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OAKLAND — Adam Plutko packed up his locker, exchanged a few handshakes, hoisted his Indians equipment bag over his shoulder and headed out of the visitors’ locker room at the Coliseum on Su Custom Cardinals Jersey nday morning. The pitcher was heading back to Triple-A Columbus, bringing some clarity to Cleveland’s rotation situation.

With Carlos Carrasco scheduled to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday for a start against the A’s in Cleveland, Plutko will return to the Minor Customized Falcons Jersey s and await another call. In the meantime, fellow rookie right-hander Shane Bieber will remain in the fifth spot in the Indians’ rotation following a string of impressive outings.

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OAKLAND — Adam Plutko packed up his locker, exchanged a few handshakes, hoisted his Indians equipment bag over his shoulder and headed out of the visitors’ locker room at the Coliseum on Sunday morning. The pitcher was heading back to Triple-A Columbus, bringing some clarity to Cleveland’s rotation situation.

With Carlos Carrasco scheduled to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday for a start against the A’s in Cleveland, Plutko will return to the Minors and await another call. In the meantime, fellow rookie right-hander Shane Bieber will remain in the fifth spot in the Indians’ rotation following a string of impressive outings.

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“We’ve actually been impressed with both the kids,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Plutko’s done a pretty good job here. Bieber’s done an outstanding job. But we told Adam he wasn’t being demoted because of how he pitched. … It’s just, we’ve got Carrasco coming back.”

Video: CLE@STL: Bieber K’s 5 over 6 frames, collects 1st hit

After optioning Plutko to Triple-A Columbus, the Indians then selected the contract of lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the same affiliate. In order to vacate a spot on the 40-man roster for Rzepczynski, Cleveland released Minor League lefty Shawn Morimando.

The move comes one day after Plutko worked 5 2/3 innings in the Indians’ 7-2 loss in Oakland. Plutko (4-2, 4.66 ERA in six starts) and Bieber (3-0, 2.22 ERA in four starts) have held down the back end of the starting staff, while Carrasco has rehabbed a right elbow contusion. On Saturday night, Carrasco worked four shutout innings in a Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Akron, ending with four strikeouts, one walk and hitting 97 mph, per Francona.

“He was good,” Francona said. “He texted me this morning and said he’s ready to go. So, that’s good. So, what we did is we optioned Plutko and we got Zep here. So, we’ll have to make a move when Carrasco pitches, but for [at least four games] we have an extra bullpen arm and getting the lefty here should help.”

The Indians signed the 32-year-old Rzepczynski to a Minor League contract on June 18, following his release by the Mariners. The lefty posted a 9.39 ERA in 7 2/3 innings for Seattle this season, but held left-handed batters to a .222 average (.656 OPS) within that showing.

Rzepczynski posted a 2.70 ERA in 145 games for the Indians in parts of the 2013-15 seasons, and gives the Tribe a second lefty along with Oliver Perez, while Andrew Miller (right knee) and Tyler Olson (left lat strain) r Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey emain on the 10-day DL.

“Obviously, they know who I am here,” Rzepczynski said. “Most of my success has been here, for the most part. It’s a familiar clubhouse. That’s one of the reasons why I signed back here. I know all the guys. I loved playing for Tito when I was here. And, at the same time, I know I’ve got a chance to pitch.”

Worth noting

• One day after it was announced that righty Danny Salazar (60-day DL) would undergo exploratory surgery on his throwing shoulder on Monday, Francona said there were no details to add at the moment. Said the manager: “Let’s just see what comes of it. We’ll have time to talk about it more and see what the prognosis is and all those types of things.”

• Olson worked through another bullpen session at the Coliseum on Sunday, following a 25-pitch mound working on Friday. Francona said the Indians have yet to determine whether the next step will be a simulated game or sending the lefty out on a Minor League rehab assignment.

• Miller continues to work through a flat-ground throwing program back in Cleveland, while focusing on strengthening his knee. Francona noted that the lefty reliever might be cleared to resume throwing off a mound during the team’s upcoming homestand.

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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OAKLAND — The change in results was swift and dramatic for Adam Plutko on Saturday afternoon. The Indians starter went from flirting with perfection to strolling to the showers in the span of a handful of batters, and that stretch was sufficient in sinking the Tribe.

On another cold day for the Cleveland lineup — a trend this season on the road — Plutko had little margin for error against an A’s team that is red hot right now. Oakland pounced on the rookie right-hander at the right time, dealing the Indians a 7-2 loss at the Coliseum.

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OAKLAND — The change in results was swift and dramatic for Adam Plutko on Saturday afternoon. The Indians starter went from flirting with perfection to strolling to the showers in the span of a handful of batters, and that stretch was sufficient in sinking the Tribe.

On another cold day for the Cleveland lineup — a trend this season on the road — Plutko had little margin for error against an A’s team that is red hot right now. Oakland pounced on the rookie right-hander at the right time, dealing the Indians a 7-2 loss at the Coliseum.

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“I just started leaving the ball up a little bit,” Plutko said, “and they showed how they can hit the baseball.”

Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez each belted a solo home run, but that was all the Tribe’s offense managed in the defeat, which dropped the American League Central leader’s record to 1-4 through five games on the current nine-game road trip. Oakland, meanwhile, has rattled off 12 wins in 14 games in an effort to gain ground on the Astros and Mariners in the AL West.

Plutko took the mound on Saturday knowing that his place in the rotation could be shaky. Fellow rookie Shane Bieber has impressed the Tribe’s decision-makers of late and sidelined starter Carlos Carrasco is nearing a return from the disabled list.

For the first five innings, Plutko answered the call in dominant fashion. The righty was perfect through his first four innings and allowed just one hit to the first 16 batters he faced through five. Plutko was precise with his fastball and balanced that with a slider, curve and changeup that was consistently creating weak contact early on against the A’s.

