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CLEVELAND — After Danny Salazar missed seven weeks with a right shoulder strain, the Indians weren’t quite sure what they could expect out of the hard-throwing right-hander. But one thing is for sure: Saturday night’s performance was as good as they could have dreamed.

Salazar struck out eight over seven scoreless frames, as he faced the minimum in a custom womens Steelers jersey -1 win over the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Salazar only let four balls leave the infield, and he erased the lone hit he gave up one batter later on a double play.

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“Boy, that was pretty impressive,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We talked about it before the game, best-case scenario, that was it. He came out throwing strikes. He had velocity. He attacked. That was really impressive.”

Salazar came out throwing gas with 18 straight fastballs to open the game, and he struck out the side in the first. He pounded the strike zone with first-pitch fastballs to his first 13 Custom Patriots Jersey  batters and racked up five of his eight strikeouts with the pitch.

His velocity was up compared to earlier in the season, with his fastball topping out at 97.7 mph.

“He came right out of the chute attacking with the fastball,” Francona said. “He was commanding it. Then off of that, he threw some changeups, not as many as normal, but his fastball was so good. And you could tell he was confident. That was probably the biggest thing.”

Salazar had been a staple of the Indians’ rotation in his first four seasons with a 3.72 ERA. But the 27-year-old struggled bef unique patriots shirt ore the shoulder injury to the tune of a 5.40 ERA over 55 innings this season coming into Saturday.

Francona has always characterized Salazar as a confident pitcher, but Saturday’s start certainly helped the confidence of a player who was going through his first tough season.

“You have to be [confident] a little bit,” Salazar said. “Even though you’re struggling, you’re not 100 percent, you try to stay positive the whole time, going out there and trying to do your job. And [when] it doesn’t work, you start doubting a little bit.”

A resurgent Salazar could do wonders for the Indians as the club ponders the possibility of adding another starter before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. The way he pitched Saturday, almost no pitcher on the market could match what he can bring.

“It’s almost like making a trade,” Francona said. “Kind of like we said with [Carlos] Carrasco a few years ago when he had the hamstring. You’re getting a pitcher that’s fresh. It can be a huge Custom Womens Cowboys Jerseys  lift for us. That’s the hope.”

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CLEVELAND — After missing a month and a half with right shoulder soreness, Danny Salazar is back. The Indians activated the right-hander from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday prior to his start against the Blue Jays, giving them six healthy starters. In a corresponding move, Cleveland optioned left-hander Ryan Merritt to Triple-A Columbus.

“For personalized patriots jersey  the long haul, [we will] have him situated where he’s ready to pitch every five … or six days and let’s go,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Because there’s so much talent there, it just got to a point where I thought Danny needed to kind of build a base because his confidence was lacking. The best way to build that is through hard work.”

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With six starters, the Indians have options for their rotation, but Francona said he doesn’t imagine sticking with a six-man rotation long term.  Custom Patriots Jersey He plans on giving eac Custom Womens Cowboys Jerseys h starter at least one more turn before making a decision.

“My guess is that a need will arise that we have to get back to five just because if you’re going six, there’s no room for someone to have a hiccup, or you kind of get into your bullpen too much,” Francona said. “So we’ll see how it goes and if we need to, we can always do something, or maybe it happens organically. We’ll see. We’ll kind of play it by ear. There’s no reason that we have to make a decision today, so we’ll kind of let it play itself out and we’ll see what we think is in our team’s best interest.”

Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Salazar, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin started the season in the rotation, but 26-year-old Mike Clevinger has been as effective as any of them with a 2.74 ERA over 12 starts beginning in May. At the same time, Bauer (5.58 ERA) and Tomlin (5.74 ERA) have had up-and-down seasons.

Francona said that if all six stay healthy, the five pitching the best may not be the ones who stay in the rotation. Other factors, custom womens Steelers jersey  such as who would be most likely to succee unique patriots shirt d in the bullpen, are part of the decision. Bauer and Clevinger each made seven relief appearances last year, while Salazar has made two relief appearances this season.

