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CHICAGO — The baseball that Jose Ramirez deposited in the basket above the ivy-covered wall in right at Wrigley Field was just the start. The Indians have plenty of bad memories when it comes to the Cubs, but Tuesday night did not stir any flashbacks.

Ramirez saw to that in the third inning, when he launched a three-run home run off Cubs righty Tyler Chatwood to ignite a 10-1 rout for the Tribe in its first trip back to the Friendly Confines since the 2016 World Series. There is no rewriting that history, but Cleveland turned in a much more memorable box score this time around.

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CHICAGO — The baseball that Jose Ramirez deposited in the basket above the ivy-covered wall in right at Wrigley Field was just the start. The Indians have plenty of bad memories when it comes to the Cubs, but Tuesday night did not stir any flashbacks.

Ramirez saw to that in the third inning, when he launched a three-run home run off Cubs righty Tyler Chatwood to ignite a 10-1 rout for the Tribe in its first trip back to the Friendly Confines since the 2016 World Series. There is no rewriting that history, but Cleveland turned in a much more memorable box score this time aro Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey und.

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Ramirez led the charge.

“He’s one of the better hitters in the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “You look at him, and I don’t know if you necessarily think you’re going to see a guy who can drive the ball out of the ballpark like that. And now, as he’s accumulating some experience, he knows the pitchers, he knows how to attack them, it makes him even better.” 

The surplus of support worked well for Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer, who cruised through six shutout innings to lower his ERA to 2.35 on the season. Bauer bent at a handful of turns — evidenced by the seven hits, three wild pitches and two walks on his line — but the righty struck out six and halted every potential rally.

Video: CLE@CHC: Bauer fans 6 over 6 scoreless frames

Only Ian Happ‘s home run to lead off the ninth inning against Josh Tomlin — who has recently been moved to the bullpen due to poor performance in the starting rotation — prevented the shutout.

Ramirez’s blast in the third marked his 14th of the season, pulling him within two of Major League leader Mookie Betts. The shot by the Indians’ third baseman came off a 2-2 two-seamer from Chatwood, who labored with his command and allowed 10 of his 17 batters faced to reach base (six via walk).

Chatwood issued a leadoff walk to Francisco Lindor in the third before surrendering a single to Michael Brantley, setting up the home run from Ramirez that spotted Cleveland a 3-0 lead. That ballooned into a 10-0 advantage in the fifth, when Yonder Alonso delivered a three-run double off lefty Mike Montgomery.

Video: CLE@CHC: Alonso doubles to clear the bases in the 5th

“Ramirez is good. C’mon. This guy is really good,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  said. “[Chatwood] kept throwing that same fastball, and it got into his swing path and, you saw the replay, he crushed it. Ramirez is good, and you can’t keep repeating the same pitch in kind of the same area and hope he’ll miss it. He’s not going to miss it.”

Asked what type of pitch he hit for the homer, Ramirez did not miss a beat.

“Home run pitch,” quipped the third baseman.

Ramirez ended the night 1-for-2 with three walks (one intentional), improving his season slash line to .297/.394/.617. Ramirez has 14 doubles to go along with his 14 homers, and the switch-hitter has logged more walks (27) than strikeouts  Justin Smoak Jersey (18). His 8.9 percent strikeout rate is the fourth-lowest mark in the Majors, and his 4.2 percent swinging-strike rate is the second-lowest rate in baseball.

“It’s impressive watching him,” Bauer said. “He walked three times tonight. He didn’t get a whole lot of pitches to hit. The one he did get to hit, he didn’t [get cheated]. It’s fun. It’s fun joking around with him. He’s a character. But, more than anything, it’s fun watching him do what he does on the field.”

Video: CLE@CHC: Francona on Bauer’s start, offense in win

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Kipnis’ hometown heroics: A trip back home to Chicago usually does Jason Kipnis good, and that held true on Tuesday night. With a host of family and friends  Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey in the stands, the Indians’ second baseman came through with a key two-run single in the fourth inning, pushing the Tribe ahead, 7-0. Kipnis, who is trying to work his way out of a season-long slump, also drew a walk in the second. For his career, Kipnis has hit .298 (62-for-208) with a .466 slugging percentage in games played in Chicago (Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field) in the regular season and postseason combined.

Video: CLE@CHC: Kipnis singles in a pair to pad the lead

MELK DELIVERY
In his second game with Cleveland, Melky Cabrera contributed both in the batter’s box and in the field. The veteran outfielder sparked a three-run outburst in the fourth inning with an RBI double down the left-field line, marking his first hit as a member of the Indians. In the fifth, Cabrera gloved a single by Albert Almora Jr. in right field, spun and fired a pinpoint throw to second, cutting down the runner before he could notch a double. It marked Cabrera’s second outfield assist in as many games.

Video: CLE@CHC: Cabrera doubles in Brantley to extend lead

“He’s very accurate throwing the ball, as we’ve seen two games in a row,” Francona said. “And he’s a professional hitter. We saw him tonight flip over to the right side and get a base hit. So, hopefully he can settle in a little bit, whether it’s playing right field or pinch-hitting, and help us a little bit.”

Video: CLE@CHC: Cabrera throws out Almora at second base

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Alonso set the tone in the field for the Tribe in the first inning, when Ben Zobrist sent Bauer’s second pitch of the game sharply up the first-base line. Alonso dove and snared the ball near the chalk line, scrambled to his feet and then hustled to beat the runner. The first baseman dove and slapped the bag with his glove to record the frame’s first out in highlight fashion.

“That’s huge,” Bauer said. “It changes the game. You get a guy on for a second, and the complexion of the game changes — more pitches, et cetera. Maybe the game turns out differently if he doesn’t make that play.”

