Indians and Tigers Washed Out in Detroit


Friday night’s series opener between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers from Comerica Park has been postponed due to rain.

The contest, which was scheduled to send right-handers Josh Tomlin and Anibal Sanchez to the bump, has been rescheduled for September 1 as part of a doubleheader.

The postponement will alter the pitching probables for the weekend. The Indians were set to throw Carlos Carrasco in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader before opting for a bullpen game for the latter contest, but he will now pitch in the nightcap with Tomlin starting the afternoon game. Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will remain matched up against Carrasco in the evening game, with Sanchez facing off with Tomlin in the new series opener.

There was no word at the time of this story if the Tigers would push left-hander Matt Boyd back to Sunday for that start, moving Justin Verlander back a day from his previously planned Sunday start, or not.

With an off-day on Monday, the Indians could keep everyone on normal rest by throwing both Tomlin and Carrasco in Saturday’s doubleheader and Mike Clevinger in the finale on Sunday. Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber would then line up to pitch in the series in Cleveland against the San Diego Padres beginning Tuesday night, with Tomlin likely pitching on Thursday on normal rest and Carrasco on Friday with an extra day between starts when the Tigers come to Cleveland for a three-game weekend set to close out the first half.

Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for 1:10 PM ET. The day-night double dip will conclude with a 7:15 PM ET first pitch in Game two.

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Indians and Tigers Resume Rivalry in Weekend Set from Detroit


Rains had already interfered with matchups between the Indians and Tigers in Detroit this season, as the two clubs had planned to play four this weekend to make up for an early postponement. Those plans changed on Friday, as the first game of the set was cancelled as rains hit the Great Lakes region.

The Indians (42-36) head into the weekend with a game and a half lead over the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division. The Twins spoiled the Indians’ homestand, sweeping three straight last weekend, but Cleveland bounced back to take three of four from the Texas Rangers to get back into first place while salvaging the home set. The Indians are just 2-4 against the Tigers this season and have struggled in the division this season, posting a 19-18 record overall against the Tigers, Twins, Chicago White Sox, and Kansas City Royals.

The Tigers (35-43) are not where they would like to be at this juncture of the season. Sitting in fourth place, they wrapped up their second consecutive losing month in June with a 10-15 record. While they were five games below the .500 mark for the month, they were just -1 in the run differential department, pushing that season total to -22 for the year. An eight-game losing skid in the middle of the month knocked them well off of the pace of the divisional race, losing the final two of a series with the Tampa Bay Rays before being swept in four straight in Seattle. They dropped the first two of a series in San Diego before avoiding the sweep to end a 1-7 road trip, then returned home to take two of three from the Royals.

PITCHING PROBABLES and NOTES (revised after Friday’s postponement)

Friday, 6/30, 7:10 PM ET – POSTPONED

Tomlin - Jason Miller/Getty Images

Tomlin – Jason Miller/Getty Images

Saturday, 7/1, 1:10 PM ET – RHP Josh Tomlin (4-9, 6.09 ERA) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 6.75)

June had been unkind to Tomlin, so being bumped back to July may do him some good. He finished the month with a 1-3 record in five starts, allowing at least four runs in each of his last four outings. He allowed seven homers in 25 1/3 innings in the month, helping create a 6.75 ERA in the rough showing. Tomlin was 3-1 against the Tigers in four starts last season and is 6-6 in his career with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in 14 appearances (ten starts).

The last few years have not gone well for the 33-year-old Venezuelan right-hander Sanchez, who was once one of the better pitchers in the game. He failed to make the rotation out of spring camp and struggled badly out of the bullpen, leading to his demotion in May to Triple-A Toledo. He returned in the middle of June and has made a pair of starts, looking better in those two outings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks in eleven innings while striking out nine. He has faced the Indians twice in relief this season, allowing four runs in five innings. He is 4-7 with a 4.74 ERA against them in his career, but went 0-4 in four starts last season.

Saturday, 7/1, 7:15 PM ET – RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 3.67) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-5, 5.53)

Carrasco’s good June came to an end against the Texas Rangers in his last start, when he allowed eight runs on six hits in three and one-third innings. He had won his previous three starts, allowing just three runs across the outings. He is 1-1 against the Tigers this season and 7-7 in his career. In 12 2/3 innings against Detroit this season, he has allowed four runs on nine hits while walking six and striking out ten.

