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Cleveland Indians

Stadium: Progressive Field | Manager: Terry Francona
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Indians.23964114.19
AL Central4th3rd2nd3rd
American League 10th5th9th11th

Last Game

Thu, April 17
Comerica Park
TV: MLB Network Regional
Cleveland Indians
at
Detroit Tigers
CLE5Final7DET

Pitching

W: J. Verlander (2-1)
L:
D. Salazar (0-2)
S:
J. Nathan (2)

Home Runs

CLE - M. Brantley (2)  
DET
- I. Kinsler (2)

Schedule

Sun Apr 6
L 10 - 7MIN
Recap
Mon Apr 7
SD
Postponed
Tue Apr 8
W 8 - 6SD
Recap
Wed Apr 9
W 2 - 0SD
Recap
Wed Apr 9
L 2 - 1SD
Recap
Thu Apr 10
L 7 - 3at CHW
Recap
Fri Apr 11
L 9 - 6at CHW
Recap
Sat Apr 12
W 12 - 6at CHW
Recap
Sun Apr 13
L 4 - 3at CHW
Recap
Tue Apr 15
at DET
Postponed
Wed Apr 16
W 3 - 2at DET
Recap
1:08 pm EDT
Today
L 7 - 5at DET
Recap
7:05 pm EDT
Fri Apr 18
TOR
1:05 pm EDT
Sat Apr 19
TOR
1:05 pm EDT
Sun Apr 20
TOR
7:05 pm EDT
Mon Apr 21
KC
7:05 pm EDT
Tue Apr 22
KC
7:05 pm EDT
Wed Apr 23
KC
12:05 pm EDT
Thu Apr 24
KC
10:15 pm EDT
Fri Apr 25
at SF

Standings

AL
Central
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Detroit5-27-5
Chicago7-58-7
Minnesota7-77-7
Cleveland5-77-8
Kansas City6-76-7
AL
West
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Oakland10-510-5
Texas7-69-7
Seattle7-87-8
Los Angeles5-77-8
Houston5-105-10
AL
East
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
New York7-69-6
Toronto8-78-7
Baltimore7-77-7
Tampa Bay5-77-8
Boston6-66-9
1397770856
Michael Brantley drives in four for Indians in Motown
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Left fielder Michael Brantley was pretty much the entire offense for the Indians in Detroit on Thursday. In the process, he snuck into third among the American League RBI leaders with 14.

Brantley drove a two-run single to right off Justin Verlander in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and slammed a two-run homer in the seventh to chop the deficit to 6-5.

It was his first multi-hit game since April 6, but he still owns a respectable stat line of .275/.362/.392.

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Lonnie Chisenhall remains sizzling with four-hit game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Indians designated hitter Lonnie Chisenhall neither scored nor drove in a run Thursday in Detroit, but he also made no outs. He slammed four singles from the ninth spot in the order to raise his batting average to .522.

Chisenhall was considered a prime candidate for demotion upon the impending return of Jason Giambi from a rehab assignment, but will quite likely stick around. He has hit safely in all seven games in which he has played this season.

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Danny Salazar roughed up again Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar had another rough outing and was charged with his second loss of the season Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

Salazar (0-2) surrendered a three-run home run to Ian Kinsler in the fifth inning and a run-scoring single to Kinsler again in the following frame. He was charged with five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings in a 7-5 defeat.

Salazar has allowed three homers and 10 runs over his last two starts. His ERA has ballooned from 3.18 to 7.71 over that span. He'll be searching for his first win of the season Tuesday against Kansas City.

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Elevated fastball key to Zach McAllister's success
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Indians manager Terry Francona said starting pitcher Zach McAllister, who won a second straight start Wednesday at Detroit, is at his best when he's keeping his fastball high in the strike zone.

"When he elevates by design, it's good," Francona said, per MLB.com. "Part of that is, when he's throwing the ball down and he changes their eye level, that's when you see the swing and miss."

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said he's been encouraged by McAllister's last two starts. He has a 1.89 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in his last two starts, as well as 11 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

"I think it's huge, because he's such a fastball guy," Callaway said. "I thought the biggest adjustment the last two games is he's pounding the zone, but he's doing it down in the zone. So, when he leaves the ball up, he gets a swing and miss or maybe it eats them up. That makes that high fastball effective."

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Lonnie Chisenhall has done a good job of 'staying ready'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Indians manager Terry Francona has been impressed with how third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has adapted to a role of coming off the bench.

"He's done a really good job of staying ready," Francona said, per MLB.com. "I think he's been on time more often. I actually think he has the ability that, when he really figures it out, then I think he can be dangerous for a long time. He's got bat speed. He's got the ability to adjust to offspeed pitches. I think there's some thunder in that bat."

Chisenhall, who entered Thursday batting .421 (8 for 19) with four doubles in six games, said he entered the season with a new mental approach.

"If I started out the game 0-for-1 [in the past], I'd try to get two hits in my second at-bat," Chisenhall said. "That's kind of how I felt. It wasn't beneficial. ... I still feel over-anxious every once in a while. I just step out of the box and gather myself. It's been a long road to get here, but I feel better about where I'm at."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGYan Gomes , C.293
HRNick Swisher , 1B2
RBIDavid Murphy , RF11
OBPYan Gomes , C.362
SLGDavid Murphy , RF.550
RDavid Murphy , RF11
SBNyjer Morgan , RF3
WCody Allen , RP2
ERAZach McAllister , SP2.04
WHIPZach McAllister , SP1.19
KCorey Kluber , SP16
SVJohn Axford , RP5
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