cup.

In a makeup game of a postponed May 25 contest between the clubs, Santana smacked his 11th and 12th homers of the season -- first from the left, then from the right side of the plate -- to win the 2017 Ohio Cup Most Outstanding Player Award. Roberto Perez delivered the go-ahead RBI double in the fifth, and Michael Brantley and Bradley Zimmer each contributed sacrifice flies in the first and fifth innings, respectively. Zimmer later added an RBI single in the seventh.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Indians Monday.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Reds Monday.

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Tomlin's emergence stabilizing Tribe rotation

Right-hander throws six innings of two-run ball on just 72 pitches vs. Reds

Tomlin's emergence stabilizing Tribe rotation

CLEVELAND -- With one out in the top of the fourth inning, Indians starter Josh Tomlin went through his windup and delivered an 0-2 cutter to Reds shortstop Zack Cozart. The result was a swinging strike on a pitch middle away that gave Tomlin his sixth consecutive strikeout.

Known to be a fly-ball pitcher, Tomlin's six straight strikeouts -- the only strikeouts he recorded all night -- were the highlight of an overall strong outing for the Tribe right-hander, as he helped the Indians retain the Ohio Cup in a 6-2 victory Monday night.

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

Kipnis, Chisenhall take batting practice on field

No timetable for second baseman (hamstring), outfielder's (calf) return

Kipnis, Chisenhall take batting practice on field

CLEVELAND -- Just a couple days after Indians manager Terry Francona said that both second baseman Jason Kipnis and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall were both "weeks" away from returning from the disabled list, the skipper said on Monday that both players were close to beginning the next stage of their respective rehabs.

Kipnis (right hamstring strain) and Chisenhall (right calf strain) both took batting practice on the field before Monday's game against the Reds. In addition, Kipnis did some running on the outfield grass, while Chisenhall played catch with a member of the team's training staff.

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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.

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Francona in good spirits after heart procedure

Skipper still recovering while back at helm for Indians

Francona in good spirits after heart procedure

CLEVELAND -- It has been 20 days since Terry Francona underwent a procedure called a cardiac ablation geared to eliminate an accelerating heartbeat. The man who is nicknamed Tito after his ballplaying father, looks good and says he feels good.

But the 58-year-old Indians manager told MLB.com over the weekend at Progressive Field -- where his club swept the Blue Jays -- that he's still feeling the effects of what turned out to be a nine-hour procedure.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ice collects four hits for Lake County

Ice collects four hits for Lake County

In many ways, Monday belonged to Ronald Acuna.

Acuna made the largest jump of any player in MLB Pipeline's freshly revamped Top 100 Prospects list, going from No. 86 all the way up to No. 8, as well as from No. 7 to No. 1 on the Braves' new Top 30 list.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber's 14-K gem helps Indians sweep Jays

Kluber's 14-K gem helps Indians sweep Jays

CLEVELAND -- The Indians pounced for four runs in the first inning, and that would be more than enough for a dominant Corey Kluber in an 8-1 rout of the Blue Jays on Sunday as Cleveland finished a three-game sweep at Progressive Field.

Kluber continued his lights-out play with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and a season-high 14 strikeouts. This was Kluber's 10th straight start with at least eight strikeouts, which is a club record. Kluber had been battling a sore neck, but he showed no signs of weakness after two days of extra rest.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Tribe rediscovering benefits of home cooking

Tribe rediscovering benefits of home cooking

CLEVELAND -- One of the Indians' biggest strengths last season hasn't been replicated yet in 2017. But after sweeping the Blue Jays with an 8-1 victory on Sunday, things may be turning around in a key category: winning at home.

The Indians, whose 53-28 home record was second only to the World Series champion Cubs last season, reached .500 for just the fourth time all season (24-24) on Sunday. In fact, the Indians haven't been above .500 at Progressive Field since they won their home opener.

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

Ramirez's versatility a boon to Tribe's bullpen

Ramirez's versatility a boon to Tribe's bullpen

CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez has been one of the most productive members of the Indians' lineup this season, but his versatility has proved nearly as valuable.

With starting second baseman Jason Kipnis out since July 8 with a right hamstring strain, Ramirez has been able to slide between third base and second base, saving the Indians a bench spot to use on an extra reliever.

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

Lindor's walk-off HR sparks happiest trot ever

Lindor's walk-off HR sparks happiest trot ever

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor began the 10th inning by bobbling a routine grounder, which put the go-ahead run on base. He was mad at himself, but he knew he had a chance to make up for the error since he would lead off the bottom of the frame.