Video: CLE@CHC: Alonso makes a diving stop to rob Zobrist

SOUND SMART
Bauer went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three appearances against the Cubs in the 2016 World Series, but the righty has excelled against the North Siders otherwise. In three career regular-season starts against Chicago, Bauer is 3-0 with a 0.46 ERA (one earned run in 19 2/3 innings).

UP NEXT
Right-hander Adam Plutko (1-0, 3.68 ERA) will come up from Triple-A Columbus to assume the fifth spot in the rotation for Wednesday’s 8:05 p.m. ET MLB Network Showcase game against the Cubs, the finale of the two-game set at Wrigley Field. In seven starts at Triple-A this year, Plutko posted a 2.25 ERA in 44 innings. Chicago will counter with left-hander Jon Lester (4-1, 2.52).

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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CHICAGO — Josh Tomlin was not surprised when Indians manager Terry Francona decided it was time to move the pitcher to the bullpen. Tomlin was given nearly two months of the season to regain his footing on the mound, and the starter’s struggles persisted throughout his series of adjustments.

Now, Tomlin will embrace his relief role while continuing to get back on track.

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CHICAGO — Josh Tomlin was not surprised when Indians manager Terry Francona decided it was time to move the pitcher to the bullpen. Tomlin was given nearly two months of the season to regain his footing on the mound, and the starter’s struggles persisted throughout his series of adjustments.

Now, Tomlin will embrace his relief role while continuing to get back on track.

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“I understand the poor performance in the rotation merits going to the bullpen,” Tomlin said on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. “We’ve got a good group down there. I’m happy to be a part of it and happy to do whatever I can to help this team win. Whatever the best situation is right now for me to pitch in to help this team win, that’s what it’s about, and I’m all for that.”

Tomlin was inserted in the ninth inning of the Indians’ 10-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday and gave up a leadoff home run to Ian Happ, his 16th homer allowed this season, before setting down the next three batters with a flyout, strikeout and groundout, respectively, to end the game.

Heading into Tuesday, Tomlin was 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts. The right-hander had logged 31 innings, in which he allowed 29 runs (27 earned) on 46 hits. Both Tomlin and pitching coach Carl Willis felt there was progress within the righty’s past two outings, but not enough to stop Cleveland from switching things up at the back end of the starting staff.

Right-hander Adam Plutko is scheduled to come up from Triple-A Columbus to start for the Indians against the Cubs on Wednesday, and he will assume Tomlin’s place in the rotation. In seven starts this season for the Clippers, Plutko has posted a 2.25 ERA with 35 strikeouts against nine walks in 44 innings. He also made a spot start for the Tribe in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Toronto on May 3, allowing three runs over 7 1/3 innings for his first Major League victory.

Video: TOR@CLE: Plutko K’s 6, gets the w Joe Carter Throwback Jersey in in his 1st start

“We’re excited about it,” Willis said of getting a more extended look at Plutko. “He really picked us up [during the doubleheader]. Obviously, he was aware of where we were at that particular point with the bullpen and everything else. And to go out and command the baseball like he did, I guess speaks more than anything else of the mental toughness.

“I think that’s, a lot of times, the first hurdle a young pitcher has to get over at the Major League level. I think he certainly showed us enough and has earned another opportunity to show us what he can do.”

Worth noting

• Center fielder Bradley Zimmer (10-day disabled list, left rib contusion) resumed regular batting practice with the Indians on Tuesday in Chicago. Francona noted that Zimmer appears on target for a return to games by the weekend, though it is undetermined whether the outfielder will need a Minor League rehab assignment.

“He probably needs it,” said Francona. “But, depending where we’re at — we’ll see. It would probably serve him well, but we’ll see.”

• This series in Chicago marked the Tribe’s first trip to Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series. Francona did not waste much mental energy thinking about that fact: “We move on pretty quick. I think we even said when that season was over, ‘We don’t want to be that team that’s always talking about 2016.’ They’re great memories, but we need to move on.”

• Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (10-day DL, right calf) went 2-for-2 with a double in his first Minor League rehab game with Columbus on Monday. Chisenhall will work out with the Clippers on Tuesday and then will play again with the affiliate on Wednesday, per Francona.

• Without the use of the designated hitter against the Cubs, Edwin Encarnacion was out of the starting lineup for the Indians, who stuck with Yonder Alonso at first base for Tuesday’s game. Through 14 games played in May, Encarnacion has hit .304 with four home runs, 15 RBIs and a .942 OPS.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Ja Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey ys from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Has there been any thought of moving Josh Tomlin to the bullpen permanently? If he could throw his best stuff for one inning and mix in more curves, could he have some value in that role? Right-hander Adam Plutko looks ready to take over the fifth spot in the rotation.
— Shaun K., Fairlawn, Ohio

The Indians might have reached that point this week.

Has there been any thought of moving Josh Tomlin to the bullpen permanently? If he could throw his best stuff for one inning and mix in more curves, could he have some value in that role? Right-hander Adam Plutko looks ready to take over the fifth spot in the rotation.
— Shaun K., Fairlawn, Ohio

The Indians might have reached that point this week.

As things currently stand, Plutko is set to come up from Triple-A Columbus to start against the Cubs on Wednesday in Wrigley Field. Tomlin will move to the bullpen in the meantime, with Mike Clevinger (Thursday), Corey Kluber (Friday), Carlos Carrasco (Saturday) and Trevor Bauer (Sunday) handling the next series a Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey gainst the Astros. Once we know the probable starter for May 28, we’ll know if the decision to go with Plutko over Tomlin was temporary.

Video: TOR@CLE: Plutko K’s 6, gets the win in his 1st start

There is some risk to putting a player of Tomlin’s attributes in a bullpen. The right-hander does not feature high velocity and he is prone to giving up home runs. Through 31 innings this year, Tomlin has allowed 15 homers. That’s a rate of 4.4 home runs per nine innings in 2018, boosting his career rate to 1.6 over his nine seasons.