“You can’t just take the five that are maybe doing the best at the moment and shoveling one guy to the bullpen,” Francona said. “That may not help over the course of the next month. Those are all things that we would certainly think about. It’s not just who’s making the start. That guy that’s making that start certainly influences the day a lot, but there’s other considerations.”

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White S Minnesota Vikings Custom Jersey ox prospect Jimenez looks to stay hot

Here’s a look at top prospects to watch in today’s Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2), Winston-Salem vs. Buies Creek (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Jimenez, the No. 8 overall prospect, went 5-for-6 with two doubles and a homer on Sunday, his fourth multihit effort in nine games with the Dash. After fouling a ball off his foot on Friday, Jimenez was listed as day-to-day on Saturday, but Sunday’s showing would seem to indicate Jimenez is feeling fine and may be on the verge of a hot streak.

Pitcher to watch: Marco Gonzales (Mariners’ No. 7), Tacoma vs. Sacramento (2:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Gonzales will be making his debut with the Mariners organization after he was traded from the Cardinals on Friday. The 25-year-old lefty was 6-4 with a 2.90 ERA through 11 starts with Triple-A Memphis this season and although he gave up four runs in his latest start, Gonzales had strung together five consecutive quality starts prior to that outing.

Duel of the Day: Carson Fulmer (White Sox No. 8) vs Shawn Morimando (Indians’ No. 15), Charlotte vs. Columbus (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Fulmer, the No. 58 overall prospect, has a 5.42 ERA through 19 starts this season, but threw the ball well in his last outing, giving up two runs on three hits in six innings. The 23-year-old has struggled recently, but has given up two earned runs or less in 10 of his 19 starts and perhaps his latest outing is a sign of positive things to come.

Morimando has won eight straight decisions and will look to sta cheap custom vikings jersey y hot against Charlotte. The lefty last lost on May 24 and has lowered his ERA from 5.26 to 3.56 in the 10 starts since then. Morimando was stuck with a no-decision in his last outing as he gave up four runs in seven innings.

Monday’s Top 100 prospect probables
No. 99 overall Sixto Sanchez (Phillies’ No. 4), Lakewood vs. Charleston (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables
Gabrial Ynoa (Orioles’ No. 11), Norfolk vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A)
Jordan Johnson (Giants’ No. 9), Richmond vs. Harrisburg (Double-A)
Zack Littell (Yankees’ No. 18), Trenton vs. Hartford (Double-A)
John Means (Orioles’ No. 25), Bowie vs. Erie (Double-A)
Erick Fedde (National Custom Vikings Jersey s’ No. 2), Syracuse vs. Louisville (Double-A)
Jon Harris (Blue Jays’ No. 9), New Hampshire vs. Portland (Double-A)
Dennis Santana (Dodgers’ No. 24), Tulsa vs. Springfield (Double-A)
Enyel De Los Santos (Padres’ No. 14), San Antonio vs. Corpus Christi (Double-A)
Connor Jones (Cardinals’ No. 20), Palm Beach vs. Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Keegan Akin (Orioles’ No. 5), Frederick vs. Lynchburg (Class A Advanced)
Shane Bieber (Indians’ No. 14), Lynchbu http://www.ecustomfootballshirts.com/Customized-Minnesota-Vikings-Jersey rg vs. Frederick (Class A Advanced)
Spencer Turnbull (Tigers’ No. 15), Lakeland vs. Dunedin (Class A Advanced)
Jordan Romano (Blue Jays’ No. 22), Dunedin vs. Lakeland (Class A Advanced)
Bernardo Flores (White Sox No. 22), Winston-Salem vs. Buies Creek (Class A Advanced)
Thomas Hatch (Cubs’ No. 8), Myrtle Beach vs. Carolina (Class A Advanced)
Lewis Thorpe (Twins’ No. 16), Fort Myers vs. Tampa (Class A Advanced)
Taylor Widener (Yankees’ No. 25), Tampa vs. Fort Myers (Class A Advanced)
Brady Aiken (Indians’ No. 4), Lake County vs. Clinton (Class A)
Jose Suarez (Angels’ No. 27), Burlington vs. Dayton (Class A)
Luis Martinez (White Sox No. 25), Kannapolis vs. Columbia (Class A)
Johan Oviedo (Cardinals’ No. 25), Johnson City vs. Burlington (Rookie)

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor began the 10th inning by bobbling a routine grounder, which put the go-ahead run on base. He was mad at himself, but he knew he had a chance to make up for the error since he would lead off the bottom of the frame.

