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PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians work out at Progressive Field with 48 hours to go before ALDS

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The Cleveland Indians conducted their first formal pre-American League Division Series on Tuesday at Progressive Field.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians lower magic number to clinch AL Central to 3

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The Indians beat the White Sox, 10-4, on Friday, lowering the club’s magic number to three. The Indians can clinch the AL Central this weekend if:

  • The Tribe sweeps Chicago and KC beats Detroit once
  • The Indians beat Chicago once and KC beats Detroit twice

The White Sox took an early lead on Melky Cabrera’s first-inning two-run homer, but the Tribe got it back on Jose Ramirez’s two-run shot in the fourth – Ramirez’s 11th.

After Avisail Garcia hit another two-run shot in the fifth, the Indians scored four in the home half: Francisco Lindor had a sac fly, Mike Napoli an RBI single and Coco Crisp a two-run double. Napoli had another RBI single in the sixth, followed by Ramirez’s 44th double – he’s third in baseball in that category – that drove in two more. Crisp added an RBI single two batters later.

Trevor Bauer pitched 7.2 innings, allowing those two homers while striking out six. Importantly, he limited exposure for the Tribe’s ‘pen, which will be active today in a pseudo-bullpen day.


  • Carlos Santana had three more hits on Friday, and is 9-for-11 in the club’s last three games as part of a career year; he also walked twice in that span
  • Napoli busted out of an 0-for-21 slump with three hits and became the first Indians hitter since 2007 (Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez) to reach 100 RBI.
  • At 34, Napoli also is the oldest Tribe player to drive in 100 or more since Luke Easter did it in 1951 (103 RBI).
  • The Indians have five players with 250 or more bases — Jason Kipnis, Napoli, Santana, Lindor and Ramirez – for the second time in club history (2005 the other)

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians open pivotal series with Detroit Tigers with big win

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The Indians beat the Tigers, 11-4, in the teams’ pivotal series opener on Friday night in front of 29,137 at Progressive Field. With the win, the Indians increased their AL Central lead to seven and lowered their magic number (combination of Tribe wins and Tigers losses) to nine.

Mike Napoli got the scoring started with a bizarre ground-rule double in the first – on which the ball bounced over the 19-foot wall in left field. Carlos Santana added a two-run single in the second, and Napoli added a two-run homer in the fifth.

After the Tigers cut the lead to 6-4 on Justin Upton’s second homer, a three-run shot in the sixth, the Tribe pushed the lead back to 7-4 on Roberto Perez’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half. Jose Ramirez added an RBI single in the seventh, and Perez, Jason Kipnis and Ramirez drove in runs in a three-run eighth.

Corey Kluber, thought by many to be the AL Cy Young front-runner, pitched seven innings, striking out seven. He improved to 17-9, and his ERA stands at 3.12.

–Photos by  Dan Mendlik and Maureen  MacGregor

Cleveland Indians notch ninth walk-off of 2016 with dramatic rally to beat Miami Marlins

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The Indians completed a sweep of the Marlins on Sunday with a three-run rally that Lonnie Chisenhall capped with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth. The Tribe’s AL Central lead remains 5.5 games after the Tigers beat the Royals earlier in the day.

The Tribe entered the gme 62-3 when leading after seven innings, but the Marlins rallied for a run off Bryan Shaw in the eighth and two off Andrew Miller in the ninth to hand their closer, Fernando Rodney, the ball with a 5-3 lead.

But Rodney walked the bases loaded – Brandon Guyer, Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli (punch run for by Michael Martinez). Jose Ramirez followed with a two-run single, and Chisenhall pulled a line-drive single to right for the winner.

Down, 2-0, in the seventh, the Indians scored three, on Abraham Almonte’s RBI infield single and Jason Kipnis’ two-run single. But JT Realmuto homered in the eighth and Ichiro doubled home Miguel Rojas in the ninth, before Martin Prado’s sac fly made it 5-3.

Jose Ramirez had four hits for the Tribe, and since Aug. 1 is hitting .354 and slugging .560. His double sparked the Indians three-run rally in the seventh. Tribe starter Danny Salazar struck out a career-high-tying 11 batters in 5.2 innings; he’s whiffed a combined 21 batters in his last two starts.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Eighth-inning Jose Ramirez homer gives Cleveland Indians series win over Toronto Blue Jays

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The Indians rallied again to beat Toronto, 3-2, to win the teams’ weekend (2-1) and season series (4-3). The Tribe won on a walkoff (3-2) on Friday and lost (6-5) by a run on Saturday. The club’s AL Central lead remains seven games, as the Tigers beat Boston in Detroit.

Jose Ramirez, who tied Friday’s game in the ninth with a solo shot, hit a two-run homer in the eighth on Sunday to give the Tribe the lead. Cody Allen earned his 24th save.

Ramirez has hit safely in 19 of 20 August games, and is hitting .383 with five homers and 15 RBI this month.

Down, 2-0, the Tribe rallied in the sixth, on three consecutive singles by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor, to cut the lead to 2-1. But a double play and strikeout later and Toronto starter Marcus Stroman had escaped.

