Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 8/6/13
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians reliever Chris Perez has closed out the local media. Cleveland's colorful closer, who has not spoken on the record to reporters for several weeks, left Progressive Field on Monday night after blowing a save in a 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers before the clubhouse was open. With Perez long gone, his teammates were left to answer questions about the demoralizing loss, which dropped the Indians four games out of first place in the AL Central. Manager Terry Francona downplayed Perez's snub, which came after he failed to protect a 2-0 lead. The right-hander yielded a three-run homer to Alex Avila and failed to record an out. "In a perfect world guys stand in front of their locker," Francona said before Tuesday's game. "Sometimes it's not a perfect world." Approached by The Associated Press, Perez said he intends to maintain his media blackout. "I'm not talking the rest of the year," he said. "Quit asking." Francona didn't defend Perez's actions, but he doesn't b...
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