Video: CLE@OAK: Plutko starts outing by striking out Fowler

Things fell apart on Plutko from there.

“I was extremely happy with the first four,” Plutko said. “How could you not be? Even the fifth, I liked what I was doing. But the sixth, they came out, four straight hits, flexed their muscle and that’s the game.”

Franklin Barreto got things started for Oakland in the sixth with a double to left field off Plutko, who then surrendered a two-run, game-tying homer off the bat of Josh Phegley. Dustin Fowler followed with a scorched single to right field — 107.4 mph off the bat, per Statcast™ — and then came around to score on a double by Mark Canha.

Two batters later, Plutko was walking off the field after working 5 2/3 innings, in which he struck out three and walked one.

The push against Plutko also helped the A’s dig into the Indians’ bullpen, which surrendered four runs in the eighth inning to make things lopsided. A solo shot from Fowler and a two-run blast by Matt Olson off Dan Otero and Josh Tomlin, respectively, powered that outburst.

Video: CLE@OAK: Olson pads lead with 2-run homer in the 8th

That was more than enough to support a solid showing from Edwin Jackson, who held Cleveland to the two home runs, both in the fourth inning, over 6 2/3 innings.

“He still, after all these years, maintains his velocity,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Jackson. “A lot of balls offspeed, in and out of the zone, and we’re chasing. We’re not earning enough fastballs right now, and, until we do, they’re going to keep throwing balls out of the zone and making us go get them.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Anything you can do… Lindor put the Tribe on the board in the fourth, when he drilled a 1-1 slider just below the zone and sent it out to right field for a leadoff homer. Two batters later, Ramirez crushed a 2-2 fastball from Jackson to center for another solo blast to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead. Lindor now has 20 homers on the year, while Ramirez is now tied with Mike Trout for the second-most home runs (24) in the Majors. The Indians and Red Sox (J.D. Martinez, 25; Mookie Betts, 20) are the only teams in baseba Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey ll to currently have two players with 20-plus homers.

Video: CLE@OAK: Ramirez belts a solo homer to right-center

Homer woes: After Otero set down the A’s in order in the seventh, the righty was sent back to the hill to begin the eighth. Fowler then knocked a one-out homer off Otero to right that went a projected 437 feet and had an exit velocity of 107.1 mph, per Statcast™. That insurance blast gave the A’s a 4-2 lead, ignited a four-run inning and marked the seventh homer off Otero in the pitcher’s 29 2/3 innings this season. For context, Otero allowed eight homers total in 130 2/3 innings across the 2016-17 campaigns.

Last stand: Trailing 7-2, the Indians made one last attempt at a rally against the Oakland bullpen in the ninth inning. With one out, Michael Brantley singled, Ramirez was hit by a pitch and Edwin Encarnacion drew a walk against Santiago Casilla to load the bases. The A’s then gave the ball to Lou Trivino, who entered with a 1.59 ERA in 28 outings. Trivino needed just three pitches to induce a game-ending, 3-6-1 double play off the bat of Yonder Alonso.

Video: CLE@OAK: Trivino earns his 3rd save on game-ending DP

SOUND SMART
The Indians are one of MLB’s best teams at home, hitting .283/.356/.486 with 6.03 runs per game and a 127 weighted runs created plus through 40 games at Progressive Field this season. Through their first 40 road games this year, Cleveland was batting .223/.291/.384 as a team with 3.78 runs per game and an 84 wRC+.

UP NEXT
Right-hander Mike Clevinger (6-3, 3.03 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Tribe on Sunday, when the A’s host the Indians in a 4:05 p.m. ET tilt at the Coliseum. Clevinger is 3-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 39 innings in his past six turns. Oakland will counter with righty Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.68 ERA).

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

This week has four different players making their second appearance on a Prospect Team of the Week, though none have been quite as hot as Francisco Mejia.

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

This week has four different players making their second appearance on a Prospect Team of the Week, though none have been quite as hot as Francisco Mejia.

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After combining for a .189/.258/.293 batting line during the season’s first two months, Mejia rebounded in earnest with a torrid month of June, hitting .455 with a 1.193 OPS. What’s more, Mejia is raking at a .526 clip with 20 hits during his nine-game hitting streak, during which he’s improved his season average from .251 to .291.

Among other PTOW returnees, Tyler O’Neill is back for the first time since the season’s opening week after clubbing four home runs in five games in the Pacific Coast League, and Brandon Lowe is making his second straight PTOW appearance after another loud showing with Triple-A Durham.

The Padres are well represented on the latest PTOW with pitchers Logan Allen and Chris Paddack, both Top 100 overall prospects. It’s the second time this season that two pitchers from the same organization garnered PTOW honors after Cardinals hurlers Ryan Helsley and Austin Gomber back in April.

Here’s the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of June 25 through July 1.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

C: Francisco Mejia, Columbus Clippers (Triple–A)
(Indians’ No. 1 prospect/No. 16 overall)
7 G, .593/.645/.926, 8 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 1 IBB, 2 K

Mejia officially put his sluggish start to the season behind him in June by hitting .455/.476/.717 and collecting hits in 22 of 24 games, including 18 multi-hit performances. The 22-year-old recorded at least one double in five straight games to pace all Top 30 prospects in two-baggers, and his 16 hits were tied for the most among Top 30 prospects.

