Tribe weighs trade options with Brantley progressing

Reds slugger Bruce reportedly willing to waive no-trade for Cleveland

Tribe weighs trade options with Brantley progressing

TORONTO -- The Indians are growing increasingly optimistic about adding a bat before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but Cleveland does not feel help necessarily needs to come from outside the organization.

On Thursday, both Indians general manager Mike Chernoff and manager Terry Francona expressed confidence in outfielder Michael Brantley's ability to impact the lineup in the second half. So, even though Reds slugger Jay Bruce indicated he is willing to waive his no-trade clause for his eight specified teams -- a group that includes Cleveland -- the Indians are focused on an in-house solution right now.

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Tribe umph! Indians' streak strikes 12

Tribe umph! Indians' streak strikes 12

ATLANTA -- Jason Kipnis soured Joel De La Cruz's Major League debut with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth and Danny Salazar enhanced his All-Star candidacy as the Indians extended their winning streak to 12 games with Wednesday night's 3-0 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.

Salazar won his sixth straight start and lowered his ERA to 2.22 with seven scoreless innings. Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-run single that followed Rajai Davis' two-out single. Lonnie Chisenhall's two-out solo homer in the sixth inning provided some insurance for the Indians, who are one win shy of matching the franchise-best 13-game win streak recorded in both 1942 and '51.

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Hot-hitting Chisenhall bids Turner Field adieu

Hot-hitting Chisenhall bids Turner Field adieu

ATLANTA -- Growing up in Morehead City, N.C., Lonnie Chisenhall came home every day and turned on TBS to watch his beloved Braves play.

He made the eight-hour trek to Turner Field only once as a child, when he saw the Reds face Atlanta at about 13 years old. He ultimately visited the ballpark again in 2013 during his third Major League season, but neither trip might ever hold the same place in his mind as the final one.

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Indians hopeful Perez's rehab stint starts soon

Indians hopeful Perez's rehab stint starts soon

ATLANTA -- Roberto Perez could begin a Minor League rehab assignment as a designated hitter by the end of this weekend, said manager Terry Francona before Wednesday's series finale against the Braves.

While Perez likely won't appear at catcher, the Cleveland skipper said the 27-year-old's return to behind the plate could be imminent.

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Mejia among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pirates prospect continues to rake; Blue Jays outfielder homers twice, plates six

Mejia among top prospect performers Wednesday

Josh Bell's body of work made it clear he deserved to be named to the International League All-Star team, but the No. 44 overall prospect (Pirates' No. 3) still took Wednesday's game as an opportunity to cement his place on the squad.

Hours after the International League All-Star roster was announced, Bell led Triple-A Indianapolis to a win with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate. The 23-year-old leads the league with 153 total bases and is hitting .323 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs through 77 games.

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Santana seals Tribe's 11th straight in 3-run 9th

Santana seals Tribe's 11th straight in 3-run 9th

ATLANTA -- Carlos Santana's RBI single sparked a three-run ninth inning for the Indians, who received another solid start from Corey Kluber and extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 5-3 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

 Cleveland has won 11 games in a row during a single season for the first time since 1982, while Atlanta has now lost five of its past seven games since its season-high six-game winning streak.

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Kluber flirts with no-no in oustanding outing

Former Cy Young Award winner allows two runs over eight impressive innings

Kluber flirts with no-no in oustanding outing

ATLANTA -- While the Indians extended their winning streak to 11 games on Tuesday with a 5-3 victory over the Braves at Turner Field, shortstop Francisco Lindor refused to bask in the win quite as much as his teammates.

With Cleveland leading, 2-0, in the sixth, Lindor, much like everyone else at the ballpark, found himself enamored with the efforts of right-hander Corey Kluber, who hadn't allowed a hit through five innings.

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Brantley hits off tee for second straight day

Former All-Star outfielder has played just 11 games this season due to shoulder, biceps injuries

Brantley hits off tee for second straight day

ATLANTA -- A week after being diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis, Michael Brantley hit off a tee for the second consecutive day, Indians manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday.

"I think he took 50 or 55 swings and by all accounts really did well," Francona said. "We'll let him continue on this path until we get home, and then we'll get our eyes on him and maybe start to set up a little bit of a calendar."

