Limiting Naquin's exposure to lefties paying off

Francona balancing rookie outfielder's development, Indians' postseason pursuit

Limiting Naquin's exposure to lefties paying off

CLEVELAND -- Tyler Naquin has been one of the Indians' best hitters, especially since returning from Triple-A Columbus at the start of June. As has become standard, though, the rookie outfielder's name was absent from the lineup card with a lefty on the mound for the A's on Saturday.

Indians manager Terry Francona has limited Naquin's exposure to left-handed pitching and the center fielder has thrived offensively in the process. Francona said he has tried to balance Naquin's development with the fact that the first-place Indians are in the middle of a postseason chase.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Out of lineup, but Lucroy has 'not been traded'

Out of lineup, but Lucroy has 'not been traded'

MILWAUKEE -- "I have not been traded," Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Saturday afternoon, when his absence from the lineup provided evidence the team was moving closer to trading the two-time All-Star.

General manager David Stearns briefed manager Craig Counsell earlier in the day on the Brewers' trade talks involving Lucroy, and the two decided to start Martin Maldonado behind the plate against the Pirates. Lucroy has been linked to a slew of teams in trade talks, most notably the Indians and Mets over the past two days.

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Late 4-run rally fuels Indians' wild victory

Late 4-run rally fuels Indians' wild victory

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' offense looked lost for most of Friday night against A's right-hander Kendall Graveman. A defensive miscue by Oakland, followed by a handful of key hits, helped Cleveland turn things around in a hurry in a 5-3 comeback win at Progressive Field.

Carlos Santana's home run in the sixth inning and Abraham Almonte's run-scoring pinch-hit single in the seventh ignited a five-run push that put the Tribe in the win column. The late comeback overcame a rocky outing by starter Trevor Bauer and helped the American League Central-leading Indians improve to 28-17 at home this season.

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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.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Comeback shows Indians' improved tenacity

Held to one run through six innings, Cleveland rallies for four in seventh

Comeback shows Indians' improved tenacity

CLEVELAND -- Abraham Almonte felt he could sense the shift in momentum. So, when the Indians' outfielder singled to center field in the seventh inning on Friday night, he responded as emphatically as the roaring Progressive Field crowd.

Almonte clapped his hands hard. He pumped his fist multiple times. He gave first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. a bruising fist bump. The A's had been in control all night, but Almonte's pinch-hit single cut into Oakland's lead and sparked a four-run push that led to a 5-3 comeback win for Cleveland.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen shakes off trade rumors, shuts down A's

Anderson earns victory as relievers combine for 3 2/3 scoreless innings

Bullpen shakes off trade rumors, shuts down A's

CLEVELAND -- Indians closer Cody Allen turned and watched the baseball soar into the Cleveland night sky. The ball kept carrying, and it became unclear where the landing destination would be.

At last, Josh Reddick's deep fly ball dropped safely into the glove of center fielder Tyler Naquin -- just shy of the wall -- for the final out in the Tribe's 5-3 win over the Athletics on Friday.

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Shane Jackson 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's historic hitting streak reaches 42

Indians' No. 6 prospect is 14th Minor Leaguer with 42-game streak

Mejia's historic hitting streak reaches 42

Indians prospect Francisco Mejia extended his hit streak to 42 consecutive games when he singled in his second at-bat in Class A Advanced Lynchburg's game at Winston-Salem on Saturday.

Mejia, ranked No. 6 on the Indians' Top 30 Prospects list, grounded out in his first at-bat before hitting an infield single on a chopper to third base in his second trip to the plate to move his feat to 42 games. His streak is the longest in the Minors since James McOwen hit in 45 straight for High Desert in 2009.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McAllister returns from DL as bullpen shuffles

Indians search for reinforcements; Manship placed on disabled list

McAllister returns from DL as bullpen shuffles

CLEVELAND -- The pitchers in the Indians' bullpen know that the team's front office has been working hard behind the scenes, searching for reinforcements for the relief corps. The group currently in Cleveland has been plagued with inconsistency and injury, and that continued on Friday.

Prior to the Tribe's game against the A's, the Indians activated right-hander Zach McAllister from the disabled list, but they placed righty Jeff Manship on the 15-day DL due to right wrist inflammation. It was the latest turn in the revolving bullpen door this season for Cleveland.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thome discusses 'dream' to join Indians HOF

Franchise HR leader to be inducted with Belle, Robinson and Jamieson

Thome discusses 'dream' to join Indians HOF

CLEVELAND -- On Friday afternoon, Jim Thome donned a Cleveland Cavaliers championship polo as he as he sat at the podium answering questions from the media.

"Being a Cavs fan, my son loves LeBron, so we obviously root for him and then the team, and it was a special time for the city," Thome said. "I think it showed what a class group of fans Cleveland was during that celebration. It was pretty special."

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

Clevinger among top prospect performers Friday

Cubs prospect hits first grand slam in four-hit effort; Rockies infielder hits timely homer

Clevinger among top prospect performers Friday

Another day, another monstrous offensive performance for Eloy Jimenez.