1B: Kevin Cron, Reno Aces (Triple-A)
(D-backs’ No. 19 prospect)
6 G, .462/.483/1.115, 9 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K

That Cron led all Top 30 prospects in both home runs and RBIs was a product of two monstrous games. He erupted to hit three home runs and finish with a career-high seven RBIs on Wednesday, and then added a two-homer, six-RBI performance on Saturday. Overall, the 25-year-old has 10 multi-homer games in his career and 13 home runs in 50 games this season, putting him well on his way towards achieving his fourth straight season with at least 25 home runs.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: #Dbacks No. 19 prospect Kevin Cron went 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs for the @Aces tonight 👀The 25-year-old third baseman has 3 multi-homer games in June and has hit 13 home runs in 49 games this season. Here’s how @Dbacks prospects are performing: https://t.co/0L3IYdENhk pic.twitter.com/EJpvPxzNlD

2B: Brandon Lowe, Durham Bulls (Triple-A)
(Rays’ No. 14 prospect)
8 G, .484/.590/.935, 9 R, 5 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BB, 7 K

Lowe may be appearing on his second straight PTOW, but it’s his first as a second baseman after garnering honors as an outfielder last week. Another torrid week at the plate saw the 23-year-old produce 29 total bases, tied for the most among Top 30 prospects, while also ranking second in runs scored (tied), hits (15), doubles (tied) and RBIs. He’s slashing .307/.409/.571 with 16 homers and 26 doubles on the season, thanks largely to a .341/.431/.716 line and eight home runs in 22 games with Durham.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Brandon Lowe, power hitter. The 23-year-old hit a solo homer in the sixth and has gone deep eight times in the past 10 games for @DurhamBulls. No. 14 on the #Rays Top 30: https://t.co/9OPTYm3TAq pic.twitter.com/VThcOzuvLF

3B: Elehuris Montero, Peoria Chiefs (Class A)
(Cardinals’ No. 27 prospect)
6 G, .500/.565/.850, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K

Montero, 19, hit safely in all six games for Peoria as he improved his season average from .302 to .316. He homered in two of those contests, giving the Dominican third baseman a career-best nine homers in 71 games after he totaled nine home runs in 170 games across his first three seasons.

SS: Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A)
(Twins’ No. 1 prospect/No. 12 overall)
6 G, .500/.577/.850, 8 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K, 3 SB

The 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick went hitless at the outset of the week before collecting hits in five straight games, including back-to-back three-hit performances and three multi-hit games. It helped the 19-year-old shortstop tie a bow on his best month of the season, as Lewis finished June with a .330/.380/.604 batting line with five homers, 10 doubles and 22 RBIs in 23 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Royce Lewis, SS, Twins

OF: Jacob Robson, Erie SeaWolves/Toledo Mud Hens (Double-A/Triple-A)
(Tigers’ No. 26 prospect)
5 G, .471/.591/1.059, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 3 SB, 1 CS

Robson began his week in the Eastern League, where he tallied three hits and three runs in two games before moving up to Triple-A Toledo and blasting two home runs in his first three games in the International League. The 23-year-old outfielder, an eighth-round pick in 2016, is putting together a breakout campaign, hitting .294/.389/.478 with nine home runs, 17 doubles and 13 steals through 70 games.

OF: Tyler O’Neill, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
(Cardinals’ No. 2 prospect/No. 52 overall)
5 G, .278/.381/1.000, 7 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

O’Neill went deep in three straight games to begin the week as he ultimately homered in four of his five contests for Memphis. It was the third time this season that the 23-year-old slugger homered in three consecutive games in the Minors — four including his time in the Majors. He’s hit 19 homers in 49 games this season, good for a share of second place in the Pacific Coast League, and has 21 homers in 65 games between the Minors and Majors.

Video: Top Prospects: Tyler O’Neill, OF, Cardinals

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers’ No. 6 prospect)
5 G, .353/.421/.941, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K, 1 SB

While June marked Ray’s worst month of the season (.223/.324/.404), the 23-year-old did finish it on a high note by hitting a home run in two of his final four games before opening July with another homer, giving him three for the week. After a disappointing first full season, Ray has gotten back on track this year at Biloxi, hitting .251/.345/.469 with a career-high 12 homers as well as 19 steals in 77 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Corey Ray, OF, Brewers

LHP: Logan Allen, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)
(Padres’ No. 9 prospect/No. 100 overall)
1-0, 1.29 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0.71 WHIP

Allen is making his second PTOW appearance in five weeks after the 21-year-old southpaw completed seven innings for the third time in four starts while striking out 10. He owns a stellar 0.36 ERA with 26 strikeouts and a .350 OPS against over 25 innings in those four outings, during which he’s improved his overall ERA from 3.65 to 2.66, the second best mark among qualified pitcher in the Texas League. He also leads the circuit in WHIP (1.10) and strikeouts (95).

Video: Top Prospects: Logan Allen, LHP, Padres

RHP: Chris Paddack, Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced)
(Padres’ No. 8 prospect/No. 98 overall)
1-0, 3.60 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 14 K, 1.20 WHIP

Paddack, 22, kicked off his week with a dominant four-inning outing in which he allowed just one hit while recording nine of his 12 outs via the strikeout. The right-hander didn’t fare as well on Sunday, when he allowed four earned runs in six innings, though the performance still netted the right-hander his fourth win in 10 starts for Lake Elsinore. Fully healthy after Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2017 campaign, Paddack as returned to post a 2.24 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and 83-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 1/3 innings in the hitter-friendly California League.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Another start, another gem from Chris Paddack:4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 KThe #Padres No. 8 prospect has given up 1 ER or less in 7 of 9 starts for @Storm_Baseball. Here’s how all @Padres prospects are performing tonight: https://t.co/QJnjQVOpIh pic.twitter.com/3rwSWHWE35

RP: Ray Black, Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A)
(Giants’ No. 29 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 SV, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.33 WHIP

Finally healthy after myriad injuries limited him in recent years, the flame-throwing Black is finally healthy and on the cusp of the Major Leagues. Now  Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey 28, Black logged three scoreless appearances last week in the Pacific Coast League, one of which led to his first career Triple-A save. He’s racked up 33 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings with Sacramento, and 5 Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform 3 in 29 2/3 frames (16.1 K/9) including his time with Double-A Richmond.

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Indians club 11 Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey doubles in victory over A’s

OAKLAND — Francisco Lindor could not quite clear the Coliseum’s wall in the third inning on Sunday afternoon. The baseball he launched to left-center struck the green padding with a thud and the Indians’ shortstop pulled into second with a double.

