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KANSAS CITY — The Indians are bringing Greg Allen back up to the Major Leagues as Lonnie Chisenhall hits the disabled list.

Chisenhall was placed on the 10-day DL on Tuesday after sustaining a left calf strain before Monday’s game against the Royals in Kansas City. He had just returned to the club a few weeks prior after missing nearly two months with the same injury in his opposite calf.

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KANSAS CITY — The Indians are bringing Greg Allen back up to the Major Leagues as Lonnie Chisenhall hits the disabled list.

Chisenhall was placed on the 10-day DL on Tuesday after sustaining a left calf strain before Monday’s game against the Royals in Kansas City. He had just returned to the club a few weeks prior after mi Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ssing nearly two months with the same injury in his opposite calf.

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While the MRI during Monday’s game showed enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list, the full extent of Chisenhall’s injury is still unknown.

“We don’t know,” manager Terry Francona said. “I don’t think Lonnie knows, I don’t think the trainers know. Did he hurt some scar tissue, did it bleed? That’s what shows up on the MRI. That’s just as honest as I can be about it.”

The Tribe lineup will miss Chisenhall, as he was Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey  batting .343 since returning at the beginning of June. Michael Brantley is now the lone active Indian hitting above .300 entering play on Tuesday.

Allen joins the big league roster after being sent down to Triple-A Columbus on June 18. In his 14 games since being sent down, he batted .411.

“He’s swinging the bat pretty good,” Francona said. “That gives us coverage at all three outfield spots, and a switch hitter. So it kind of made common sense to get him here.”

Video: CLE@MIN: Allen rips a triple off wall in right-center

Allen has struggled to find much of the same success when with Cleveland, as he has hit just .204 in his time in the Majors. He had a solid May, hitting .273, but that progress took a step backwards in June with a .083 clip at the plate.

The trip back down to Columbus allowed Allen the opportunity to fix that. But even as his game may change as he bounces back and forth down I-71, his approach and mentality stays the same. Customized Falcons Jersey 

“For me, just being able to make a few adjustments at the plate, mentally and physically, and just go out there and play,” Allen said. “Be free and easy, be loose. Again, just find ways to try to factor in and influence and help the team, whether it’s here or with the Columbus team.”

Jordan Wolf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.


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KANSAS CITY — The Indians announced Tuesday that they have signed three picks from the 2018 Draft, including their top two selections.

 Customized Falcons Jersey High school Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ers Noah Naylor, Ethan Hankins and Korey Holland and Oregon State’s Steven Kwan all signed with the Tribe for more than their slotted or expected amounts. Naylor signed for a bonus of $2,578,138 (No. 29 pick value: $2,332,700), Hankins for $2,246,022 (No. 35 pick value: $2,016,400) and Holland for $515,000 (No. 433 pick value: $125,000).

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KANSAS CITY — The Indians announced Tuesday that they have signed three picks from the 2018 Draft, including their top two selections.

High schoolers Noah Naylor, Ethan Hankins and Korey Holland and Oregon State’s Steven Kwan all signed with the Tribe for more than their slotted or expected amounts. Naylor signed for a bonus of $2,578,138 (No. 29 pick value: $2,332,700), Hankins for $2,246,022 (No. 35 pick value: $2,016,400) and Holland for $515,000 (No. 433 pick value: $125,000).

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Naylor, a catcher from St. Joan of Arc Catholic in Mississauga, Ont., projects as a strong hitter with heavy power, and he has a strong defensive profile in addition to his proficiency at the plate. He was previously committed to play at Texas A&M.

“We’re excited about Noah’s bat. He can really hit,” director of amateur scouting Scott Barnsby said during the Draft. “[He] controls the strike zone, [has] really good hand-eye [coordination]. Can drive the ball to all fields. There’s power there. Defensively, [he’s] a stay-behind-the-plate catcher with arm strength.”

Video: Naylor blasts 420-foot home run to second deck

Naylor’s power culminated in an appearance at the High School Home Run Derby during last year’s All-Star festivities at Marlins Park in Miami. He finished second in the competition to Nolan Gorman, who was taken 10 picks before Naylor by the Cardinals.

As a member of the Ontario Blue Jays (an elite 18-and-up team based in his home province), Naylor hit .421 in seven games. He also played for the Canadian Junior National Team, touring Spring Training facilities in Florida to play against members of the Red Sox and Blue Jays.

The Indians found Naylor a battery-mate just six picks later, when they drafted Hankins, a right-handed pitcher from Forsyth Central High in Cumming, Ga. He had been committed to pitch at Vanderbilt.