The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was at it again on Friday night as he delivered the first grand slam of his career as well as a pair of doubles in what was his third four-hit game of the season. Jimenez ultimately fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs to power Class A South Bend past Lake County, 11-7.

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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.

Trade rumors grow for Tribe as Deadline nears

Trade rumors grow for Tribe as Deadline nears

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have seen their lead in the American League Central decrease by three games in the past week. Over that same stretch, it has become increasingly clear that Cleveland could use some help to lengthen out its bullpen and lineup.

The Indians, who entered Thursday leading the Tigers by 4 1/2 games in the division, remain engaged in trade talks on a number of fronts as Monday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. The Tribe has reportedly had discussions with the Brewers about All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, and Cleveland has been linked to a handful of other players (both relievers and bats) in recent rumblings.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frazier leads five Tribe prospects in Top 100

Indians also land Zimmer, Bradley, Aiken, Sheffield on midseason list

Frazier leads five Tribe prospects in Top 100

For much of his baseball career, Clint Frazier has had the spotlight on him.

"He's a guy who's going to bring attention to himself, whether he wants to or not," Indians director of amateur scouting Carter Hawkins said earlier this month. "Red hair. He can hit the ball 500 feet. There's a lot of things that point towards Clint Frazier. He's just starting to understand the things he needs to do to stay within himself and not focus on the externals."

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

Command issues cost Carrasco, Cleveland

Opposing Nats' Strasburg, righty walks three in two-run second

Command issues cost Carrasco, Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona chalked it up as excitement in opposing Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg. Tribe righty Carlos Carrasco wasn't too quick to pinpoint jitters as the reason, however.

Regardless, Carrasco's early troubles in the second inning proved to be too steep to overcome in Cleveland's 4-1 loss to Washington in Wednesday's Interleague afternoon clash. Strasburg needed little cushion, as he spun seven scoreless frames to split the two-game set at Progressive Field.

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Tribe bats shut down by Strasburg, Nats

Tribe bats shut down by Strasburg, Nats

CLEVELAND -- In the aftermath of a second consecutive blown save, the Nationals needed a strong showing from starter Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander delivered, stifling the Indians in a 4-1 win Wednesday afternoon to split the two-game Interleague set at Progressive Field.

Strasburg (14-1) spun seven scoreless frames and allowed just three hits, including two by Jose Ramirez. Strasburg whiffed seven and walked just two, bouncing back from his previous outing, in which he allowed six runs on seven hits.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Morimando among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Blue Jays prospects combine to propel Dunedin to 10-9 win

Morimando among top prospect performers Wednesday

A pair of Blue Jays' prospects led the way in a slugfest for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Wednesday.

Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3) and Richard Urena (Blue Jays' No. 1No. 91 overall) combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs in Dunedin's 10-9 win over Lakeland.

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

Naquin heeds advice, delivers pinch-hit RBI

Indians outfielder talks with Brantley, Chisenhall before coming off bench

Naquin heeds advice, delivers pinch-hit RBI

CLEVELAND -- Through eight frames, Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin merely watched Tuesday night's tilt with the Nationals. But with the game on the line in the home half of the ninth, Tribe manager Terry Francona called upon the rookie in a big spot.

Trailing by two runs, Naquin was called to pinch-hit following a leadoff walk. The young left-handed hitter promptly grabbed a bat and stepped in to face veteran Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon, in Cleveland's 7-6 walk-off win at Progressive Field.

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Game-ender Lindor sinks Nats' 'pen

Game-ender Lindor sinks Nats' 'pen

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona paid the Nationals the ultimate compliment before Tuesday's game, saying Washington is "built for October baseball." In the opener of this series between potential postseason teams, the Indians looked like they fit that description as well, pulling off a 7-6 walk-off win at Progressive Field.

Francisco Lindor finished off Washington in the bottom of the ninth with a one-out single through the right side of the infield, scoring Chris Gimenez from third base to set off an on-field celebration. Lindor pumped his arms as he skipped up the first-base line, as fireworks popped overhead. Cleveland now has five walk-off wins this year, and has won 15 of its last 19 home games.

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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.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Brantley hitting in cage, itching to return to Tribe

Brantley hitting in cage, itching to return to Tribe

CLEVELAND -- After another setback last week, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is once again back to hitting in the cage. When Brantley will return to the lineup, however, still remains unclear.

Brantley told reporters prior to Tuesday's series opener with the Nationals at Progressive Field that he's been hitting in the cage the past two days after undergoing a small right shoulder procedure this past weekend.

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

After long trip, Tribe immediately throws house party

One of Majors' best home teams opens first post-break homestand with walk-off win

After long trip, Tribe immediately throws house party

CLEVELAND -- Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was so caught up in celebrating, he nearly forgot what to do next.

Lindor delivered his first career walk-off in the Tribe's 7-6 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night. With the bases loaded and one out, Lindor flared a 0-1 fastball off Washington lefty Oliver Perez into right.