Eventually, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw escaped a two-on, no-out jam, but when Lindor came up to bat, rain started falling by the second pitch. He broke his bat on the following pitch, and the rain came down harder. But on the seventh pitch, Lindor launched his first career walk-off homer to propel the Indians over the Blue Jays, 2-1, on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

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“I was on a mission, but I wasn’t trying to hit a home run,” Lindor said.” I was just trying to get on base and let [Michael] Brantley, [Edwin] Encarnacion and [Jose] Ramirez finish the game. That was a [great] job by Cody and Shaw picking me up. I felt so bad the whole entire inning. I was like, ‘God, don’t let us lose like that.’ We might lose, but I’m trying to lose the right way, not by making errors, whether it’s me or one of my teammates.”

The Indians and Blue Jays were locked in a low-scoring pitchers’ duel in which neither team could truly break through until they reached the bullpens.

Danny Salazar was brilliant for Cleveland after missing seven weeks with a right shoulder strain, facing the minimum through seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. He only let four balls get out of the infield, and the lone hit against Salazar came on a third-inning single up the middle by Kevin Pillar, who was erased one batter later on a double play.

“Attacking the zone, feeling good, not feeling soreness or anything,” Salazar said. “As soon as I walked out there, I just tried to be aggressive and attack the zone and use my fastball. That was really big for me tonight.”

Salazar dominates with fastball in return

The Blue Jays tied the game in the eighth on Justin Smoak’s home run off Andrew Miller, but they couldn’t manage much else. Josh Donaldson reached on Lindor’s error, and Smoak walked to start the 10th against Allen, but a Kendrys Morales strikeout and two ground balls ended the threat.

Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was a worthy opponent for Salazar with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball featuring seven strikeouts, five walks and five hits. He was dealing with a blister throughout the outing but found a way to pitch through it, and despite an on-field visit by the training staff, Stroman did not have to be  Custom Vikings Jersey removed from the game because of his finger problem.

“We went out there and checked that but, hey, he was fine and pitched through it,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He did a tremendous job. I’ve seen him do it all the time, and that’s as good as I’ve seen him. I thought his stuff was dynamite tonight.”

Stroman battles blister to gut out 7 2/3 innings

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Indians strike first: The Indians took the lead in the fourth inning on a ground ball that looked to be a tailor-made inning-ending double play. With runners on the corners and one out, Encarnacion hit a hard grounder to third, but Donaldson’s bobble prevented the Blue Jays from being able to turn two to end the inning.

“It was hit so fast,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He hit it hard. As soon as he booted it, you kind of know that we’re going to get a run out of it.”

Smoak gets revenge: The Blue Jays could not get on the board until Salazar left the game, and once he did, it only took one pitch. Cleveland brought in Miller for the eighth, and Smoak was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against th cheap custom vikings jersey e lefty coming into the game. But Miller left a fastball over the outer third of the p Custom NFL Jerseys late, and Smoak sent it a projected 342 feet to right field, according to Statcast™, for his 27th homer of the year.

“Smoak, he’s just a big, strong kid,” Francona said. “Not too many guys are going to do that to Andrew.”

“It kept us in the game there and gave us a chance to make a run there in the ninth,” Smoak said. “We just came up short there at the end. But he’s a great pitcher. Honestly, I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and it went my way tonight.”

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“Yeah, as soon as I hit it, I knew. I was like, ‘If it doesn’t go, I ain’t got much left.'” — Lindor, on if he immediately knew the ball was a home run

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The Blue Jays lost in walk-off fashion for the eighth time this season, which is the most in the American League and second to only Philadelphia (nine times) for the most in the Major Leagues. This game also marked Toronto’s ninth loss in extra-inning games this season (3-9).

WHAT’S NEXT
Blue Jays: Left-hander J.A. Happ will take the mound for Toronto when this series wraps up on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET. Happ has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but one of his last nine starts.

