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Cleveland Indians

Stadium: Progressive Field | Manager: Terry Francona
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Indians.2545471223.70
AL Central4th2nd1st2nd
American League 7th5th5th7th

Last Game

Thu, August 21
Target Field
TV: STO Network
Cleveland Indians
at
Minnesota Twins
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Pitching

W: P. Hughes (14-8)
L:
C. Kluber (13-7)
S:
G. Perkins (32)

Home Runs

CLE - Z. Walters (7)  
MIN
- K. Vargas (4)

Schedule

Sat Aug 9
W 3 - 0at NYY
Recap
Sun Aug 10
W 4 - 1at NYY
Recap
Tue Aug 12
ARI
Postponed
Wed Aug 13
W 3 - 2ARI
Recap
Wed Aug 13
L 1 - 0ARI
Recap
Fri Aug 15
W 2 - 1BAL
Recap
Sat Aug 16
W 6 - 0BAL
Recap
Sun Aug 17
L 4 - 1BAL
Recap
Tue Aug 19
W 7 - 5at MIN
Recap
Wed Aug 20
W 5 - 0at MIN
Recap
Thu Aug 21
L 4 - 1at MIN
Recap
7:05 pm EDT
Today
HOU
Preview
7:05 pm EDT
Sat Aug 23
HOU
1:05 pm EDT
Sun Aug 24
HOU
8:10 pm EDT
Tue Aug 26
at CHW
8:10 pm EDT
Wed Aug 27
at CHW
8:10 pm EDT
Thu Aug 28
at CHW
8:10 pm EDT
Fri Aug 29
at KC
7:10 pm EDT
Sat Aug 30
at KC
8:07 pm EDT
Sun Aug 31
at KC

Standings

AL
Central
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Kansas City55-5170-56
Detroit57-5168-57
Cleveland54-5264-62
Chicago48-5959-68
Minnesota49-6056-70
Fantasy Analysis | 1408660583
Zach Walters on the verge of mattering
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

For the fourth time with the Indians and the seventh time in 72 big-league at-bats this year, Zach Walters homered Thursday. And judging by his 29 homers in 487 at-bats at Triple-A last year and his 17 homers in 268 at-bats at Triple-A this year, it's something he'll continue to do.

Though he's been playing DH for the Indians, Walters' most important attribute is that he's eligible at shortstop. Offensive production as a whole is scarce at the position, and power hitting especially.

So it's a match made in Fantasy heaven, at least in theory -- the same one that had Fantasy owners flocking to Javier Baez upon his arrival.

But while Baez has long been touted as a face-of-the-franchise type, Walters was just a spare part for the Nationals -- one easily expended at the trade deadline. While the disparity no doubt says something about Walters' upside, it may say even more about his downside. Quite simply, his shortcomings may prove to be more than he can overcome.

He's a swing-at-anything type, striking out more than 100 times more than he walked at Triple-A last year. He hit only .253 as a result, which doesn't bode well for his chances in the majors. If you need cheap homers, he's a sneaky way to get them out of a middle infield spot. Just don't expect much more than a .200 batting average from him.

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Zach Walters officially on home run binge
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Indians infielder Zach Walters continued his home run binge Thursday against the Twins. 

Walters struck in the fifth inning. He took an 89 mph cutter from Phil Hughes out to right for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. Walters struck out in his other two at-bats. Walters has now homered in four of his last eight games.

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Yan Gomes left after being hit with deflected ball
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Indians catcher Yan Gomes left Thursday's game after being hit in the head with a deflected ball, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Gomes was initially taken out with an illness, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The team doctor did not say whether Gomes was dealing with a concussion. He'll continue to be monitored for now. 

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Corey Kluber takes rare loss despite quality start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Indians pitcher Corey Kluber stumbled just a bit Thursday against the Twins, and it led to him dropping his first decision since late June in a 4-1 loss.

Kluber still came away from the outing with a quality start, his seventh in a row, but struggled with his command a bit. Kluber walked four batters and allowed six hits en route to three runs allowed over seven innings, though he also struck out eight batters in the loss.

Kluber falls to 13-7 as his six-decision winning streak came to an end, while his ERA rose slightly to 2.46. He still ranks third in the American League in ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the White Sox. 

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Yan Gomes exits with illness
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Indians catcher Yan Gomes was forced out of Thursday's game against the Twins, due to an illness. He was replaced behind the plate by Roberto Perez.

Gomes is considered day to day at this point, with the Indians beginning a series against the Astros Friday. 

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGMichael Brantley , LF.314
HRCarlos Santana , 1B21
RBIMichael Brantley , LF80
OBPMichael Brantley , LF.373
SLGMichael Brantley , LF.503
RMichael Brantley , LF78
SBJason Kipnis , 2B17
WCorey Kluber , SP13
ERACorey Kluber , SP2.46
WHIPCorey Kluber , SP1.08
KCorey Kluber , SP205
SVCody Allen , RP16
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