Video: Draft 2018: Indians draft RHP Ethan Hankins No. 35

Hankins was projected by many to be Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  one of the first pitchers drafted this year, but a muscular issue with his throwing shoulder made his stock fall. He did make a recovery, however, and finished the season strong.

Cleveland was drawn to Hankins’ 6-foot-6-inch frame, which allows his long arms to operate smoothly in his delivery. He projects as a starter, with his best pitch being a fastball that sits consistently in the mid-90s and tops out at around 98 mph.

“Ethan is an impressive young man,” Barnsby said during the Draft. “It’s a four-pitch mix, and he throws a lot of strikes. He’s an athletic kid. The arm works well, so we’re absolutely looking at him as a starter.”

Kwan was a member of the Oregon State squad that recently captured the 2018 College World Series title. Battling an injury, he started just one game in the Finals, and pinch-hit in another.

The regular leadoff hitter for the Beavers, Kwan swings a consistent bat and has good speed out of the box. It translates to the outfield as well, where he exhibits strong range in center field.

Holland, who was drafted in the 14th round, is a speedy center fielder with a solid line-drive approach at the plate. He was committed to play at Texas.

Jordan Wolf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.


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MacKenzie Gore leads top Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey prospect performers

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

MacKenzie Gore provided his own Fourth of July fireworks, recording his first professional win in what was the longest and arguably best start of his career.

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

MacKenzie Gore provided his own Fourth of July fireworks, recording his first professional win in what was the longest and arguably best start of his career.

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The Padres’ No. 2 prospect (No. 13 overall) completed a career-high six scoreless innings, allowing four hits with two walks and six strikeouts as Class A Fort Wayne blanked Great Lakes, 7-0. He threw 86 pitches in the outing, 52 for strikes.

Gore’s start was his fifth since June 10, when he was activated from a nearly month-long stint on the disabled list for a blister on his left middle finger that also cost him time earlier in the season. The 19-year-old left-hander has pitched to a 1.50 ERA during that stretch, recording 22 strikeouts and five walks in 18 innings.

Selected with the No. 3 overall pick in 2017 Draft and signed for $6.7 million, Gore logged a 1.27 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with a 34-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 21 1/3 innings (seven starts) last summer during his pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Wednesday

• No. 47 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers’ No. 2) made it look easy in his debut with Class A Advanced Lakeland. The 20-year-old righty Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey  tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with two walks and nine strikeouts in the Flying Tigers’ 6-0 win over Jupiter. The 2016 first-rounder was promoted to the Florida State League after registering a 3.40 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings (11 starts) with Class A West Michigan.

• No. 73 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins’ No. 4) allowed three hits over six scoreless  Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey innings with one walk and six strikeouts in a no-decision for Triple-A Rochester. The 23-year-old lefty was hammered for 17 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings during a three-start span (from May 29 to June 11), but has since given up one earned run in 21 2/3 frames across his past four starts.

Gonsalves finishes strong

Braves No. 17 prospect Drew Waters snapped out of a 2-for-17 skid with a 3-for-4 performance for Class A Rome that included his eighth home run and 24th double of the season. The 19-year-old outfielder, a second-round pick a year ago, is slashing .295/.344/.527 with 38 extra-base hits and 11 steals in his first full season. Greyson Jenista, whom the Braves selected in the second round last month, also had a big game, going 3-for-4 with three singles and a walk in his second game since being promoted to Rome.

Indians No. 9 prospect Aaron Civale was nearly untouchable as he faced two over the minimum over seven scoreless innings and led Double-A Akron over Richmond, 8-0. The 23-year-old righty allowed a one-out double in the first inning but retired the next eight batters he faced, and 20 of the final 21 in the one hit performance. He issued one walk, struck out four and generated 11 ground-ball outs. Civale owns a 2.21 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list.

Civale spins seven scoreless

Padres No. 30 prospect Jordy Barley stuffed the stat sheet with a home run, two doubles and a stolen base as part of a four-hit game in the Rookie-level Arizona League. The 18-year-old shortstop also tallied three runs scored and RBIs apiece, finishing the game 4-for-6 in his second straight multihit effort.

Reds No. 7 prospect Jose Siri‘s third home run in his last 10 games was a second-inning grand slam that helped propel Double-A Pensacola past Montgomery, 7-2. The 22-year-old outfielder also hit a triple to finish 2-for-3 with two runs scored. After posting an .871 OPS with 24 homers and 46 steals in a breakout 2017 campaign, Siri has produced a .245/.274/.436 line with five homers and 10 steals in 43 games between Pensacola  Customized Falcons Jersey and Class A Advanced Daytona.