Indians: Ace Corey Kluber gets the call for the Indians in their finale against the Blue Jays at Progressive Field. Kluber has been dealing with a stiff neck but has been lights-out since coming off the 10-day disabled list in early June. In his last nine starts, he has a 1.56 ERA with eight quality starts.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Saturday.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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

Versatile Jose Ramire custom steelers color rush jersey z helping Indians bullpen

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez has been one of the most productive members of the Indians’ lineup this season, but his versatility has proved nearly as valuable.

With starting second baseman Jason Kipnis out since July 8 with a right hamstring strain, Ramirez has been able to slide between third base and second base, saving the Indians a bench spot to use on an extra reliever.

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Instead of their usual 13 hitters on their 25-man roster, the Indians are carrying just one backup catcher, infielder and outfielder apiece. Ramirez is a big part of it, as he’s played at least 20 games at second base, third base and left field over the past two seasons.

“It’s huge,” manager Terry Francona said. “We even talked about it when he signed his contract. We just wanted to make sure he understood that that could still happen or we might need it to happen. He doesn’t do it grudgingly, he just does it and it really helps us a lot.”

For now, Cleveland is using a six-man rotation following the return of Danny Salazar, but the bullpen still has its regular seven members. The Indians are 28th in bullpen usage this season, but the extra pitcher prevents them from overworking any of their key arms.

“I think it always puts you at a little ease when you have enough pitching,” pi Custom Steelers Jersey tching coach Mickey Callaway said. “The last thing you want to do is pitch guys on a day they don’t need to be pitching. Then all of a sudden, you have two close games, and now they’ve thrown three days in a row, and it puts you in a bind. Or a starter has a short outing, an http://www.ecustomfootballshirts.com/Customized-Pittsburgh-Steelers-Jersey d then you’re kind of messed up for a weekend with your bullpen usage.”

It remains to be seen how long the Indians will carry 13 pitchers once Kipnis is healthy or the rotation returns to five members. But the extra arms will be key as the Tribe continues on a stretch of 17 games in 17 days that started on Frid personalized pittsburgh steelers jersey ay.

“I know Tito likes it,” Callaway said. “It puts our whole team at ease. It takes some pressure off the starter. ‘OK, I don’t want to mess the ‘pen up tonight.’ When you have that extra guy, it makes it a lot easier and takes a little pressure off them.”

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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The Ohio Cup will finally be decided Monday night at Progressive Field, as the Reds and Indians will meet for the last time this season. The game was originally slated for May 25, but it was postponed because of inclement weather. Cincinnati won two of the first three matchups.

On the hill for Cleveland will be Josh Tomlin, who will look to continue his recent success. The right-hander was effective in his past two outings, giving up five runs over 14 1/3 innings, striking out 11 and walking none.

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Tomlin faced Cincinnati back on May 22, when he was roughed up for nine hits and five runs (four earned) over 6 1/3 innings.

Tim Adleman will start for the Reds, coming off his best start in over a month. On Wednesday against the D-backs, the right-hander tossed six innings of three- Custom Stitched NFL Jerseys run ball — picking up his first quality start since June 16 — and he tied his career high with seven strikeouts.

That said, Adleman has given up a home run in each of his past 10 starts, and he has allowed two or more in four of those outings.

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• Cincinnati’s two players with the most home runs — Joey Votto and Scott Schebler — hit cold streaks in the second half. After hitting .355 with four extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in his last nine games before the All-Star break, Votto hit .138 with no extra-base hits and no RBIs in the nine games after. He notched his first RBI of the second half in Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Marlins. Schebler saw his average drop from .261 on June 27 to .238 Sunday thanks to an 11-for-70 (.157) stretch.

• The Indians claimed their first series win since the All-Star break with a walk-off win over the Blue Jays on Saturday, and they secure personalized pittsburgh steelers jersey d the sweep with a victory Sunday. Prior to the Toronto series, Cleveland had lost six of its past seven.

Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber’s 14-K gem helps Ind custom steelers color rush jersey ians sweep Jays

CLEVELAND — The Indians pounced for four runs in the first inning, and that would be more than enough for Pittsburgh Steelers a dominant Corey Kluber in an 8-1 rout of the Blue Jays on Sunday as Cleveland finished a three-game sweep at Progressive Field.

Kluber continued his lights-out play with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and a season-high 14 strikeouts. This was Kluber’s 10th straight start with at least eight strikeouts, which is a club record. Kluber had been battling a sore neck, but he showed no signs of weakness after two days of extra rest.

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“He’s throwing the ball good, that’s for sure,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s kind of set the bar pretty high. In this game, when you’re consistent, that’s a good thing. But once you set the bar and you’re consistent at that level. … He’s one of the best in the game. It’s nice when a guy reaches that point and continues to really get after it and work so he can even try to get better. We rely on him so much, and he knows that. It’s nice to put his name in there every five days.”

The lone damage came on Kevin Pillar’s third-inning 451-foot homer as projected by Statcast™, which is Toronto’s third-longest this season and Pillar’s longest since Statcast™ was established in 2015. Kluber only allowed two batters to reach scoring position and didn’t issue a walk until the final batter he faced.

The Indians hit Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ early and often, as he gave up a season-high seven runs. The first three Cleveland batters reached base on Happ’s first four pitches, and Brandon Guyer hit a bases-clearing double later in the inning. The Tribe added a run in the fourth on Francisco Lindor’s single to right, and Michael Brantley ended a 54-game, 232-plate appearance drought with a two-run homer to center field in the six http://www.ecustomfootballshirts.com/Customized-Pittsburgh-Steelers-Jersey th.

“I think for this one, the [pitching] line is the line and I’m responsible for that,” Happ said. “I need to get better results. If you dig into it, you guys saw how the game went, I think two hard-hit balls before that home run in the sixth. Overall, I was still feeling good about how I was throwing the ball and getting softer contact and pitching all right. But again, what matters is the line and I didn’t keep us close enough today.”

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Corey Kluber, escape artist: Toronto couldn’t manage much against Kluber and only put multiple men on base in one inning. After Josh Donaldson’s strikeout to lead off the sixth, Justin Smoak drew an eight-pitch walk and Kendrys Morales sent a single to ce Custom Stitched NFL Jerseys nter field. But Kluber got Steve Pearce to roll over on a sinker and induce an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

“Really at that point, I wasn’t trying to get a double play,” Kluber said. “It was nice to get one, but [I was] just trying to make good pitches. I know that Pearce is a dangerous hitter and I didn’t want to make a mistake to him. I kind of did. We were trying to go away with the fastball and it kind of ran middle-in. I think he might have been looking away and it ended up getting in on him a bit. He hit it luckily right to [Lindor] and we were able to turn a double play.”

Guyer gets back into it: The Indians brought in Guyer last August as a batter who could hit lefties hard. He slashed .333/.461/.553 in 152 plate appearances against lefties last season but had struggled coming into Sunday, with just a .183/.258/.300 line in 67 plate appearances this season. That changed when he smoked his bases-clearing double in the first on a ball that left his bat at 97.2 mph, according to Statcast™.

“That was a big hit for us, really big,” Francona said. “Because he was such a force for us the second half of last year. To get him, when he came back from being hurt, there hasn’t been a ton of at-bats. That’s why he left him in to face Smitty, just because we can get him going. He’s such a productive bat, especially against left-handers.”

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“That’s always nice. To score early is a big boost, let alone to put up four in the first. Kind of spreads things out early. It gives the pitcher a lot of room for error, but it also puts the other guy on the ropes. Later on in the game, you kind of see what can happen.”
Kluber, on getting early run support

“He’s one of the best in baseball. We’ve seen it before, but today was as good as I’ve seen him. He can dot it up. Really good breaking ball, strikeout guy — yeah, he was really good.”
— Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, on Kluber

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With the sweep, the Indians are back to .500 at home (24-24) for the first time since May 15. They have only been above .500 once this year — after they won their home opener against the White Sox.

“It’s huge, especially with this great group of fans that we have supporting us day in and day out,” Brantley said. “To come home to home territory and feel comfortable and get victories and win series is very important for the rest of the way.”

