Naquin proud of 'tough as nails' mother

Naquin proud of 'tough as nails' mother

CLEVELAND -- The breast cancer is gone. Roanna Naquin saw to that when she opted to undergo a bilateral mastectomy in November. After two scares in five years, she wanted the peace of mind. Most of all, she wanted to feel mentally and physically ready in time for baseball season.

This was going to be a big year for her youngest son, Indians rookie Tyler Naquin, and she was not going to let health stand in her way. He fought for a job in Spring Training and Roanna was there. He made Cleveland's roster for Opening Day. She was there. Cancer was not going to take that away. She proved that back in 2011, when she watched from a wheelchair as her boy played in the College World Series for Texas A&M.

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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.

Kluber battles early, escapes to go distance

Indians ace briefly loses command, but recovers for second straight domination of Tigers

Kluber battles early, escapes to go distance

CLEVELAND -- When Corey Kluber worked to two strikes on Tigers slugger Justin Upton in the ninth inning Wednesday night, everyone knew what was coming next. The third pitch that flew from Kluber's fingers was his signature breaking ball, and Upton did not stand a chance.

Upton swung through the pitch for the final out of a 4-0 victory for the Indians, who improved to 5-0 against Detroit this season. Catcher Yan Gomes pumped his fist and slapped his mitt as he hopped out of his crouch and headed toward Kluber. As the pitcher does so often, he tugged at his right sleeve after the strikeout, and then shook Gomes' hand firmly as a subdued celebration of a dominant shutout -- the second of his career.

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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.

Adding catching depth, Tribe acquires Gimenez

Backstop previously played for Indians in 2009-10 and '14; Moore designated for assignment

Adding catching depth, Tribe acquires Gimenez

CLEVELAND -- The Indians made a move to help strengthen their catching situation on Wednesday, acquiring Chris Gimenez from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations.

With some uncertainty surrounding the timetable for catcher Roberto Perez's return from a right thumb injury, Cleveland added Gimenez to serve as the backup option behind starter Yan Gomes. In order to clear a spot on the active and 40-man rosters, catcher Adam Moore was designated for assignment prior to Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

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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.

Bradley among top prospect performers Wednesday

Twins' No. 3 prospect turns in his best pro start, Dodgers' No. 1 hurls six hitless innings

Bradley among top prospect performers Wednesday

When the Minnesota Twins drafted Tyler Jay seventh overall in 2015, they anticipated that the former University of Illinois closer might hit some bumps in the road as he transitioned to a starting role in the professional ranks. That proved to the be the case for the Twins' No. 3 prospect during an uneven first month of the season during which he posted a 5.12 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 19 1/3 innings in four starts for Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

But a new month has already brought better results for Jay, who fired a season-high 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a win against Palm Beach on Wednesday. The 22-year-old lefty scattered five hits, walked two and matched his season high with seven strikeouts while also inducing six ground-ball outs.

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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 blanks Tigers as 4th strong with Tribe

Kluber blanks Tigers as 4th strong with Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Indians ace Corey Kluber turned in a vintage performance on Wednesday night, creating a wave of groundball outs in a complete game and sidestepping a handful of jams en route to a 4-0 victory over the Tigers at Progressive Field.

"He was throwing a ton of strikes," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kluber, who recorded his second career shutout. "He pitched in. He used his breaking ball. It was really fun to watch. And we've seen, when he gets going and he gets in that rhythm and routine, what he can do every fifth day. So, that's exciting."

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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.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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Bauer out to lead Tribe's 2nd straight sweep of Tigers

Bauer out to lead Tribe's 2nd straight sweep of Tigers

Michael Fulmer threw power against the Twins with 95-mph fastballs and sliders to win his Major League debut and earn another outing. He's going to need a change of pace to hold down the Indians' lineup and try to help the Tigers finally beat Cleveland this season.

"This time around, I want to work on my changeup a lot more," Fulmer said. "I have the utmost confidence in the pitch. I worked on it a bunch this offseason. I found a grip that works, but last year was the first year I started throwing it more with runners in scoring position. Now, I think as long as I keep it down, I should be fine."

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ring or no ring, Shaw bringing serious heat

Since incident with Ausmus, Indians reliever improving results with increased velocity

Ring or no ring, Shaw bringing serious heat

CLEVELAND -- Bryan Shaw had five wedding bands on his left ring finger when reporters approached him at his locker on Tuesday night. Wearing a smirk, the Indians reliever wanted to make something crystal clear: He did not have a ring on under his glove during his brief outing against the Tigers.

After taking the mound in the eighth inning of the Indians' 7-3 win, Shaw removed the ring in case Detroit manager Brad Ausmus was monitoring the pitcher's left hand. During Shaw's previous appearance against the Tigers on April 24, Ausmus complained about the pitcher's rubber wedding band until the reliever slipped it off and stuffed it into his back pocket.

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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.

Francisco treat: Lindor leads with bat, glove

Indians shortstop makes sparkling play in field, falls triple shy of cycle while scoring 3 runs

Francisco treat: Lindor leads with bat, glove

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor's audience at Progressive Field is growing accustomed to seeing the shortstop smiling wide out on the field. There it was again on Tuesday night, when he pulled off another stunning defensive play in the second inning against the Tigers.

In the Tribe's 7-3 victory over Detroit, Lindor ranged to his right, dove into the hole to snare a sharp grounder off the bat of Justin Upton, and then gathered himself in the outfield grass to make a precise, one-hop throw to first base for the out. Indians fans are also becoming used to seeing such highlight-reel plays from Lindor, who is showing that his rookie performance last year was no fluke.

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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.

Perez may face surgery for fractured thumb

Indians catcher to have injury re-examined; decision expected to be made Thursday

Perez may face surgery for fractured thumb

CLEVELAND -- With his right thumb wrapped in a black brace on Tuesday, Indians catcher Roberto Perez stood at his locker, unsure how much time he is going to be sidelined. Right now, there is only one positive when it comes to his hand injury.

"I'm glad I got the out," Perez said with a smile.

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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.

Indians pounce on Verlander, Tigers for win

Indians pounce on Verlander, Tigers for win

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor led a rejuvenated Indians offense on Tuesday night, collecting three hits and launching a three-run home run off Detroit's Justin Verlander to help Cleveland claim a 7-3 victory at Progressive Field.

"He has a chance to be so good," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Lindor, "because he can impact the game in so many different ways."

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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.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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Lindor can't help but smile after his defensive gem

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Lindor can't help but smile after his defensive gem

Given the sheer regularity of his back-breaking plays and jaw-dropping highlights, you'd think that Francisco Lindor making defensive gems would have become boring. Routine. Expected. Fortunately, they're not -- whether for us watching at home or even for Lindor himself while he's making them

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Lynchburg to play triple-header today

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Lynchburg to play triple-header today

On Wednesday, two Class A affiliates will play a LOT of baseball.

Forget about a run-of-the-mill doubleheader ... no, the Potomac Nationals (Washington's Class A Advanced club) and the Lynchburg Hillcats (the Indians' Class A Advanced club) will play THREE games in a single day. Three. 3. One less than four.

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Inbox: Did Tribe get past slow start issues in '16?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Indians fans' questions

Inbox: Did Tribe get past slow start issues in '16?

At almost .500, did the Tribe do enough this April to overcome the "slow start" of the past couple of seasons?
-- @AZPaulPete

Following a string of tough one-run losses for the Tribe, I've seen a lot of, "Here we go again," from Indians fans over the past week. Under the circumstances, though, Cleveland's showing this April could be described as admirable, at the very least.

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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.

Indians' Honorary Bat Girl announced

CLEVELAND -- Eva Johnson might experience some nerves when her name is announced at Progressive Field on Mother's Day, but it will be nothing compared to the daunting road she traversed to make the moment possible.

On Sunday, Johnson -- a breast-cancer survivor -- will be honored as the Indians' Honorary Bat Girl winner, as part of Major League Baseball's annual Mother's Day initiative. Each team will take time to recognize one of its fans who has been affected by breast cancer and demonstrates a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.

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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, Plutko among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 21 prospect grabs Minor League homer lead, No. 14 hurls five one-hit frames

Zimmer, Plutko among top prospect performers Monday

Class A Advanced High Desert has been rolling of late, winning 13 of its last 15 games to move into first place atop the California League South division with a 19-6 overall record.

Left-hander Yohander Mendez (Rangers' No. 14 prospect) and second baseman Travis Demeritte (No. 21 prospect) have been key to High Desert's early season success, and both thrived Monday as the Mavericks edged Visalia, 2-1.

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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.

Bradley on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Bradley 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.

Dansby Swanson and Andrew Benintendi were viewed as two of the top college bats available in the 2015 Draft before going to the D-backs and Red Sox with the Nos. 1 and 7 overall picks, respectively. Swanson -- now with the Braves -- and Benintendi have blown past expectations so far in their first full pro seasons, and after starring at the plate last week, they both land on the latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 25-May 1).

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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 strong but Indians fall to Phillies

Salazar strong but Indians fall to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez continues to live up to the hype.

He pitched six scoreless innings Sunday afternoon in a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Citizens Bank Park. Freddy Galvis singled to score a run in the third, while Indians pitcher Danny Salazar balked in the Phillies' second run. The Phillies swept the series, extending their winning streak to six games. It is the first time the Phillies (15-10) have swept back-to-back series since Sept. 7-12, 2012, when they swept the Rockies and Marlins.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003 and for MLB.com since 2009.

Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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One slip gets Salazar in loss to Phillies

One slip gets Salazar in loss to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Like it's been so often of late for the Indians, just one slip was the difference between a win and loss on Sunday as the Phillies completed a three-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park, 2-1.

