Player News - Indians

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Mike Clevinger tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Orioles in Saturday's 4-0 win.

He didn't blow them away but the Orioles just couldn't figure him out. He limited the O's to a pair of harmless singles and two walks while recording three strikeouts. It took him just 107 pitches to complete the shutout. Clevinger had a surprisingly strong season last year but has taken his game to a whole new level in 2018. He moves to 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 1.05 WHIP after four starts. He will try to keep it rolling against the Mariners on Thursday.
Apr 21 - 7:19 PM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-3 and drilled a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

He hit a long bomb to center field off Chris Tillman in the sixth inning. The nice day boosted the first baseman's batting average over the Mendoza Line, which is a step in the right direction for the Indians' struggling free agent signee. He is slashing .206/.286/.413 with four homers and 10 RBI through 18 games.
Apr 21 - 7:09 PM

Blue Jays traded INF Jon Berti to the Indians for cash considerations.

Berti just signed a minor-league deal with the Jays this past January and had played in just four games for Triple-A Buffalo this season. He'll be organizational depth for the Tribe.
Apr 21 - 7:08 PM

Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 and clubbed a solo home run in Saturday's shutout win over the Orioles.

The bomb came off Orioles batting tee Chris Tillman in the sixth inning. Ramirez dug himself a deep hole in the first few weeks of the season and is still trying to climb out of it. He's turned things around of late and has his line up to .221/.338/.441 with five homers and nine RBI after nearly a month of action.
Apr 21 - 7:03 PM

Michael Brantley collected another pair of hits on Friday as the Indians fell to the Orioles in the opener of their three-game set in Baltimore.

Brantley finished the night 2-for-4 with a double. He has done nothing but hit since returning to the Indians' lineup and is now hitting .351/.385/.514 with a homer, six RBI and a swipe through his first 39 plate appearances.
Apr 20 - 10:39 PM

Trevor Bauer logged a quality start in a losing effort against the Orioles on Friday, allowing three runs on five hits over his seven innings.

The right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the evening while walking three. He served up a solo home run to Manny Machado in the fourth inning, then a two-run double to Trey Mancini in the fifth. Now 1-2 on the season, Bauer will bring a terrific 2.67 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Cubs.
Apr 20 - 10:33 PM

Mike Napoli suffered a torn right ACL and meniscus at Triple-A Columbus that will require season-ending surgery.

Napoli is expected to need 10-14 months of rehab. Given that he will turn 37 in October, the injury has the potential to be a career-ender. Napoli was off to a 1-for-24 start at Columbus after signing a minor league contract with the Indians this spring.
Apr 20 - 11:15 AM

Indians optioned OF Greg Allen to Triple-A Columbus.

Allen was the 26th man for the Indians' series in Puerto Rico, striking out in his only plate appearance. He'll go back to playing regularly at Columbus.
Apr 20 - 8:31 AM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-7 with a pair of singles in Wednesday's 16-inning loss to the Twins.

The Indians netted 12 hits in the ballgame but scattered them so widely that they could only score one run in 16 innings. Brantley has hit well since getting a late start to the season due to injury. He has a .333/.371/.485 slash line with one homer and six RBI in eight games.
Apr 19 - 12:49 AM

Edwin Encarnacion clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 14th inning but it wasn't enough in Wednesday's loss to the Twins.

His solo shot off reliever Trevor Hildenberger provided the first run of the game in the 14th inning but his feat was matched by Miguel Sano in the bottom of the frame. Encarnacion went 2-for-7 with two strikeouts in the contest and now has a .153 batting average with four home runs and five RBI on the season. He's too good of a hitter to slump this badly for much longer. He's hit 34 or more home runs in each of the last six years.
Apr 19 - 12:44 AM

Carlos Carrasco allowed just three hits in seven shutout frames but had to settle for a no-decision against the Twins in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

This one was a starting pitchers' duel that turned into a bullpen duel that wasn't decided until the 16th inning. Carrasco struck out seven batters, issued one free pass and surrendered just three singles. He was relieved after throwing 98 pitches and then the Indians went through eight more pitchers before the marathon concluded. His record holds at 3-0 as his ERA improves to 2.60 after four starts.
Apr 19 - 12:38 AM

Roberto Perez is starting behind the plate and batting seventh against the Twins on Wednesday.

Yan Gomes gets the night off on Wednesday. Perez has appeared in five games so far this year, and has a .200/.333/.400 line on the season. That's actually a better line than Gomes has to start 2018, although that's not saying much when you consider the latter has a .653 OPS. Neither catcher is a strong fantasy play.
Apr 18 - 4:12 PM

Corey Kluber pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball to beat the Twins in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Kluber is rocking a 1.52 ERA through four starts. Dating back to mid-August of last year, he's gone 13 straight regular-season starts without allowing more than two runs. He's due to face the Orioles next time out.
Apr 17 - 10:51 PM

Jose Ramirez finished 3-for-5 with a homer against the Twins in Pureto Rico on Tuesday.

Ramirez's little season-opening slump is over; he's hit in six straight to raise his batting average from .061 to .200 and he's up to four homers now.
Apr 17 - 10:46 PM

Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 and hit his first homer Tuesday against the Twins.

Brantley shouldn't be counted on to get back to 20 homers or 40 doubles, but as a featured hitter in the Cleveland lineup, he's worth playing in mixed leagues as long as he's starting regularly. He's 9-for-26 since coming off the disabled list.
Apr 17 - 10:44 PM


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