• The Blue Jays were swept on the road for the first time this season. It marked the first time Toronto was swept by Cleveland since June 28-July 1, 2010.

WHAT’S NEXT
Blue Jays: Left-hander Francisco Liriano (5-5, 6.15 ERA) will take the mound when the Blue Jays open a four-game series vs. the A’s on Monday night at Rogers Centre, with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET. This start originally belonged to Aaron Sanchez, but he was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. Liriano personalized Steelers jersey will instead be making this start on three days’ rest, but he threw just 54 pitches during his last start so rest should not be an issue.

Indians: In a makeup of a rainout from May 25, Josh Tomlin (6-9, 5.74 ERA) will start against the Reds on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. Tomlin was tagged for five runs (four earned) over 6 1/3 innings when he faced Cincinnati in May. He has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last two starts.

Watch every out-of-market regular-season game live on MLB.TV.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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

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CLEVELAND — One of the Indians’ biggest strengths last season hasn’t been replicated yet in 2017. But after sweeping the Blue Jays with an 8-1 victory on Sunday, things may be turning around in a key category: winning at home.

The Indians, whose 53-28 home record was second only to the World Series champion Cubs last season, reached .500 for just the fourth time all season (24-24) on Sunday. In fact, the Indians haven’t been abo Custom Steelers Jersey ve .500 at Progressive Field since they won their home opener.

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But despite their middling home record, the Indians are still atop their division by 1 1/2 games over the Royals thanks to a strong 27-21 road record. Fix their play at home, and the Indians will be sitting pretty.

“At the end of the year, you could look back and see what you are,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We don’t get too caught up in what happened the last week. We keep playing like we did today and this series, then you’ll get asked questions like, ‘Hey, how’s it feel?’ Maybe I’ll have a better answer. We just need to now put that in the rearview mirror.”

Still, Cleveland’s three-game sweep showed just how good the team can be. The Tribe outscored Toronto, 23-5, and received elite pitching performances from Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar.

This last stretch is by far the best baseball the Indians have played at home, with wins in six of their last seven games at Progressive Field. And the fans are noticing as well, with two sellouts this series and 99,554 total fans showing up.

“It’s huge, especially with this great group of fans that we have supporting us day in and day out,” said left fielder Michael Brantley, who ended a 54-game homerless streak with a two-run shot. “To come home to home territory and feel comfortable and get victories and win series is very important for the rest of the way.”

The Indians will have a chance to capitalize on their hot play with t personalized pittsburgh steelers jersey heir next seven games coming up against teams with losing records in the Reds, Angels and White Sox. But after that is a stretch of nine straight series against teams with winning records before they open September in Detroit.

“We just need to continue to play the game hard,” shortstop Francisco Lindor said. “We haven’t had much success, whether it’s at home or on the road. We’ve got to focus on playing the game hard and focus on backing each other up and try to win. At the end of the day, if you don’t play hard and try to win, you’re not going to be successful.”

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Indians are hopeful that a couple extra days of rest are all Corey Kluber will need to get over the neck issue that’s bothering him. With a team off-day on Thursday, Cleveland has shuffled its rotation to buy its ace some more recovery time.

Prior to Wednesday’s game against the Giants, Indians manager Terry Francona noted that right-hander Trevor Bauer will start on Friday against the Blue Jays, with Danny Salazar slated to be activated from the disabled list to start on Saturday. Depending on Kluber’s status, either he or righty Josh Tomlin will take the ball on Sunday in Cleveland.

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“We’re still trying to figure it out,” Francona said. “We’re still a little bit up in the air on that.”

Francona noted that Kluber (7-3, 2.86 ERA in 15 starts this season) developed the neck issue during his outing on Saturday in Oakland. During that start, the right-hander went 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks.

In nine starts since coming off the DL — following a back injury that forced Kluber to miss most of May — the ace has turned in a 1.56 ERA with 94 strikeouts, 11 walks and a .160 opponents’ average in 63 1/3 innings. By being pushed back to Sunday at the earliest, Kluber will have a minimum of seven rest days to hopefully alleviate the neck problem.