Zimmermann has faced the Indians twice in his career and neither outing went particularly well. In his first start against them in 2013, he allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings. Last season, he made just one start against them, allowing seven runs on nine hits in three and two-thirds innings. His first four starts in June were quality efforts, but he is coming off of his shortest outing of the season his last time out, when he allowed five runs on six hits with five strikeouts, three walks, and two home runs allowed in just four innings of work against the San Diego Padres.

Sunday, 7/2, 1:10 PM ET – RHP Mike Clevinger (3-3, 3.56) vs. TBA

Clevinger is coming off of his best start of the season, allowing just a run on two hits in six innings. He struck out a career high nine batters in the no-decision against the Rangers, a game the Indians lost, 2-1. Sunday will be the third time that he has faced the Tigers in his career and the second time that he has started against them. He owns an 0-1 record with an 11.25 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP against them in just four innings of work.

After the postponement on Friday, the Tigers had not announced whether Matt Boyd (2-5, 5.69) or Justin Verlander (5-4, 4.47) would make the start on Sunday. Boyd was originally scheduled to make a spot start for the Tigers after spending his last five starts at Triple-A Toledo, where he has gone 3-0. He pitched well in a pair of starts against the Indians this season, but has a 1-1 record to show for it. He allowed just a run on seven hits in six innings of work on April 16 in a win and followed it up with seven and two-thirds innings on May 3, allowing three runs on five hits in a quality start loss. Verlander, Sunday’s originally scheduled starter, got back into the win column against the Indians his last time out, earning a win on May 2 after giving up just two runs on four hits in seven innings. In his first start against them on April 15, he was tagged for nine runs on eleven hits in four innings.


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Abraham Almonte (OF) – 10-day disabled list (5/16) – right biceps strain; on rehab assignment
Cody Anderson (SP) – 60-day disabled list (4/2) – right elbow surgery
Danny Salazar (P) – 10-day disabled list (6/4) – right shoulder soreness

Jim Adduci (OF) – 10-day disabled list (5/11) – right oblique strain; on rehab assignment
Alex Presley (OF) – 7-day disabled list (6/23) – concussion


Team Record Win % GB Streak
 Cleveland  42-36  .538  –  W2
 Minnesota  40-37  .519  1.5  L1
 Kansas City  38-39  .494  3.5  L1
 Detroit  35-43  .449  7.0  W1
 Chicago  34-44  .436  8.0  W1



It comes as little surprise that current Tigers have taken Tomlin deep a few times.

Victor Martinez has hit just .231 against him, but has two doubles and three homers to go with six RBI in his career off of the veteran softer-tossing right-hander. Alex Avila has a pair of solo homers off of him, his only two hits in 15 career plate appearances. Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, and Nicholas Castellanos all have homered off of him as well, with Cabrera driving in six runs, Castellanos five, and Kinsler three.

Carrasco has contained some of the big threats in the Tigers lineup in his career. Kinsler has hit just .216 against him in 41 career plate appearances. Martinez has a .212/.243/.273 slash in 37 trips with two doubles and three RBI. Justin Upton is just 3-for-15 with seven strikeouts, but he does have a solo homer to his credit.

J.D. Martinez has had success against Carrasco, hitting .368 with two doubles, two homers, and seven RBI, the top mark on the club against the Indians right-hander. Jose Iglesias is a .353 hitter against him with three doubles. Cabrera has hit .297 with a double, a homer, and three RBI. Avila has five hits (.294 average), including a double and a homer, with four RBI in 22 plate appearances.

Current Tigers have combined for just 14 plate appearances against Clevinger with minimal success. Cabrera accounts for nearly all of the damage done to Clevinger in that group, as he has a double and a homer in two plate appearances against him with five runs batted in.

Ramirez - Jason  Miller/Getty Images

Ramirez – Jason Miller/Getty Images


The ten Indians hitters with previous experience against Sanchez have combined to hit .277 off of him with six doubles, four triples, six homers, and 25 RBI.

Jose Ramirez is 3-for-7 against him with a homer and five RBI. Lonnie Chisenhall has hit .346 with a double and a triple. Francisco Lindor is 4-for-11 with a double, a homer, and two RBI. Yan Gomes has taken him deep twice while also hitting a double, a triple, and driving in eight.

Jason Kipnis will likely have a green light against Zimmermann. He has two singles, two triples, a walk, and four RBI in six trips to the plate. Carlos Santana is 2-for-6 with a double, a homer, and two RBI.