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Frazier, Mejia to rep Tribe in Futures Game

Frazier, Mejia to rep Tribe in Futures Game

ATLANTA -- The Indians will send outfielder Clint Frazier and catcher Francisco Mejia to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego (7 p.m. ET on MLB Network).

Selected fifth overall by Cleveland in the 2013 MLB Draft, Frazier is ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the No. 23 prospect in the Majors and the No. 2 prospect in the Indians organization.

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Plutko among top prospect performers Tuesday

Twins' No. 1 prospect allows one hit in seven frames, Nats' No. 6 records career-high seven RBIs

Plutko among top prospect performers Tuesday

Jose Berrios followed up his best start of the year with a no-hit bid and an outing that was equally impressive.

The No. 15 overall prospect took a no-hitter into the seventh, but lost it on a one-out double -- the lone hit he allowed in seven scoreless frames. Berrios threw 64 of his 96 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking out six.

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Lindor hosts 4th kids clinic of year in Atlanta

Lindor hosts 4th kids clinic of year in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Ayden Light has been an Indians fan for as long as he can remember. So as he sat in his Atlanta home on Monday, he was doing what any typical 11-year-old fan of the Tribe might be doing -- watching highlights of shortstop Francisco Lindor on his phone.

But when he walked into the kitchen, his mother greeted him with a surprise. Light wouldn't be spending Tuesday studying videos of one of his favorite players. He'd be meeting him face-to-face.

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Tribe takes 10th straight behind Bauer, Chisenhall

Tribe takes 10th straight behind Bauer, Chisenhall

ATLANTA -- Behind a three-run home run by Lonnie Chisenhall and another solid outing from Trevor Bauer, the Indians extended their MLB-best winning streak to 10 games with Monday's 8-3 win over the Braves at Turner Field, their longest in a single season since ending the 2013 campaign with a 10-game win streak.

Cleveland jumped out to an early lead in the first, when Francisco Lindor scored on an RBI single by Mike Napoli. Atlanta quickly responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the third -- driven in by a sacrifice fly from Nick Markakis -- but Chisenhall's three-run blast in the fourth gave the Indians the lead for good.

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Bauer continues evolution in Indians rotation

Right-hander has 2.01 ERA in six June starts

Bauer continues evolution in Indians rotation

ATLANTA -- When the Indians arrived at Turner Field ahead of Monday's 8-3 win over the Braves, Trevor Bauer's teammates peppered him with questions about where to go.

This week's series marks Cleveland's first trip to Atlanta since 2013. But the ballpark hits closer to home for the right-hander.

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Francona recalls Cox's wisdom at Turner Field

Indians manager visited Atlanta with Phillies in stadium's first year

Francona recalls Cox's wisdom at Turner Field

ATLANTA -- As Indians manager Terry Francona sat in the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field, it wasn't until a reporter reminded him that he recalled his first year as a Major League skipper coincided with the ballpark's 1997 opening.

And while 19 years have passed since then and that memory has faded, the former Phillies manager still hasn't forgotten what he remembers most about visiting Atlanta.

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Two pitchers lose gloves in Indians-Braves game

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Two pitchers lose gloves in Indians-Braves game

Monday's contest between the Indians and Braves at Turner Field, won by the red-hot Indians, 8-3, was bookended by two odd circumstances that you probably wouldn't expect to see happen in the same game.

The Tribe shot out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a Mike Napoli single that knocked the glove off Braves starter John Gant as it headed for the outfield. Eight innings later, the Braves returned the favor when Jace Peterson's hopper forcibly removed Joba Chamberlain's glove on its way to Jason Kipnis (who made a slick play for the out, as seen above). Combined, it was a one-two punch of weirdness. 

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Time running out to vote Lindor into ASG

Time running out to vote Lindor into ASG

CLEVELAND -- The Indians sit in first place of the AL Central by five games entering Monday, riding an MLB-best nine-game winning streak. Still, in the fifth and final All-Star ballot, no members of the Tribe received enough votes to crack the top five of their respective position.

With four days left to vote, the most deserving absentee is likely shortstop Francisco Lindor, who did not receive enough votes to crack the top five at his position for the fifth consecutive week. Though a few Indians players have cases, Lindor ranks near the top of AL shortstops in nearly every statistical category.

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Umpire Layne exits after being hit by foul ball

Umpire Layne exits after being hit by foul ball

ATLANTA -- Home-plate umpire Jerry Layne exited the Indians' 8-3 win over the Braves at Turner Field on Monday after being hit by a foul ball off the bat of Nick Markakis in the eighth inning.

The ball struck Layne in the upper part of his right shoulder near his neck, forcing him to almost fall before Indians catcher Chris Gimenez reached his arm out to support him.

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Tribe's 9th straight W powered by 4-HR 5th

Tribe's 9th straight W powered by 4-HR 5th

DETROIT -- The Indians' run over the Tigers continued Sunday, as a 9-3 Cleveland win capped a third sweep of Detroit this season while the Tribe won its ninth straight overall.

The win moved the Indians to 9-0 against the Tigers in 2016, outscoring Detroit 60-20, but Cleveland manager Terry Francona doesn't want to use the word "dominance."

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Success vs. Tigers aids Tribe's 9-game run

Success vs. Tigers aids Tribe's 9-game run

DETROIT -- The Indians have owned the Tigers this season, holding a perfect 9-0 record against their division rivals.

But manager Terry Francona was very cautious about using a word like "domination" after his team used four homers in one inning to beat the Tigers, 9-3, on Sunday.

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Tomlin continues impressive run by Tribe arms

Tomlin continues impressive run by Tribe arms

DETROIT -- Josh Tomlin took note of his teammates' recent run of three complete games in four outings. He did his best to deliver one of his own Sunday, but came up just short as he allowed three runs over eight innings in the Indians' 9-3 win over the Tigers.

"It's not that you want to one-up them, but you want to go out there and compete like them and go out there and do your job like them," Tomlin said. "They go out there and do their job, and my job after that is to go out there and do the same thing. So when you see them have a good game, you talk to them, ask them what they did, how they attacked them, and come up with a game plan together."

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Francona: Davis' basestealing key asset

Francona: Davis' basestealing key asset

DETROIT -- When veteran Rajai Davis joined the Indians as a free agent over the offseason, manager Terry Francona did not realize how good of a basestealer Davis was.

Davis, who entered Sunday having stolen 21 bases in 24 attempts this year, has the ability to steal bases safely in clear stealing situations, something Francona thinks is an invaluable asset to a team.

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Tribe on 8-0 roll, builds a 5-game bulge

Tribe on 8-0 roll, builds a 5-game bulge

DETROIT -- Another day, another Indians win over the Tigers. Carlos Carrasco threw a four-hit shutout and Cleveland beat Detroit, 6-0, on Saturday at Comerica Park to move to 8-0 on the season against its division rival. The Tribe also won its eighth straight game.

Carrasco threw his seventh career complete game and third shutout -- his first since Sept. 25, 2015, against the Royals. In the Indians' last four games, their starters have gone the distance three times.

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Lindor homers twice as Indians extend power surge

Santana hits leadoff shot; Gomes returns with ninth-inning dinger

Lindor homers twice as Indians extend power surge

DETROIT -- Francisco Lindor had his first career multi-home run game Saturday as the Indians blanked the Tigers, 6-0, at Comerica Park.

"I think it's my first multi-homer game ever," Lindor said. "I don't think I even did it in the Minor Leagues."

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Carrasco's return to form strengthens deep staff

Complete game the culmination of righty's battle back from hamstring strain

Carrasco's return to form strengthens deep staff

DETROIT -- Heading into his start Saturday at Comerica Park, Carlos Carrasco was still trying to get back on the right track after returning from a strained hamstring earlier this month.

And he did so in a big way, throwing his seventh career complete game, and third shutout, as the Indians beat the Tigers, 6-0, for their eighth straight win.

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Francona's steady hand guides strong 'pen

Francona's steady hand guides strong 'pen

DETROIT -- Confidence and consistency are important parts of baseball. Indians manager Terry Francona has seen both of those things feed off each other when it comes to his bullpen.

Francona likes to use all eight of his relievers on a consistent basis because he has a high amount of confidence in them. It has led to his corps ranking in the top five among American League bullpens in ERA.

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A day later, Tigers get extra run in loss to Tribe

A day later, Tigers get extra run in loss to Tribe

DETROIT -- The score of Friday night's Indians win over the Tigers has been changed from 7-4 to 7-5, after it was determined Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler crossed home plate before outfielder Cameron Maybin was doubled off to end the game.

Umpires initiated the change, and it was confirmed on Saturday by the Elias Sports Bureau.

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