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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber nearly goes the distance in dominating the Twins for win No. 15

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Date/score: September 11, 8-2

Opponent: Minnesota Twins

Pitching line: 8.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 SO, 0 BB

Record: 15-9

2014 strikeout total: 230

Key at-bat(s): Trying to hang on for a complete game, Kluber allowed singles by Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Escobar in the eighth – but as he had done all season, buckled down, striking out Jordan Schaefer and getting Danny Santana to line out. He entered the ninth having thrown 96 pitches, but allowed three singles, the latter an RBI variety by Trevor Plouffe, and exited after 8.1 innings.

Notable: The second of five wins in a row, Kluber had five 1-2-3 innings in the victory.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 66

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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber pitches complete game to beat ChiSox for win No. 14

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Date/score: September 6, 3-1

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB

Record: 14-9

2014 strikeout total: 223

Key at-bat(s): In the fifth, Carlos Sanchez singled and Tyler Flowers doubled a batter later to put men on second and third; Kluber, though, got Adam Eaton to fly out to center to end the inning and the threat.

Notable: Kluber’s outing marked the seventh time he allowed no earned runs in a start; in those starts, he averaged eight innings per outing.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 83

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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber shines on the big stage in the Bronx in win No. 13

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: August 9, 7-1

Opponent: New York Yankees

Pitching line: 6 IP, 0 ER, 10 SO, 1 BB

Record: 13-6

2014 strikeout total: 187

Key at-bat(s): Kluber cruised through five innings in the Bronx, but Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury singled to start the sixth. Kluber buckled down and struck out Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew to retire the side.

Notable: Along with a no-decision in his next start, in which he allowed one run in 7.2 innings, Kluber lowered his ERA to a season-low 2.41.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 73

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Gomes on conference call: Silver Slugger Award ‘sums up a pretty eventful year’

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Yan Gomes chatted with Cleveland reporters on a conference call this morning, a day after he was awarded the AL Silver Slugger at catcher.

Here’s a few things Yan had to say:

“(The award) sums up a pretty eventful year, from signing a contract (in April) to having a baby.

“I’m so thrilled for (Michael Brantley, who also won a Silver Slugger Award). He had an unreal year. To be recognized as an MVP Award candidate … He had an amazing year and I credit him a lot for the year I had. He set the tone in the lineup and helped me out a lot.

On what helped him at the plate in 2014: “A more consistent amount of at-bats and (Manager Terry Francona) telling me I just needed to focus on defense and the pitching staff — that helped me relax at the plate.

On Corey Kluber potentially winning the Cy Young: “I’ve been in touch with him this week and this offseason, just talking about how amazing his year was. If he doesn’t get the hardware — he needs to be still really thrilled with the kind of year he had. I might be biased, but it’s a hands-down thing (for him to win), the way he carried our pitching staff. Cy Young talk got a little louder and some guys might let the pressure hit him. Once the Cy Young talk started happening, he stepped up and did even better his last 3 outings.

On the team’s core: “The core group of guys we have have 2-3 years of experience with each other and we’re going to keep building on that.

On Terry Francona’s extension: “Tito’s extension shows the commitment he has to us. It’s exciting; he’s helped me a ton in the early part of my career, and I’m excited he’s sticking around.

Carlos Santana, Terry Francona to represent Indians in Japan All-Star Series

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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have announced the players who have been named to the MLB All-Star Team to be led by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell – and one of his coaches, Tribe manager Terry Francona! — during the upcoming Japan All-Star Series 2014.  The Japan All-Star Series 2014 will feature MLB All-Stars traveling to Japan next week to play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team).

Tribe first baseman Carlos Santana, who in 2014 became the first Tribe switch hitter to hit 25 homers and walk 100 times in a season, will join Terry overseas in this unique series. Santana also led the Majors in walks this season.

MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the United States, beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11th at 4AM ET.

MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices, including via the MLB.com At Bat app. The games will be called live by a rotating on-air team of MLB Network announcers that includes play-by-play by Paul Severino and analysis from Mark DeRosa and Darryl Hamilton. Each game will re-air later the same day at 9PM ET.

For more information regarding MLB Network’s coverage, please visit http://m.mlb.com/network/shows/?id=live_games.

Gomes, Brantley win AL Silver Slugger Awards

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The Louisville Silver Slugger Awards are given annually to the top offensive performers at each position in each league, and the Indians have two winners this year: catcher Yan Gomes and left fielder Michael Brantley.

Gomes, 27, becomes the first Indians catcher to win an outright Silver Slugger Award; Victor Martinez shared the award with Ivan Rodriguez in 2004. He hit .278 (135-485) with 25 doubles, 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 135 games in 2014, leading American League catchers in average (.278), OPS (.785) and extra base hits (49) and was 2nd in RBI (74) and 3rd in homers (21). The Sao Paulo, Brazil native joined Carlos Santana, Victor Martinez, Sandy Alomar & John Romano as only Indians catchers with 20+ HR, 60+ R and 70+ RBI in a single-season. In his first full season in the Majors, Yan finished 12th in slugging pct (.472), 19th in OPS (.785) and 9th in average vs. LHP (.331) in the entire A.L. among the 76 batters who qualified for the batting title while his 51 RBI over the season’s final 86 games (6/24-9/28) were 2nd on the club behind Santana (55). He is the only catcher in club history to win the *Silver Slugger Award outright (Martinez shared the award in 2004).

Brantley, 27, was named a finalist for the AL MVP award on Tuesday night; he’s up against the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Tigers’ Victor Martinez. Brantley earned his first American League All-Star selection and led the club and set career-bests in virtually every offensive category, becoming the first Indians player to amass 200 hits, 45+ doubles, 20+ HR, 20+ stolen bases in the 114-year history of the franchise; he’s also just the 9th player in MLB history to reach those numbers.

He became the ninth member of the club’s 20 homers/20 steal club and the first Indians hitter since 1996 to record 200 hits. Among A.L. batters he finished 3rd in average (.327) and doubles (45), 2nd in hits (200), 4th in on-base pct. (.385), T6th in runs (94), 7th in OPS (.890), 11th in steals (23) and 12th in RBI (97).  He is vying to become the first Indians A.L. MVP since Al Rosen in 1953. Manny Ramirez and Roberto Alomar (T3rd 1999) were the last Indians players to finish among the top 3 in the A.L. MVP voting.

Louisville Slugger annually awards Silver Sluggers to the top offensive player at each position in the American and National Leagues. The award is voted on by four members of each club’s coaching staff.

The Tribe’s last winner was shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in 2011, while Grady Sizemore was the last Indians outfielder to win the award, in 2008. Victor Martinez was the last Tribe catcher to win, in 2004, and the last time the Indians had two Silver Sluggers in the same year was 2000 (Robbie Alomar, Manny Ramirez).

Photo gallery/video: Swisher, Lasorda honored at 2014 Bob Feller Act of Valor Awards

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Nick Swisher, Tommy Lasorda and Navy service man Garth Sinclair received the 2014 Bob Feller Act of Valor Awards on Wednesday night at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The awards were created last year by author Peter Fertig as a way to pay homage to Bob’s incredible career, both on the baseball field and in service to his country. Bob’s widow, Anne, was on hand again to help honor her late husband’s legacy. Here’s Nick’s acceptance speech:

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(Photos/video by Jeff Malet)

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber extends innings without allowing earned run to 25 in win No. 12

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: August 4, 7-1

Opponent: Cincinnati Reds

Pitching line: 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 7 SO, 2 BB

Record: 12-6

2014 strikeout total: 177

Key at-bat(s): Kluber escaped jams in the first and third innings, then had little trouble until he left the game in the eighth. In the first, he induced a Brayan Pena groundout to end the inning, while in the third it was a Devin Mesoraco popout followed by another Pena groundout.

Notable: Kluber increased his career-long streak of innings pitched without allowing an earned run to 25 before allowing a run in the eighth against Cincinnati at Progressive Field. (Kluber allowed an unearned run on July 24 in Kansas City in his nine-inning outing, then pitched his Maddux on July 30.)

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 67

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Kluber: Stoic on the mound, a prankster off the field

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Everyone knows that Corey Kluber is stoic on the mound. Heck, we based a lot of our #VoteKluber campaign around the All-Star Game around his stoic nature.

But, did you know Corey is also a prankster, with a fantastic sense of humor? To wit:

The chicken is back – May 2: The Indians went 0-6 on a West Coast trip to San Francisco and Anaheim. So after an off day, the Rally Chicken was back – sort of.

Justin Masterson was the brains behind last year’s Rally Chicken stunt, in which the players brought a live chicken to mess with Cody “Chicken Al” Allen. This year, after that losing trip, Kluber brought out a chicken costume to wear and lighten the mood. The Indians won six of their next eight.

JK Construction Co. – July 11: Rumors have it – but are unconfirmed – that Jason Kipnis likes to break things when he’s frustrated. So to presumably poke fun at his destructive teammate, Kluber had JK Construction Co. shirts made for the rest of the group, with a fun fake company slogan on the back: I break it. You fix it.

Rust Cohle impersonation – August 18: With a little help from our friends at MLB Fan Cave, Kluber tried his hand at acting in a spoof of HBO’s “True Detective” show. Corey took on the Rust Cohle and nailed it, the video of which you can see below:

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber beats Felix, delivers a #Maddux for win No. 11

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: July 30, 2-0

Opponent: Seattle Mariners

Pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB

Record: 11-6

2014 strikeout total: 170

Key at-bat(s): Facing off against fellow Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez, runs were going to be at a premium – and Kluber set the tone from the start: He allowed just one base runner in the first three innings on just 33 pitches.

Notable: This would be a “Maddux,” affectionately named for the former fast-working Braves pitcher who made the quick, fewer-than-100-pitches complete game shutout a staple. Kluber threw an incredible 85 pitches in this one.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50 — http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/tag/_/name/bill-james-game-score): 71

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