Danny Salazar tied a season high, pitching seven innings. He struck out eight Phillies and contained the damage on the scoreboard to the third inning. But on a damp Sunday afternoon, Salazar slipped on the mound during a delivery to Maikel Franco, scoring Freddy Galvis on a balk for the second run the Phillies scored.

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

Indians come up just short again in Philly

Indians come up just short again in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have not had a view like this in five years.

They beat the Indians on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, 4-3, to improve to 14-10. It is the first time they have been four games over .500 since the end of the 2011 season, when they finished 102-60. Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis led the way with three RBIs.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Indians on Saturday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Uribe takes time to wish bride luck before wedding

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Uribe takes time to wish bride luck before wedding

Juan Uribe is nothing if not a man/fashion icon of the people. Wherever there are teams in need of managers, he'll be there. Wherever there are pitchers who need to be sparred with, he'll be there. Wherever there are Backstreet Boys jams that need to be sung, he'll be there.

And, as one lucky Uribe fan discovered prior to Saturday's Indians-Phillies game, wherever there are brides-to-be in need of inspiration, he'll be there.

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Close losses an unwanted theme for Tribe

Four times on road trip Cleveland has been handed a one-run defeat

Close losses an unwanted theme for Tribe

PHILADELPHIA -- Since embarking on a nine-game road trip just over a week ago, the Indians are 4-4, with one left before heading home. But they're probably a combined handful of feet away from having a chance to go back to Cleveland undefeated.

Manager Terry Francona said nobody's complaining. But Trevor Bauer, who started Saturday night's 4-3 loss, laid it out postgame.

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

Allen defends bold approach vs. Howard late

Indians reliever allows walk-off home run in series opener

Allen defends bold approach vs. Howard late

PHILADELPHIA -- Cody Allen doesn't blame anyone but himself.

With Ryan Howard having worked a 3-2 count in the 11th inning on Friday night at Citizen's Bank Park, Allen said he put himself in a bad spot. That bad spot led to Howard clocking a walk-off solo home run to right field, giving the Phillies the series opener, 4-3, and their fourth straight win.

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

Tribe drops Interleague opener to Phils in extras

Tribe drops Interleague opener to Phils in extras

PHILADELPHIA -- If you blinked, you might have missed it.

After 10 1/2 innings of play and nearly 3 1/2 hours, Ryan Howard ended Friday night's game at Citizens Bank Park on one pitch. The veteran first baseman lined a 3-2 pitch from Cody Allen over the right-field wall to give the Phillies a 4-3, 11-inning win over the Indians.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

Stephen Pianovich is a contributor for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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Kluber takes advantage of rare opportunity at plate

Right-hander notches second career hit with double in fifth

Kluber takes advantage of rare opportunity at plate

PHILADELPHIA -- Almost eight years ago, CC Sabathia launched a solo home run well over the right-field wall of Dodger Stadium in an Indians uniform.

Since that day -- June 21, 2008 -- Sabathia has pitched for two more teams. There have been 168 home runs hit by pitchers, and with many more notching extra-base hits. But none of them played for the Indians.

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

Hunter comes off DL to bolster Tribe bullpen

Hunter comes off DL to bolster Tribe bullpen

PHILADELPHIA -- The Indians will get a bullpen boost going into their three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

The club announced before Friday's game that it activated reliever Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list. Hunter had been on the shelf since Cleveland signed him, having undergone multiple core-muscle surgeries in the offseason.

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

Lindor happy to give back with RBI program

Indians shortstop takes part in drills with Philly youth players during off-day

Lindor happy to give back with RBI program

PHILADELPHIA -- The Indians had an off-night in Philadelphia on Thursday. You have to understand. Off-nights are precious for big leaguers, a rare opportunity to take a break from the daily grind of the regular season.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor chose to spend part of his evening at Citizens Bank Park. There was no game. Outside, it rained on and off. The place was nearly deserted by the time the 22-year-old rising star arrived. Except at one of the indoor batting cages where members from three of Philadelphia's Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) program were going through some drills.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sigh of relief: Tribe bullpen steps up in clutch

After McAllister gets huge strikeout, Allen navigates tricky 9th for 7th save

Sigh of relief: Tribe bullpen steps up in clutch

MINNEAPOLIS -- Zach McAllister walked off the mound, flexed and let out a shout. Given the way the previous two games played out for the Indians, the big right-hander was not about to let the gravity of the situation escape him. He was going to savor it.

With the bases loaded in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Twins, McAllister elevated a 95-mph fastball that blew by the bat of Minnesota slugger Byung Ho Park for the frame's final out. Two days after giving up a walk-off home run to Oswaldo Arcia, McAllister stood tall for the Tribe in a game that was punctuated by a stellar showing for the bullpen.

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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.