Siri goes deep

• Cardinals first-rounder (No. 12 overall) Nolan Gorman went 2-for-5 with his fourth home run in the past four games for Rookie-level Johnson City. One of the top power-hitting prospects in this year’s Draft, Gorman has gone deep five times in 42 at-bats as a pro while slashing .286/.423/.667 with 17 runs scored in Custom Cardinals Jersey  12 games. He’s scored at least one run in seven straight games and has hit safely in seven of his past eight.

• Joey Bart, the No. 2 overall pick by the Giants in the 2018 Draft, connected on the first home run of his career, a three-run shot in the third inning, and then added a solo shot in the eighth to finish 3-for-4 with four RBIs in his first game with Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer. The 21-year-old catcher, a Georgia Tech product, was promoted to the Northwest League after going 9-for-23 (.261) with two extra-base hits in six games in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

• Tigers third-rounder Kody Clemens connected on the first two homers of his career, hitting solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings in Class A West Michigan’s 7-3 win over Lansing. The 22-year-old second baseman had been 2-for-14 at the plate in his first four pro games. Outfielder Brock Deatherage, the club’s 10th-round pick, posted his first career five-hit game, going 5-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. He’s hitting .385 with a 1.133 OPS in 11 games since his promotion from the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where he went deep four times in his first two pro games.

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KANSAS CITY — After Francisco Lindor gave the Indians the lead with a grand slam in Monday’s game, Yan Gomes decided to get in on the fun Tuesday night.

Gomes’ sixth inning slam reclaimed the lead for the Tribe and was the difference in its 6-4 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

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KANSAS CITY — After Francisco Lindor gave the Indians the lead with a grand slam in Monday’s game, Yan Gomes decided to get in on the fun Tuesday night.

Gomes’ sixth inning slam reclaimed the lead for the Tribe and was the difference in its 6 Customized Falcons Jersey -4 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

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“I was able to get a pitch up and drive it,” Gomes said. “[Danny] Duffy, we all know, he’s a tremendous pitcher. Once he settles in, he’s hard to beat. I felt like we were maybe chasing him a little bit instead of letting him come to us.”

Gomes had chances to make his mark earlier in the game, but fell behind Duffy both times. In the first, after Cleveland had rallied for two runs off the Kansas City starter and had runners on first and second, Gomes couldn’t keep the line moving, as he flied out to end the frame. In the fourth, after a Duffy wild pitch advanced Yonder Alonso to second, Gomes stifled the momentum again by grounding out to third.

He wouldn’t let Duffy win the third time around, though. After laying off a slow curveball high and outside, Gomes sent a changeup over the left field wall and gave the Tribe the lead that would hold until the end.

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The inning began with a walk to Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Guyer getting hit by a pitch and Alonso reaching on an infield single. Then Duffy, nearing 100 pitches, left that changeup out there for Gomes, who turned on it to clear the bases.

The blast traveled an estimated 369 feet, according to Statcast™, and left Gomes’ bat with an exit velocity of 104.8 mph. It was his third career grand slam, and his first of the 2018 campaign. The Tribe has now hit eight slams on the season.

Shane Bieber got into trouble early when he allowed a two-run homer to Lucas Duda in the first. The damage continued in the second, when Whit Merrifield drove in Adalberto Mondesi with a single, and then was knocked in himself on a Rosell Herrera double.

Video: CLE@KC: Duda hammers a 2-run homer to right field

It was not too late for Bieber to say sorry, however, as he flipped the switch and was steady after those two frames. He allowed nine hits and four runs in his six innings of work.

“Early on, it was a real struggle,” manager Terry Francona said of his starter. “Especially with his secondary pitches … they were kind of flat. Then as the game got going, he actually kind of got into a groove and threw the ball much better.”

Video: CLE@KC: Bieber strikes out Perez swinging in the 5th

Bieber was making just his fifth start in the Major Leagues, so his ability to keep his composure after a rocky start despite his inexperience was impressive to Francona.

“For a younger kid that’s not very experienced, he has a ton of poise,” Francona said. “He could’ve cracked and gave up six or seven and we’re out of the game, but he didn’t. He kept us in it, and gave us a chance to win.”

Cody Allen came in with two outs in the eighth to escape a jam, and picked up a four-out save. That gave him No. 139 of his career with the Indians, which ties Bob Wickman for the all-time franchise lead.