Lindor had no such issues in the seventh, when he belted a home run out to right field to help the Tribe rout the A’s with a 15-3 victory, salvaging a win in the three-game series. The blast came as part of powerful showing from Lindor, who had two of Cleveland’s 11 doubles and three of the team’s 13 extra-base hits in the overwhelming win.

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OAKLAND — Francisco Lindor could not quite clear the Coliseum’s wall in the third inning on Sunday afternoon. The baseball he launched to left-center struck the green padding with a thud and the Indians’ shortstop pulled into second with a double.

Lindor had no such issues in the seventh, when he belted a home run out to right field to help the Tribe rout the A’s with a 15-3 victory, salvaging a win in the three-game series. The blast came as part of powerful showing from Lindor, who had two of Cleveland’s 11 doubles and three of the team’s 13 extra-base hits in the overwhelming win.

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“He’s a threat,” Indians veteran outfielder Rajai Davis said of Lindor. “He just knows how to hit and drive the ball a quarter-mile. No matter the ballpark, he makes the ballpark look small. It’s amazing. It’s impressive. It’s fun to watch. A lot of guys wish they could be that kind of hitter, but to watch it, it’s amazing.”

The 11 doubles by the Indians are the most in a game in the Majors this season and the most in one contest by Cleveland since doubling a club-record 12 times on July 13, 1996, against the Twins. It marked the most doubles in a game for a team in MLB since the Royals had 11 against the Yankees on Aug. 11, 2003. The 11 two-base hits also set a record for one team at the Coliseum.

“It was great,” said Lindor, who is the only MLB player this season to have three games with at least two doubles and a homer. “Hopefully, this gets us going in the right direction. Guys were on the right path. Guys felt very comfortable today.”

Video: CLE@OAK: Lindor homers and reaches base 5 times

Besides Lindor, the Indians also received two-base hits from Lonnie Chisenhall (two), Jose Ramirez (two), Yonder Alonso (two), Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis. In the seventh inning, Lindor (21 homers this season) and Edwin Encarnacion (20) took things up a notch, with a home run apiece against reliever Yusmeiro Petit.

Video: CLE@OAK: Encarnacion launches a solo homer to center

Cleveland kept its foot on the gas, too.

“You can feel the tide is turning,” Chisenhall said. “Guys taste blood. They want to get up there in the box.”

The Indians, who managed just 10 runs total over the past five games on this road trip, pushed eight runs across the plate against the Oakland bullpen in the top of the eighth, which lasted nearly 26 minutes. The first 10 batters of the frame reached base, helping transform what had been a relatively close game into a blowout. The Indians were seemingly clinging to a 3-1 lead through six innings, before rolling out a dozen runs over the final three frames.

Video: CLE@OAK: Indians plate 8 runs in dominant 8th inning

“At the end,” Indians manager Terry Francona said, “the score doesn’t really show how close that game was.”

Tribe starter Mike Clevinger was not at his best, but the surplus of run support helped the right-hander to his seventh win of the season. Over six-plus innings, Clevinger allowed three runs on eight hits, ending with two walks and five strikeouts.

Video: CLE@OAK: Clevinger retires Pinder to escape a jam

Lindor’s two doubles upped his season total to a team-high 27, which ties the amount Ramirez posted in the first half last year en route to 56 doubles overall (third-most in a season in club history). Lindor, Ramirez (24 homers and 22 doubles) and Boston’s Mookie Betts are the only players in MLB to currently have at least 20 homers and 20 two-base hits.

When told that Lindor insists he is not competing against Ramirez, Chisenhall smirked.

“It’s not competing, but they know what the other is doing,” Chisenhall said. “It’s friendly as it can be. They both are hungry. They’re both young. They’re both continuing to make names for themselves. It’s fun to watch.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Davis’ double-play dive: With one out and a runner on first in the third inning, Jed Lowrie lofted a pitch from Clevinger over shallow center field. As Mark Canha was going from first to third on the play, Davis sprinted in and made a diving catch to snare the fly ball before it could reach the grass. From his knees, Davis flipped the ball to Kipnis, who tossed it to Alonso at first to double up Canha for an inning-ending double play. Per Statcast™, Davis covered 62 feet in 4.1 seconds for the three-star catch (72 percent catch probability).

Video: CLE@OAK: Davis makes diving grab, turns double play

“That could’ve been different right there for them winning this game,” Davis said. “Making that play and getting out of that inning, as opposed to being first and third, one out, or whatever it may have be Customized Falcons Jersey en, with their guys coming up, that’s a play that you want to make. I’m glad I was able to make it.”

Quick pick: Marcus Semien tried to start a rally for Oakland in the second with a one-out single to center off Clevinger. Then, after working to a 1-2 count against Jonathan Lucroy, Clevinger fired a throw to first, where Semien was caught flat-footed. Alonso gloved the ball and applied a swift tag before Semien could retreat. Clevinger followed with a strikeout of Lucroy to end the fram. Clevinger ranks fourth in the Majors with four pickoffs this season.

“Baseball’s a huge momentum sport, I think,” Clevinger said. “Anytime you get that pendulum to swing your way on any event, especially something like that — you get two outs and the bases are clean — you get more energy out of that.”

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
After the A’s pushed two runs across in the seventh, reliever Neil Ramirez faced a runner-on-first, two-out situation. On a pitch in the dirt to Lowrie, Canha sprinted from first to second and Gomes made a quick throw to Lindor at the bag. At nearly the same time Canha’s left hand reached the base, Lindor slapped a tag on the runner’s arm. Second-base umpire Lance Barrett called Canha out and Lindor pumped a fist hard in celebration. The A’s challenged the inning-ending call, which stood following a replay review, eliciting loud boos from the Oakland crowd.

