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Carlos Rodon struck out a career-high 11 over eight dominant innings and the Chicago White Sox denied Cleveland any chance of winning the AL Central title by beating the Indians 3-0 on Sunday.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Seeing the shocked, grief-stricken Don Mattingly and the Marlins in team jerseys at a televised Miami news conference a few hours after the awful news of Jose Fernandez's death in a boating accident evoked emotional on-camera interviews long ago with three formidable, longtime baseball men. Mike Hargrove, Lou Piniella and Jim Fregosi all broke down in tears when we discussed the unfathomable losses they and their teams experienced many years before of players they'd been with shortly before their passing. Hargrove spoke a decade after a Florida boating tragedy took the lives of Cleveland pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin in 1993 when he was the manager of the Indians. In 2004, Piniella recounted friend and teammate Thurman Munson's death a quarter-century earlier when the plane the Yankee captain piloted crashed near his home in Ohio. And in 2008, Fregosi shared his sorrowful recollections of managing California 30 years before, when Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock was shot to death in the back seat of a car after visiting a childhood friend in Indiana. There is plenty of crying in baseball today and there always will be among all who endure loss and cherish lives that will forever be with them.
Lineup: Indians (90-64) vs. White Sox (73-81)
- 1. Rajai Davis, CF (R)
- 2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (L)
- 3. Jose Ramirez, 3B (S)
- 4. Mike Napoli, DH (R)
- 5. Carlos Santana, 1B (S)
- 6. Brandon Guyer, RF (R)
- 7. Coco Crisp, LF (S)
- 8. Chris Gimenez, C (R)
- 9. Michael Martinez, SS (S)
- SP: Josh Tomlin, RHP
The Cleveland Indians blew some early scoring chances against Jose Quintana and lost 8-1 to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, keeping them from getting closer to an AL Central title.
Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, and the Cleveland Indians moved a step closer to the AL Central title with a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Indians dethroned Royals in Cleveland
The Indians beat the Royals on Thursday to finish 9-1 against Kansas City in games at Progressive Field this season. That's the most home wins the Indians have had in a season against the defending World Series champion, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Carlos Santana's three-run homer pushed the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night and nearer to their first AL Central championship since 2007.
Indians need to secure home-field advantage
Even after the Indians clinch the AL Central, wins and losses will still matter for them for the playoff seedings -- and they'd love to open the division series at home. Buster Olney explains. Postseason prep for division leaders (Insider)
Corey Kluber helps his Cy Young case
Kluber fanned nine in 6 1/3 quality innings as the Indians beat the Royals. With the race for the award seemingly between him and Rick Porcello and the Indians currently set to face the Red Sox in the ALDS, can we hold off on our vote until then? What we learned Wednesday
Who will win the AL Rookie of the Year?
Gary Sanchez is getting all the attention among rookies these days, but he isn't the only first-year player to make a big impact in 2016.
ESPN Stats and Information
Indians starter Corey Kluber's curveball was working on Wednesday. His 7 K with the curve were his most in a start since he had 8 against the Twins in September 2014. Opposing hitters swung at 43% of the curves Kluber's threw, his highest rate in any start this season. They missed on 71% of their swings (12 misses in all) his second-highest miss rate with the pitch in 2016. Kluber's 18 wins match his career high set in 2014.
Corey Kluber allowed two runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night, eliminating the reigning world champions.
MLB.com's Indians reporter Jordan Bastian joins Bruce Hooley. They talk about how the Indians could use short rest in the playoff & the impact of Andrew Miller in the bullpen.
Who are the Indians' future impact rookies?
Francisco Mejia gained some spotlight this summer thanks to his 50-game hitting streak with high-A Lynchburg, the longest in the minors since 1954. Could he have a breakout season with the Indians in a few years? And what about Triston McKenzie? Tony Blengino discusses. Future breakout rookies (Insider)
Indians pitcher Adam Plutko says he was in the middle of his friend's wedding when he got the call-up to the majors.
Indians lead way among walk-off winners
Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Kansas City marked Cleveland's 11th walk-off win this season. That breaks a tie with the Astros for most in the majors.
Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer doubled in a run with two outs in the ninth, helping the Cleveland Indians move closer to an AL Central title with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
So there was a big kerfuffle in Cleveland after a local columnist wrote the Indians now have no chance to win the World Series after Carlos Carrasco went down. But this team is much more than its rotation. It's second in the AL in runs and first in bullpen ERA. That's exactly the kind of team that can overcome an injured starting pitcher.
With their No. 2 and No. 3 starters on the DL, the Indians could use Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer often on three days' rest in the postseason.
The Indians lost starters Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco to injury, but with Corey Kluber at the front of the rotation, they should still be a force in the playoffs.
Bullpen a clear strength for Indians
With Andrew Miller in tow, the Tribe have the best bullpen ERA in the majors since Aug. 1. Cody Allen has also been great, but the key guy could be Dan Otero in the middle innings. Schoenfield: Grading contender bullpens (Insider)
Is Tyler Naquin the AL's top rookie?
With Michael Brantley injured nearly all season, the Indians needed someone to step up in the outfield. Naquin has been that guy, although a rough August has hurt his stock, Jim Bowden writes. Final rookie rankings (Insider)
On Base Percentage.3297th
Earned Run Average3.796th
Indians @ Tigers
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