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Fan hit by foul ball at Progressive Field taken to hospital

CLEVELAND -- A fan struck by a line drive off the bat of Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy during the first inning of Tuesday night's 7-6 Indians win at Progressive Field was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

Martha West, 75, was sitting down the right-field line where she may have been had trouble seeing the ball due to the setting sun, according to the Associated Press. Her glasses were broken and she received a cut above her eye, a family member told the AP.

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Mejia, Plutko among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rays' No. 13 prospect knocks in career-high five runs, Reds' No. 18 scores winning run and hits for cycle

Mejia, Plutko among top prospect performers Tuesday

Justin Williams tied his career high for homers in a season and set a career high for RBIs in a game. Not bad for a day's work.

Williams, the Rays' No. 13 prospect, went 3-for-4 with five RBIs Tuesday as he led Double-A Montgomery to a 10-5 win over Pensacola.

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With Chapman gone, Tribe to look elsewhere

Yankees lefty Miller, Rockies southpaw Logan among trade targets

With Chapman gone, Tribe to look elsewhere

CLEVELAND -- The Indians are in the market for relief help, and they made a push to try to land closer Aroldis Chapman in recent days. On Monday, it was the Cubs who completed a deal with the Yankees to land the hard-throwing lefty.

With Chapman heading to Chicago in exchange for a four-player package -- highlighted by shortstop Gleyber Torres, the Cubs' No. 1-ranked prospect by MLBPipeline.com -- that leaves Cleveland still searching for reinforcements for its relief corps. The American League Central-leading Indians have the type of prospect talent it might take to complete an impactful trade or two, and the team hopes to take advantage of its position in the standings.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer, Frazier promoted to Triple-A Columbus

Indians' top two prospects expected to see time in center field

Zimmer, Frazier promoted to Triple-A Columbus

CLEVELAND -- As trade rumors and reports swirled late Sunday night, the Indians told Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace to call top prospects Brad Zimmer and Clint Frazier into his office. The outfielders were told that the time had come to pack their bags.

Zimmer and Frazier -- ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Cleveland's No. 1 and No. 2 prospects, respectively -- were both promoted to Triple-A Columbus.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Diaz, Lugo on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Diaz, Lugo 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.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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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.

Indians rally late but drop finale in walk-off

Indians rally late but drop finale in walk-off

BALTIMORE-- The Orioles are rolling again.

Baltimore, which endured a four-game losing streak last week, watched Nolan Reimold's two-out walk-off homer lift the O's to a 5-3 sweep-clinching win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards. Now winners of four straight, the Orioles remain the American League East leaders with Reimold's big blast.

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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.

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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Indians welcome homecoming after road trip

Tribe glad for change of scenery after O's starters stifle bats throughout series

Indians welcome homecoming after road trip

BALTIMORE -- This was not how the Indians wanted to end their road trip. In fact, as the Orioles' players poured onto the field to celebrate a walk-off win at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon, the only good news for Cleveland was that the road trip was finally, and mercifully, over.

Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold put the period on the Tribe's three-city swing through Minneapolis, Kansas City and Baltimore with a deep drive against closer Cody Allen. Reimold's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth sent Cleveland to a 5-3 loss, giving the club a 4-5 record over its 10-day journey out of the All-Star break.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Allen happy to shift roles to improve bullpen

Closer: Relief corps unanimous in 'team-first' approach to Deadline

Allen happy to shift roles to improve bullpen

BALTIMORE -- Cody Allen enjoys having the closer label attached to his name within the Indians' bullpen, but that title is not what matters most to the reliever. With Cleveland in first place and aiming for a spot on the October stage, Allen wants his team in the best position possible to make a run.

If that means adding a premier reliever via trade, or even changing roles to accommodate an addition, Allen said he will be open-minded. On Sunday morning, Allen said he has expressed as much in conversations with manager Terry Francona in recent days, as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline looms.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tomlin fans 8 but ninth-inning rally falls short

Tomlin fans 8 but ninth-inning rally falls short

BALTIMORE -- The first-place Orioles have spent the past two nights showing off their power against the Indians' highly touted pitching staff. In a 5-2 win over the Tribe on Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Mark Trumbo became the first Major Leaguer to reach 30 home runs, backing up a stellar performance by right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Orioles closer Zach Britton recorded the final out to notch his American League-leading 32nd save of the season.

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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.

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Saturday.

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Rare fielding lapse costs Indians in loss

Rare fielding lapse costs Indians in loss

BALTIMORE -- Francisco Lindor said the Indians lost Saturday's game against the Orioles in the first inning. Cleveland's shortstop was not, however, referring to the ball that Mark Trumbo deposited deep into the left-field seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to give Baltimore a swift lead.

After the Tribe's 5-2 loss to the O's, both Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis were kicking themselves over a double play that they did not complete. Had Kipnis fired the ball a half-second faster, or Lindor made the turn a hair quicker, Trumbo never would have even stepped into the batter's box against Josh Tomlin.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.