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Austin Riley’s perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a
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The Braves’ No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season — and second of his career — as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

“I’m feeling good right now; I’ve been struggling a little bit,” Riley told MiLB.com. “It’s kind of like the struggling where you’re hitting the ball right at people, so it’s kind of frustrating not finding holes. I’m seeing the ball well, I Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 20 Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey Cheap think they’re just starting to fall through.”

Riley gave the Fire Frogs a two-run lead with a homer in the first inning and then homered again, his 11th of the season, in the third.

The 20-year-old drew Kevin Pillar Womens Jersey a walk in the sixth and then finished his day with a double in the seventh.

“That was money. I feel like I haven’t touched second in a while,” Riley said. “Just getting that third hit, it just felt really good. I needed it, for sure.”

Other top prospect performances from Saturday’s action:

No. 4 overall prospect J.P. Crawford (Phillies’ No. 1) put together his second three-hit game of the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the IronPigs’ 5-4 loss to Rochester.

 

No. 7 overall prospect Ozzie Albies (Braves’ No. 1) extended his hitting streak to six games with a 2-for-4 game for Triple-A Gwinnett. Albies hit his fifth homer in the contest and has hits in 10 of his past 11 games, including five multi-hit efforts.

 

No. 29 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros’ No. 2) hit his fourth homer in six games for Double-A Corpus Christi. Tucker finished 3-for-5 and drove in three
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No. 39 overall prospect (Yankees’ No. 4) Jorge Mateo extended his hitting streak to seven games for Class A Advanced Tampa. Mateo led off the game with a solo homer – his fourth  Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale of the season – and finished the day 2-for-4.

No. 49 overall prospect Triston McKenzie (Indians’ No. 3) bounced back in a big way for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. After giving up seven runs in 1 2/3 inning Kevin Pillar Youth Jersey in his last start, McKenzie gave up one run on eight hits over six innings. The 19-year-old didn’t issue a walk and struck out nine Josh Donaldson Womens Jersey.

No. 66 overall prospect Mike Soroka’s (Braves’ No. 4) scoreless streak came to a close, but the 19-year-old still spun a gem for Double-A Mississippi. Soroka gave up an earned run in the sixth, his first in over 30 frames, and left the game after giving up one run on nine hits in six innings.

No. 90 overall prospect Casey Gillaspie (Rays’ No. 5) hit his seventh homer of the season as part of a 3-for-4 effort as Triple-A Durham routed Charlotte, 17-3. Gillaspie hit a two-run homer in the second, singled in the fourth and added a double in the fifth.

 

• Rangers’ No. 4 prospect Ronald Guzman hit his eighth homer of the season, a three-run blast in Triple-A Round Rock’s loss to Iowa. Guzman, who finished Josh Donaldson Jersey 2-for-4 with four RBIs, has homered in two consecutive games and three times in his past five.

 

• Twins’ No. 9 prospect Felix Jorge pitched his way out of trouble through seven innings, but it finally caught up to him in the eighth for Double-A Chattanooga. After pitching seven scoreless innings and giving up eight hits, a trio of hits resulted in two runs against Jorge in the eighth as he finished the game having given up two runs in eight innings. The 23-year-old was a tough luck loser, but the outing was a positive sign after he gave up five runs in his last start.

• Mets’ No. 14 prospect Merandy Gonzalez spun a gem in his debut with Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The righty threw 54 of his 82 pitches for strikes while giving up one run over six innings. Gonzalez was promoted to St. Lucie after posting a 1.55 ERA through 11 starts with Class A Columbia.

• Nationals prospects Blake Perkins (No. 14) and Jakson Reetz (No. 18) helped lead Class A Hagerstown to a 9-5 win over Greensboro as the duo combined to go 4-for-6 with three RBIs. Reetz drove in two runs with a homer in the first, while Perkins added an RBI single in the third.

• Orioles’ No. 17 prospect Cedric Mullins extended his hitting streak to nine and homered for the second time in as many contests for Double-A Bowie. Mullins boosted his average up to .321 with his second four-hit game of the season, finishing 4-for-5.

 

• Nationals’ No. 19 prospect Raudy Read put together a season-best four RBIs with a 2-for-4 game for Double-A Harrisburg. Read helped the Senators get off to a fast start with a two-run double in the first and lifted his club to a 6-5 lead with a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

 

Indians’ No. 22 prospect Ryan Merritt was stuck with a no-decision despite putting together one of his best starts this season for Triple-A Columbus. Merritt set a career high with 10 strikeouts as he gave up one run on three hits over eight innings.

Cleveland hosts Pitch, Kevin Pillar Youth Jersey Hit and Run competition

CLEVELAND — In his final year participating in the annual Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run event at Progressive Field, Chaz Neuenschwander finished the competition on top.

Neuenschwander — a native of Willshire, Ohio — claimed the first-place plaque in the 13/14 baseball division on Saturday morning in the competition’s 21st annual contest. It marked the third time that Neuenschwander has taken part in the competition, and the second consecutive year he has won the first-place prize.

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“This is my last year for Pitch, Hit & Run,” Neuenschwander said. “Yeah, I will remember this and I will remember winning in my last time competing. It was a very cool experience.”

