Kluber rolls as Tribe takes series, gains ground

Kluber rolls as Tribe takes series, gains ground

CHICAGO -- Corey Kluber threw 7 1/3 strong innings on Wednesday in the Indians' 4-3 victory against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner has struggled at times early this season, but he was near top form Wednesday as he struck out nine batters to help the Indians get their third win in four games against the White Sox.

"I thought he was outstanding," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "There's been a couple hiccups, but I promise you, the day he pitches, we're thrilled. He works too hard. He's too much of a pro."

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Indians make top pitchers work, keep hot May going

Indians make top pitchers work, keep hot May going

CHICAGO -- Beat Chris Sale? Check.

Beat Jose Quintana? Check.

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

A return to form for Kluber boosts rotation

A return to form for Kluber boosts rotation

CHICAGO -- The Indians' Jason Kipnis hasn't had many runners to talk to, but he mentioned a poll he has been conducting at second base.

Kipnis has been asking about ace Corey Kluber, who started slow this season but has looked much better recently, adding to that by allowing two runs (one earned) over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 4-3 win against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

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

The Indians forever immortalized Napoli's face slide

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The Indians forever immortalized Napoli's face slide

On Tuesday night, Mike Napoli celebrated hitting his 10th career triple by diving face-first into third base

And during the Indians' 4-3 win over the White Sox later that day, the team made sure to warn the rest of the players of the danger of sliding without proper fundamentals thanks to these helpful PSA posters: 

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Bauer opens homestand on extra day of rest

Bauer opens homestand on extra day of rest

The Indians and Orioles begin a three-game series at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday at Progressive Field, with right-handers Trevor Bauer and Mike Wright getting the ball for their respective teams.

Bauer (3-2, 4.31 ERA) will make his sixth start this season, coming off a loss against the Red Sox last Saturday, when he surrendered four earned runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. The Indians were off Thursday, so Bauer will start on one day of extra rest.

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

Tomlin 7-0 as Tribe trips up Sale, White Sox

Tomlin 7-0 as Tribe trips up Sale, White Sox

CHICAGO -- White Sox ace Chris Sale entered Tuesday's battle of unbeatens with more hype than Josh Tomlin, his mound counterpart from Cleveland. It's understandable with Sale's pedigree, nine straight wins and 1.58 ERA. But it was Sale who got the early hook and Tomlin who cruised to his seventh straight victory during the Indians' 6-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.

"You watch Sale's first couple of pitches, and you're like, 'Who's going to hit this guy?'" Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It was like electric. But [Tomlin] obviously settled down. He threw an absurd amount of strikes and commanded everything and gave us a chance. When we got some hits, they were real meaningful."

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Indians on Tuesday.

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Zimmer among top prospect performers

Zimmer among top prospect performers

Rhys Hoskins has hit his share of home runs this season, but none have been bigger than the walk-off grand slam he hit Tuesday to lead Double-A Reading past Erie, 11-9.

The Fightin' Phils (30-15) loaded the bases in the ninth inning on a pair of walks and a single to set the stage for Hoskins, who blasted right-hander Paul Voelker's 1-0 offering over the wall in left-center field to win the game. The home run was the Phillies' No. 19 prospect's eighth in 42 games this season. He's hitting .263 with 30 runs scored and 30 RBIs on the season.

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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.

Under the radar, Tomlin keeps getting it done

Indians righty outpitches White Sox ace Sale, improves to 7-0 in 8 starts

Under the radar, Tomlin keeps getting it done

CHICAGO -- Josh Tomlin isn't known for overpowering stuff. He isn't a former All-Star or a pitcher known to many casual fans.

But after the Indians handed White Sox ace Chris Sale his first loss in Tuesday's 6-2 victory, Tomlin has supplanted Sale as the top undefeated pitcher in the American League. Sale dropped to 9-1, and Tomlin improved to 7-0 in eight starts.