Boyd has been able to shut down several of the Tribe bats in his brief experience against them. Santana is hitless in nine at bats while Kipnis has a sac fly to his credit in five trips. Brandon Guyer is just 1-for-8 while Ramirez is 1-for-5, although he has two walks, a triple, and three RBI.

While some have been limited by Boyd, a couple of guys have had much better results against him. Lindor is 5-for-9 with a double. Michael Brantley is 3-for-7 with three singles.


The Tigers will continue their homestand with three games against the San Francisco Giants in their final games at Comerica Park in the first half of the season before heading to Cleveland for three before the All-Star break.

The Indians will also do battle at home against the NL West as the San Diego Padres come to visit for a three-game set beginning Tuesday afternoon. The series will mark just the fifth time that the two clubs have met during the regular season. In three previous series in Cleveland, the Indians are 6-3 against their rare west coast opponent.

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Vintage Kluber Continues Incredible June With Another Win; Indians 5, Rangers 1


In his final start of June, Corey Kluber continued his incredible run since his return from the disabled list by striking out 12 batters and scattering three hits over eight innings as the Cleveland Indians took the series from the Texas Rangers with a 5-1 win on Thursday afternoon.

Any arguments that Kluber is not an ace are silly and senseless. After a rough showing against the Rangers in his Opening Day debut, Kluber silenced the big swinging Texas bats, limiting them to just one solo shot while he put up an Indians record-tying performance with his fourth consecutive game with double digit strikeouts.

The Rangers took an early lead, using the home run ball as they had throughout the four-game series from Progressive Field. After Kluber struck out the first two batters of the ball game, Nomar Mazara put Texas on the scoreboard, sending a two-strike homer over the wall in right-center to give the Rangers an early lead.

Andrew Cashner returned from the disabled list prior to the game for Texas and looked good in the early going. Michael Brantley doubled with two down in the first, but Cashner got Edwin Encarnacion to ground out to first on one pitch to end the inning.

A leadoff single by Rougned Odor looked to set up the Rangers nicely in the second inning with the meat of the order coming up. Instead, each of the next three batters struck out swinging as Texas stranded Odor at second after his stolen base.

Zimmer - Ron Schwane/Getty Images

Zimmer – Ron Schwane/Getty Images

The Indians went down in order in the second, but jumped on top in their next turn in the third. Yan Gomes started the inning against Cashner with a single to center. Bradley Zimmer legged out an infield single and both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Jason Kipnis flied to right for the first out. Francisco Lindor tied the game with a grounder to second that pushed Gomes across to make it 1-1. Brantley walked to bring up Encarnacion and with the slugger at the plate, Cashner threw one that got away from catcher Robinson Chirinos. Zimmer took off from third and with a unique slide, evaded the tag of the Rangers starter to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. Encarnacion would fly to center to end the inning.

After walking Joey Gallo to start the third, Kluber locked himself in on the mound. With his first lead of the game in the fourth, he retired the side in order quickly and did the same in the fifth, striking out a pair while throwing just eight strikes in the inning. He would extend his streak to eleven straight retired by striking out two more in the sixth to give him nine on the afternoon.

The Indians knocked Cashner out of the game in the home half of the sixth by stringing together four straight hits to start the inning. Brantley doubled and Encarnacion muscled him home with a broken bat shot to right to make it 3-1. Cashner, who was hit with some of Encarnacion’s bat shrapnel, remained in the game. He gave up a double to right to Jose Ramirez to put two in scoring position for pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall, who came on to face right-hander Nick Martinez. He, too, would deliver as he drove in his eighth and ninth runs of the season from a pinch-hitting role as he doubled to right to make it 5-1 Indians.

It was more than enough for Kluber, who struck out Mazara to start the next inning to give him ten on the day to match Bob Feller’s record for consecutive starts with ten strikeouts or more at four straight, dating back to 1938-39. He is the third pitcher this season to strike out ten or more in at least four straight outings. Adrian Beltre reached on an infield single for the third hit of the day for the Rangers before a fielder’s choice and a strikeout ended the inning.

Kluber returned for an eighth and final inning, fittingly striking out the final batter that he would face to give him a dozen on the day.

Bryan Shaw worked the ninth, giving up a one-out single to Elvis Andrus before closing the door on the Rangers.

The win moved the Indians to 42-36 on the season. They dominated the Rangers (39-40) in the season series between the two clubs, posting a 7-1 record against one of the best of the AL West.

Cashner - Ron Schwane/Getty Images

Cashner – Ron Schwane/Getty Images

Kluber (7-2, 3.02 ERA) earned the win to complete a perfect month of June at 4-0 in six starts. The outing may very well have secured for him the AL’s Pitcher of the Month Award for June, as he finished up the month with 64 strikeouts in 43 innings of work while making six quality starts, all of which have come after his return from the disabled list. In his stretch of dominance, he has allowed just six earned runs and walked just six batters while allowing 20 hits.

He went eight on Thursday, allowing a run on three hits with a walk and 12 strikeouts. Of his 111 pitches, 21 were swung on and missed.

The line for Cashner (3-7, 3.87) was deceiving as he pitched better early than the final numbers indicate. He ended his day with five-plus innings pitched after facing the first three batters in the sixth and was charged with five runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Brantley reached base safely in all four trips to the batter’s box, hitting two doubles and drawing two walks while scoring a run. Chisenhall was 1-for-2 with his big two-run double to break the game open. When the game ended, he was tied for the MLB lead in RBI as a pinch-hitter. His 43 RBI on the season lead the Indians, despite playing more than 20 fewer games than his other teammates on the top of that leaderboard.

The Indians will get back to action on Friday night as they start a four-game series in three days with the Detroit Tigers. Josh Tomlin (4-9, 6.09) will get the start for the Tribe, while right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 6.75) will go for the Tigers.

First pitch from Comerica Park is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.

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Shane Bieber – Pitching Like a Pro


Shane Bieber, a 6’3” right-hander, was a fourth round selection of the Cleveland Indians in 2016. Moving quickly up the organizational ladder, he is now an anchor for the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats rotation. This season marks his fourth full year as a pitcher, making his accomplishments more impressive.

“I didn’t really become a pitcher until my freshman year in college,” said Bieber. “I wasn’t always great at it, I was something of a late bloomer.”

He had not pitched before his junior and senior year of high school because he did not have velocity on his pitches. Now his pitch velocity is in the mid-eighties, and he can get up to 90 or 91 when he needs to, usually on his fastball.

Growing up in southern California, he played baseball, basketball, soccer, and football. After breaking his wrist playing football in high school, he concentrated fully on baseball.

“The weather is good all the time so you can play 365 [days a year]. My dad loves the sport, my whole family does. It was just kind of natural.”

From high school, he moved on to the University of California at Santa Barbara, the same school where he was teammates with fellow Hillcats outfielder Andrew Calica.

“I wouldn’t trade my path for any other,” says Bieber about getting to play baseball for the Gauchos. “I asked myself in high school when application time came around if I wasn’t able to play baseball, then UCSB was my number one school.”

In three seasons, he started 44 games, with his junior year being his most outstanding performance. He pitched to a 12-4 record, striking out 109 batters with only eleven walks allowed in 134 2/3 innings pitched. Bieber helped lead the Gauchos to their first ever College World Series appearance.

The team played in three games in Omaha, with Bieber starting the opening contest against Thomas Hatch and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Both pitchers threw complete games, but Bieber and the Gauchos came up just short in a 1-0 defeat.

“It was the most people I’ve ever pitched in front of, probably over 20,000,” Bieber said about his trip to Omaha last year. “We had the opening game, so that was incredible. It scared the heck out of me when I was warming up.”

After losing to Oklahoma State, they would defeat Miami, knocking the number three nationally ranked team out of the tournament, before falling to Arizona.

“We were going to go out kickin’ for sure. It was fun to send someone home before we had to leave,” said Bieber. “We were playing with house money. Nobody expected us to get that far.”

No baseball players from UCSB have ever gone on to play in the Major Leagues, but four of Bieber’s teammates were drafted and are currently playing Minor League ball.

After signing with the Indians, Bieber reported to rookie-level Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League. He would go on to pitch nine games for the Scrappers before his season ended. His dominant performance, 21 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched and a 0.38 ERA, led to his position as the 21st ranked prospect in the Cleveland organization, according to Baseball America.

Bieber started the 2017 season with Low-A Lake County. In his fifth outing for the Captains, he took a 1-0 loss against the West Michigan Whitecaps. Following a promotion to the Hillcats, he made nine starts for the first half Northern Division championship team.