The 24 participants were split into four divisions in both baseball and softball, which consisted of three competitors depending on age. In the two-hour competition, each contestant went through pitching, hitting and running stations in left and center field while their family members watched from the stands on the third-base line.

Each contestant wasn’t a veteran like Neuenschwander, however, as several kids were participating in the competition for the first time. One of the first-timers was Taylor Lemaster (Oak Harbor, Ohio), the winner of the 13/14 softball division.

“I was a little nervous because I Josh Donaldson Womens Jersey didn’t know who I was expecting to be here and who I would be competing against.” Lemaster said. “[My parents] told me to just do what I do best.”

The contest began with pitching, as participants threw six pitches into a pitching net, trying to locate the ball in the strike zone. This was followed by the hitting portion of the competition, where they took three swings off a tee in the left-field corner, hitting the ball across the outfield.

“My favorite part of the day was probably my hitting,” Neuenschwander said. “I probably could have centered it out a little bit, though.

The final part of the event was baserunning. Because the tarp was on the infield, bases were placed in the outfield grass for this station. Each contestant was timed as they ran from second to home.

“The station I liked best Kevin Pillar Womens Jersey was running,” said Micah Nolan (Warren, Ohio), the first-place winner in the 11/12 baseball division.

Along with Neuenschwander and Nolan, Tyson Culp (Bettsville, Ohio) and Caleb Lehman (Celina, Ohio) won first-place in the 9/10 and the 7/8 baseball divisions, respectively. For softball, Kendr Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale a Culler-Gautschi (Huron, Ohio) in the 11/12 division, Brittyn Bruns (Rockford, Ohio) in the 9/10 division and Elly Evarts (Gibsonburg, Ohio) in the 7/8 division joined Lemaster as the first-place finishers.

The winners of each division were set to be honored in a pregame ceremony on the field on Saturday before the Tribe’s game against the Twins.

The top competitors nationwide from each age group will have a chance to compete in the National Finals in Miami during MLB All-Star Week at Marlins Park.

Pitch, Hit & Run, the “Official Youth Skills Competition of Kevin Pillar Jersey Major League Baseball,” invites kids to demonstrate their pitching, hitting and running abilities in both baseball and softball. The competition takes place in conjunction with the “PLAY BALL” initiative between Major League Baseball,
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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey.

Twins’ Brian Dozier hits go-ahead Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jersey HR vs. Tribe

CLEVELAND — Despite a dominant start by Indians ace Corey Kluber, Brian Dozier’s go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning off Cody Allen proved to Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jersey be the difference in the Twins’ 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday at Progressive Field.

Dozier’s shot — his 13th of the season — came on Allen’s sixth pitch after he replaced Kluber, who held the Twins to three hits and struck out a season-high 13 batters in seven innings. The win clinches the series for the Twins, who pulled within a half-game of the Tribe  Customized Jacksonville Jaguars Jersey in the American League Central.Men’s Nike Jacksonville Jaguars Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey.

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“I missed a really good pitch to hit [the pitch before],” Dozier said. “I knew he was coming with a heater. There was no way he was going to try to give a leadoff walk and try to throw a curveball. He could’ve gone for the punch out, but I think it was too risky. I just tried to get the head out.”

The Twins took advantage of the Indians’ miscues in the first inning, leading to a two-run frame highlighted by an RBI double by right fielder Robbie Grossman. Joe Mauer scored the Twins’ second run on a throwing error from Indians catcher Yan Gomes. Both runs in the first were Customized Miami Dolphins Jersey unearned. Chris Gimenez added a solo home run in the ninth inning off Zach McAllister.

Kluber took a no-decision, but he has a 1.29 ERA with 52 strikeouts against six walks in 35 innings since coming off the disabled list on June 1. He has not allowed an earned run for 21 consecutive innings.

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“Boy, he was good,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “It’s a shame, because the way the first inning unfolded, not only did they get the two [runs], but it probably cost him pitching the eighth inning.”
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Twins starter Kyle Gibson was credited with a no-decision after he went 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking four. The only run he allowed came on a home run from Jose Ramirez in the fourth inning.

“[Gibson] had to fight,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “It was kind of mixed bag with him, but he grinded it out until those two walks in the fifth there, and then we went ahead and tried to keep the game under control, and we were able to hang on from there.”

The Indians scored their second run in the seventh on a throwing error from shortstop Jorge Polanco, which tied the game before Dozier led off the next half inning with his homer.

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Buxton ends game with four-star grab: With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and Lindor — who doubled — on second, Twins closer Brandon Kintzler got Kipnis to hit a sinking fly ball to center field. Byron Buxton came charging in and made a diving catch to not only take a hit away from Kipnis, but to end the ballgame. Per Statcast™, the play had a 49 percent catch probability, making it a four-star catch. Buxton leads the Majors with 14 four-star catches this season.