Video: CLE@KC: Allen ties club record with 139th career save

“It’s an unbelievable honor. It’s something I definitely don’t take lightly,” Allen said. “But like I said, it’s an effort by a lot of people … it’s a testament to the quality of pitchers we have in the bullpen, our starting rotation, just how good of a team that we’ve had the last six or seven years I’ve been here.”

Guyer exited the game in the ninth inning after fouling a ball off his left knee and crumpling to the ground in the batter’s box. X-rays came back negative, however, and Francona said they would reevaluate his condition tomorrow.

Video: CLE@KC: Guyer fouls ball off knee, exits game in 9th

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When Jorge Bonifacio lined the ball to right with two outs and a runner on second in the fifth, Guyer charged in and made a fantastic catch while falling forward to save a run from scoring.

Video: CLE@KC: Guyer charges in to make a great sliding grab

“He willed himself to catch that ball,” Francona said.

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Indians’ lead was in danger in the eighth when Hunter Dozier singled up the middle, and Salvador Perez took off from second. Perez appeared to be hung out to dry after running through the stop sign, but Lindor, who was serving as the cutoff man, was caught off guard by Perez’s decision, which created a play at the plate.

“When I looked at first, I saw [Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele] sending him,” Lindor explained. “So I was like, ‘OK, he’s going to score.’ I was just trying to keep the guy from going to third, so I set up to throw to third. As I’m catching the ball, I hear Gonzalez saying, ‘Four! Four! Four! Four!’ so that’s when I threw to home plate.”

Video: CLE@KC: Indians nab Perez at home on overturned call

Lindor’s delayed throw was initially ruled to be behind Perez’s delayed attempt at coming home, but he was confident enough that the inning was over to run into the dugout. After the replay review, it was determined that his throw had indeed beaten Perez to the plate, the call was overturned and the Tribe’s lead remained at t Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey wo.

UP NEXT
Right-hander Trevor Bauer (7-6, 2.45 ERA) will close the series out for the Tribe at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. ET. Bauer has historically been sharp against the Royals, as his 3.39 career ERA against them is the third best among teams he’s faced more than five times. No starting pitcher for Kansas City has been announced, as scheduled starter Ian Kennedy (1-8, 5.11 ERA) was placed on the 10-day disabled list during the game.

Jordan Wolf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.


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Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey Cody Allen sets Indians all-time saves record

KANSAS CITY — It was only fitting that Cody Allen etched himself into Indians’ history on a day as historically significant as July 4.

Allen picked up career save No. 140 with the Tribe on Wednesday night, closing out a 3-2 Independence Day win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. With the save, he became the franchise’s all-time saves leader, passing Bob Wickman for the top spot in Cleveland history.

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KANSAS CITY – Custom Cardinals Jersey – It was only fitting that Cody Allen etched himself into Indians’ history on a day as historically significant  Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform as July 4.

Allen picked up career save No. 140 with the Tribe on Wednesday night, closing out a 3-2 Independence Day win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. With the save, he became the franchise’s all-time saves leader, passing Bob Wickman for the top spot in Cleveland history.

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It wouldn’t come easy for Allen, however, as Alex Gordon rocketed a one-out double in the bottom of the ninth to keep things interesting. Allen respon Customized Falcons Jersey ded with a pair of strikeouts to seal the victory, before being met by a water cooler bath from his teammates to celebrate the milestone.

“This is something I’m gonna be extremely proud of, and I am extremely proud of,” Allen said. “It’s one of the things that — hopefully I get to do a few more — I get to hang my hat on for my career, get to look back on. This will be one of those trademark moments.”

Video: CLE@KC: Allen on win, Indians’ saves record

He’s not the only one proud of his feat, though.

“Whether he got a save tonight or not, he still means so much to all of us,” manager Terry Francona said. “But it’s nice to be able to brag about him. This is a kid that was drafted, I don’t know, 26th round? (Allen was first drafted in the 16th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Indians, but did not sign. He was drafted again in 2011 in the 23rd round and joined the Cleveland organization.) 

“Through being a consummate professional, he’s now the Indians’ leader. That’s pretty awesome. That’s a pretty big accomplishment. And he’s not close to done.”

Starter Trevor Bauer, wh Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ose 7 2/3 sharp innings set Allen up for the save, shared similar thoughts.

“He’s been super dependable for us, and that’s really what [the record is] a testament to,” Bauer said. “The durability and consistency. Hasn’t hit the DL, takes the ball every time, does a tremendous job on the back end for us. When you have someone that stabilizes the last inning like that, the back end, it makes things in front of him a little bit easier.”

Jordan Wolf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.