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

Working count key to Tribe's success off Sale

Indians get to White Sox ace early, hand him 1st loss after 9-0 start

Working count key to Tribe's success off Sale

CHICAGO -- Indians manager Terry Francona watched from the dugout as White Sox ace Chris Sale mowed through Cleveland's first two hitters.

"You watch Sale's first couple of pitches and you're like, 'Who's going to hit this guy?'" Francona said after the Tribe's 6-2 win Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. "It was like electric."

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

Tribe encouraged by Anderson's latest start

Righty back to Triple-A, but may return to Majors soon

Tribe encouraged by Anderson's latest start

CHICAGO -- As expected, Cody Anderson returned to Triple-A Columbus after being the 26th man for Monday's Indians doubleheader against the White Sox.

But that doesn't mean the Tribe won't be seeing Anderson again, possibly soon.

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

Ahead of debut, Merritt trying to keep calm

Tribe lefty reliever enjoying first taste of big league life

Ahead of debut, Merritt trying to keep calm

CHICAGO -- Indians left-hander Ryan Merritt has a good idea how he will feel if and when his name gets called to enter a Major League game for the first time.

"I'm sure I'll be nervous," he said before Tuesday's 6-2 win over the White Sox. "I'll be excited. My heart will be pounding. But I'm just going to take it one step at a time, try to not be any different."

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

Tribe's bats back Anderson's Game 2 gem

Tribe's bats back Anderson's Game 2 gem

CHICAGO -- Cody Anderson turned in his best performance of the season, striking out nine over seven innings of one-run ball, as the Indians claimed a 5-1 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field in Game 2 of their doubleheader. The teams split, with the White Sox winning the opener, 7-6, but they have lost nine of their past 13.

"That was really good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "One, we needed a win, but it was nice to see him pitch like that."

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Indians on Monday.

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Ramirez busts out with 2 HRs in doubleheader

Tribe infielder goes deep in last at-bat of Game 1, first at-bat of Game 2

Ramirez busts out with 2 HRs in doubleheader

CHICAGO -- Jose Ramirez came into his eighth-inning at-bat in the front end of Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox with only three hits in his past 20 at-bats.

Although the Indians lost, 7-6, Ramirez worked righty reliever Matt Albers for 10 pitches, fouling off three consecutive sinkers before getting one over the plate and sending it into the stands to put his team within striking distance.

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

Anderson's spot start turns into top-notch effort

Indians righty puts early-season struggles behind him

Anderson's spot start turns into top-notch effort

CHICAGO -- Indians right-hander Cody Anderson gave up five hits and one run through three innings Monday night, throwing better than he has but looking far from where he wants to be.

But after that third inning, Anderson completely shut down the White Sox. In a 5-1 Indians victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader, Anderson retired his final 12 batters. He finished seven innings, allowing only the one run with no walks and a season-high nine strikeouts.

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

Bauer drops in on TV crew with expert-level videobomb

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Bauer drops in on TV crew with expert-level videobomb

Don't let anybody tell you it's easy to pull off a great videobomb. It takes some skill to get it just right.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer (who has been known to wear boxing gloves in the dugout during games in the past) has that certain videobomb 'it factor." In between Games 1 and 2 of Cleveland's doubleheader against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, he utilized it to perfection.

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In just 9th game in RF, Martinez unleashes laser throw

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In just 9th game in RF, Martinez unleashes laser throw

The right fielder, quite expertly, caught Carlos Sanchez's liner and then doubled off Melky Cabrera with a Statcast™ estimated 95.3 mph, 256.4-foot throw. 

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Clevinger shakes off nerves, adjusting to bigs

Indians' No. 7 prospect goes 5 innings in 2nd Major League start

Clevinger shakes off nerves, adjusting to bigs

CHICAGO -- Indians manager Terry Francona said before Monday's 7-6 loss to the White Sox that he wasn't worried about right-handed starter Mike Clevinger.

Before his first career Major League start Wednesday, Clevinger admitted to being nervous to the point that he was getting sick about 45 minutes before game time. He went on to give up four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Reds.