“These guys are very good low-ball hitters, and that’s kind of Kintzler’s bread and butter,” Molitor said. “He got behind a few guys, and Lindor squared up a double there. Kipnis hit it on the butt, too. It’s nice when you have a guy like
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Rogers gets out of trouble: With runners on first and second with one out in the seventh against reliever Matt Belisle, Francisco Lindor beat out a 3-6-1 double-play attempt, and a bad throw to first by Polanco allowed Yan Gomes to score the tying run. Molitor then decided to hand the ball over to reliever Taylor Rogers. The left-hander surrendered an infield single to Jason Kipnis, but was able to get Ramirez to ground out to second to end the inning and escape further damage.

“We had to go out and get Matty after a misplay and [Rogers] was able to settle in and get four big outs for us,” Molitor said. “You can’t say enough about the jobs [Rogers and Tyler Duffey] have done for us.” More >

Dozier goes deep: After the Indians tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, Francona opted to bring in right-hander Allen to face the top of the Twins’ order in the eighth. With Dozier at the plate, Allen left a 3-2 fastball up and in, and the Twins second baseman lined it to the Home Run Porch in left to give the Twins the 3-2 lead. Per Statcast™, the go-ahead homer had an exit velocity of 105 mph.

“That’s how Terry works over there,” Dozier said about Francona bringing in his closer in the eighth inning. “Whenever he gets an opportunity to stop the bleeding or after they tied it back up to gain the momentum back, that’s kind of what he’s known for, whether it is Allen or [Andrew] Miller, or whoever it is.”

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“You hope they don’t come back to have that big of an impact on the game. You think Kluber is hopefully going to settle in — do what he did — and keep them right there, give us our chance and time to go to work on their pitcher. We couldn’t come up with a big hit with the guys on base today.” — Kipnis, on the two first-inning errors

“The guys he was facing, or potentially was going to face, were something like 4-for-40 [against him]. Again, we really needed Cody to pitch and Andrew [Miller] has pitched a lot. That was the reason.” — Francona, on using Allen in the eighth inning

“He was ridiculous. I think he struck out, like, 38 guys today. He was really good today. Breaking ball was phenomenal. He was Kluber. He was picking on the outside part of the plate, cutters, sinkers, wipeout breaking balls that are harder than I can throw my fastball.” — Gimenez, on Kluber

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For the second time in his career, Kluber has collected at least 10 strikeouts in three consecutive outings. Hall of Famer Bob Feller owns the franchise record with four such starts in a row. Feller accomplished the feat from Sept. 23, 1938-April 21, 1939.

Indians outfielder Austin Jackson collected his 1,000th career hit with his one-out single to left in the third inning.

WHAT’S NEXT
Twins: Ace Ervin Santana (9-4, 2.97 ERA) will toe the rubber in Sunday’s series finale against the Tribe at 12:10 p.m. CT at Progressive Field. Although Santana has struggled in June — going 2-2 with a 7.04 ERA in four starts — he is coming off his ninth win, in which he allowed six runs on 10 hits in five innings against the White Sox on Tuesday.

Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin (4-8, 6.07 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for the Tribe in the finale of this series with the Twins on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET. Tomlin has held Minnesota to four runs over 14 innings (2.57 ERA) in two starts this season. The righty has gone 3-5 with a 6.58 ERA in eight home outings this year.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians not rushing Bradley Customized Miami Dolphins Jersey Zimmer vs. lefties

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona weighs multiple factors when decided whether Customized Miami Dolphins Jersey to sit rookie Bradley Zimmer against a left-handed starter. Francona will consider the style of the lefty, while also examining the opposing team’s bullpen, trying to determine if Zimmer could be a weapon off the bench.

On Saturday, Francona admitted he may have over-thought the situation one Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jersey night earlier.

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“I should’ve played him last night. I was kicking myself,” said Francona, referring to having Zimmer on the bench during Friday’s 5-0 loss to the Twins. “It’s not an exact science. We’re trying to develop this kid. You try to maybe give him what you think he can handle, because I think as he grows, he’s going to grow into handling a lot.

“But, I don’t think it’s bad to kind of work into it, because this league can be really tough on people. You feel a responsibility to kind of try to help guys along. I know he wants to play every day, and there’s going to be a day when he does.”

Last season, Francona limited Tyler Naquin’s exposure to lefty pitching and the outfielder thrived offensively,Custom Chiefs Jersey finishing third in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Lonnie Chisenhall has been used mostly against righty pitching and has made a career out of that role. The manager has adopted a similar approach early on with the 24-year-old Zimmer.

Throughout his Minor League career, Zimmer was used to being in the lineup on a daily basis. He hit .273 with a .467 slugging percentage against righties (946 at-bats), compared to .264 with a .411 slugging against lefties (299 at-bats). That is not a dramatic difference, but Zimmer has experienced more inconsistency vs. southpaws. Last year, while undergoing a mechanical overhaul with his swing, for example, Zimmer hit .179 with a .250 slugging off lefties.

“I didn’t even really notice that I wasn’t hitting lefties very well at that time,” Zimmer said, “until our hitting coach sat me down and said, ‘Hey, you’re doing God awful against lefties.’ He was right. I think with the adjustments I made in my swing, certain things I did allow me to now see lefties better. I’ve had much better at-bats and success off lefties this year.”

Between Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland this season, Zimmer was hitting .302 with a .472 slugging percentage in 53 at-bats off lefties, entering Saturday.