Corey Kluber struck out eight in 6.2 innings, allowing those two runs. He lowered his ERA to 3.13 and continued to be a contender in, if not the leader of, the AL Cy Young race.

–photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

A final look at the numbers in the Cleveland Indians record 14-game win streak

Cleveland Indians v Toronto Blue Jays

The Indians won 14 consecutive games from June 17-July 1 to establish the longest winning streak in Cleveland franchise history, edging a pair of 13-game heaters in 1942 (April 18-May 2) and 1951 (Aug. 2-15).

Marked the longest single-season winning streak in Major League Baseball since 2013 when Atlanta won 14 straight, July 26-Aug. 9…also signaled the longest streak by an A.L. team since Oakland reeled off 20 consecutive victories from Aug. 13-Sept. 4, 2002.

The Indians outscored opponents 82-27 (+55) during current 14-game streak (more than 3x greater run production), while batting .295 (154-522) with 57 extra-base hits (24 doubles, 8 triples, 25 HR) and 16 steals…averaging 5.9 runs per game.

Pitching staff registered a 1.58 ERA, a .176 avg. against and 3 team shutouts (1.83ERA, .174 avg., 3 CG’s/2 SHO’s & 13 QS’s by starting rotation; 6.2IP+ in 11 of 14 starts…bullpen has a 0.79ERA, .182 avg; 5R-3ER allowed in 34.0IP, 39 K’s, 12 BB).

Jason Kipnis led the team with 13 RBI during 14-G streak, followed by Lonnie Chisenhall (10), Carlos Santana (10), Jose Ramirez (9) and Juan Uribe (8)…Uribe had team-high 5 HR, followed by Santana (4)…Francisco Lindor/Santana had a team-best 12 runs scored…Chisenhall led team with 19 hits (.404, 19-47).

Tribe was 19 games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2013 season at 92-70 (+22)…the Tribe’s low-water mark of the season is 2 games below .500 (10-12 on May 2)…Cleveland finished June at 22-6 (most wins for Tribe in single calendar month since going 22-7 in June 1965 – 8th time in 52 seasons since ‘65 to record 20+ wins in any calendar month)…

GALLERY: Trevor and Tribe sweep Rays, go undefeated at Progressive Field in June

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The Tribe started off the offense in the first inning in the series finale against the Rays, and kept it going. Behind big hits from Kip and Santana and a gem by Bauer, the Tribe collected their 6th straight win, sweeping the homestand with a perfect 6-0 record AND closing out an undefeated June at home.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians complete sweep of Chicago White Sox on Jose Ramirez’s walk-off single

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The Indians swept the White Sox on Sunday on Jose Ramirez’s 10th-inning walk-off single, the Indians second walk-off win of the weekend. (Carlos Santana hit a walk-off homer on Friday.)

The Tribe completed the sweep in front of 25,269. The Tribe drew 84,247 for the weekend series against the White Sox.

Rajai Davis – who had four hits and two stolen bases — led off with a double, and Jason Kipnis bunted him to third. The Sox intentionally walked Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli, and after Carlos Santana popped out, Ramirez singled past Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu.

Down 1-0, Napoli tied it in the first with a sac fly for his 36th RBI at home this year; he entered the game tied for second in the American League in that category. After the Sox took the lead on Melky Cabrera’s solo shot in the fourth, the Tribe answered again, with Juan Uribe’s second homer in as many days after returning from an injury suffered last weekend in Anaheim.

Carlos Carrasco went 7.1 IP, his second-longest outing of the season, striking out six and allowing just two earned runs.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Chicago White Sox on Carlos Santana’s walkoff homer

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Carlos Santana hit his fourth career walk-off homer (fifth career walk-off hit overall) in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night to lift the Indians to a dramatic 3-2 win over the White Sox in front of 27,912 at Progressive Field.

Santana’s homer was his 14th of the year, tied for the team lead with Mike Napoli and tied for 14th in the American League.

The Tribe had taken the lead in the eighth on a Jason Kipnis RBI double, but the Sox tied it in the ninth on Avisail Garcia’s RBI double.

Trevor Bauer dominated, striking out nine in seven innings and allowing just a run. In his last five starts, Bauer has logged a 2.52 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win on second straight walkoff, over Kansas City Royals

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The Indians earned their second consecutive walk-off win, scoring two in the ninth to beat Kansas City, 5-4, on Thursday in the opener of the teams’ four-game series at Progressive Field.

Tyler Naquin’s RBI single in the eighth cut the Royals lead to one, and Carlos Santana led off the ninth with a single, advancing to second on an error. Jason Kipnis bunted pinch-runner Michael Martinez to third, and Francisco Lindor drove him in with a triple. Mike Napoli followed with a sac fly to win it.

Earlier, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall logged RBI singles, while Rajai Davis walked, singled and stole a base – his 12th steal, tied for second in the American League.

Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs in five innings in his first big-league start since April 24, when he suffered a hamstring injury.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor