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The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians have returned to their winning ways, with their substitute No. 3 hitter providing a big boost for their banged-up lineup.Jason Kipnis looks to continue his tear at the plate for the Indians on Tuesday night against the visiting Kansas City Royals.After being swept by the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend, Cleveland (27-21) bounced back with an 8-5 victory over the Royals on Monday. The Indians, who won for the 10th time in 14 home games, pounded out 14 hits with Lonnie Chisenhall's homer the only one going for extra bases."I was glad we cut off that streak," manager Manny Acta said. "Guys like Kipnis do a pretty good job of putting things behind them."Kipnis had three hits and drove in two runs Monday, and is 7 for 13 with two homers and six RBIs in three games since being moved to the No. 3 spot in the batting order to replace the injured Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring). Cabrera is day to day, but Cleveland is also missing Travis Hafner (knee) and Carlos Santana (concussion).Kipnis has managed to knock around Kansas City pitching regardless of his spot in the order. In seven games against the Royals (19-28) this year, the second baseman is 10 for 24 with two homers, seven RBIs and eight runs in helping the Indians to five victories.Scheduled Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (2-3, 4.62 ERA) has yet to face Kansas City this year, but has typically fared well in the series. He went 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA in five games against the Royals last season, and he has a 2.84 ERA in five starts against them at Progressive Field.In front of the home crowd Thursday, Masterson gave up a run, five hits and five walks in seven innings of a 2-1 win over Detroit. Although the walks have been a problem for the right-hander - his average of 4.91 per nine innings ranks sixth-worst in the majors - he has done a good job of limiting the damage, yielding three runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.He could have better luck avoiding free passes against a Kansas City team that has 123 walks - the second-fewest in baseball. Cleveland batters, meanwhile, have a major league-high 197 bases on balls.The Royals have lost eight of 12 and have surrendered eight runs three times in their last five games. Tuesday's scheduled starter, Will Smith (0-1, 13.50), was on the mound in one of those contests.Smith was faced with the daunting task of making his major league debut in the Bronx on Wednesday. The 22-year-old left-hander wasn't quite up to the challenge, allowing five runs and six hits - including three homers - in 3 1-3 innings of an 8-3 loss to the Yankees."Everything's running through your mind - all the adrenaline, debut and all this stuff," he told the Royals' official website, "so the pitches were probably a little elevated."Although Smith had trouble keeping the ball in the park, his teammates also have proven they can go deep. Kansas City, which got homers from Eric Hosmer and Brayan Pena on Monday, has connected for 11 home runs during a seven-game homer streak. The club has not homered in eight consecutive games since April 12-21, 2009.Jeff Francoeur has been in the middle of Kansas City's power surge, going 16 for 32 with four homers during an eight-game hitting streak. He is 6 for 20 against Masterson, who has yielded just one homer over his last five starts and none in his last three at home.
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A much needed victory today for the Indians as they returned home to a crowd of over 25K at Progressive Field. Josh Tomlin was adequate in his return to the mound, and a five-run third inning boosted the Tribe to the win.
Of note, Lonnie Chisenhall homered in his first MLB at-bat of the season, Jason Kipnis collected three more hits and Chris Perez’s only stumble was after capturing...
Entering the 2012 season, the Cleveland Indians were not expected to have all that much starting pitching depth. After last year’s trade that brought Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland and sent out Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, the two-most highly rated hurlers in the system, the Tribe’s minor leagues took a big hit.
Of course, the system still was top-heavy, as there were eight players...
Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will have surgery on his right knee Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Wednesday that Hafner would have an arthroscopic procedure to repair fraying and irritation in his right meniscus. Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday's game against Kansas City...
We have now passed the Memorial Day checkpoint, and your Cleveland Indians (27-21) are still in first place by the narrowest of margins. The red hot Chicago White Sox pounded the Tribe into submission over the weekend and moved themselves just a half game back at 27-22. The onslaught was stunning to say the least, considering the fact that the Indians are built...
After last weekend’s disappointing three-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago White Sox, the Indians are on the verge of at least one roster move today. Injuries have decimated the lineup recently, but it’s not exactly certain what the transactions will be later today.
Previously, it was announced that RHP Josh Tomlin would be activated off the DL and start today’s series...
From the Indians-
“Travis Hafner will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on his right knee to repair damaged meniscus. Expected recovery is 4 to 6 weeks.”
And there you go. At best, Hafner will return after the All-Star break.
[Related: Hafner to DL: Barnes recalled]
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will have surgery on his right knee Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks
Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Wednesday that Hafner would have an arthroscopic procedure to repair fraying and irritation in his right meniscus. Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday's game against...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is in the lineup as Cleveland's designated hitter after missing three straight games with a tight hamstring.
Cabrera was not in manager Manny Acta's original lineup, but was added after going through a full pre-game workout Tuesday before the Indians faced the Kansas City Royals. Acta said he wanted to "ease...
The Indians couldn't have had much more of a disastrous weekend in Chicago. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Tigers in their last home series, the Indians went to Chicago and got mauled three consecutive games, including a 12-6 blowout loss on Sunday.
In addition to losing three games, the Indians also lost four players over the weekend due to injuries. They played virtually...
It is pretty incredible how many ebbs and flows there are in a baseball season. The strength of this team all season has been the pitching. The starters have kept the Indians in game after game and atop the AL Central for most of the young season while the bats attempt to come around. However, over the last week or so, the rotation has hit a tad bit of a swoon.
After being swept...
The Cleveland Indians lost a game and lost a key hitter Wednesday. Prior to their 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Indians announced they had put designated hitter Travis Hafner on the disabled list. Hafner will undergo arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair frayed meniscus in his right knee. Team trainer Lonnie Soloff said Hafner would be sidelined for four to six weeks...
Indians closer Chris Perez has angered Kansas City's Jarrod Dyson for a gesture he made after striking out the Royals outfielder.
Perez, who recently criticized Indians fans for their lack of support, mocked Dyson by waving his hand in front of his face - a move popularized by pro wrestler John Cena - in the ninth inning of Monday's game. Dyson called the gesture '&...
The Cleveland Indians' inability to hit left-handed pitching was an issue again Tuesday as they lost 8-2 to the Kansas City Royals. Cleveland scored two runs on two hits in the first inning, then was held scoreless on three hits for the rest of the game. Kansas City rookie left-hander Will Smith was making just his second major league start, and he baffled Indians hitters for...
(AP) -- The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians have returned to their winning ways, with their substitute No. 3 hitter providing a big boost for their banged-up lineup.
Jason Kipnis looks to continue his tear at the plate for the Indians on Tuesday night against the visiting Kansas City Royals.
After being swept by the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend, Cleveland (27-21)...
There's no place like home for the holiday. After getting pounded on the road for three in Chicago, the Indians will return home to face the dilapidated Royals on Memorial Day. The Indians have won four of six against Kansas City so far this year and will look to continue on at that pace. With the sweep by the White Sox the Tribe have fallen to a half game lead over those same...