Zimmer said he has no issues with how Francona has handled his playing time.

“At first, it was definitely new,” Zimmer said. “I mean, it still is. I’m sort of just used to showing up, and I usually don’t even look in the lineup. I usually just know that I’m playing no matter what. So, it’s been an adjustment, but I think it’s good for various reasons. One being, if I’m not starting, I stay locked in and am able to come off the bench.”

“I’ve faced a handful of lefties here, so I’ve definitely gotten my opportunities,” he added later. “It’s just kind of baby steps, and then we’ll Customized Jacksonville Jaguars Jersey see what the future holds.”

Indians sign four more picks

Cleveland signed 2017 Draft picks outfielder Johnathan Rodriguez (Round 3), lefty Kirk McCarty (Round 7), lefty Matthew Turner (Round 11) and right-hander Nick Gallagher (Round 16) on Saturday. The Indians have now signed 21 of their draftees, including six of the team’s first 10 picks.

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Logan Ice put together one of the best offensive games of Custom Kansas City Chiefs Jersey his young career and led Class A Lake County to a 15-6 win over Dayton on Sunday.Men’s Nike Jacksonville Jaguars Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey.

Ice, the Indians’ No. 21 prospect, put together his first career two-homer game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high seven RBIs.

Custom Dolphins Jersey “It felt good, really good actually,” Ice told MiLB.com. “I felt like I hadn’t been doing as much as I could offensively for the team and today I was able to help out. It was good to help us get the win today.”

Ice helped jumpstart the Captains’ offense with a three-run homer that highlighted a five-run fifth and then blew the game open with a grand slam in the sixth. Not only did the two homers mark Ice’s first multi-homer Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jersey game, but the switch-hitter also managed to go deep once from each side of the plate.

“I went from the right side first and then followed with the left second,” Ice said. “First time I have ever done that. It feels good to do it from both sides because I’ve been working hard to make changes and get consistent hard contact.”

Other top prospect performances from Sunday’s action:

No. 65 overall prospect Dylan Cease (Cubs’ No. 3) had a short but efficient outing for Class A South Bend. Cease, 21, struck out five, walked two and didn’t surrender a hit over four scoreless innings. Dodgers’ No. 22 prospect Dustin May, pitching opposite of Cease, was also effective as he threw 6 1/3 scoreless frames.

 

No. 90 overall prospect Casey Gillaspie (Rays’ No. 5) put together another multi-hit effort for Triple-A Durham. Gillaspie went 2-for-5 in the Bulls’ win over Charlotte and has at least two hits in four of his
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No. 93 overall prospect Yusniel Diaz (Dodgers’ No. 5) is hitting .425 this month after going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a trio of RBIs for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Diaz, 20, has hits in 16 of the 20 games he’s played this month, including 12 multihit efforts.

• Tigers No. 2 prospect Christin Stewart put together his third two-homer game of the season in the second half of Double-A Erie’s doubleheader against Bowie. After going 0-for-3 in the first game, Stewart showed off some power in the second game by going 2-for-3 with two homers, bringing his season total to 18.

 

• Mets No. 4 prospect Thomas Szapucki notched double-digit strikeouts in five of his nine starts last year and has now done it once in four starts this season. Szapucki struck out 10 over six scoreless innings while giving up just two hits in Class A Columbia’s loss to Customized Miami Dolphins Jersey Kannapolis.

 

Nationals No. 5 prospect Andrew Stevenson continues to heat up for Triple-A Syracuse. Stevenson has bumped his average from .222 to .254 over the past seven games, including Sunday’s 3-for-5 effort. Stevenson also
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• Orioles No. 7 prospect Austin Hays used both halves of Double-A Bowie’s doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Hays went 2-for-4 with a homer, his 17th, in the first game and then went 1-for-4 in the later contest.

 

• Yankees No. 9 prospect Miguel Andujar hit his first Triple-A homer as part of a 2-for-5 game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Andujar has done nothing but hit since he was promoted from Trenton — where he hit .312 in 67 games — as he has hits in five of his first six games and is batting .364 at the Triple-A level.

 

Red Sox No. 10 prospect Michael Chavis hasn’t been fazed by his promotion to Double-A. After hitting .318 through 59 games with Class A Advanced Salem, Chavis is off to a hot start with Portland, going 5-for-11 (.455) with two homers and three RBIs through three games. Chavis was 2-for-3 with a solo homer on Sunday.

• Nationals prospects Tyler Watson (No. 17) and Daniel Johnson (No. 26) led Class A Hagerstown to a win over Greensboro. Watson picked up his fifth win of the season on the mound, as he struck out 10 — a career high — and gave up one run over six innings. At the plate, Johnson hit a pair of homers, his second two-homer game of the season, and finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Royals No. 20 prospect Foster Griffin picked up his fifth win and lowered his ERA to 1.93 as he spun a gem for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
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Yankees No. 27 prospect Taylor Widener put together one of his best starts this season as he was unhittable for five innings in Class A Advanced Tampa’s win over Dunedin. Widener tied his season high with seven strikeouts and issued just one walk as he threw 40 of his 63 pitches for strikes.