In 17 career relief outings, Tomlin has a 7.76 ERA and .981 opponents’ OPS. Given the size of that sample, perhaps it’s more fair to look at some career marks for Tomlin (starting and relieving combined).

Opponents’ OPS by pitch count
Pitches 1-25: .745
Pitches 26-50: .764
Pitches 51-75: .830

Opponents’ OPS by times faced
First PA vs. batter: .731
Second PA vs. batter: .781
Third PA vs. batter: .849

So, in theory, Tomlin might be better if he is limited to facing a handful of batters once as a multi-inning reliever. The righty excelled in that role during the American League Division Series against the Yankees last October, logging three no-hit innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

In those ALDS appearances, Tomlin featured his curveball 30.3 percent of the time vs. 24.1 percent of the time in the 2017 regular season. His cutter usage also rose (51.5 percent vs. 35.1 percent) and his fastball use dropped (18.2 percent vs. 36.7 percent). Tomlin focused on his best pitches in a limited-exposure relief role and had success. Maybe it can work this time around, too.

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Tweet from @awful_person: #IndiansInbox is Perez’s lack of playing time mainly due to his ice-cold start at the plate? Does that change the dynamics for Mejia?

I think this has been more of a case of Yan Gomes playing his way into regular innings. Offensively, Gomes has posted a 111 weighted Runs Created Plus (indicating that he’s hit 11 percent above league average to this point) and his slash line (.257/.328/.460) has been above his career mark (.244/.293/.421). His 0.7 WAR (per Fangraphs) ranks 12th among MLB catchers.

Video: CLE@HOU: Gomes smashes a solo home run to left

Looking at his defense via Baseball Prospectus, Gomes has logged 3.3 Fielding Runs Above Average, ranking him sixth overall in the Majors. He was tied for fifth with 3.0 Framing Runs Above Average. Per Statcast™, Gomes has had a slight edge on Roberto Perez in average pop time, arm strength and exchange speed. Both were below league average so far with a 14 percent caught-stealing rate apiece.

I don’t see the situation impacting Francisco Mejia‘s timline to the big leagues right now. The Indians want their top prospect getting regular playing time, and he wouldn’t be getting that in Cleveland with Gomes doing the bulk of the catching.

Tweet from @DreamingBasebll: Do you think there is a chance we might see Shane Bieber brought up to pitch in relief in the next month? Clevinger provided some effective relief innings in 2016, wondering if the Tribe thinks Bieber could do the same #IndiansInbox

The rotation depth is thin at the moment, so I don’t see this happening. With Plutko in the Majors now and Tomlin moved to the bullpen (temporary or otherwise), Shane Bieber suddenly looks a phone call away from The Show. If something were to happen to one of Cleveland’s big league starters, there is little depth behind the group at the moment. Keeping Bieber, who is ranked the club’s No. 8 prospect, in a starting role provides an important layer of depth. It’s unclear how much longer it will be before Ryan Merritt and Cody Anderson — both on the 60-day disabled list — are realistic depth options again.

Tweet from @AndyLReid: Are they actually going to wait until the deadline to start making moves?

This comes down to the old adage: It takes two to tango. Even if the Indians wanted to be aggressive in acquiring help via trade now, this is not the time of year in which the market has developed. The options right now are limited, which is why Cleveland made a minor move to reel in Oliver Drake from the Brewers. Those are the kinds of trades that typically happen in this part of the season. A Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey s the Indians get closer to the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31, there will be a clearer sense of what is available and that is when the Tribe can more realistically make a strong push.

Tweet from @Pynchump216: Is Salazar still throwing bullpens in the desert?

Yes, Danny Salazar is ramping up his throwing program again after receiving a PRP injection for his problematic right shoulder earlier this month. The bigger question is whether Salazar will be an option for the rotation or bullpen, if and when he returns in the second half. Here’s what Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations had to say on that topic last week:

“Right now, we’re looking at how we get Danny healthy. Let’s get him healthy. Let’s get him throwing regular bullpen [sessions]. Let’s get his intensity up to the point that he’s at a spot, competitively, where he can pitch at the Major League level. Once we start clearing some of those hurdles, we can assess if that’s going to be more likely in the rotation or more likely in the bullpen. Some of that’s going to be dependent  Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey upon what’s happening with the Major League team.”

Tweet from @jeffkopache: Lonnie status?

Lonnie Chisenhall is just beginning a Minor League rehab assignment in his comeback from a right calf strain. The outfielder will play on an every-other-day basis at first, as he builds up his strength and endurance. The Indians have not announced how many games Chisenhall is expected to log before potentially rejoining the Major League outfield.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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HOUSTON — The Indians added outfield depth to their roster, calling up veteran Melky Cabrera on Sunday. The 33-year-old Cabrera, who signed a Minor League contract with the Indians in late April, was slated to start in right field and bat sixth in the series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

In a corresponding move, the Indians optioned right-handed reliever Evan Marshall to Triple-A Columbus, and to make room for Cabrera on the club’s 40-man roster, right-hander Alexi Ogando was designated for assignment.

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HOUSTON — The Indians added outfield depth to their roster, calling up veteran Melky Cabrera on Sunday. The 33-year-old Cabrera, who signed a Minor League contract with the Indians in late April, was slated to start in right field and bat sixth in the series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

In a corresponding move, the Indians optioned right-handed reliever Evan Marshall to Triple-A Columbus, and to make room for Cabrera on the club’s 40-man roster, right-hander Alexi Ogando was designated for assignment.

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The switch-hitting Cabrera spent a little over a week in extended spring training when he first signed before moving to Columbus, where he logged 12 hits in 42 at-bats.