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Indians Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey injury update on Brandon Guyer

KANSAS CITY — Indians skipper Terry Francona provided a few injury updates ahead of Wednesday’s series finale against the Royals in Kansas City.

Brandon Guyer exited last night’s game after fouling a ball off his left knee and collapsing in the batter’s box. Initial X-rays came back negative, and while he’s out of the lineup on Wednesday, he’s largely doing fine.

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KANSAS CITY — Indians skipper Terry Francona provided a few injury updates ahead of Wednesday’s series finale against the Royals in Kansas City.

Brandon Guyer exited last night’s game after fouling a ball off his left knee and collapsing in the batter’s box. Initial X-rays came back negative, and while he’s out of the lineup on Wednesday, he’s largely doing fine.

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“Shows up today, he’s just sore,” Francona said.  Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform “He got a bruise, it’s kind of below his kneecap, above his shin there on the top of his shin. He just has a good old-fashioned good bruise, but he’s OK.”

Relief pitcher Andrew Miller will throw off flat ground again on Thursday at noon. Miller has been out since the end of May with inflammation in his right knee.

Francona had no new news on outfielder Bradley Zimmer Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey , saying that “we’re still a ways away” from knowing his status. Zimmer hurt his sho Custom Cardinals Jersey ulder while taking batting practice with Triple-A Columbus back on June 13.

A concrete update on Zimmer will come Friday when the Tribe returns to Cleveland, per Francona.

Jordan Wolf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.


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OAKLAND — While Roberto Perez was guiding Indians starter Trevor Bauer through another solid start on Friday night, catching prospect Francisco Mejia was continuing his torrid streak at the plate for Triple-A Columbus. Mejia collected four hits, marking his seventh multi-hit game in a row.

Mejia’s incredible offensive showing in June for the Clippers has some Tribe fans wondering why the Indians’ top prospect has not found his way back to the Major Leagues. Yan Gomes has been one of the American League’s top catchers so far this year, but Perez has struggled at the plate (.141/.231/.228 in 92 at-bats) as the backup.

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OAKLAND — While Roberto Perez was guiding Indians starter Trevor Bauer through another solid start on Friday night, catching prospect Francisco Mejia was continuing his torrid streak at the plate for Triple-A Columbus. Mejia collected four hits, marking his seventh multi-hit game in a row.

Mejia’s incredible offensive showing in June for the Clippers has some Tribe fans wondering why the Indians’ top prospect has not found his way back to the Major Leagues. Yan Gomes has been one of the American League’s top catchers so far this year, but Perez has struggled at the plate (.141/.231/.228 in 92 at-bats) as the backup.

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Ind Customized Falcons Jersey ians manager Terry Francona emphasized again on Saturday that Perez’s worth extends beyond the batter’s box.

“We signed Roberto to a four-year contract,” Francona said. “And it’s not just your batting average. We’d love all our guys to be hitting .300 — that’d be great. But you’re talking about running a staff, doing all the things that ‘Berto has taken the time to learn. Now, I don’t want to [downplay what Mejia is doing]. I’m thrilled the kid Mejia is doing what he’s doing, because I think we all feel like this kid’s going to help us.

Video: CWS@CLE: Tribe turn strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out DP

“The other thing is you’ve got a young kid. You don’t want him to come up and sit the bench. That’s not developing. On the flip side of that, we called him up for that one day, because we thought it might give him a shot in the arm. He wasn’t doing very good, and then he took off. So, maybe that helped.”

Since his one-day stint in the Majors on June 11, the 22-year-old Mejia — rated as the top- Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ranked catching prospect in baseball Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey , per MLB Pipeline — has hit .500 with a 1.301 OPS in 16 games. Through 23 games in June, the switch-hitter had a .457 average and a 1.192 OPS with 17 multi-hit games.

Mejia was batting .178 with a .513 OPS after an 0-for-5 showing on May 24, but has hit at a .443 (1.167 OPS) since then in 116 plate appearances. On the year, he is batting .287 with seven homers, 18 doubles, 26 runs and 38 RBIs in 66 games for Columbus.

Due to having Gomes and Perez in the big leagues, Mejia has split his time between catching (35 starts) and the outfield (20 starts) this season. Francona reminded that Mejia’s transition to the outfield remains a work in progress.

“He’s not ready,” Francona said. “But I think there was some talk of trying to play him a little bit more, maybe with trying to have next year be an option. Like, when you go into the winter, at least having it be an option. The hard thing is he really wants to be a catcher. And I understand that. We’re trying to tell him, ‘Hey, we think you’re a good catcher, but if you can do this, you might get to the big leagues quicker.’ Until a kid’s sold on it, though, I’m not sure.”