• D-backs No. 30 prospect Christian Walker drove in five runs for Triple-A Reno, bringing his Pacific Coast League-leading total to 76 through 72 games. Walker went 3-for-4 in the contest and is 6-for-9 over his past two games, bumping up his season average to .297.

 

“I’m just trying to keep it simple, just trying to put the big part of the bat on the ball,” Walker told MiLB.com. “Luckily, I’ve been getting some good pitches to hit.”

Corey Kluber strikes out 13 Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jersey but Indians lose

CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis stared at Indians first baseman Carlos Santana for a moment from across the diamond. One pitch into Saturday’s game, the second baseman gloved a grounder off the bat of Brian Dozier and fired the Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jersey ball to Santana, who jumped off the bag to make the catch.

The result of the play was a throwing error charged to Kipnis — the first of two first-inning missteps that loomed large in a 4-2 loss to the Twins at Progressive Field. Maybe Santana could have stretched with his foot still on the bag. Maybe not. Either way, Kipnis did not expect the early Men’s Nike Jacksonville Jaguars Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey mistakes to wind up derailing another stellar start from Tribe ace Corey Kluber.

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“You hope they don’t come back to have that big of an impact on the game,” Kipnis said. “You think Kluber is hopefully going to settle in — do what he did — and keep them right there, give us our chance and time to go to work on their pitcher. We couldn’t come up with a big hit with the guys on base today.”

Over seven innings, Kluber certainly did his part for Cleveland, which saw its lead over the Twins cut to a half-game in the American League Central standings. The right-hander carved up Minnesota’s lineup to the tune of 13 strikeouts, marking his third consecutive outing with at least 10 punchouts. Only Hall of Famer Bob Feller has had a longer streak in franchise history, stringing four such starts together between the end of 1938 and the start of ’39.
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Kluber chalked Custom Dolphins Jersey up his 29th career double-digit strikeout game and continued on the tear he has enjoyed since coming off the disabled list on June 1. In five starts over that time period, he has turned in a 1.29 ERA with a .157 opponents’ average and 52 strikeouts
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“He was ridiculous,” Twins outfielder Chris Gimenez said. “I think he struck out, like, 38 guys today. He was really good today. Breaking ball was phenomenal. He was Kluber.”

Ask Kluber about all the strikeouts — eight looking on Saturday — and he’ll answer with a shrug.

“I couldn’t honestly care less about striking out 13 guys,” Kluber said.
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Kipnis’ throw, combined with Santana’s jump-and-spin reaction, allowed Dozier to reach base to open the game. Kluber then issued a walk to Joe Mauer and surrendered a run-scoring double to Robbie Grossman, who ripped a pitch into the right-field corner. Then, catcher Yan Gomes made an errant pick-off attempt to third base, giving Mauer ample time to trot home to give the Twins a swift 2-0 advantage.

Kluber was eventually taken off the hook for a hard-luck loss, but the mistakes in his 25-pitch first inning were still felt later in the game. With the right-hander’s pitch count at 106, Indians manager Terry Francona handed the ball to Customized Jacksonville Jaguars Jersey closer Cody Allen in the eighth inning. Dozier then belted a leadoff, go-ahead home
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“Boy, he was good,” Francona said of Kluber. “It’s Custom Jaguars Jersey a shame, because Customized Miami Dolphins Jersey the way the first inning unfolded, not only did they get the two [runs], but it probably cost him pitching the eighth inning. Instead of having the first-pitch out of the game, which is about the best thing you could ever hope for, all of a sudden, he’s pitching out of trouble.”

Twins beat Indians,Custom Dolphins Jersey retake 1st in Central

CLEVELAND — Ervin Santana did not have the chance to face the Indians the last time the Twins ran into their division rival. In a 4-0 win over the Tribe on Sunday afternoon, Minnesota’s rotation leader turned in the kind of outing that will have Cleveland hoping it can avoid him in the future, too.Men’s Nike Jacksonville Jaguars Customized Elite Alternate Black Football Jersey.

Behind six effective innings, Santana picked up his 10th win of the season, guiding the Twins to a three-game sweep of the Indians at Progressive Field, and helping Minnesota back into first place in the American League Central. It felt like a little payback for last weekend, when Cleveland swept the Twins over four games in Minneapolis to temporarily gain control of the division.

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“Well, it was a really fun series,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I was confident that we would play well, but you’re never sure how games can turn along the way. It was just one of those things where we came in here, all the games were tough, I don’t think you ever feel comfortable. You know how they can swing the bats and what we witnessed last weekend. But to win three games, you gotta feel good about it.”

Santana bent (nine hits allowed), but the right-hander never broke against an Indians lineup that went 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position over the past three games. In those three Twins victories, Minnesota’s rotation surrendered 15 hits and issued nine walks, but limited Cleveland’s offense to one run in 15 2/3 innings combined.

“[Our pitching staff] had a lot of traffic throughout the series, but we had a lot of big pitches at big times,” Molitor said. “You know, Ervin, was a lot better than a couple previous outings. He had to kinda battle a little bit, pitch count got up there, but he did what he does. He makes those pitches to get us off the field.”

