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Indians displaying vintage form at home

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The Indians are winning games everywhere, but especially at home. They beat Kansas City 7-2 Wednesday night, their ninth win in a row at Progressive Field.

It's been several years since the Indians were a dominant team at home. Last year, for example, they only won nine games in the entire month of April. This year they have already won nine games at home, and April isn't over.

After losing their first two home games of the season, the Indians haven't lost at Progressive Field. Manager Manny Acta says he thinks the team is very comfortable playing at home and emphasizes the importance of that fact, "because things are always tougher for you on the road."

Good pitching wins everywhere, and the Indians have gotten outstanding starting pitching during their nine-game home winning streak. Leading the way are Josh Tomlin, the winning pitcher Wednesday night, and Justin Masterson.

Masterson is 5-0 this year, and Tomlin is 4-0. Thanks to those two, the Indians have been able to weather some spotty work by No. 1 starter Fausto Carmona, who is 1-3 with a 5.76 ERA, and the loss of two starting pitchers to the disabled list.

Mitch Talbot is out with a right elbow strain, and Wednesday the Indians placed another starter, Carlos Carrasco, on the DL with soreness in his right elbow. But Masterson and Tomlin have more than picked up the slack for the rotation and helped lead the Indians to their best start in four years.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJose Ramirez , 3B.324
HREdwin Encarnacion , DH19
RBILonnie Chisenhall , RF51
OBPJose Ramirez , 3B.378
SLGJose Ramirez , 3B.580
RJose Ramirez , 3B63
SBMichael Brantley , LF10
WCarlos Carrasco , SP10
ERACorey Kluber , SP2.86
WHIPCorey Kluber , SP0.96
KCorey Kluber , SP135
SVCody Allen , RP17

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