Eventually, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw escaped a two-on, no-out jam, but when Lindor came up to bat, rain started falling by the second pitch. He broke his bat on the following pitch, and the rain came down harder. But on the seventh pitch, Lindor launched his first career walk-off homer to propel the Indians over the Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Saturday.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Salazar dominates with fastball in return

Indians righty strikes out 8, allows 1 hit, faces minimum over 7 innings

Salazar dominates with fastball in return

CLEVELAND -- After Danny Salazar missed seven weeks with a right shoulder strain, the Indians weren't quite sure what they could expect out of the hard-throwing right-hander. But one thing is for sure: Saturday night's performance was as good as they could have dreamed.

Salazar struck out eight over seven scoreless frames, as he faced the minimum in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Salazar only let four balls leave the infield, and he erased the lone hit he gave up one batter later on a double play.

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Ben Weinrib 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 to use 6 starters this turn through rotation

Salazar returns from DL; left-hander Merritt optioned to Triple-A Columbus

Tribe to use 6 starters this turn through rotation

CLEVELAND -- After missing a month and a half with right shoulder soreness, Danny Salazar is back. The Indians activated the right-hander from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday prior to his start against the Blue Jays, giving them six healthy starters. In a corresponding move, Cleveland optioned left-hander Ryan Merritt to Triple-A Columbus.

"For the long haul, [we will] have him situated where he's ready to pitch every five ... or six days and let's go," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Because there's so much talent there, it just got to a point where I thought Danny needed to kind of build a base because his confidence was lacking. The best way to build that is through hard work."

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

Indians stun Blue Jays with 8-run seventh

Indians stun Blue Jays with 8-run seventh

CLEVELAND -- The Indians returned to Cleveland desperately needing a victory after beginning their second half with a 1-5 West Coast road trip. The Tribe did just that in the series opener against the Blue Jays on Friday night at Progressive Field, scoring 12 unanswered runs to win, 13-3, behind a four-run fifth inning and an eight-run seventh.

Edwin Encarnacion finished with three hits and four RBIs, including a solo homer and the go-ahead two-run double in the fifth. Abraham Almonte connected for a three-run homer in the seventh, and Bradley Zimmer drove in two with a single. Erik Gonzalez, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana added RBI knocks.

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

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Encarnacion has banner day vs. former team

Indians DH collects three hits, four RBIs against Blue Jays

Encarnacion has banner day vs. former team

CLEVELAND -- When Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was announced Friday against the Blue Jays at Progressive Field, fans of Cleveland and Toronto applauded the slugger. The former Blue Jay gave the sellout crowd a show to remember, too, with four RBIs and three hits during the Indians' 13-3 win.

In the midst of an offensive onslaught from the Indians, Encarnacion's performance stood out among the rest. He finished the game 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two runs scored and a walk to go along with the four runs he drove in.

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Perez's bunt perfect show for Lofton

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Perez's bunt perfect show for Lofton

It's a great day when a six-time All-Star by the name of Kenny Lofton drops by the broadcast booth to talk about the decade he spent with the Indians and provide some unique perspective. It may provide some added pressure to perform, but in this case, it got a little weird.

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Lat strain sends Logan to disabled list

Indians reliever expected to miss extended period with injury

Lat strain sends Logan to disabled list

CLEVELAND -- Prior to Friday's game against the Blue Jays at Progressive Field, the Indians placed left-hander Boone Logan on the 10-day disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi strain.

Logan sustained the injury throwing a pitch in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park. Following his 3-2 offering to Brandon Belt -- which dipped low for ball four -- he dropped down to one knee and grimaced in pain before he was taken out of the game. After undergoing an MRI on Thursday, he is expected to miss an extended period of time with the lat strain.

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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.

McKenzie fans 10 for Lynchburg

McKenzie fans 10 for Lynchburg

It's not a secret that when Touki Toussaint is right he can miss bats with the best of them.

That was the case on Friday, as the Braves' No. 11 prospect matched his career highs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings as he recorded his second straight double-digit strikeout performance for Class A Advanced Florida.

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Indians can't reward sharp Cookie in San Fran

Indians can't reward sharp Cookie in San Fran

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey parachuted into Wednesday's eighth inning with one objective. After an error by Indians first baseman Carlos Santana thwarted a potential double play, the Giants called on their All-Star with two outs to erase a one-run deficit.

Posey did just that, roping a pinch-hit two-run double off the bottom of the left-field wall, giving the Giants a 5-4 win over the Tribe. It was San Francisco's first Interleague series victory of the season, and the second time in as many games that Posey capitalized on a Cleveland error.

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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.

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Hillman goes eight scoreless for Lake County

Hillman goes eight scoreless for Lake County

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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