“We’ve been talking about the need,” manager Terry Francona said. “I just think we wanted to give Melky enough time to have a chance to be Melky. I don’t think it’s fair to anybody, just because you have a need, to call anybody up prematurely. By all accounts, he’s done a really good job. He’s worked hard. He’s got himself in good shape.”

Video: CLE@HOU: Cabrera fires strong throw to nab Bregman

The Indians are familiar with Cabrera, a veteran of 13 Major League seasons. He played for two teams in the Indians’ division last year, compiling a .285 average with 17 homers and 85 RBIs over 156 games for the White Sox and Royals.

“It’ll be nice because now I can finally root for him not to make outs,” Francona said. 

Cabrera was one of many established big leaguers who found themselves without contracts when Spring Training began. Cabrera said he did not participate in the free-agent camp that was coordinated by the Players Association to help job-seekers get into playing shape.

He finalized a Minor League deal with the Indians on May 1.

“It was a little bit weird at that time, because I’m so used to having a contract in place and being ready for Spring Training,” Cabrera said through interpreter William Clements. “I was able to keep working, just as I always would, throughout that time. I’m thankful the Indians have given me the opportunity.”

Because of injuries, the Indians are lacking depth in their outfield. Tyler Naquin has been on the disabled list since May 12 with a left hamstring strain, while Bradley Zimmer has been sidelined more than a week with a left rib contusion. Lonnie Chisenhall, out since early April with a right calf strain, is beginning a rehab assignment on Monday.

“One day a Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey t a time,” Francona said. “We don’t know exactly when guys are coming back. We’ll see how it goes.”

Miller improving
A stiff back prevented lefty reliever Andrew Miller from pitching on Saturday, but he felt confident he would be available for the Tribe’s series finale with Houston Sunday.

Miller didn’t pitch, but Francona Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  said after the Indians’ 3-1 loss that had they tied the game or moved ahead, he would have called on the left-hander.

Francona consulted pitching coach Carl Willis before the game to get his recommendation on how to handle Miller.

“I said, ‘Would it be better for him to pitch, or not?'” Francona said. “He  Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey said, ‘Probably not, unless we had a chance to win.’ We stayed away.”

Hours before first pitch, Miller threw on the side and felt no lingering issues from the back stiffness that sidelined him on Saturday.

“I’m not really worried about it,” he said. “Maybe try to sit with better posture.”

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.


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HOUSTON — Carlos Carrasco came into Sunday night’s game having never allowed a run at Minute Maid Park in 15 1/3 innings over two starts. The Astros finally got to the Indians right-hander, as Brian McCann‘s two-run homer in the seventh inning was the decisive blow in a 3-1 loss in the rubber match of the three-game series.

The Indians managed only one hit off Houston starter Lance M Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey cCullers Jr. in his seven innings and collected only three hits for the game, with Michael Brantley‘s leadoff double in the ninth off Chris Devenski leading to their lone run and extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

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HOUSTON — Carlos Carrasco came into Sunday night’s game having never allowed a run at Minute Maid Park in 15 1/3 innings over two starts. The Astros finally got to the Indians right-hander, as Brian McCann‘s two-run homer in the seventh inning was the decisive blow in a 3-1 loss in the rubber match of the three-game series.

The Indians managed only one hit off Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. in his seven innings and collected only three hits for the game, with Michael Brantley‘s leadoff double in the ninth off Chris Devenski leading to their lone run and extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

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Six of the first nine Cleveland batters struck out against McCullers, who retired the first 15 he faced. Jason Kipnis, who was hitting .173, broke up the perfect game leading off the sixth with a line-drive single to right.

“He’s good, like the rest of their staff,” said Kipnis. “He was mixing speeds with his curveball, he got guys to chase and he also did a good job of pushing his changeup down in the zone and not leaving too many of them up.”

V Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ideo: CLE@HOU: Kipnis singles in 6th for Indians’ 1st hit

Carrasco had pitched 21 2/3 innings of scoreless ball at Minute Maid Park before McCann’s fourth homer of the season. Carrasco wasn’t as sharp as McCullers, but he was effective. After allowing five baserunners over the first two innings, Carrasco settled down, retiring 13 of the next 14 batters as he took a shutout into the sixth.

Carrasco pitched out of trouble in the early going, with the Astros stranding the bases loaded in the second. In the first inning, right fielder Melky Cabrera, who was called up on Sunday from Triple-A Columbus, threw out Alex Bregman at third base as he was advancing from first on a single by Jose Altuve.

“It was important I got some zeros right there,” Carrasco said. “After that, I settled down and pitched a little better.”

In 7 2/3 innings, Carrasco (5-3) gave up three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six.

“I thought he was terrific,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He left a changeup, and McCann took a really good swing. Other than that, he pitched out of a couple of jams. When we’re not scoring, that makes it really hard. He was really good.”

Video: CLE@HOU: Francona on struggles in loss to Astros

The Indians, who have scored a Major League-best 111 runs in May, were stymied by McCullers (6-2), who struck out eight with only two walks.

Even with the defeat, Cleveland (22-23) has won six of the past eight games against Houston (30-18). The Indians hadn’t lost a series to the Astros since May 9-11, 2016, when they lost two of three in Houston. The teams meet again for a four-game series in Cleveland, starting on Thursday.

SOUND SMART
Cleveland had four switch-hitters and three lefties in its lineup on Sunday. They went a combined 1-for-19 against the right-handed McCullers.