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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KANSAS CITY — The first two innings provided all the fireworks the Indians needed this Independence Day.

The Tribe snuck past the Royals, 3-2, Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium to complete the sweep over their divisional foe. They logged just four hits all night, and didn’t score after the second inning, but starter Trevor Bauer made sure that was enough.

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KANSAS C Custom Cardinals Jersey ITY — The first two innings provided all the fireworks the Indians needed this Independence Day.

The Tribe snuck past the Royals, 3-2, Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium to complete the sweep over their divisional foe. They logged just four hits all night, and didn’t score after the second inning, but starter Trevor Bauer made sure that was enough.

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Bauer tossed 7 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out eight, a sharp outing on a night when the offense was relatively quiet. He was by no means perfect, but was able to work out of any trouble he got into.

“I thought he was good … they had some opportunities, and he kind of buckled down,” manager Terry Francona said. “They made him work, but he was up to it.”

The offense got off to a quick start before stalling, as Francisco Lindor walked to start the game, and was doubled in by Michael Brantley in the next at-bat. Brantley scored when Edwin Encarnacion lofted a sacrifice fly to center.

Video: CLE@KC: Brantley collects 500th RBI in the 1st inning

Cleveland got right back at it in the second, as another leadoff walk — this time to Jason Kipnis — resulted in a score after a walk, a sacrifice bunt and another sacrifice fly. Despite having recorded only one hit, they were already up 3-0.

Video: CLE@KC: Allen scores Kipnis with a sacrifice fly

Bauer got into some trouble in the eighth, when Whit Merrifield led off with a deep double to left. After Rosell Herrera flied out, Merrifield took off for third during the next at-bat. Bauer’s pitch was a bit erratic, coming in close to the chest of Salvador Perez, but catcher Roberto Perez threw down to Jose Ramirez in time to catch Merrifield stealing and end the rally. Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey 

Video: CLE@KC: Perez cuts down the tying run at third

“That was a big, big play in the game,” Francona said. “If he gets to third with less than two outs, we got to play the infield in, they’ve got a good hitter up. That was a really good play.”

Perez said postgame that he was going to call a curveball on the pitch, but when he saw Merrifield dancing with a lead off second, he called for the heater up and in.

“He gave me the sign pretty much,” Perez said. “He was being aggressive and faking he was gonna try to steal. Bauer, he threw a lot of breaking balls, and I just called fastball up and in. I thought that was the game right there.”

Merrifield had been 9-for-9 stealing third this season and 19-for-20 in his career before being caught by Perez.

The Tribe was able to navigate past Royals starter Trevor Oaks, but largely couldn’t crack the code against the team of relievers called on after him. Heath Fillmyer, making just his third appearance in the Majors, threw three no-hit innings. Tim Hill followed with a no-hit frame, and Wily Peralta surrendered two with two outs in the ninth.

Cleveland closer Cody Allen picked up save No. 18 on the season, but more notably, No. 140 in his career with the Indians. He passes Bob Wickman for the all-time franchise record, after tying him on Tuesday.

Video: CLE@KC: Allen earns Indians’ club-record 140th save

It didn’t come easy, though, as a one-out Alex Gordon double spelled some trouble. Allen did not crack, however, as he struck out the last two Royals to end the game and receive a water cooler bath from his teammates.

“This is something I’m gonna be extremely proud of, and I am extremely proud of,” Allen said. “It’s one of the things that — hopefully I get to do a few more — I get to hang my hat on for my career, get to look back on. This will be one of those trademark moments.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
In the fifth, Kansas City strung together a few hits and a Merrifield sacrifice fly cut Cleveland’s lead to 3-2. With runners on first and second, the Royals’ Perez stepped to the plate with a chance to tie the game. Bauer would not yield another run, however, getting Perez to strike out on a ball that bounced well in front of home plate.

HE SAID IT
“I should be an All-Star. I imagine I will be, and if I’m not, they didn’t do it right.” — Bauer, on his prospects of being selected for this year’s Midsummer Classic

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Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (8-5, 4.24 ERA) will make his return to the Tribe rotation against the A’s at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday at Progressive Field. Carrasco had started 15 games for Cleveland before taking a line drive off his throwing elbow and hitting the disabled list. Righty Paul Blackburn (2-2, 6.46 ERA) will go for Oakland.

Jordan W Customized Falcons Jersey olf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.


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OAKLAND — When Indians manager Terry Francona reached the mound at the Coliseum in the seventh inning on Friday night, he had a quick message for lefty Oliver Perez before taking the ball from the reliever.

“I said, ‘You look tired, man,'” Francona said with a laugh on Saturday morning.

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OAKLAND — When Indians manager Terry Francona reached the mound at the Coliseum in the seventh inning on Friday night, he had a quick message for lefty Oliver Perez before taking the ball from the reliever.

“I said, ‘You look tired, man,'” Francona said with a laugh on Saturday morning.

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The manager was joking around with Perez, because the left-hander threw precisely zero pitches before being removed in favor of right-hander Zach McAllister. With that pitching change, Perez made a bit of obscure baseball history. In the 3-1 loss to the A’s, the veteran lefty became the first pitcher on record to make an appearance, issue a walk and not throw a single pitch.

With two outs in the seventh inning, Perez took over for starter Trevor Bauer with runners on second and third base. Francona was rolling the dice that A’s manager Bob Melvin would allow the lefty-swinging Dustin Fowler to hit in order to keep his defense intact due to having a 2-0 lead. Instead, Melvin sent Mark Canha (1.031 OPS vs. lefties this season) to the plate as a pinch-hitter.

When Melvin played that card, Francona countered by having Perez load the bases with an intentional walk, which no longer requires any pitches to be thrown under the rules put in place by MLB last season. When the A’s then pinch-hit with Chad Pinder, Francona made the walk to the mound and replaced Perez with McAllister, who struck out Pinder to escape the jam.

Video: CLE@OAK: McAllister K’s Pinder, leaves the bases full

“I wasn’t sure that they would want to sacrifice defense when they’re winning,” Francona explained. “But, Canha, we don’t want to let Canha face a lefty. He’s killing lefties. You really don’t know what another [manager] is going to do, but you try to be prepared. That’s why you bring him in for the first lefty, because if Customized Falcons Jersey  you bring him in for the second one, you can’t do anything.”

Melvin anticipated that sequence when Perez entered the game.

“I knew [Francona] was going to do that,” the A’s manager told reporters. “Both of us had analytic numbers on bo Custom Cardinals Jersey th of them. It was miniscule the whole way. But, you’re trying to get your best guys out there and try to maximize matchups. You’ve always got to be on your toes with him.”

On Saturday morning, Melvin shot Francona a friendly text to poke fun at the situation.

“Melvin texted me this morning laughing,” Francona said. “He goes, ‘I knew that’s what you were doing. I told my bench coach that’s what you were going to do and my bench coach said, ‘No way.””

Perez said he did not expect that chain of events, but the lefty enjoyed the response from his teammates when he returned to the dugout.

“It’s kind of funny,” Perez said. “They were saying, ‘You might have the day off tomorrow,’ and stuff like that. Everybody was laughing. That was kind of the fun part.”

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

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A pair of Padres top prospects showcased their bright futures on Saturday as Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a pair of homers to back another strong effort on the mound by Logan Allen in Double-A San Antonio’s 4-3 loss against Northwest Arkansas.

Tatis, San Diego’s No. 1 prospect (No. 4 overall), hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and added another in the eighth to finish 3-for-4 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot for the Missions. Tatis’ multi-homer performance was his third of the season and pushed his season total to 14 homers through 77 games. He’s also hit safely in six straight games for the Missions, while improving his average from .269 to .285 in that span.

Coming off of a breakout 2017 campaign in which he produced an .877 OPS with 22 homers and 32 steals while reaching Double-A at age 18, Tatis began his season by hitting just .177/.231/.333 with three home runs and zero stolen bases in April. Since the calendar flipped to May, however, the 19-year-old shortstop owns a .333/.414/.592 batting line with 11 home runs and 11 steals.

Allen, the Padres’ No. 9 prospect (No. 100), was equally impressive, tossing seven innings of one-run ball in which he permitted four hits and one walk while striking out 10. The 21-year-old southpaw has been excellent of late, allowing just one earned run and 10 hits over his last 25 innings (four starts). Allen has lowered his ERA from 3.62 to 2.66 in that stretch, and he’s now fanned 95 batters in 84 2/3 innings after his second double-digit strikeout effort of the season.

Tatis Jr. blasts second homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday

No. 12 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins’ No. 1) blasted a solo home run before finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Class A Cedar Rapids’ 11-3 win over Burlington. It was Lewis’ second straight three-hit game, and he’s now recorded multiple hits in six of his past 10 games. Overall, the 2017 No. 1 overall pick is hitting .321/.369/.498 with eight homers, 20 doubles and 19 steals in his first full season. Jordan Balazovic (No. 30) paced the Kernels on the mound by tossing six scoreless innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts. The 19-year-old righty has racked up double-digit strikeouts twice in five outings and has 41 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings, along with a 2.36 ERA, on the season.

• Triple-A Columbus’ catching tandem of No. 16 overall prospect Francisco Mejia (Indians’ No. 1) and Eric Haase (No. 19) combined for five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in a 10-9 win over Indianapolis. Mejia tallied two doubles and went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in his eighth straight multi-hit game, giving him a robust .455/.476/.717 batting line, with four homers, 14 doubles and 23 RBIs in 24 games this month. Haase, meanwhile, hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a two-run double in the second and a solo shot in the fourth as part of a 3-for-4, career-high six-RBI performance. Yu Chang (No. 7) sealed the victory with a walk-off homer in the ninth, his seventh this season.

Mejia hits RBI double

• No. 10 overall prospect Forrest Whitley (Astros’ No. 2) struggled in the first inning, allowing three runs before recording two outs, but rebounded to retire 11 of the final 13 batters he faced en route to completing four innings. He permitted four hits and one walk and struck out five in the outing, throwing 54 of his 81 pitches for strikes. After three straight scoreless starts to begin his season, the 20-year-old righty has given up 10 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings in his past two turns. Yordan Alvarez (No. 54 overall, Astros’ No. 3) had another big game at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run in 11 games since returning from the disabled list. Through 38 games, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .320/.373/.614 w Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ith 11 homers and 40 RBis.

Alvarez blasts leadoff homer

• No. 54 overall prospect Alex Faedo (Tigers’ No. 3) tossed five scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits, walked two and struck out four in his second career start for Double-A Erie. Faedo was sharp in his Erie debut as well, completing six innings of two-run, two-hit ball with seven strikeouts. The 2017 first-rounder was promoted to the Eastern League after posting a 3.10 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 51 strikeouts and 13 walks in 61 innings (12 starts) with Class A Advanced Lakeland.

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Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning before completing seven scoreless innings, a season high, and matching his career high with 11 strikeouts in Double-A Mississippi’s 2-1 loss against Pensacola. He threw a season-high 102 pitches (63 strikes) in the outing, allowing two hits, three walks and one hit-by-pitch. It was the fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season for the 22-year-old right-hander, who ranks first in the Southern League and third in Minor League Baseball with 107 strikeouts. Across 16 starts, Toussaint owns a 2.93 ERA and .208 BAA in 86 innings.

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Cardinals first-round Draft pick Nolan Gorman blasted a pair of two-run home runs, going deep in the first and seventh innings in Rookie-level Johnson City’s 12-6 win over Kingsport. The only player on MLB Pipeline’s Draft Top 200 with a 60-grade power tool, Gorman, an 18-year-old third baseman, has hit three homers in his first nine games as a pro. He’s also hit safely in six straight, highlighted by his first career multi-hit performance on Saturday.

Cubs No. 18 prospect Keegan Thompson was lights-out in his second Double-A start, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in Tennessee’s shutout of Chattanooga. The 23-year-old righty issued two walks and struck out seven while throwing 53 of his 93 pitches for strikes. The performance was a stark improvement over Thompson’s first Double-A start on June 23, when he allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in three innings.

• After hitting three home runs and plating a career-best seven on Wednesday, D-backs No. 19 prospect Kevin Cron added to his torrid week with a two-homer, six-RBI performance in Triple-A Reno’s 14-4 win over Salt Lake. The 10th multi-homer game of Cron’s career pushed the 25-year-old corner infielder’s season total to 13 home runs through 49 games in the Pacific Coast League. One of the more accomplished sluggers in the Minors, Cron has hit at least 25 homers for three straight seasons, including a career-high 27 bombs in 2015.

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• In the longest start of his career, Indians No. 16 prospect Sam Customized Falcons Jersey  Hentges scattered seven hits and allowed one earned run with three strikeouts in eight innings, leading Class A Advanced Lynchburg past Frederick, 8-1. The 21-year-old left-hander is a rising prospect in Cleveland’s system, as Saturday’s performance gives him a 3.38 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings (15 starts) on the season — his first fully healthy campaign after losing much of 2016-17 to Tommy John surgery.

Padres No. 15 prospect Hudson Potts hit two two-run homers in his first two at-bats for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, snapping a 1-for-19 skid with 11 strikeouts in his previous five games. The 19-year-old third baseman has totaled 13 homers and 25 doubles after finishing his 2017 full-season debut with 20 and 23, respectively.

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