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Ryan Merritt retired the final 13 batters he faced in five strong innings in his first big league start, Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City R
Cleveland placed Carlos Carrasco (finger) on the 60-day disabled list before the series opener against the Royals, sidelining the right-hander for the rest of the year.
Indians expect Brantley to be back for start of 2017
The Indians refuted reports that Michael Brantley could miss "significant time" in 2017 due to the right shoulder injury that sidelined him nearly all of this season. "Our expectation is that he'll be ready for spring training," said Chris Antonetti, Indians president of baseball operations. Cleveland.com
Lineup: Indians (91-67) at Royals (81-78)
- 1. Carlos Santana, 1B (S)
- 2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (L)
- 3. Francisco Lindor, SS (S)
- 4. Mike Napoli, DH (R)
- 5. Jose Ramirez, 3B (S)
- 6. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (L)
- 7. Rajai Davis, LF (R)
- 8. Tyler Naquin, CF (L)
- 9. Roberto Perez, C (R)
- SP: Ryan Merritt, LHP
Five Tigers games in five days in five cities? A Wednesday wild-card doubleheader? It could happen, thanks to a few rain drops in Detroit.
Cast your vote on who you think the Cleveland Indians' MVP has been this season.
Hunt for October: Where things stand
The Indians have clinched the AL Central. They are tied in the loss column with the Red Sox for home-field advantage in the ALDS (Boston holds the tiebreaker, so it would have home-field advantage if the teams finish tied). What's at stake this weekend
The Tigers-Indians game Thursday was postponed, and will be played Monday only if it has postseason implications.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Uh-oh. Tigers-Indians game rained out. Could create a huge mess if Detroit is within a half-game of a wild card spot Sunday night. Makeup date Monday? Tiebreaker Tuesday?Wild Card gm Wednesday? Hoo boy
Thursday's game between the Tigers and Indians has been postponed because of bad weather, a move that could force the teams to squeeze in a makeup game next week if it needs to be played.
William Weinbaum ESPN
With Outside the Lines planning to air at 1 p.m. today on ESPN (likely switch from ESPN2 because of rain at MLB game between Cleveland & Detroit) our report on the 1993 boating accident that took the lives of Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin, we remember their families. Their widows, Patti Olin and Laurie Crews, each raised three children whose fathers had died. Laurie said today, "Patti and I both made it through because of our kids." The Olins and Crewses have had to relive tragic memories since Jose Fernandez died on Sunday and both expressed their condolences and sorrow for the Fernandez family.
Cleveland has had the upper hand against Detroit's best pitchers this season and has kept Miguel Cabrera in check. Here are the numbers.
Miggy in elite company vs. Indians
Miguel Cabrera is batting .350 with 42 home runs in his career against Cleveland. Only three other players have sported a batting average of .320 or higher with at least 40 homers vs. the Indians, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
- Babe Ruth - .354, 92 home runs
- Ted Williams - .323, 79 home runs
- Lou Gehrig - .321, 73 home runs
Game-tying singles. Walk-off hits. Go-ahead homers. In 2016, when Cleveland has needed a big hit in a clutch situation, third baseman Jose Ramirez has provided it.
Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth, moments before the game was halted for good, and the Tigers came away with a rain-shortened 6-3 victory over Cleveland.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona expressed optimism Wednesday that Corey Kluber would be available to pitch in the American League Division Series.
'I don't know how Willie did it, but he's been doing it all year.'
Indians president Chris Antonetti talks to Buster Olney about the health of Corey Kluber, how the club has dealt with adversity, Terry Francona's impact and much more.
Cleveland ace Corey Kluber had an MRI on Tuesday in Cleveland that confirmed he has a mild quadriceps strain.
Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in five runs and Justin Verlander struck out 12 to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 12-0 victory against a Cleveland lineup full of backups.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
Justin Verlander is chewing up an Indians lineup of mostly reserve players, as Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall all got the night off. He has 11 K's with one out in the eighth, matching his season high.
The Golden Boyz opened the show discussing the 2016 American League Central Division champion Cleveland Indians and how far they can go in the playoffs.
Which Indians have mastered spin rate?
Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Cody Allen is among pitchers with the highest spin rate on four-seam fastballs. Why spin rate matters (Insider)
On Base Percentage.3297th
Earned Run Average3.877th
Indians @ Royals
Kauffman Stadium - Sat 10/1