Santana’s effort was backed by some early offense against Josh Tomlin, who was charged with four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Tribe. Jason Castro
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“It was disappointing,” Tomlin said of being swept by the Twins. “We had a chance to take a step forward and spread [our division lead] out a little bit, and we didn’t take advantage of that at all. They came in here and wanted it a little bit more than we did.”

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Castro strikes first: After Eduardo Escobar (single to center) and Rosario (bunt single) got things rolling Custom Jaguars Jersey in the second, Castro cashed in with a one-out double to the wall in left field. The 102-mph wall-scraper just eluded the glove of left fielder Austin Jackson, who had to cover a lot of ground (93 feet in 5.4 seconds, per Statcast™) in an Customized Miami Dolphins Jersey effort to make the grab. The two-base hit snapped an 0-for-11 slump for Castro and put the Twins up, 2-0.

“Castro big day, obviously,” Molitor said. “He drove in [three runs]. We’ll take it.”
Castro’s two-run double MIN@CLE: Castro smacks a two-run double into rightJason Castro rips a two-run double off the right-field wall to give the Twins an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning

Ervin Strand-tana: Cleveland had a surplus of traffic against Santana, but the Twins ace escaped every jam he encountered. With Minnesota holding a 3-0 edge in the fourth, the Indians had two runners aboard with only one out.
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“I don’t think this series we were disciplined enough,” said Indians manager Terry Francona, whose team stranded 30 runners in the three losses. “We couldn’t keep a line moving. … We were certainly able to get our hits, but we never strung anything together.”

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“We’re pretty streaky. Three days ago, we were hot. That’s why when somebody asked me, ‘Hey, do you think you turned the corner?’ I never say, ‘[Yes],’ because it’s fluid and it’s continuing. Now, we’ll play again tomorrow and we better be ready, because Texas looks like they’re really starting to swing it.” —Francona, on the Indians’ offense

“Well, we didn’t hold a meeting or anything, but we’ve been talking about getting embarrassed at home. And now I can say it, we wanted to stick it to them. Especially today, after yesterday, and not just be content with winning the series. … It was a huge, huge game today, going into Boston, and we were able to sweep here and get back in first place where we belong.” — Brian Dozier, on Minnesota’s sweep

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Tomlin entered the afternoon with a Major League-leading 9.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Against the Twins, the precision-based righty issue three walks, marking only the seventh time in his career he had at least three walks in an outing. It was his first such game since Sept. 20, 2015.

TRAINING ROOM
Indians outfielder Austin Jackson left after four Custom Dolphins Jersey innings due to tightness in his left quad and was replaced in left by Daniel Robertson. Jackson is considered day to day. Francona said the team would have more information after the outfielder is re-evaluated on Monday.

“It’s not bad,” Francona said. “There’s even some thought that maybe it’s a cramp. But, we’ll know more tomorrow.”

UNDER REVIEW
With two down in the bottom of the eighth inning, Twins reliever Buddy Boshers threw a 1-1 sinker inside to Lonnie Chisenhall. The Indians right fielder tried to avoid the pitch, but it grazed him on the side. The Twins opted to challenge the hit-by pitch-call. After a 59-second review, the call on the field stood.

WHAT’S NEXT
Twins: The Twins will head to Boston a four-game series against the Red Sox beginning with Monday’s 6:10 p.m. CT tilt at Fenway Park. Right-hander Jose Berrios (7-1, 2.67 ERA) will take the mound, and he is coming off a win against the White Sox on Wednesday. He held Chicago to two runs on four hits in eight innings to pick up the win.

Indians: Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 2.99 ERA) is Customized Jacksonville Jaguars Jersey scheduled to take the ball for the Tribe in the opener of a four-game set with Texas at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday at Progressive Field. Cleveland will welcome back former slugger Mike Napoli, who will receive his American League championship ring from the club.

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Indians’ Corey Kluber Custom Kansas City Chiefs Jersey relying on curveball

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber’s curveball is not only his best pitch, but one of the top weapons in baseball. After a rough start to the season, a five-week span plagued by inconsistency and injury, the Indians ace has Custom Kansas City Chiefs Jersey turned to that pitch at a higher rate than at any point in his career.

The results have been stellar. In five June starts since coming off a month spent shelved with a back issue, Kluber has posted a 1.29 ERA with 52 strikeouts, six walks and a .400 opponents’ OPS in 35 innings. In four of those starts, the
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“It’s the evolution of him as a pitcher,” Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said on Sunday morning. “We saw a few years Customized Miami Dolphins Jersey ago that we’d sometimes try to get through the first time through a lineup with a ton of fastballs to kind of set everything up. And at that time, we were still working on fastball command and things like that. And now, teams are taking a different approach.

“He’s Corey Kluber, the Cy Young winner. They’re coming out swinging really early. Early in the game. Early in the count. We just don’t think it’s smart to hold on to his best pitch until later in the game like he has in the past. So, he’s Customized Jacksonville Jaguars Jersey coming out of the gate throwing a lot.”