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Francona was looking forward to catching up with Giants manager Bru  http://www.ecustomfootballshirts.com/Customized-Philadelphia-Eagles-Jersey  ce Bochy during this series at AT&T Park. Not only would it be a chance to talk shop, but both Francona and Bochy underwent cardiac ablation procedures this year.

“We talked for a little bit,” said Francona, who had his operation on July 6. “I can’t imagine either one of us have anything going on. We’re two specimens. The picture of health.”

Kidding aside, Francona, 58, was happy to have the chance to meet with Bochy. The 62-year-old Gia  Custom Eagles Jersey  nts manager, who had the same heart procedure in April, is in his 23rd season managing in the Majors.

“It was mostly just [to say hello]. He’s such a nice person,” Francona said. “Anybody who’s spent five minutes with Boch, there’s a reason he’s lasted this long and done as well as he has. If I was a player, man, that’s the kind of guy y  Custom Eagles Jersey Cheap  ou enjoy playing for.”

Indians made push for Martinez

The D-backs pulled off a blockbuster trade on Tuesday, reeling in slugger J.D. Martinez from the Tigers in exchange for prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King. On Wednesday, MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported that the Indians were the other club “seriously involved” in the pursuit of Martinez. While Cleveland is in the market for rotation help, the club’s scuffling offense might a  Customized NFL Football Jersey Cheap  lso benefit from an addition prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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

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The Indians’ personalized Eagles jersey lineup struggled during the team’s recent trip out west, but that does not mean manager Terry Francona is going to press the panic button and make any drastic changes to the order. Francona believes in consistency and in the reasoning behind the lineup’s alignment.

“Believe me, if I thought moving guys would help, I would,” Francona said. “I try to put a lineup together that makes sense, or puts guys in the best spot. But other than that, we’ve got to swing it. If we don’t, you can line them up any way you want [and it won’t matter].”

Full Game Coverage

The American League Central-leading Indians will hope their offensive fortunes turn around on Friday, when the club opens a three-game series agains  Custom Eagles Jersey  t the Blue Jays at Progressive Field. In the opener, Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer will take on Toronto righty Marco Estrada in a pairing of last fall’s AL Championship Series clubs.

In his most recent outing on Sunday, Bauer faced only eight batters before heading to the showers in Oakland. He allowed four runs on three hits with three walks in two-thirds of an inning, forcing the Indians to lean heavily on the bullpen. Cleveland is hoping the outing was a one-start hiccup, given the strides Bauer has made over the past several weeks.

“Trevor’s been in a pretty good place,” Francona said. “We don’t want that to derail anything and have him go the other way.”

Estrada will also be looking to rebound for the Blue Jays after a rough string of starts for the right-hander. Dating back to June 1, Estrada has gone 0-4 with a 9.50 ERA, allowing 38 earned runs on 52 hits in 36 innings. That includes 10 runs surrendered in 8 1/3 innings over his two most recent turns.

Three things to know about this game

• Dating b  Customized NFL Football Jersey Cheap  ack to Bauer’s 14-strikeout performance on May 30, the right-hander has thrown his curveball 34.7 percent of the time (up from 22.7 percent in the nine previous starts). In the nine more recent games, Bauer has held batters to a .220 average and a .240 slugging percentage with his curve. Per Statcast, the Blue Jays ranked 27th in average (.190) and 25th in slugging (.305), as of Wednesday.

• Over the past three seasons, Estrada has held the Indians to a .143 average and a .143 slugging percentage on at-bats ending with his changeup, per Statcast. One matchup to watch will be Estrada vs. Carlos Santana. In   http://www.ecustomfootballshirts.com/Customized-Philadelphia-Eagles-Jersey  12 career at-bats, Santana has gone 5-for-12 with two home runs against the righty (1.333 OPS).

• With Jason Kipnis (right hamstring) sidelined for at least a couple more weeks, expect to see rookie Bradley Zimmer continue to get at-bats as the Tribe’s leadoff man. Francona likes Zimmer at the top due to hi  Philadelphia Eagles  s elite speed and knack for seeing pitches (4.04 pitches per plate appearance).

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