In his first six starts, he chalked up a 4.58 ERA in 37 1/3 innings. His record stood at 0-1, yet he had struck out 27 opposing batters and allowed only three walks. The next three starts illustrated Bieber’s potential to be a masterful starting pitcher.

All three games were against division rival Frederick. In a two-week span, surrounding the midseason All-Star break, Bieber would pitch 19 2/3 innings, earning a 3-0 record. He would send 22 Keys back to the bench via the strikeout, and would lower his ERA to 3.32.

He throws three pitches with confidence and pinpoint control. A two-seam fastball, a change-up, and a slider compose his standard arsenal. He is also working on introducing a curveball as a fourth pitch.

“I’m not going to try and force it in there until I’m ready,” said Bieber about his new curve. “It’s just something I’ll move slowly along in my pitch repertoire.”

In his third Carolina victory, he mixed up his pitches and kept Frederick off balance. In eight innings, only four Keys batters reached base, one as a hit batsman. He scattered the three hits across the box score. All-Star Randolph Gassaway doubled in the first inning after Bieber plunked Ademar Rifaela. That put runners on second and third with two outs. Working his off-speed pitches to the five-hole hitter Yermin Mercedes, he got him to hit a line drive to left field to get out of the only scoring threat Frederick would mount that evening.

As the game progressed, he began to rely more and more on his finely tuned fastball. Coming in at 90 MPH, he was hitting the corners as the Keys hitters tried to adjust. His off-speed pitches had been crossing the plate at low to mid-eighties speeds, and now they had trouble catching up. Five of his eleven strikeouts on the night came in his last three innings on the mound.

“I’m really working on my fastball. That’s what sets up all my pitches,” shared Bieber. “A lot of guys in the big leagues have success working off their fastball.”

On this night, Bieber set up his pitches masterfully. Working with catcher Daniel Salters, the two stuck to the plan and formed an effective battery as the Keys hitters kept coming up empty.

”You’ve got to keep adjusting with each level along the way,” said Bieber. “There are always going to be growing pains at each level, but you just have to deal with it, and learn how to quickly adjust.”

His three-hit, eight-inning performance earned him a third straight win. It also brought him home an impressive honor as he was named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his outing. He followed that up with six strong innings against Salem on Tuesday, allowing three runs (just one earned) on five hits with seven more strikeouts over six innings to win his fourth straight decision.

Based upon his recent success, Bieber has adjusted to the High-A level of professional baseball. When he is not on the mound, he will continue to work at his craft and improve the four pitches that now make up his repertoire. When he gets some down time, after games or on that rare off day, he will just sit back and relax with his teammates.

“You’re here [at the ballpark] so much during the day, it’s nice to decompress and just hang out with your teammates outside of baseball, and really just relax.”

Focused yet relaxed might be the best way to describe his recent pitching success. However you choose to describe it, he shows maturity and composure on the pitching mound, and it will not be long before he gets a chance to learn to adjust to the next level of baseball. If the pattern continues, he may one day soon be the first UCSB Gaucho to don a Major League uniform.

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Bauer and Brantley Big as Tribe Trumps Texas; Indians 5, Rangers 3


Trevor Bauer gave the Indians six and one-third innings on the mound and Michael Brantley drove in a pair of runs as Cleveland knocked off the Texas Rangers on Wednesday in a 5-3 final.

With manager Terry Francona back in the dugout after missing Tuesday’s game for precautionary reasons due to health issues, the Indians supported their starter with some rare runs at home.

Bauer set the Rangers down in order to start the night before his teammates gave him a lead to work with against tough right-hander Yu Darvish. Jason Kipnis reached on an error, coming in for a rest at second base. Francisco Lindor drove him home with a single to right to put Cleveland on top, 1-0. The Indians would eventually get runners on second and third with one out in the frame after a fielder’s choice by Brantley and a double by Edwin Encarnacion, but Brantley was thrown out at home on a ball off of the bat of Jose Ramirez before Lonnie Chisenhall struck out swinging.

Bauer retired the first eight in order before a two-out walk of Joey Gallo in the third. He would be forced at second and the Indians’ bats would get back to work as the top of the order came back to the plate. Kipnis walked and went to third on a single to center by Lindor. Brantley singled to center to score the runner from third. With runners on the corners, Encarnacion grounded into a force at second for the first out, but Ramirez knocked in another run on a single to right. He would be caught between first and second as the throw appeared to be going to third base before being cut off for a costly second out before Chisenhall struck out swinging again, but Cleveland had a 3-0 lead.

