The Indians looked like they had finally solved Red Sox pitcher Doug Fister last week in Boston. On Tuesday night, the right-hander returned to his typical role as tormentor, handcuffing Cleveland's lineup for a complete-game, 9-1 victory at Progressive Field.
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Jason Kipnis has been trying to stay on the field as much as possible for the injury-riddled Indians. On Tuesday night, the second baseman had to bow out of Cleveland's 9-1 loss to the Red Sox, joining the Tribe's growing list of walking wounded.
The Indians' next-man-up mentality is being tested once again. As Cleveland continues to fight for a second straight American League Central crown, it has lost a pair of important arms to the disabled list. Prior to Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, relief ace Andrew Miller (right knee patella tendinitis) and starter Danny Salazar (right elbow inflammation) were placed on the 10-day DL.
"Machine" will be plastered on the back of Bradley Zimmer's jersey for MLB's first Players Weekend Aug. 25-27, giving fans a chance to learn and adopt the rookie's moniker as well.
In what could be a preview of an American League postseason series, the Indians took the first round against the Red Sox. Cleveland mounted a late rally on Monday night, culminating in a bunt and a throwing error that delivered a 5-4 win in walk-off fashion at Progressive Field.
In Monday night's Indians-Red Sox series opener at Progressive Field, home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt exited the game following the sixth inning after earlier taking a warmup pitch from Boston reliever Joe Kelly off the mask.
Despite sitting atop the American League Central, the Indians have had to deal with a bunch of injuries as of late. But before their matchup with the Red Sox on Monday night at Progressive Field, Indians manager Terry Francona announced some good news for a couple of the team's injured players.
Who do the Indians have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Cleveland's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley helped bring Akron's five-game losing streak to an end as the duo combined for five extra-base hits, five runs and six RBIs in a 13-5 victory against Harrisburg.
On Aug. 1 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Indians center fielder Austin Jackson made what may be considered the "catch of the year" as he leaped on the warning track to rob Boston designated hitter Hanley Ramirez of a home run before flipping over the center-field wall.
A potential statement series didn't turn out the way the Royals wanted it to, but they did avoid the sweep thanks to a strong start from right-hander Jason Hammel and some offensive help from their bench players.
Only a few days ago, Danny Salazar leaned against a wall inside Target Field's visitors' clubhouse, explaining how no starter in the Indians' rotation wanted to be the one who ended the streak. The group has been on the kind of roll that fuels friendly competition among teammates.
Given Corey Kluber's importance to the Indians' rotation, the staff ace is doing everything in his power to prepare for his scheduled start against the Red Sox on Wednesday. The right-hander passed a big test Sunday with a bullpen session at Kauffman Stadium.
Jay Bruce continued his sizzling start with the Indians by hitting an RBI double, and catcher Roberto Perez delivered a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning, and the Indians held off the Royals, 5-0, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Trevor Bauer loves to dive head-first into data. He can cite the spin rates of his pitches and will roll his eyes when a tracking system misreads something that leaves his right hand. Not only does Bauer work with the Indians to gather as much information as possible, the pitcher also employs a research assistant.
In the first of 10 games between the Indians and Royals that could decide the American League Central, the Tribe cruised to a 10-1 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Prior to Friday's game against Kansas City, Cleveland activated relief ace Andrew Miller from the 10-day disabled list, following his bout with right knee soreness. In order to clear a spot on the roster for Miller's return, the Indians placed outfielder Abraham Almonte on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain.
Music was blaring inside the visitors' clubhouse as Indians players arrived at Kauffman Stadium on Friday afternoon. The handful who made their way to the park early were gathered around a Pop-A-Shot basketball hoop, and were engaged in a heated competition hours before their game against the Royals.
Now into his second month playing in the Florida State League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finding his power stroke.
Max Kepler was not in the Twins' starting lineup for Thursday's nightcap of a twin bill against the Indians. An injury forced him into the mix and Kepler's late go-ahead home run fueled a 4-2 victory, which ended Cleveland's six-game winning streak and run of 10 straight wins at Target Field.
There are times when a defeat is not a complete loss. The Indians would have surely preferred to sweep Thursday's doubleheader and the series with the Twins, but the Tribe was nonetheless pleased to head into an important set against the Royals with its pitching staff intact.
Yan Gomes takes pride in prioritizing defense, making anything he does in the batter's box a bonus for the Indians. In the opener of a doubleheader against the Twins on Thursday, the catcher came up big on both fronts, helping Cleveland to a 9-3 win at Target Field.
There is a competition brewing among the Indians' rotation members. Paced by Corey Kluber, the starters are taking the mound each night trying to one-up each other.
Indians right-hander Danny Salazar started to feel like he was rushing through his delivery in Tuesday night's start against the Twins. In searching for a solution, he found something that worked: Salazar began talking to himself on the mound.
Indians first baseman Carlos Santana did not have a good answer. When asked why he has hit so many home runs at Target Field, he first called it a good question, but then found that a shrug was the only appropriate response.
Six years ago, Lonnie Chisenhall stood in left field for the Indians for precisely one pitch. That is the extent of his experience at the position, which may now be Chisenhall's way back to the roster when he is deemed ready to come off the disabled list.
Danny Salazar continued his second-half resurgence, and Carlos Santana led a five-homer attack with a pair of blasts to power the Indians to an 8-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night in the opener of a key series between American League Central contenders.
With two mighty swats, an angered Edwin Encarnacion did everything in his power to distance the Indians from the Red Sox and make their one-day trip to Fenway Park worthwhile in Monday night's 7-3 victory.
Coming back to Fenway Park on Monday night for a one-game makeup in the midst of a long road trip became a little less inconvenient for the Indians, who rode a pair of two-run homers by slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.
Alex Verdugo's hot streak continued as he hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-4 win over Round Rock on Monday night.
Edwin Encarnacion has a reputation as a streaky hitter, capable of pulverizing pitches for extended periods of time when he's on top of his game.
Corey Kluber came through like an ace on Sunday, and a late home run by Austin Jackson made him a winner as the Indians claimed a 4-3 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay's bats remained silent Saturday night. Cleveland's Mike Clevinger had a lot to do with that in the Indians' 3-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
A New York Mets equipment bag still sits atop Jay Bruce's locker. The Indians' prized trade acquisition is very new to the team, with just two starts now under his belt. But the slugger has a familiarity with his new teammates that makes it feel like he's been with them since Spring Training.
On some nights, a pitcher has everything working. For Carlos Carrasco, those special nights are close to a sure thing when he visits Tropicana Field.
Carlos Carrasco flirted with a no-hitter, and the Indians' bats hung a five-spot on the board in the fifth to lead a 5-0 win over the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field.
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Corey Dickerson's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth gave the Rays a 4-1 win over the Indians on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.