Giants OF Mac Williamson leaves game with undisclosed injury

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San Francisco Giants outfielder Mac Williamson left the game on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Nationals with an undisclosed injury after throwing out a baserunner at third in the sixth inning. Mac Williamson is injured and Gregor Blanco is replacing him. — Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 31, 2016 Williamson dropped fly, threw across his body […]

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Rumors & Rumblings: Pirates try to contend without Melancon

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July 5, 2016: Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Mark Melancon (35) [6671] is congratulated by Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher Eric Fryer (24) on the save during a MLB game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates defeated the Cardinals 5-2 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be fascinating team to follow in the light of the unlikely trade they made with the Washington Nationals. The Pirates dealt closer Mark Melancon, who’s been selected to three of the last four All-Star Games, to the Nationals for left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero and a minor leaguer. The Pirates were three […]

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Heyman: Orioles to acquire Mariners pitcher Wade Miley

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Wade Miley

UPDATE: JULY 31 — The Orioles have agreed to send Miley to the Baltimore Orioles, pending medicals. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report that LHP Ariel Miranda is the expected return to the Mariners. Miranda has made one appearance for the Orioles in 2016, and is 4-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 19 […]

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Padres’ RHP Paul Clemens exits with apparent injury

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July 20, 2016: San Diego Padres Starting pitcher Paul Clemens (47) [6963] pitches during the first inning of game 2 of a MLB doubleheader between the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire)

[UPDATE]: According to statement released by the club, Padres’ starter Paul Clemens exited Sunday’s outing due to lower back tightness:   Update from the clubhouse: Paul Clemens left today's game with lower back tightness. — San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 31, 2016 San Diego Padres’ starting pitcher Paul Clemens exited Sunday’s matchup against the Cincinnati […]

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Nine to Know Deep Dive: Alex Bregman and some awful big league starts

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Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) hits the ball to CC Sabathia for the out in the second inning during an MLB baseball game between the between the between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Houston. New York Yankees defeated Houston Astros 6-3. (Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire)

In Alex Bregman’s second time to the plate on Sunday for the Astros, he singled off the Tigers’ Mike Pelfrey. This may not be a big deal to every ballplayer; after all, Pelfrey has given up over 150 hits this season. But Bregman had started his big league career 0-for-18. Every ballplayer knows the magnitude […]

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Blue Jays’ SS Troy Tulowitzki diagnosed with small fracture in thumb

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20 July 2016: Toronto Blue Jays Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) [5709] during a game between Toronto Blue Jays and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase field. (Photo by Kevin French/Icon Sportswire)

Following Sunday’s 12-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons told reporters that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has suffered a “small little chip fracture” in his right thumb. Despite initially remaining in the game upon being hit by a pitch, Tulowitzki was ultimately forced from Sunday’s contest as a result of the […]

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Reds Jose Peraza hits first career home run

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July 03 2016: Cincinnati Reds shortstop Jose Peraza (9) hits a single for a run batted in in the eighth inning during a MLB game at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. The Nationals defeated the Reds 12-1. (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire)

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jose Peraza reached a big career milestone on Sunday, hitting his first major league home run against the San Diego Padres. Jose Peraza smashes his first Major League HomeRun!! https://t.co/QAxutLohHg — Grant Kelly (@GrantKelly07) July 31, 2016 Peraza took the first pitch he saw from Paul Clemens that afternoon deep, sending it 429 […]

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Padres RHP Erik Johnson unlikely to pitch again this season

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June 11 2016: San Diego Padres Starting Pitcher, Erik Johnson (50) during a regular season major league baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting San Diego Padres at Coors Field in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Erik Johnson is unlikely to pitch again the 2016 season, so says Padres general manager Andy Green. Andy Green said RHP Erik Johnson, who has been on the disabled list since June 28 with an elbow strain, is unlikely to pitch again in '16. — Bill Center (@PadresCentral) July 31, 2016 […]

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Dodgers’ RHP Bud Norris exits with apparent injury

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01 July 2016: Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Bud Norris (28) [6675] makes his Dodgers pitching debut during the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire)

Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher Bud Norris exited Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks after throwing just 13 pitches. Leaving in the top half of the first inning, Norris has yet to be diagnosed with a specific injury while the club’s training staff was forced to visit the mound even before his premature departure. After […]

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Indians Provide Kluber With Plenty of Support in Shutout; Indians 8, A’s 0

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Powered by a five-run third inning and seven shutout innings from starter Corey Kluber, the Cleveland Indians completed the three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s, 8-0, on Sunday afternoon.

A rain delay to start the game could not put a damper on the Indians’ attitude, positive and energetic after the club acquired reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees to start the day. Even Jonathan Lucroy vetoing his trade to Cleveland could not slow down the Tribe’s offense.

Kluber faced one over the minimum through the first four innings, allowing a two-out double to Yonder Alonso in the second and a leadoff single to Max Muncy in the third. Muncy was erased on a double play grounder by Coco Crisp.

Napoli - AP Photo/Ron Schwane

Napoli – AP Photo/Ron Schwane

Cleveland put a five spot on the board in the third inning to give Kluber all of the support that he would need against Oakland ace Sonny Gray. Tyler Naquin singled to start things off and Abraham Almonte used his newly discovered bat to move Naquin to second with his own single. A walk by Roberto Perez after several failed attempts to bunt loaded the bases. After a strikeout by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis lined his first pitch into right field for a two-run single to give the Indians a lead. A wild pitch by Gray came up costly as Francisco Lindor hit his MLB-leading eleventh sacrifice fly of the year to make it 3-0 and Mike Napoli drilled a homer to the bleachers to make it 5-0.