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Bauer – Ron Schwane/Getty Images

The Tribe starter did not give up his first hit until one down in the fourth, when Elvis Andrus singled but was stranded at first. The following inning, however, they found the scoreboard as Robinson Chirinos homered for the fourth straight game to put the Rangers in the runs column, trailing 3-1.

Momentum looked to be leaning in the Rangers favor after Darvish pitched out of a jam in the fifth after Kipnis doubled to lead off the inning and stole third one out later. The veteran righty struck out Brantley and Encarnacion swinging to leave a big run at third. The Rangers then came to the plate and had some traffic on the base paths in the first real threat to Bauer all night. With one down, Shin-Soo Choo singled to center. Andrus followed with his second hit of the game to put two on for the heart of the order. Adrian Beltre grounded sharply to third, where a diving Ramirez snagged the ball and threw a hopper to Carlos Santana at first base for a big second out. Nomar Mazara grounded to second with the tying run in scoring position as Bauer dodged a big bullet.

Bauer retired the first batter in the seventh with the game still 3-1 before handing the ball to Andrew Miller and the bullpen. Miller was sharp, retiring all five that he would face while striking out each of the last four to step to the plate.

The Indians tacked on what would become some significant insurance runs as the Rangers went to the bullpen, bringing on Ernesto Frieri. He walked each of the first two batters, setting the stage for a sacrifice bunt by Kipnis, moving both runners up 90 feet. Lindor was intentionally walked to set up force plays as Dario Alvarez entered in relief. The move would backfire on Texas as both Brantley and Encarnacion drove in runs with singles as the Indians doubled their advantage to 5-1. Ramirez would ground into a double play to end the seventhand the Indians would reload the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but Lindor fouled out to first to end the rally.

Cody Allen entered in the ninth in a non-save situation, but as has been the case in his recent appearances, he was touched up for a home run. Andrus was the perpetrator leading off the inning, cutting the score to 5-2. Allen bounced back and got Beltre to ground to first and Mazara to strike out before Jonathan Lucroy singled to right. He moved to second on indifference and scored on a single to center by Rougned Odor to bring the tying run to the plate in the hot Chirinos. This time, he would not deliver as Allen struck him out swinging to end the ball game.

The win pushed the Indians to 41-36 on the season, while the Rangers fell to 39-39. The win maintained Cleveland’s half-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central, as the Twins were victorious in Boston Wednesday night.

Bauer (7-6) worked six and one-third innings, allowing a run on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. He did not have his usual swing-and-miss stuff, but he controlled the game and limited the opposition’s foot traffic all night long. He improved to 4-0 in four starts with a 3.96 ERA over 25 innings of work against the AL West this season.

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Brantley – Ron Schwane/Getty Images

Darvish (6-6) took the loss despite a quality showing. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings of work.

Andrus had three hits, a run scored, and had a run batted in on the night, delivering his tenth homer of the season with his late blast. The aggressive Rangers bats combined for just one walk in the game.

Each of the top four hitters in the Tribe lineup supplied two hits each. Kipnis scored a pair of runs while Brantley led the team with two driven in. Chisenhall had a tough day at the plate, going 0-for-3 at the plate with a walk and three strikeouts.

The Indians will go for the series win on Thursday while dealing their ace, as right-hander Corey Kluber (6-2, 3.24 ERA) looks to go 4-0 in the month of June while making his sixth start of the month since returning from the disabled list. The Rangers will activate right-hander Andrew Cashner (3-6, 3.50) from the disabled list to make the start on Thursday. He has been on the shelf since June 17 with a strained left oblique muscle. In his last start on June 14 in Houston, he allowed four runs on ten hits with a walk and four strikeouts in just four innings of work.

First pitch of the regular season finale between the two clubs is scheduled for a 12:10 PM ET first pitch from Progressive Field.

Photo: AP Photo/Tony Dejak



Cleveland Indians: Tough decisions to make in outfield still on hold


The Cleveland Indians will have to make a decision regarding the outfielders on the roster once everyone is healthy, which has yet to happen this season. At some point this season the front office is going to be forced to make a tough decision regarding the outfield. That is, if the injuries stop piling up. […]

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