HE SAID IT
“He’s got velocity, but you can see that his breaking ball, the slider, is a really good pitch. The same pitch you saw in the World Series, and he kept throwing it tonight.” — Francona, on McCullers

UP NEXT
After an off-day on Monday, the Indians visit Chicago for a two-game set against the Cubs starting on Tuesday. Trevor Bauer will be starting on five days’ rest for the 7:05 p.m. ET start. He will oppose Chicago right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Bauer, who is coming off eight innings in the Tribe’s 6-0 win over the Tigers, will be making his second start this season against the Cubs, whom he beat on April 25.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

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It took Shane Bieber four starts, but the Indians’ No. 8 prospect finally recorded his first Triple-A win.

Bieber allowed three hits and struck out eight as he matched his career high by working eight scoreless innings to lead Triple-A Columbus past Charlotte, 2-1. The right-hander induced 12 ground-ball outs and did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 66 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

Bieber earned an early promotion to Columbus after a dominant five-start showing with Double-A Akron to begin the season. Logging 31 innings, the 22-year-old went 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA and a 30-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’s been equally impressive since joining the Clippers, for whom he’s pitched to a 1.32 ERA with 24 strikeouts and two walks in 27 1/3 innings.

Watch: Bieber’s stellar outing

Altogether, Bieber owns a 1.23 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in nine starts between the two levels. He’s compiled 54 strikeouts against three walks in 58 1/3 innings, giving him a 237-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 255 2/3 professional innings.

Yu Chang, Cleveland’s No. 6 prospect, hit a two-run home run in the third inning to provide Bieber with an early lead. The 22-year-old infielder is slashing .252/.329/.402 on the season, with three home runs and 10 doubles through 37 games.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday:

No. 2 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays’ No. 1) hit a two-run walk-off home run, capping a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate in Double-A New Hampshire’s victory over Binghamton in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The homer was the 19-year-old phenom’s eighth of the season, and he added an RBI single in the nightcap, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk. Through 39 games, Guerrero is leading the Eastern League in average (tied-.421), OPS (1.169), hits (64), doubles (16), RBIs (45) and total bases (106).

Watch: Vlad Jr.’s two-run walk-off homer

No. 48 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers’ No. 3) went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as Double-A Tulsa fell to Arkansas, 11-9. The 19-year-old switch-hitter has hit all five of his home runs from the left side of the plate. He’s hitting .287 over 32 games this season and owns a .361 average during his current nine-game hitting streak.

Watch: Ruiz rips homer

No. 57 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels’ No. 1) hit his fifth home run in his past six games, accounting for Class A Burlington’s lone run in a 2-1 loss against Wisconsin. The 18-year-old outfielder is off to a fast start in his first full season, slashing .326/.398/.611 with six homers and 29 RBIs over 25 games in the Midwest League.

Video: Top Prospects: Jo Adell, OF, Angels

Cubs’ No. 30 prospect Jason Vosler hit a solo homer and later added a two-run shot to record his first multi-homer game of the year for Double-A Tennessee. The 24-year-old third baseman posted a pair of two-homer games as well as one three-homer game with Tennessee in 2017, hitting a career-best 21 homers in 129 games.

D-backs’ No. 3 prospect Jasrado Chisolm is up to seven home runs in his first full season after con Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey necting on his third homer in two games for Class A Kane County. He’s slashing .277/.352/.580 with 18 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs through 28 games. Right-hander Jhoan Duran (No. 16) was sharp on the mound in a no-decision, tossing a season-high five scoreless innings of one-hit ball with one walk and four strikeouts.

Video: Top Prospects: Jasrado Chisholm, SS, D-backs

Marlins’ No. 11 prospect Edward Cabrera went the distance for Class A Greensboro, firing a four-hit shutout against Lakewood in Game 1 of a doubleheader. It was the first career complete game and shutout for the 20-year-old flamethrower, as he allowed four hits and struck out five while firing 52 of his 80 pitches for strikes in the career-long outing.

Mets’ No. 2 prospect David Peterson was a tough-luck loser for Class A Columbia despite posting his third straight seven-inning start. The 2017 first-rounder allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out seven and generating another nine outs on the ground. Peterson owns a 1.91 ERA through 37 2/3 innings in his first full season.

Video: Top Prospects: David Peterson, LHP, Mets

Orioles’ No. 6 prospect Cedric Mullins was a catalyst out of the leadoff spot for Double-A Bowie with a 3-for-5, four-RBI performance. Two of those hits were for extra bases, as Mullins tallied his sixth home run, a two-run shot, and 11th double. The 23-year-old outfielder ha Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey s hit safely in six straight games, during which he’s raised his overall average from .254 to .282.

Video: Top Prospects: Cedric Mullins, OF, Orioles

• One level down, Orioles’ No. 13 prospect Michael Baumann allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings as he tossed his first career complete game in his Class A Advanced Frederick debut. Pitching Game 1 of a doubleheader, the 22-year-old righty issued one walk and struck out a pair while throwing 63 of 94 pitches for strikes. He’s been dominant to begin his career, going 10-2 with a 1.34 ERA, a .176 opponents average and 92 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings (19 games/18 starts) across four levels.

Padres’ No. 8 prospect Logan Allen racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts in six innings as he improved to 6-1 in nine starts for Double-A San Antonio. The 20-year-old southpaw gave up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while throwing a season-high 102 pitches (72 strikes) in the outing. He’s completed at least six innings in five straight starts.

Video: Top Prospects: Logan Allen, LHP, Padres

Pirates’ No. 13 prospect Oneil Cruz hit solo homers in both ends of Class A West Virginia’s doubleheader loss against Lexington. Acquired from the Dodgers at last year’s Trade Deadline, the 19-year-old shortstop has shown big-time power in his first full season with the Pirates, totaling seven home runs over 38 games in the Midwest League.

