Indians shave heads to support Aviles' daughter

Shortstop overcome with appreciation as teammates pull together for Adriana, who has leukemia

Indians shave heads to support Aviles' daughter

CLEVELAND -- It began with only a handful of players during the Indians' last road trip. Slowly, more and more members of Cleveland's team and staff began joining the cause, shaving their heads as a collective show of support for Mike Aviles' young daughter.

Earlier this month, Aviles' 4-year-old girl, Adriana, was diagnosed with leukemia and has a tough road ahead in battling the disease. Aviles said Adriana laughed at her dad when he buzzed his hair and said he looked funny. As more and more people have followed with closely cropped hair, Aviles has felt overwhelmed.

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Santana back in lineup; Salazar should make next start

Both players OK after sustaining injuries Tuesday vs. Rangers

Santana back in lineup; Salazar should make next start

CLEVELAND -- One day after they each dealt with injury issues, first baseman Carlos Santana and starter Danny Salazar were on the mend for the Indians.

Santana was hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Texas reliever Shawn Tolleson in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. The first baseman stayed in the game, and X-rays came back negative for structural damage, but manager Terry Francona was still surprised that Santana felt well enough to play on Wednesday.

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Brantley headlines night of missed chances

Indians go 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in loss to Rangers

Brantley headlines night of missed chances

CLEVELAND -- It was an ideal situation for the Indians. With two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, a pair of mistakes by the Rangers -- a fielding miscue by shortstop Elvis Andrus and closer Shawn Tolleson hitting Carlos Santana with a pitch -- set the stage for a Tribe comeback.

Outside the left-field gate, fans poured out of neighboring Quicken Loans Arena to celebrate the Cavs clinching a spot in the NBA Finals. Inside Progressive Field, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley settled into the batter's box with runners on first and second base, and a chance to add to a memorable night for Cleveland.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Kipnis, Raburn go deep but Tribe tripped up

Kipnis, Raburn go deep but Tribe tripped up

CLEVELAND -- Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers and put them at .500 for the first time since beating the Astros to earn their third win on April 11.

Texas slugger Prince Fielder fell a triple shy of a cycle in the win, which improved the Rangers' record to 7-1 on their current nine-game trek through Boston, New York and Cleveland. In those eight games, Fielder has hit .486 (17-for-35) with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

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Brantley, Kipnis seek support after All-Star update

Brantley, Kipnis seek support after All-Star update

CLEVELAND -- The last time Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis enjoyed a hot streak like he has this month, he found himself on the American League All-Star team for the first time. Two years later, Kipnis is making a strong case for a return trip to the Midsummer Classic.

Kipnis needs more help from Tribe fans, though. Vote by using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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McAllister works on fielding after costly error

McAllister works on fielding after costly error

CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister was on the mound at Progressive Field several hours before Tuesday's games, working on fielding drills with Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway one day after making a costly error. This was not punishment for the right-handed pitcher.

"He actually went to Mickey, so that was a good thing," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "When guys don't do things right, and then come and want to make it better, that's a really good thing."

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Errors, Marcum's struggles snap streak

Starter lasts just 2 2/3 innings; two throwing errors key Rangers' rally in 7th

Errors, Marcum's struggles snap streak

CLEVELAND -- Zach McAllister stood in Cleveland's clubhouse, flanked by reporters, answering for the critical seventh-inning throwing error that cost the Indians in a loss to the Rangers on Monday. Not long after the pitcher's terse replies, it was starter Shaun Marcum who shouldered the blame.

"That one falls on me," Marcum said of the Tribe's 10-8 loss to Texas.

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Tribe's winning streak halted by red-hot Rangers

Tribe's winning streak halted by red-hot Rangers

CLEVELAND -- Something had to give when the Indians and Rangers -- two of baseball's hottest teams -- opened a three-game set on Monday at Progressive Field. Behind an outpouring of offense, Texas claimed a 10-8 victory over Cleveland to extend its winning streak to six games.

The Indians saw their season-high winning streak snapped at six.

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Easing back, Gomes sits vs. Rangers

Easing back, Gomes sits vs. Rangers

CLEVELAND -- Even while Yan Gomes was on the disabled list, Indians manager Terry Francona raved about the catcher's leadership and presence when around the team. On Sunday, Gomes was finally able to bring those attributes back to the field for the Tribe.

"I was happy for him," Francona said prior to Monday's game against the Rangers. "You could tell how excited he was. He worked really hard to be back. He pushed the entire time, and you could tell he was really enjoying it."

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Memorial Day a family affair for Francona

Memorial Day a family affair for Francona

CLEVELAND -- Memorial Day means a little more to Indians manager Terry Francona these days. Appreciation for the annual holiday grew for him after his son, Nick, joined the United States Marines and served overseas.

Prior to Monday's Memorial Day game against the Rangers, Francona said he knows this day should have carried more weight for him years earlier.

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Bauer's in-game changes to mechanics help in win

Bauer's in-game changes to mechanics help in win

CLEVELAND -- In Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Reds, Trevor Bauer's ninth pitch of the afternoon was a changeup.

