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Are the Cleveland Indians Finally Peaking for a Playoff Run?

August 27th, 2014 at 6:56 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians have finally won four more games than they have lost. That hasn't happened all season.

Zach Walters hit his sixth home run since joining the Tribe earlier this month to give Cleveland a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings.

Bryan Shaw (5-3) got the win by pitching 2 1/2 innings of scoreless relief.

Cleveland was trailing 5-4 in the sixth inning when Roberto Perez singled to score Mike Aviles. White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton's error allowed Walters to score as well.

However, Chicago tied the game in the seventh on a groundout by Alexei Ramirez. The score remained tied 6-6 until Walters' heroics in the10th.

Corey Kluber (13-7) will take the mound tonight in Chicago against Hector Noesi (7-8).

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T.J. House, Cleveland Indians Bullpen Blank Minnesota Twins 5-0

August 21st, 2014 at 8:28 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Cleveland Indians starter T.J. House combined with four relievers on a six-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

C.C. Lee, Scott Atchison, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Shaw finished the job for House, who improved his record to 2-3 and dropped his ERA to 3.80.

Zach Walters hit his third home run in the second inning to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead.

The Tribe added two more runs in the fourth when Jason Kipnis doubled in Carlos Santana and scored on a single by Mike Aviles.

Cleveland's last two runs came on a single by Michaeel Bourn in the seventh and a home run by Aviles in the ninth.

Corey Kluber (13-6) will start this afternoon for Cleveland against Phil Hughes (13-8) of Minnesota. The game will start at 1:10 Eastern time.

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Kansas City Royals Catch Detroit Tigers: Can Cleveland Indians Catch Them Both?

August 12th, 2014 at 8:25 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians have played mediocre, streaky baseball all season long. Their record is 59-59, and they play like the definitive .500 team.

However, the doors to the postseason remain open. Rather than simply shooting for the second wild-card spot, the Indians can still chase down the American League Central Division title if they get hot.

That's because the Detroit Tigers have lost the division lead to the Kansas City Royals, the team that Cleveland was chasing for the wild-card sport.

In order to make this happen, the Indians must go on a magical run like they did last year, and time is running out.

With Nick Swisher, David Murphy and Michael Bourn banged up, the Tribe will have to rely on relative unknowns like Tyler Holt, Chris Dickerson and Zach Walters to help carry the offense down the stretch.

Fortunately, the Tribe begins a stretch of games tonight at Progressive Field, where the Indians are a robust 34-22. Cleveland must make up some ground this week against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Baltimore Orioles.

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Cleveland Indians Beat Cincinnati Reds 7-1 for Fourth Straight Victory

August 5th, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Corey Kluber continued to pitch like the Cleveland Indians' new ace in a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds last night at Progressive Field.

Kluber (12-6) gave up just six hits and a run in 7 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven. John Axford pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his 10th save.

Lonnie Chisenhall hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, his 11th of the season, to put Cleveland on top 4-0.

Yan Gomes added his 15th home run, a two-run shot, in the eighth inning.

Cleveland and Cincinnati will wrap up their two-game series tonight. Josh Tomlin will start for Cleveland against the Reds' Johnny Cueto. After that, the teams will travel down Interstate 71 and play two more games in Cincinnati.

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Cleveland Indians not Giving up Despite Trades of Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Masterson

July 31st, 2014 at 4:32 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

In past years, the Cleveland Indians trading Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera before the trade deadline would been as a sign of surrender.

However, with the Indians just five games out of the playoffs, they are not finished fighting.

Masterson has suffered through a disastrous season after failing to reach a contract extension with the Tribe before the season. Remember that last year, Masterson was on the disabled list during most of the team's resurgence.

Cabrera never became the perennial All-Star that many Tribe fans envisioned when Cleveland acquired him from Seattle. However, he was a solid contributor who came up with several game-winning hits over the years.

Both men will be free agents at the end of the year, so Cleveland managed to get St. Louis outfielder James Ramsey and Washington infielder Zach Walters in exchange for them instead of nothing.

Ramsey was the Cardinals' first-round draft pick two years ago and was their No. 6 prospect entering this year. He will report to Class AAA Columbus.

Walters, who is hitting .205, will replace Cabrera in the Tribe infield. However, it won't be long before dynamite prospect Francisco Lindor becomes the team's regular shortstop. 

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