White Sox No. 6 prospect Zack Collins connected on a pair of solo homers as part of a 3-for-4 game, his first three-hit performance this season, in Double-A Birmingham’s loss to Montgomery. The 23-year-old catcher has produced an .876 OPS and seven home runs in 38 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Zack Collins, C, White Sox

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Terry Francona text Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey s AJ Hinch about Bauer flap

HOUSTON — Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer‘s recent actions suggest he’s trying to move past his social-media-based flap with the Astros. His manager also took his own actions recently in an effort to put any lingering controversies to rest, though through less public measures.

Tribe skipper Terry Francona revealed that he texted Astros manager AJ Hinch following Friday’s game to apologize for any extra burden the squabble caused after Hinch had to take time to field questions about a controversial topic that began with a Bauer tweet.

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HOUSTON — Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer‘s recent actions suggest he’s trying to move past his social-media-based flap with the Astros. His manager also took his own actions recently in an effort to put any lingering controversies to rest, though through less public measures.

Tribe skipper Terry Francona revealed that he texted Astros manager AJ Hinch following Friday’s game to apologize for any extra burden the squabble caused after Hinch had to take time to field questions about a controversial topic that began with a Bauer tweet.

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“I don’t think that’s fair to him,” Francona said. “I just told him that I appreciated the way he handled it, and we’ll try to move on.”

The back-and-forth between Bauer and select Astros players began earlier this month when Bauer, on Twitter, mentioned the use of pine tar for grip purposes increases spin rate, and made thinly-veiled suggestive references to the increased spin rates of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton since joining the Astros.

Several Astros players responded to Bauer in a snarky manner on Twitter, but few spoke directly to reporters about it when approached. That left it up to Hinch to address the tiff, which he did with his typical aplomb, saying at the time that “people do need to sweep their own front porch and Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  deal with th Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey eir own situations, rather than accusations that are unfounded.” Hinch added that his players “don’t deserve to be thrown under the bus like that.”

In the weeks since, Bauer has extended a proverbial olive branch, offering to make a donation to Lance McCullers Jr.‘s charity, and jokingly adding a sign that said “Tyler” to his jersey on Friday, an acknowledgement of Astros third baseman Alex Bregman‘s purposeful misuse of his name on Twitter when the controversy first began.

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Francona winced slightly when asked about Bauer’s jersey addition, and that’s when he revealed he had texted Hinch.

“That’s not what you really want to do as a manager, things like that,” Francona said of Hinch having to address the situation. Francona also expressed to Hinch his respect for Verlander, a former American League Cy Young Award winner, Most Valuable Player and a veteran of 14 seasons.

“I’ve seen guys like that — Verlander — do it for so many years,” Francona said. “I have so much respect for guys that can do that. I just wanted to make sure AJ knew that.”

Hinch said he appreciated Francona reaching out.

“It was a great gesture and that’s one of the reasons why Tito is one of the best,” Hinch said. “I have a ton of respect for him for many  Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey reasons, that being one of them.

“He me Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey ntioned how much work he knows we put into this, and how we’re all trying to get everybody better. He just wanted to be done with the whole topic, and close it.”

Tomlin to the ‘pen
The Indians’ next turn through the rotation is set, with Josh Tomlin moving to the bullpen and right-hander Adam Plutko scheduled to be called up from Triple-A Columbus in time to start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

Bauer will start Tuesday, and Mike Clevinger, who threw 106 pitches in a losing effort against the Astros on Friday, will get an extra day of rest and start next Thursday when the Tribe opens a homestand with the Astros.

“We wanted to get through Clev’s start last night,” Francona said. “We’ll give him an extra day.”

Video: TOR@CLE: Plutko K’s 6, gets the win in his 1st start

Plutko has made seven starts for Columbus, going 4-3 with a 2.25 ERA. He’s allowed 11 earned runs over 44 innings with nine walks, 35 strikeouts and a 0.82 WHIP. The right-hander made his first and so far only Major League start in Game 2 of a doubleheader with the Blue Jays on May 3, holding Toronto to three runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in a winning effort.

The Tribe’s ample off-days gave Francona the opportunity to shuffle things around a bit. Tomlin has made just two starts this month, pitching to a 5.84 ERA.

Chisenhall rehab
Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will take the next step toward a return to the Indians’ active roster when he begins a rehab assignment with Columbus on Monday.

Chisenhall, who has been sidelined with a right calf strain since early April, is expected to play for three or four innings, or long enough for a “couple of at-bats,” Francona said. From there, he’ll play every other day for as long as is necessary to build up enough strength to rejoin the Indians.

How long the rehab assignment will last is undetermined for now.

“He’s been down for quite a while,” Francona said. “We’re going to have to let him build up. Even if he was perfectly healthy, you just can’t miss that amount of time. We’ll have to build him back up.”

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.


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Corey Kluber strikes out 1 Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey 0 in win vs. Astros

HOUSTON — Given the strength of the Astros’ starting rotation, most opposing pitchers don’t count on working with early leads when they face Houston.

Indians ace Corey Kluber had that rare luxury on Saturday at Minute Maid Park. The Tribe offense scored three runs in the first inning before he even stepped on the mound, and as it turned out, the Tribe needed every one of those runs — and two more — in a nailbiting 5-4 win over the Astros.

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HOUSTON — Given the strength of the Astros’ starting rotation, most opposing pitchers don’t count on working with early leads when they face Houston.

Indians ace Corey Kluber had that rare luxury on Saturday at Minute Maid Park. The Tribe offense scored three runs in the first inning before he even stepped on the mound, and as it turned out, the Tribe needed every one of those runs — and two more — in a nailbiting 5-4 win over the Astros.

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“They have a good lineup, one through nine, but they also have a good pitching staff,” Kluber said. “To be able to break through with three in the top of the first definitely is a nice luxury to have. You go into it thinking runs are going to be hard to come by.”

The Astros didn’t have much luck against Kluber through the first six innings. The right-hander struck out at least one batter in each of the first four innings, including the side in the fourth. The two runs he allowed arrived in the sixth when Jose Altuve knocked a two-out single, followed by Carlos Correa‘s eighth homer of the season.