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

Despite trio of HRs, Tribe falls in twin bill opener

Despite trio of HRs, Tribe falls in twin bill opener

CHICAGO -- Brett Lawrie launched a full-count, fifth-inning fastball from Mike Clevinger deep into the left-field stands for a three-run homer to give the White Sox control in a 7-6 victory over the Indians on Monday during the opener of a doubleheader between the top two teams in the American League Central. Lawrie connected with Todd Frazier and Melky Cabrera on base and two outs, as the designated hitter reached base five times in the contest.

"I saw a bunch of pitches," said Lawrie, who walked three times and stole a base. "I took a good amount of sliders and curveballs, and that allowed me, when I got to 3-2, to get a fastball, and I didn't miss it."

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Indians on Monday.

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Tribe recalls Merritt, Anderson; Joba to DL

Brantley, Carrasco progressing with recovery

Tribe recalls Merritt, Anderson; Joba to DL

CHICAGO -- With Monday's doubleheader, Indians manager Terry Francona didn't want to take any risks with his bullpen, and that meant putting right-hander Joba Chamberlain on the disabled list.

Cleveland recalled left-hander Ryan Merritt to fill Chamberlain's spot and recalled right-hander Cody Anderson as the 26th man and starter for the back end of Monday's twin bill.

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

Ogea to represent Indians at Draft

Ogea to represent Indians at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe's Adams feeling encouraged, comfortable

Righty 4 years removed from shoulder surgery, looks 'phenomenal' in 2016 debut

Tribe's Adams feeling encouraged, comfortable

CHICAGO -- Four years to the day after Indians right-hander Austin Adams had the reconstructive shoulder surgery that changed the course of his career, he stood in the visitors' clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field fresh off an outing that brought nothing but encouragement.

He made his season debut with the Indians on Sunday against the Red Sox and went two innings, giving up no runs and only one hit to go along with two strikeouts. Considering it came against a dangerous Boston lineup, Indians manager Terry Francona called his performance "phenomenal."

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

Tribe can't pick up Salazar, loses rubber game

Tribe can't pick up Salazar, loses rubber game

BOSTON -- The Red Sox made Danny Salazar work and then they made him pay. Powered by another big day from David Ortiz, Boston picked up a 5-2 victory over the Indians on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park to win the three-game series.

Ortiz drove in three runs and collected four hits, including his 514th home run, to help the Red Sox chase Salazar after 109 pitches and 4 1/3 innings. Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a single to right that knocked Salazar out in the fifth.

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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.

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Tribe Hackathon aims to enhance park experience

Thirteen tech-savvy groups create apps, participate in competition at Progressive

Tribe Hackathon aims to enhance park experience

CLEVELAND -- Even from the back of the room, the celebratory shouts could be heard. AJ Jimenez nearly knocked off his Indians baseball cap as he unleashed an emphatic fist pump. His teammates, Chad Milburn and Tim Zeller, followed him up to the front to collect their prize.

The rest of the crowd at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field clapped in unison, congratulating the group named "Alrighty Fielders" for their feat on becoming the first winners of the Tribe Hackathon.

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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 on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Mejia 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, for the week of May 16-22, is highlighted by a trio of 20-year-old prospects in Willy Adames, Cody Bellinger and Jamie Westbrook, all of whom have excelled this season against older competition in their first tastes of the Double-A level.

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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.

Salazar faces childhood hero one more time

Indians righty happy to pitch to Big Papi, who goes 3-for-3 off him

Salazar faces childhood hero one more time

BOSTON -- All Danny Salazar wanted was one more chance to face Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. During his childhood in the Dominican Republic, before he had dreams of pitching in the big leagues, Salazar rooted for Boston and followed Big Papi's blossoming career closely.

Salazar got his wish and a fan in the first row of Fenway Park's right-field stands got a souvenir. In a 5-2 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, the Indians starter allowed three run-scoring hits to Ortiz, who belted the 514th home run of his career off Salazar in the fifth inning.

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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.