Video: CLE@OAK: Gomes, Lindor combine to nab Canha in 7th

“Gomer, I thought coming out and making that throw in the seventh [was huge],” Francona said. “They challenged it and we got out of the inning. At the time, it’s a two-run game and they’re coming at us pretty good. That slowed everything down.”

SOUND SMART
The Indians have three players with 20-plus homers (Lindor, Ramirez and Encarnacion) before the All-Star break for the first time since 2001, when Ellis Burks, Juan Gonzalez and Jim Thome achieved the feat. That was the only other such occurrence in Indians franchise history.

According to the Indians, Lindor, Ramirez and Encarnacion are the fastest trio in MLB to reach 20 homers apiece since 2006, when Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko and Thome did it in 80 games for the White Sox. The Tribe trio accomplished the feat in 82 games.

HE SAID IT
“He’s a fantastic hitter from both sides of the plate. He can change the game with one swing, he can change a game with his legs and he can change it with his glove.” — Francona, on Lindor

“That was huge. He joked with me, he was like, ‘Yeah, I knew how much time I had. I had to sit back on that one.’ I was like, ‘I was holding my breath!'” — Clevinger, on Davis’ diving grab

UP NEXT
Right-hander Corey Kluber (11-4, 2.54 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Tribe on Monday, when the Royals host the Indians Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey  in an 8:15 p.m. ET tilt at Kauffman Stadium. The Cleveland ace spun seven shutout innings against Kansas City on May 13, but has gone 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA in his last three starts. The Royals will counter with righty Jakob Junis (5-9, 4.67 ERA).

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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Ian Anderson Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey leads Monday’s top MLB prospects

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

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

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After back-to-back tough-luck losses, Ian Anderson returned to the win column behind a dominant performance.

Anderson, Atlanta’s No. 5 prospect (No. 43 overall), matched a ca Custom Cardinals Jersey reer high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings as he led Class A Advanced Florida past Jupiter, 3-2. He allowed three hits and one walk in the outing, also recording five ground-ball outs and throwing 67 of 100 pitches for strikes.

Making his 15th start of the season, Anderson allowed a baserunner to reach second in both the second and third innings before settling in and retiring 11 of the final 12 batters. He struc Customized Falcons Jersey k out the side twice, in the fourth and fifth innings, and punctuated the performance with a pair of strikeouts in the sixth.

Anderson, 20, struggled out of the gate, posting a 7.07 ERA in four April starts, but has improved as the season’s progressed. Since then, however, the 2016 first-rounder has pitched to a 2.21 ERA while compiling 69 strikeouts in 57 innings (11 starts). He’s completed at least six innings in three consecutive starts and four of his past five turns.

For the season, he owns a 3.17 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 32 walks in 71 innings.

Video: Top Prospects: Ian Anderson, RHP, Braves

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

No. 6 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies’ No. 1) went deep for a second straight day, hitting a solo shot as part of a 2-for-4 performance in Double-A Hartford’s 6-5 win over Reading. The 21-year-old shortstop is slashing .282/.339/.531 on the season and owns a share of the Eastern League lead with 16 home runs. Rodgers also ranks among the circuit leaders with 156 total bases (first), 21 doubles (tied, second) and 55 RBIs (tied, third).

Rodgers homers for second straight game

• No. 18 overall prospect Hunter Greene (Reds’ No. 2) set a pair of career highs by racking up 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in Class A Dayton’s 2-1 win over Lake County. He allowed two hits, both singles, and did not issue a walk. The 18-year-old right-hander has allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight straights starts, with a 1.87 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in that span. Overall, Greene owns a 4.18 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 19 walks over 60 1/3 innings (15 starts) in his first full season.

• No. 39 overall prospect Justus Sheffield (Yankees’ No. 2) furthered his case for a big league promotion by tossing a season-high seven innings of one-run ball in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 6-2 win over Buffalo. He allowed three hits and three walks in the outing, striking out six and generating another eight outs on the ground before departing with 100 pitches (60 strikes). The 22-year-old left-hander owns a 1.78 ERA over his past 30 1/3 innings (five starts) and a 2.49 ERA in 79 2/3 frames on the season.

Video: Top Prospects: Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees

Brewers No. 24 prospect Carlos Rodriguez and Larry Ernesto (No. 27) both hit a home run and finished 4-for-6 for Milwaukee’s Dominican Summer League affiliate. Rodriguez’s homer, a three-run shot, was his first in 20 games as a pro, during which he’s produced a .432 average. Ernesto, meanwhile, has totaled three homers and 14 RBIs in 20 contests. Both 17-year-old outfielders, Rodriguez and Ernesto signed with Milwaukee for $1.355 million and $1.8 million, respectively, exactly one year ago today.

Dodgers No. 7 prospect Jeren Kendall launched a pair of two-run homers in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga’s win over Inland Empire. It was the first career multi-homer performance for the 2017 first-round pick, who’s now homered seven times in 70 games this season, tripling the total he produced over 40 games last summer in his professional debut.

Indians No. 25 prospect Ernie Clement is hitting .436 through his first 10 games in the Carolina League after a perfect 5-for-5 performance out of the leadoff spot for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The 22-year-old infielder  Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey collected 17 hits in that span, thanks to a handful of multi-hit games. Eli Morgan (No. 28) tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and striking out four, en route to his third straight win. The 22-year-old righty has been outstanding at two levels this season, combining for a 2.08 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 104-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 90 2/3 innings (16 starts) between Lake County and the Hillcats.

Marlins No. 8 prospect Nick Neidert allowed one unearned run on four hits over a season-high eight innings as Double-A Jacksonville fell to Montgomery, 1-0. He struck out seven, induced 10 ground-ball outs and did not issue a walk. Acquired from Seattle in the offseason Dee Gordon trade, the 22-year-old Neidert has pitched to a 2.81 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 18 walks over 83 1/3 innings (15 starts) in the Southern League.

• Squaring off against Class Advanced Florida’s Ian Anderson Marlins No. 19 prospect Jordan Yamamoto racked up 12 strikeouts over six innings in another impressive outing for Jupiter. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and one walk while pounding the zone with 61 of 89 pitches. It was the second double-digit strikeout performance in three starts for the 22-year-old righty, who fanned a career-high 13 in seven innings on June 20. After missing all of April and most of May, Yamamoto has made up for the lost time by posting a 1.55 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings (seven starts)

Tigers No. 10 prospect Daz Cameron stayed red-hot as he connected on his second home run in as many games for Double-A Erie. The 21-year-old outfielder has now hit four homers in 14 games in the Eastern League, surpassing the total (three) he posted over 58 games with Class A Advanced Lakeland. What’s more, Cameron has hit safely in 12 of those 14 contests en route to a .404/.469/.754 batting line, 10 extra-base hits, 15 RBIs and five steals. Matt Hall (No. 23) fired 6 1/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in his third start of the season. The left-hander has not given up a run in his last 15 1/3 frames (seven appearances).

• Nolan Gorman, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in the 2018 Draft, blasted his fourth home run in his 10th career game for Rookie-level Johnson City. Three of Gorman’s homers have come in his past two games, during which the 18-year-old slugger is a combined 4-for-9 with five RBIs and five runs scored.

Video: Gorman on being drafted by Cardinals in 1st round

• Tigers second-rounder Parker Meadows went deep in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League for his first career home run. The younger brother of Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows, Parker, a 6-foot-5 outfielder, has collected two hits in three games after signing for above slot $2.5 million last week.

• Making his professional debut, Red Sox 11th-rounder Nick Northcut went 3-for-5 with three doubles, the last of which walked it off for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in the ninth. The 19-year-old third baseman appeared to be headed to Vanderbilt until the Re Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform d Sox signed him for $565,000 after selecting him with their first pick on Day 3 of the Draft.

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

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The Indians signed more than 30 prospects during last year’s international signing period and the club is off to another good start this year.

The Indians signed more than 30 prospects during last year’s international signing period and the club is off to another good start this year.

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The Tribe signed seven international amateur free agents on the first day of the signing period, the team announced on Monday Custom Cardinals Jersey .

“We’re thrilled to add these seven players to our organization,” said Paul Gillispie, Cleveland’s senior director of international scouting. “Our scouts spent the last several years working to build history on the best young players across the globe and develop relationships w Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ith them and their families. We’re grateful for their hard work, dedication and commitment, which put us in a position to be able to sign these seven players.”

Three talented infield prospects headline the bunch: Gabriel Rodriguez — whom MLB Pipeline ranked as the No. 6 international prospect — Junior Sanquintin (No. 12) and Angel Martinez. According to industry sources, Rodriguez signed for $2,100,000, Sanquintin for $1,250,000 and Martinez for $500,000.

The best infield prospect out of Venezuela this year, Rodriguez is also one of the best hitters in the class. Known for his projectable body and good control on both sides of the ball, the 16-year-old reminds some scouts of Wilmer Flores at the same age. Overall, he has easy actions on defense and a smooth swing at the plate with developing power.

Sanquintin, a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic, favors comparably with Rodriguez, and there’s a chance he has more upside on offense and defense. He just lacks Rodriguez’s consistency. He’s known for his emerging raw power, bat speed and overall skill set across the board.

Video: Top International Prospects: Junior Sanquintin, SS

Martinez is the son of Sandy Martinez, the Nationals’ Dominican Summer League manager and Dominican field coordin Customized Falcons Jersey ator, and his brother — Sandy Jr. — is currently a catching prospect in the D-backs’ system. Angel Martinez is a steady producer at the plate, a switch-hitter whose efficient swing earns him a lot of line drives all across the field. He’ll likely develop into either a shortstop or second baseman.

The other players the Indians signed include infielders Dayan Frias and Jesus Lara, and outfielders Sterling Romero and Luis Ostos. Three players were signed from both Venezuela (Rodriguez, Lara, Ostos) and the Dominican Republic (Sanquintin, Martinez, Romero), with one (Frias) from Colombia.

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs like the Indians that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs received $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75 percent of a team’s initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club’s bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. Jordan Wolf is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.

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KANSAS CITY — Indians starter Danny Salazar is done for the 2018 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder Monday morning.

The procedure was done in Da Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey llas by Dr. Keith Meister, who performed an arthroscopic debridement and bursectomy on Salazar’s right shoulder. In layman’s terms, the doctor cleaned up areas of inflammation in the shoulder/rotator cuff area.

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KANSAS CITY — Indians starter Danny Salazar is done for the 2018 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder Monday morning.

The procedure was done in Dallas by Dr. Keith Meister, who performed an arthroscopic debridement and bursectomy on Salazar’s right shoulder. In layman’s terms, Customized Falcons Jersey  the doctor cleaned up areas of inflammation in the shoulder/rotator cuff area.

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Salazar will not throw again for 12 to 16 weeks. While the club is certainly disappointed that he won’t be able to step on the mound again this season, the outlook towards Monday’s procedure and moving forward is positive.

“It was what we hoped,” manager Terry Francona said. “You hoped it was just a cleanup, and not something structural.”

“I think it is probably the best possible outcome, because nothing was repaired,” head athletic trainer James Quinlan said. “It was cleaned, things were cleaned up. They went in there anticipating it to be just a cleanup, and that’s all that was done.”

Salazar began the season on the 10-day disabled list after developing shoulder inflammation at the beginning of the year. He was transferred to the 60-day DL in early May, with plans for this surgery to determine his fate for the 2018 season. He’ll finish the year having not thrown a pitch.

Heading into this season, Salazar was expected to be a key part of the Indians’ rotation, but he injured his shoulder during an offseason workout in January, and he arrived at Spring Training behind the rest of the pitchers. At the time, the club expressed optimism about Salazar making a healthy return, but he has hit several snags in his throwing program in the months since the preseason.

The lingering issues with Salazar’s health have hampered him from fully seizing his spot in the rotation. He’s missed time with arm problem Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform s in each of the past two seasons and he underwent Tommy John surgery while in the Minor Leagues in 2010.

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• Left-hander Tyler Olson will pitch on Wednesday after throwing a pair of bullpen sessions over the weekend in Oakland. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 17 with a left lat strain.

• Lefty reliever Andrew Miller threw a bullpen session of 20 pitches on Monday morning, and he will throw again either Tuesday or Wednesday. He was placed on the 10-day DL on May 26 with right knee inflammation, and while his return is believed to be on the horizon, this came as a bit of a surprise.

“That’s good, just the fact that he feels good enough to want to get up on the mound,” Francona said. “Because we weren’t really expecting that until we got home.”

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


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CLEVELAND — Despite career bests in many offensive categories, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor still ranks third among American League shortstops in the latest update of the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, released Monday afternoon.

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CLEVELAND — Despite career bests in many offensive categories, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor still ranks third among American League shortstops in the latest update of the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, released Monday afternoon.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

With 898,977 votes, Lindor is still roughly 375,000 votes shy of the Orioles’ Manny Machado — the top vote-getter among shortstops. Lindor also trails the Astros’ Carlos Correa (1,135,152), who landed on the disabled list on Friday with a back ailment but isn’t expected to miss much time. The Yankees’ Didi Gregorius (824,710) and the Mariners’ Jean Segura (675,140) round out the top five at the position.

There’s not much else Lindor can do with his bat to convince voters he’s deserving of a fan selection. Per Fangraphs, his 4.8 Wins Above Replacement ranks fourth in the AL and is the best among all big league shortstops. Lindor is also tied with Machado for the highest slugging percentage (.564) at the position, and Lindor’s .936 OPS is only second to Machado’s (.941).

Video: CLE@OAK: Ramirez belts a solo homer to right-center

“He’s a threat,” Indians veteran outfielder Rajai Davis said of Lindor on Sunday. “He just knows how to hit and drive the ball a quarter-mile. No matter the ballpark, he makes the ballpark look small. It’s amazing. It’s impressive.  Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey It’s fun to watch. A lot of guys wish they could be that kind of hitter, but to watch it, it’s amazing.”

Lindor finished Sunday’s 15-3 rout against the A’s 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles, which gives him a team-high 27 doubles and 21 homers. Lindor, teammate Jose Ramirez (24 homers and 22 doubles) and Boston’s Mookie Betts are the only players in MLB to currently have at least 20 homers and 20 two-base hits.

Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Lindor’s season is perhaps shaping to be his best one yet.

“He’s a fantastic hitter from both sides of the plate,” Francona said. “He can change the game with one swing, he can change a game with his legs, and he can change it with his glove.”

Though Lindor is looking for a way to earn a spot on the All-Star team, Ramirez has built a solid lead among third basemen. He has 1,811,902 votes, approximately 761,000 more than the Astros’ Alex Bregman, who surged past the Yankees’ Miguel Andujar (963,641) for the No. 2 spot. The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre (590,283) remains fourth and the Mariners’ Kyle Seager (447,940) replaced the Royals’ Mike Moustakas.

Ramirez’s 5.5 WAR ranks second in all of baseball, and he is tied for second in the big leagues with 24 home runs — one behind Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez.

Video: CLE@CWS: Brantley clubs a solo home run to right

Several other Indians players appeared among top vote-getting ranks at their respective positions. Jason Kipnis (372,885), ranks fourth among second basemen, which is led by the AL’s overall leader, Jose Altuve (3,405,815). Michael Brantley (1,093,376) ranks fifth among outfielders, but trails third-place Yankees slugger Aaron Judge (2,021,348) by nearly 925,000 votes. Tyler Naquin (344,639) ranks 15th among outfielders.

Yan Gomes (522,139) ranks fifth among catchers, led by the Rays’ Wilson Ramos (1,556,195), and Edwin Encarnacion (559,915) is fifth among DHs, led by Martinez (2,236,945).

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on computers, tablets and smartphones — exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year’s All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league’s roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio a Customized Falcons Jersey nd ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. You can follow him on Twitter, @Casey_Harrison1.


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Draft day is a day for celebration. It’s a time when a players’ dreams are realized and they get a chance to reflect on their accomplishments with their family and friends.

For Richie Palacios, the celebration lasted all of two hours.

Draft day is a day for celebration. It’s a time when a players’ dreams are realized and they get a chance to reflect on their accomplishments with their family and friends.

For Richie Palacios, the celebration lasted all of two hours.

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While most athletes utter some form of the “now the real work begins” cliché after they are selected, few take the mantra as literally as Palacios did after the Indians selected him in the third round (103rd overall) of the 2018 MLB Draft, making him the highest-drafted position player in Towson history.

“About two hours after the Draft, af Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ter my name was called, I went straight to the batting cage with my dad and got some swings in because the grind started again,” Palacios said.

Work ethic has certainly helped the infielder get this far in his career, and the Indians feel it could also be what pushes him over the top at the next level as he tries to work him way to the big leagues.

“We understand that the separator is who you are off the field,” Scott Barnsby, the Indians’ director of amateur sc Custom Cardinals Jersey outing, said. “You have to be self-aware, motivated and driven, and Richie is every one of those.”

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Take a quick look at his family and the answer is clear.

“I took a quote out of Derek Jeter’s father’s [book],” Richard Palacios, Richie’s dad, said. “Derek Jeter was always pursuing the roses, but he never stopped to smell them. I think tha Customized Falcons Jersey t’s so true in the game of baseball, you can’t stop to smell the roses. You have to keep moving.”

The Palacioses are certainly a bunch that keeps moving, as Richie is the fourth member of the family to play baseball professional.