Miller not available Saturday due to back stiffness

Video: CLE@HOU: Kluber strikes out McCann, K’s the side

“I executed most of my pitches early on,” Kluber said. “Later on, the pitch Correa hit out wasn’t a good pitch. The pitch [Yuli] Gurriel hit for a double [in the seventh] wasn’t a good pitch. You have to step back and have kind of the bigger-picture approach. If I look back on when I made good pitches, things usually go in my favor.”

Kluber struck out a total of 10 batters, helping bring Cleveland back to the .500 mark at 22-22. He also moved up on a prestigious list of Indians pitchers, passing CC Sabathia for fifth on the club’s all-time strikeout list.

Kluber has 1,272 career strikeouts and is within a stone’s throw of the next two Tribe legends on the list: Bob Lemon and Early Wynn are tied for third with 1,277. The win also brought Kluber’s record to 7-2, making him the first American League starter — and the second in MLB after Washington’s Max Scherzer — to reach the seven-win mark.

Video: HOU@CLE: Brantley lifts a solo homer to left-center

The three first-inning runs came off Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who coughed up three doubles and a home run to Michael Brantley as the Indians sent eight men to the plate.

Keuchel, who allowed just one run in his past 15 innings (two starts), needed 26 pitches to record three outs against Cleveland’s power-hunting offense. Saturday marked the first time Keuchel surrendered four extra-base hits in any single inning.

Video: CLE@HOU: Encarnacion drives in Ramirez with a double

Of the six Indians to make contact against Keuchel in the inning, four recorded exit velocities of more than 104 mph, according to Statcast™. Thanks to Minute Maid Park’s Crawford Boxes in left field, Brantley’s 348-foot home run landed on the short porch and had a 24-percent probability of being a hit. With a 94.3-mph exit velocity, the homer was Cleveland’s softest hit of the inning.

Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion each followed Brantley’s one-out homer with doubles to plate Cleveland’s second run, and Jason Kipnis added another RBI two-bagger three batters later.

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Video: CLE@HOU: Kipnis plates Encarnacion with a double

“Anytime you can play with a lead is goo Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey d,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We got a couple add-on runs that we needed, because when you play these guys, they just keep coming. Fortunately they ran out of time, because man, that’s how they play. We respect how they play.”

The Indians manufactured another run in the fifth when Rajai Davis came home on Ramirez’s infield single, and Yan Gomes crushed a 420-foot solo home run, as projected by Statcast™, in the sixth.

Video: CLE@HOU: Gomes smashes a solo home run to left

The Astros used the long ball to chip away in the late innings, first with Correa’s two-run homer. Alex Bregman added a solo shot in the eighth, and Marwin Gonzalez brought Houston within one run with a one-out solo jack in the ninth off Cody Allen. But Allen retired the last two batters to complete a five-out save.

“That’s a big win for us,” Allen said. “We’re scuffling right now. As a team, I feel like we’re playing really, really good baseball, but just getting those last few outs of the game and holding leads has been tough for us right now. Hopefully this is a sign of what’s to come.”

Video: CLE@HOU: Allen strikes out Kemp to pick up the save

SOUND SMART
Kluber has made 33 regular-season starts since June 1 of last season — roughly a full season’s worth. Over that span, he’s 22-4 with a 1.85 ERA, having allowed 49 earned runs over 238 2/3 innings with 33 walk Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey s and 295 strikeouts.

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The umpires initiated a crew-chief review in the eighth inning after Altuve was initially awarded a home run on a fly ball that hit the padding halfway up the wall in right-center field and ricocheted into the stands. The replay official concluded it should be a ground-rule double.

Video: CLE@HOU: Altive’s homer overturned after replay

UP NEXT
The Indians and Astros wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, a matchup that will be nationally televised by ESPN. Tribe righty Carlos Carrasco (5-2, 3.66 ERA) will pitch on an extra day of rest when he takes the mound for his seventh career appearance (sixth start) vs. Houston, against whom he has a 2.67 ERA. The Astros will counter with right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (5-2, 3.63). The Astros and Indians are in the middle of a 10-day stretch during which they’ll meet seven times.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.


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An Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey drew Miller not available in win due to back

HOUSTON — Just as he was feeling fully recovered from the hamstring strain that kept him out of action for three weeks, Andrew Miller found himself sidelined again — though this time, he’s confident it’s temporary.

Miller, one of the cogs of the back end of the I Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey ndians’ bullpen, was not available during Saturday’s game in Houston due to back stiffness. The left-hander felt it lock up on him Friday after he went through his normal pregame routine, though he can’t pinpoint any particular movement that caused the stiffness.

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HOUSTON — Just as he was feeling fully recovered from the hamstring strain that kept him out of action for three weeks, Andrew Miller found himself sidelined again — though this t Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey ime, he’s confident it’s temporary.

Miller, one of the cogs of the back end of the Indians’ bullpen, was not available during Saturday’s game in Houston due to back stiffness. The left-hander felt it lock up on him Friday after he went through his normal pregame routine, though he can’t pinpoint any particular movement that caused the stiffness.

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“It’s frustrating,” Miller said after the Tribe’s 5-4 win over Houston. “I did all the pregame stuff fine. It just really locked up on me. I got treatment and it responded well. I think the smart thing was not to be out there today.”

Miller will be reevaluated on Sunday. He’s confident he’ll be available to p Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey itch in the finale in Houston, a night game that will be nationally televised on ESPN.

“I have to be good enough to go out and compete, and I think [Sunday] will be the day,” he said.

Miller doesn’t believe that the back stiffness is somehow related to the hamstring malady, but he admitted to being exasperated that a nagging ache appeared as soon as he seemed to be past the first one.