According to Statcast™, batters have hit .086 with a .123 slugging percentage against Kluber’s curve this year, and .114 with a .171 slugging percentage over the 2015-17 seasons. The MLB averages against right-handed curveballs are .219 (batting average) and .363 (slugging) this season, and .215 (average) and .350 Women’s Nike Personalize Kansas City Chiefs Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey Shirt (slugging) over the past three years combined.

Even with a month spent on the disabled list, Kluber ranks first in the Majors with a 12.5 pitch value for his curve, according to Fangraphs. Over the 2014-17 seasons, Kluber leads baseball in that category with a 72.6 rating, which is well ahead of the second-best curve in that span (33.2 by Clayton Kershaw).

While Kluber was sidelined, Callaway went to work on analyzing the right-hander’s first six outings, which resulted in a 5.06 ERA and a .799 opponents’ OPS for the ace. Since being activated, Kluber has dropped his two-seamer use to 24.5 percent from 41.6 percent and increased his curve rate to 30.1 percent from 19.9 percent. Kluber has also ticked up his cutter use (24.7 percent post-DL and 18.5 percent pre-DL).

“We looked at all the numbers,” Callaway said. “I think I’ve looked at every number possible in the last month to try to figure out what can make each starter better. That was one of the things that came to mind when we were looking at Kluber’s numbers, was, ‘Hey, let’s not hold on to that pitch. Let’s make sure we use it enough.'”Kluber’s dominant outing CLE@BAL: Kluber shuts out O’s and fans 11 battersCorey Kluber strikes out 11 batters in a shutout of the Orioles, allowing only three hits in a dominant performance

Worth noting

• Indians outfielders Brandon Guyer (left wrist) and Michael Brantley (right ankle) are nearing a return from the DL. Guyer was scheduled to play a Minor Leagur rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Sunday and could be activated as early as Monday. Brantley went through running drills on Sunday and is scheduled to run the bases on Monday before being re-evaluated.

• The Custom Jaguars Jersey Indians re-signed utility man Michael Martinez to a Minor League contract on Sunday and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus. This marked the fourth stint with Cleveland for Martinez, who was designated
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Prospect Team of Week led by Peter Alonso

MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

The Mets have MLBPipeline.com’s top-rated first-base prospect Custom Colts Jersey in Dominic Smith. They also have another promising first baseman in Peter Alonso, who has hit well when able to stay healthy.

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A second-round pick out of Florida last year, Alonso missed time with the Gators with a broken right foot (2015) and a broken bone in his left hand (2016). He batted .321/.382/.587 at short-season Brooklyn in his pro debut last summer but missed the last four weeks after breaking his right pinky diving into a base. Six games into this season, he again broke a bone in his left hand.

Alonso returned to Class A Advanced St. Lucie in late May and went just 9-for-57 (.158) in his first 15 games back before finally heating up last week. He batted .414/.471/.931 and led all Minor Leaguers in doubles (six), extra-base hits (nine), total bases (27) and RBIs (14).

That performance makes Alonso the headliner on MLBPipeline’s latest Prospect Team of the Week. Here’s the entire squad, based on games from June 19-25:

C: Austin Allen, Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced)
(Padres No. 26 prospect)
4 G, .313/.389/1.000, 4 R, 5 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO

Allen homered in his final game before the California League All-Star break, then went deep in his first three games after regular-season play resumed last week. An offensive-minded catcher, he’s batting .252/.344/.439 with eight homers in 58 games.

 

1B: Peter Alonso, St. Lucie Mets (Class A Advanced)
(Mets No. 9 prospect)
8 G, .414/.471/.931, 9 R, 12 H, 6 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 CS

Alonso’s breakout week raised his batting average 67 points and improved his season line to .234/.291/.449 with five homers in 29 games. He went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs on Friday — more RBIs than he had in his first 16 games after he came off the disabled list.
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2B: Nick Solak, Tampa Yankees (Class A Advanced)
(Yankees No. 18 prospect)
6 G, .545/.542/.818, 9 R, 12 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4 SB

Like Alonso, Solak is a 2016 second-rounder from a top college program (Louisville) who has jumped to high Class A for his first full professional season. He opened last week with four straight games in which he collected multiple hits and stole a base, and he’s hitting .309/.411/.441 with eight steals in 69 games. He ranks second in the Florida State League in on-base percentage and sixth in hitting.

3B: Jhoan Urena, St. Lucie Mets (Class A Advanced)
(Mets No. 20 prospect)
8 G, .280/.424/.680, 8 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 BB, 6 SO, 1 SB

Urena has similar numbers to Solak in the FSL at .306/.403/.461 with 10 steals in 71 games, ranking right behind him in batting and OBP and topping the league with 79 hits. He doubled his season home run total with three last week.

SS: Ricky Aracena, Idaho Falls Chukars (Rookie-level)
(Royals No. 26 prospect)
5 G, .364/.462/.773, 10 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB

After hitting just .139/.138/.148 in low Class A during the first six weeks of Custom Packers Jersey the season, Aracena found the Pioneer League more to his liking. He hit safely in each of his five games and homered twice after going deep just once in 61 games at Idaho Falls last year.