The Tribe expanded that lead in the fourth by getting each of their first five batters on base. Lonnie Chisenhall singled, but was thrown out at third on a single by Naquin. Almonte singled to right and Perez delivered the rare base hit, scoring Naquin to make it 6-0. Santana walked to load the bases and Bob Melvin brought on Daniel Coulombe to relieve Gray. Kipnis made it a 7-0 game with a sacrifice fly to left to score Almonte.

Almonte came up the next inning and made it an eight-spot with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Napoli, who had started the inning with a walk and moved to third on a double to right by Jose Ramirez.

Cleveland (60-42) earned the series sweep by knocking off Oakland again on a day much more subdued than the previous day after Billy Butler’s jawing and bat flip had things temporarily tense on Saturday. The win evened the Indians’ record for July at 12-12 and the eight-spot gave them a positive run differential for the fourth straight month of the season. The A’s (47-58) leave town for Los Angeles after the sweep and finished the month with a 13-13 record, but were outscored by 30 runs.

Kluber - Jason Miller/Getty Images

Kluber – Jason Miller/Getty Images

KLUBER GETS PLENTY OF SUPPORT

Kluber (10-8, 3.27 ERA) joins Danny Salazar and Josh Tomlin with a double-digit win total in the Tribe’s starting rotation.

He gave Cleveland seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. He struck out seven, including four A’s the first time through the lineup.

“He came out of the chute firing strikes, got a couple early strikeouts,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “Usually with Klubs, when he gets off to that good start and feels good, he continues it. He was really good.”

In his last four home starts, he is 4-0 with a 0.30 ERA.

THE MAGIC NUMBER IS FOUR

Sunday’s game was the 48th career game that Kluber has been granted four runs or more of support by his teammates. He has a record of 37-1 in those games and the Indians as a whole are 43-5 in such contests.

BIG INNING GRAY’S UNDOING

Gray (5-10, 5.84) continued his curious and disappointing season for Oakland with his tenth loss of the season. He could not complete the fourth inning, lasting just three and one-third on the day. He was charged with seven runs on eight hits on the day, walking two and striking out three. The five-run third inning was his undoing.

He threw 43 of 64 pitches for strikes and threw first pitch strikes to 13 of 19 batters faced.

“I look at his numbers and I’m trying to figure out where the runs are coming from. Maybe today is another example because I thought out of the chute that he looked like the same old Sonny Gray,” said Francona. “Breaking ball, fastball, cutting it, kinda slicing through us. We didn’t just score, but we broke through and then Nap hits the next one. Obviously it helps us. We’ve seen him pitch so well. When you watch him, it just doesn’t look like the ERA adds up to what he’s pitching.”

Napoli - Jason  Miller/Getty Images

Napoli – Jason Miller/Getty Images

NAPOLI CELEBRATES

Napoli’s home run in the third inning was his 24th blast of the year, but it was also a historic hit in his career. It marked the 1,000th of the career for the eleven-year pro.

UNLIKELY SAC FLY LEADER

The sacrifice fly in the third by Lindor was the eleventh of his season, expanding his Major League lead in the run-scoring statistic. The next closest player is Milwaukee’s Chris Carter, who has eight sac flies to his name this season.

SCORING FIRST

Sunday’s game marked the first time on the homestand that the Indians scored first. They are now 44-14 this season when scoring the first run of the ball game.

ANOTHER SERIES SWEEP

The sweep over the Athletics marked the tenth series sweep of the season for the Indians. The club has swept two two-game series, seven three-game series, and one four-game set. By comparison, the Indians have been swept just three times this season, all three-gamers.

RAIN DELAY

The start of the game was delayed 36 minutes by rain.

SANTANA’S HAMMY

Santana looked to be in some discomfort during his final at bat of the game, grabbing his left hamstring after fouling a pitch off.

“His right hamstring started cramping on him,” said Francona. “We’ve all had that. It’s not fun. He’s not hurt. It kinda came back again, for the time being, it just kinda hurts, it locked up.”

INDIANS ACQUIRE MILLER, LOSE OUT ON LUCROY

Prior to the game, the Indians announced the acquisition of reliever Miller from the New York Yankees for four minor leaguers. Cleveland sent top prospect Clint Frazier, a top pitching prospect in southpaw Justus Sheffield, and a pair of relievers, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen, to complete the deal.

“There’s definitely a good vibe in the locker room,” said Kluber. “You could tell that there was maybe a little more excitement than normal for 9 o’clock in the morning. He definitely helps make us a better team.”

Lucroy exercised his no-trade clause in his contract and vetoed his trade from Milwaukee to Cleveland. Reasons have been speculated, but have not been confirmed. Rumors ran from the Indians being unwilling to decline his team option for next season to Lucroy being upset about not being guaranteed a starting catching position on the club for next year.

NEXT UP

The Indians will welcome the Minnesota Twins into town on Monday for a four-game series. Salazar (11-3, 2.97) will take the mound in the series opener, while the Twins had not announced a starter by the end of the Indians-A’s game on Sunday afternoon.

First pitch from Progressive Field is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.

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