“I’m kind of going nuts,” he said. “I’m frustrated. I have to get better.”

Manager Terry Francona seemed resigned to the wait-and-see mode.

“If he gets out there [Sunday] and feels good, that would be great,” he said. “You can bet if you  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey see him pitching, he feels really good.”

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.


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Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Kopech, Cease lead top prospect performers

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

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Two of the top five prospects in the White Sox farm system took the mound on Friday night, and they didn’t disappoint. Chicago’s No. 2 prospect (No. 9 overall), Michael Kopech, rode his blistering fastball to his longest Triple-A start, while the team’s No. 5 prospect — and No. 56 prospect overall — Dylan Cease turned in six scoreless frames of his own in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem’s 6-0 victory over Down East.

Kopech tossed seven scoreless innings for Charlotte, giving up just two hits, walking two and striking out nine. He didn’t allow his first hit until he yielded a two-out double in the fifth. The performance was a big turnaround after the 22-year-old right-hander surrendered eight earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in his previous outing.

“It was a night where three out of my four pitches were working for me,” Kopech told MiLB.com. “My changeup wasn’t great tonight, but I did throw it in some counts where I was able to get some swings over it and just go take advantage of putting guys behind with that pitch.”

Watch: Kopech fans Haase on three pitches

Cease, meanwhile, allowed two hits, while walking two and fanning six for the Dash. The 22-year-old right-hander lowered his season ERA to 3.12 over eight starts.

Other top prospect performances from Friday’s action:

• Two-way player Brendan McKay, the Rays’ No. 3 prospect (No. 24 overall) made his pitching debut for Class A Advanced Charlotte, tossing five scoreless innings over which he yielded one hit and struck out five. McKay, who also plays first base, posted a 1.09 ERA in six starts for Class A Bowling Green before his promotion.

Tigers No. 3 prospect — and No. 55 prospect overall — Alex Faedo threw seven brilliant innings in Class A Advanced Lakeland’s 1-0 victory over Tampa. He held the Tarpons scoreless on only two hits, walking one and fanning five. The performance lowered the right-hander’s season ERA to 3.50 over eight starts and was a bounceback effort after he allowed eight runs on 10 hits over just two innings in his previous start.

“I’m not saying it’s ever good to have a start [like my last one],” Faedo told MiLB.com, “but when it happens it really gives you a chance to reflect. And for me, it served as a reminder that I’m going up against professional hitters and everyone out there is trying to get the best of you and beat you, so I need to always get the best out of myself. So it definitely was a reminder that I need to pay attention to detail every single time I’m throwing. With everyone having access to a scouting report, it’s crucial to put an emphasis on every pitch and just keep getting better every time I go out there. So that’s been my focus.”

Stephen Gonsalves, the Twins’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 74 prospect overall, struck out 11 over 5 1/3 scoreless frames in Triple-A Rochester’s 2-0 win over Pawtucket, walking four and giving up four hits. The 23-year-old left-hander has a 2.95 ERA in four starts for Rochester after a promotion from Double-A Chattanooga, where he posted a 1.77 ERA over four starts.

• Left-hander Alex Young, the D-backs’ No. 23 prospect, tossed eight scoreless innings in Double-A Jackson’s 4-1 win over Pensacola. He gave up just three hits and walked two while striking out seven, lowering his ERA on the season to 3.91 in nine starts.

Indians No. 23 prospect Ka’ai Tom had a huge night at the plate in Double-A Akron’s 15-3 rout of Hartford, going 5-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. The 23-year-old outfielder added 37 points to his batting average on the season, raising it from .190 to .227. The pair of homers gives him five in 32 games this season.

Tom blasts 2nd homer of the game

Marlins No. 21 prospect Pablo Lopez continued his sensational start to the 2018 season, tossing 5 2/3 innings while allowing no earned runs (three unearned), five hits and three walks while fanning 10. The 22-year-old right-hander’s ERA for the season is 0.28 over six starts, and he has 37 strikeouts to seven walks.

Lopez gets 10th K

Padres’ No. 21 prospect Chris Paddack continued his remarkable run in his return from Tommy John surgery, striking out 10 over 5 2/3 shutout frames for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to stretch his scoreless-inning streak to 21 2/3 innings to start  Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey the season. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up just two hits and a walk and has yielded only seven singles and three doubles through his first four starts while posting a 36:2 K/BB mark.

“Tonight, we worked off the fastball command,” Paddack told MiLB.com. “My curveball was working tonight. I threw a few changeups when I needed to. But other than that, we threw every bit of 50-to-55 fastballs, if not more.”

Red Sox No. 24 prospect Chad De La Guerra went 2-for-5 in Double-A Portland’s 8-4 victory over Altoona, racking up multiple hits for the fourth straight game. The 25-year-old infielder is batting .413 (19-for-46) with two homers in 11 games for the Sea Dogs after he hit .137/.158/.205 with one home run in 22 games for Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the season.

Royals No. 4 prospect MJ Melendez had a career night at the plate in Class A Lexington’s 6-0 victory over West Virginia, doubling and homering twice while driving in a career-best five runs. The 19-year-old catcher raised his season batting average by 16 points in the process, and he is slashing .269/.330/.625 with seven home runs in 28 games.

Melendez told MiLB.com that after watch Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey ing a recent MLB.com interview of Bo Bichette, in which the Blue Jays prospect credited a return to being himself at the plate for his emergence from a slump, he decided to do the same.

Video: Bo Bichette and Guerrero Jr. break down their at-bats

“I really felt like I was trying to do too much in the early and middle parts of the season. … I’m just going back to sticking to my approach, hit the ball solid and not trying to do too much by not trying to lift balls out of the park, and let my physical abilities take over.”

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitte Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey r at @MannyOnMLB.