His father spent time in the Tigers’ system, his brother is currently an outfielder in the Blue Jays’ organization and his uncle spent parts of three seasons with the Royals — working his way to the Majors after signing as an undrafted free agent.

“His journey was definitely a grind, going from a free agent to the Major Leagues, so he’s just told me to always keep working.”

In addition to heeding the advice of his uncle, Palacios has also been able to draw motivation from the example set forth by his parents. After working 10- to 12-hour days growing up, Richard — who made a point to never use fatigue as an excuse — would take his kids to the batting cage around 9 p.m. so they could get some swings in before going to sleep and heading to school the next morning.

“I always feel better, feel more confident from the work I’ve been doing,” Palacios said. “So there’s no reason for me to stop doing extra work if I feel more confidence when the game comes.”

That confidence paid immediate dividends as the 21-year-old homered in his first professional at-bat with the Rookie-level AZL Indians and went 7-for-16 (.438) in five games before he was promoted to Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley, where he singled in his first at-bat.

“He’s obviously a talented baseball player,” Barnsby said. “He’s an athlete that can stay in the middle of the field. Offensively, he really controls the strike zone. He’s got a quick bat and he’s got a little bit of pop in there as well. What stood out is he can play on both sides of the ball.”

Defensively, Palacios spent the bulk of his career at shortstop, but with a fringy arm, some have questioned his ability to stick there. The Indians have put him at second base to start his career, but the organization prides itself on defensive versatility and Palacios will likely get opportunities to play multiple positions as he moves through the ranks.

Regardless of position, Palacios said his only focus is that he’s on the field and wherever he’s playing on the diamond, there will be little doubt that he’s putting the work in.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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KANSAS CITY — It was the Francisco Lindor show on Monday night.

The Indians’ shortstop blasted two homers — including a grand slam — for a career-high seven RBIs in a 9-3 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Kauffman Stadium.

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KANSAS CITY — It was the Francisco Lindor show on Monday night.

The Indians’ shortstop blasted two homers — including a grand slam — for a career-high seven RBIs in a 9-3 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Kauffman Stadium.

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Lindor’s home runs came off breaking balls from Royals starter Jakob Junis, and both came scorching off the bat.

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“The one at-bat, he got it in a hitter’s count, the other at-bat, he fouled off some good fastballs, got to the breaking ball and man, just drove both of them,” said Terry Francona, who picked up his 500th win as the Indians’ skipper. “They weren’t the lofted — they were line drives that he just hit over the fence. That’s a gorgeou Customized Falcons Jersey s piece of hitting.”

Tribe right-hander Corey Kluber allowed two runs in the first, including a leadoff homer by Whit Merrifield. After that, however, he settled in for six solid innings and his 12th win of the season. He allowed seven hits and three runs.

Video: CLE@KC: Kluber fans Duda in 1st inning of 12th win

“He fell behind Merrifield, he hit a home run. Then, he gave up the second run,” Francona said. “After that, he just kind of pitched to the scoreboard.”

The difference, according to Kluber, was getting better control on counts. Merrifield’s homer came after he got ahead, 2-0, and Salvador Perez‘s RBI single later in the frame came after he battled for an 11-pitch at-bat.

“Today what hurt me was falling behind, or getting too deep in at-bats in the first inning,” Kluber said.

Video: CLE@KC: Francona on Lindor’s big night, Kluber in win

After Junis allowed a single and hit two batters to load the bases in the fourth, Lindor deposited a 3-1 changeup from the right-hander into the right-field bullpen to give the Tribe a 6-2 lead. Statcast™ projected the homer to travel 409 feet with an exit velocity of 108.1 mph. Of his 83 career homers, only three have come off the bat faster.

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“I love home runs, don’t get me wrong,” Lindor said. “When I see the ball go over the fence, it’s great. But I’m not trying. My job is to move guys, to get on base, to score, drive the ball. If it goes out, it goes out. I’m not trying to hit home runs. I’m not trying. That’s when I go on an 0-for-35 slump, so trying to stay away from that.”

Lindor now has four multi-homer games this season and six in his career. His 17 career homers against the Royals are his most against any club. His seven RBIs are the most by any Indians batter since Brandon Moss had seven against the Tigers on April 24, 2015.

Kluber’s performance was a needed return to form for the former AL Cy Young Award winner, as he surrendered six runs in just 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Cardinals in the shortest start of his career.

Video: CLE@KC: Brantley plates Davis with a sacrifice fly

Michael Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion picked up Kluber with sacrifice flies off Junis in the third inning to make it 2-2.

CHISENHALL HEADED TO DL
Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched shortly before game time with a left calf strain. An MRI determined it to be a “moderate strain.”

“He’s a definite DL,” Francona said. “We’ll know more in the next few days.”

Chisenhall missed more than a month earlier this season with the same injury in his right calf. He was hitting .343 since returning to the lineup at the beginning of June.

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Lindor is just the fourth Indians hitter to hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in the same game — joining Manny Ramirez (1999), Vic Wertz (1957) and Pat Seerey (1945).

Video: CLE@KC: Lindor clubs salami in 2-homer, 7-RBI game

Lindor and Chico Carrasquel (April 26, 1956, against the Kansas City Athletics) are the only Cleveland shortstops since 1908 to log at least seven RBIs in a game.

HE SAID IT
“If somebody gave me $154 million, I’d probably go somewhere too. Everybody, I’ve seen all the quotes — he did what he said he was gonna do, got them a championship. When you’re a free agent, you’ve earned that right. I will miss it, because I loved going to games when he played because it was fun. It’s hard to begrudge somebody. He earned it.” — Francona, on NBA star LeBron James leaving the city’s Cavaliers to play for the Los Angeles Lakers

UP NEXT
Indians right-hander Shane Bieber (3-0, 2.22 ERA) starts the middle game of this series against the Royals at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. In three starts since returning from Triple-A, the rookie is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. Lefty Danny Duffy (4-7, 4.94 ERA) will start for Kansas City.

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


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