 

OF: Yusniel Diaz, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Class A Advanced)
(Dodgers No. 5 prospect//MLB No. 93)
4 G, .474/.476/1.105, 5 R, 9 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO

Lancaster’s The Hangar may be the best place to hit in the Minors, and Diaz certainly took advantage when he visited for four games last week. He homered Thursday, had four hits Friday, reached base twice on Saturday and collected three more hits with another homer on Sunday. He’s now batting .293/.358/.452 with seven homers in 65 games as a 20-year-old in high Class A.

OF: Brandon Marsh, Orem Owlz (Rookie-level)
(Angels No. 3 prospect)
5 G, .480/.519/.880, 12 R, 12 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 SB

Another 2016 second-rounder, Marsh sat out last summer with back issues and made his pro debut last week. He reached base 14 times in five games, paced all Minor Leaguers with 12 runs and leads the Pioneer League in that category as well as with six extra-base hits.

OF: Kyle Tucker, Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A)
(Astros No. 2 prospect//MLB No. 29)
7 G, .310/.344/.793, 7 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS

It took Tucker a little while to get acclimated to Double-A at age 20, but he showed why he’s one of the very best hitting prospects in baseball by drilling four homers in seven games last week. He’s now batting .257/.307/.514 with six homers in 25 Double-A games and .277/.353/.539 with 15 homers in 73 games
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LHP: Thomas Szapucki, Columbia Fireflies (Class A)
(Mets No. 4 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 0.67 WHIP

Szapucki averaged 14.9 strikeouts per nine innings in his first two years as a pro, so dominating like he did on Sunday (10 whiffs in six scoreless innings) is becoming a regular occurrence for him. He missed the first two months of this season with a shoulder impingement, but now he’s healthy again and owns a 1-
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RHP: Shane Bieber, Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A Advanced)
(Indians No. 15 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO, 0.38 WHIP

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Bieber set a career high with Custom Texans Jersey eight innings and matched another with 11 strikeouts while not permitting a run on Thursday as he won his third consecutive Carolina League start. He tops the Minors with his 80/5 K/BB ratio and has gone 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 14 starts between two Class A levels.

RP: Drew Steckenrider, New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A)
(Marlins No. 8 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 SV, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

After making his big league debut and spending two weeks with the Marlins, Steckenrider was optioned back to Triple-A last Monday. He took out any frustrations he may have had by fanning all six batters he faced during the
Men’s Nike Custom Made Houston Texans Elite Team Color Navy Blue Football Jersey Cheap week and earning his fourth save of the year. He has a 1.53 ERA, 39/8 K/BB ratio and .131 opponent average in 29 1/3 Triple-A innings.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians’ lineup quiet Custom Packers Jersey in series loss to Twins

CLEVELAND — The Indians arrived home for their weekend series against the Twins as one of baseball’s Custom Packers Jersey hottest offenses. Cleveland was churning out runs at a high rate and used Custom Texans Jersey that high-octane approach to chase down Minnesota to reclaim first place in the American League Central.

Things can change fast in baseball.

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On Sunday, the Indians were dealt a 4-0 defeat by a Twins club that had its mind set on some payback when it unpacked its bags at Progressive Field for this series. Minnesota got just that, sweeping the Tribe at home and moving back in front by a half-game in the division standings. Throughout the three-game brooming, the Twins locked Cleveland’s lineup up when it mattered most.

“We were undisciplined,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Over the course of the past three defeats combined, Cleveland went 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position, stranding 30 runners total and ending with only two runs scored. That was a far cry from the lineup that produced 7.6 runs
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Needless to say, the Twins were thrilled to exact a little revenge.

“We’ve been talking about getting embarrassed at home,” Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier said. “And now I can say it: We wanted to stick it to them. Especially today — after [winning] yesterday — and not just be content with winning the series.”

The Indians stranded one runner 10 times, two runners seven times Customized Green Bay Packers Jersey and left the bases loaded twice in the three losses to the Twins. Catcher Yan Gomes was the posterboy for the offensive problems on Sunday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, Customized Indianapolis Colts Jersey stranding six runners on his own. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion also made the final out three times within the first five innings,
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During the series, the Indians went 0-for-10 after putting two or more baserunners aboard with one or zero outs.

“It’s definitely frustrating, but we’ve got to move on,” Gomes said. “It’s a tough time to hit us. We hit a little bump. We had plenty of opportunities this week, but again, you’ve just got to put it past you. The beauty about baseball is we get to play Customized Houston Texans Jersey again tomorrow.”

Indeed, the Indians had their chances.

On Friday night, Twins lefty Adalberto Mejia walked five batters in his five innings, but did not allow a run. On Saturday, righty Kyle Gibson was chased after issuing four free passes in 4 2/3 innings, but he managed to limit the Indians to one run. In the finale, it was Ervin Santana’s turn to stymie
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“We couldn’t keep a line moving,” Francona said. “They either elevated the fastball a little bit or [in] a fastball count, [would] throw something off the fastball. We never made them throw something. … We were certainly able to get our hits, but we never strung anything together.”

As more hitters walked back to the dugout with their head hung, the personal pressure continued to mount.

“I think it can be a little bit of human nature where you’re trying to do too much,” Francona said. “Then, it kind of plays into their hand.”