It wasn't your ordinary changeup. No, this one only traveled about 40 feet, barely making it past the infield grass before bouncing off the dirt -- plus catcher Yan Gomes' shoulder -- and trickling towards the Reds dugout.

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Indians finish sweep of Reds, win 6th in a row

Indians finish sweep of Reds, win 6th in a row

CLEVELAND -- In a season of costly defensive miscues, the Indians were glad to be the beneficiary of some poor glove work by their opponent in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Cincinnati at Progressive Field, which clinched a series sweep. Three errors were made by the Reds infield, all of which led to Indians runs.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer didn't have his swing-and-miss stuff working, but held the Reds to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four, but perhaps more important, didn't walk a batter. That marks the first time in Bauer's career he went more than six innings without a walk.

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Zimmer on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Zimmer 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.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Indians activate Gomes from 15-day DL

Indians activate Gomes from 15-day DL

CLEVELAND -- The Indians activated catcher Yan Gomes from the disabled list on Sunday and designated fellow backstop Brett Hayes for assignment. Gomes was inserted into the lineup behind the plate and batted seventh for the series finale with the Reds.

When Gomes was diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his right knee, he was given a six-to-eight week timetable for return. Gomes's activation comes six weeks and a day after his injury.

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Kluber continues his brilliant stretch of pitching

Kluber continues his brilliant stretch of pitching

CLEVELAND -- Like his teammate Carlos Carrasco from the night before, Indians starter Corey Kluber didn't have his best stuff in the early goings of his Saturday start.

And, like his teammate, Kluber showed that even when he's not at his best, he's better than most.

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Kipnis, Kluber lead Indians to 5th straight win

Kipnis, Kluber lead Indians to 5th straight win

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians extended their season-high winning streak to five games on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Progressive Field thanks to a late-inning offensive push led by second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Kipnis started a two-out rally with a single in the sixth and later came around to score the tying run. In the eighth, his opposite-field double drove in the go-ahead run.

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Indians come up with clutch hits on Saturday

Indians come up with clutch hits on Saturday

CLEVELAND -- Baseball is a game that, more often than not, abides by the law of averages. It's also a game of streaks. But in the end, those streaks tend to even themselves out.

In Saturday's 2-1 victory over Cincinnati, the Indians experienced some regression to the mean, in a good way.

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Indians trying to give players regular rest

Indians trying to give players regular rest

CLEVELAND -- Indians All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley received a day off Saturday, a regularly-scheduled day of rest.

Brantley has dealt with lower back soreness off-and-on throughout the season, and didn't play the field in Friday's game. But the day of rest is as much a part of a larger initiative by the Indians to keep their players fresh as it is about Brantley's health, specifically.

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Bauer designs T-shirt for charity

Bauer designs T-shirt for charity

CLEVELAND -- Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer teamed up with Kyle Mauch, CEO of a company called Athletes Brand, to help design T-shirts for a good cause.

The shirts, which read "Last 1 Standing," were inspired by the story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Lutrell, who received a Purple Heart from his actions in a 2005 ambush by Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wings.

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Moss shows why Indians wanted his power

Moss shows why Indians wanted his power

CLEVELAND -- Earlier this season, while mired in a slump, new Indians slugger Brandon Moss concisely summarized the nature of his game for reporters.

"I'm going to strike out," Moss said. "You guys better get used to that. That's not going to change. I've always struck out. So, if that's something you want to write about, write about it. But the difference is when I'm not striking out, the balls put in play are driven, they're not missed."

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Fastball command doesn't hold Carrasco back

Fastball command doesn't hold Carrasco back

CLEVELAND -- Not many pitchers can get by without their fastball command. When a pitcher struggles, it's the cliché response one expects to hear.

Sometimes, it's the ability to get by without one's fastball command that separates a top-flight starter from a next-flight starter.

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Moss, Kipnis help Tribe win 4th straight

Moss, Kipnis help Tribe win 4th straight

CLEVELAND -- The Indians offense came alive for 11 hits and eight walks in a 7-3 victory in the series opener against Cincinnati on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco struck out seven over six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks. Reds starter Mike Leake struggled through four innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, five walks and a homer. He didn't strike out a batter for the first time in his career as a starter.

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Indians starting to gel with another series win

Indians starting to gel with another series win

CHICAGO -- Following a nightmarish start to the season, the Indians are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

With a 5-2 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night, the Indians have won three straight games for the first time this season. They took three of four against previously red-hot Chicago and also have won back-to-back series for the first time.

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Salazar sizzles as Tribe tops Sox, takes series

Salazar sizzles as Tribe tops Sox, takes series

CHICAGO -- The Indians handed the White Sox their first home series loss after five straight victories by virtue of a 5-2 decision Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Cleveland claimed the last three games of this four-game set, allowing eight runs in total.

Danny Salazar followed the tone set by Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Shaun Marcum by holding the White Sox to five hits over six innings while striking out eight and walking three. The Indians picked up all the runs they needed in the first with four put up against John Danks.

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House activated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

House activated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- The Indians activated left-hander TJ House (shoulder inflammation) from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and immediately optioned him to Triple-A Columbus.

With the addition of Shaun Marcum to the rotation -- he allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday in his first start -- there just wasn't room for House, who has an 0-4 record and 13.15 ERA.

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