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Indians' Jake Bauers: Slugs third homer
Bauers went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Thursday's win over the Astros.
Bauers came through with a clutch solo blast to put the Indians ahead 2-1 in the fifth inning. His batting average has suffered through the first 22 games of the season (.219), although he's still managed to collect six extra-base hits along with 10 RBI.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Leonys Martin: Launches fourth homer
Martin went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Astros.
Martin uncorked a solo homer over the fence in right field during the third inning, handing the Indians an early 1-0 lead. Entering Thursday's contest, the 31-year-old hadn't secured an extra-base hit since April 16, so his fourth homer of the year was a welcome sight. He's batting .256 with seven RBI through 23 games in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Brad Hand: Notches save No. 7
Hand struck out a batter in the ninth inning of Thursday's game against the Astros to earn his seventh save of the season.
Hand entered the ninth with a slim one-run lead, but he retired the side in order on 15 pitches. The 29-year-old has unsurprisingly been one of the most reliable closers in the big leagues thus far and owns a 1.54 ERA with 15 punchouts over 11.2 frames in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Trevor Bauer: Tosses gem for third win
Bauer (3-1) secured the win after allowing one run on four hits and six walks while striking out three over eight innings Thursday against the Astros.
Bauer allowed his only run of the game in the third inning, a solo homer to left field. While he managed to escape with only one run given up, he issued six free passes for the second time this season, which caused his pitch count to skyrocket. Despite his command issues, the 28-year-old right-hander owns a 1.99 ERA with a 45:19 K:BB over 40.2 frames in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Tyler Naquin: Out of lineup
Naquin is out of the lineup Thursday against the Astros, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Naquin will be out of the lineup for the second straight game, with Carlos Gonzales shifting over to right field and Greg Allen starting in left field. Despite normally heading to the bench against lefties, Naquin will sit again with righty Gerrit Cole on the mound. This could be an indication of Naquin loosing his primary position in the outfield platoon.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: On fire at Triple-A
Mercado went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double Thursday in Triple-A Columbus' 4-0 win over Norfolk.
One of the hottest batters in the international League, Mercado is riding an 11-game hitting streak during which he's compiled nine doubles, two home runs and one triple to go with four steals. The breakout has lifted Mercado's season OPS to 1.059 and could soon earn the 24-year-old consideration for a promotion. With both Tyler Naquin and Jake Bauers currently languishing in everyday roles in the outfield and fourth outfielder Greg Allen best suited as a defensive replacement, Mercado might rank as one of the top alternatives if manager Terry Francona decides to shake up the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Tyler Clippard: Summoned to majors
Clippard (pectoral) had his contract purchased from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Clippard missed the first few weeks of the season while recovering from a strained pectoral, but he's been cleared to join the big-league bullpen after completing a trio of minor-league rehab appearances with no issues, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four across three innings. The veteran right-hander made 73 appearances for the Blue Jays last season, compiling a 3.67 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 68.2 innings of work.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Jose Ramirez: Records homer and steal
Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, four RBI, a walk and stolen base in a 6-2 victory against the Marlins on Wednesday.
Owners hope this is the breakout game they've been waiting for from Ramirez. It's been an extremely slow start for the 26-year-old, as he has been hovering around the .150 mark in batting average for most of April. Even after the three-hit game, the average rose to just .184. He has two homers, nine RBI, 12 runs and six stolen bases in 87 at-bats this season.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Jefry Rodriguez: Optioned after start
Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Columbus following his spot start Wednesday against the Marlins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. The right-hander didn't factor into the decision, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three across seven innings.
Rodriguez held his own in what was his second start of the season for the Indians, but he'll head back to the minors to remain stretched out as the team won't need a fifth starter again until early May. The young righty has allowed just three runs through two starts (12.2 innings) with the big club this season.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Adam Plutko: Two weeks away from return
Plutko (forearm) is two weeks away from game action, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Plutko has been sidelined all season with a forearm strain, but he picked up a throwing program last week and progressed to throwing batting practice Wednesday. He'll likely need to make at least a few rehab appearances before potentially being considered to fill an opening in the big-league rotation created by Mike Clevinger's (back) absence.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Leonys Martin: Serving as No. 2 hitter
Martin will start in center field and hit second Wednesday against the Marlins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
With Francisco Lindor back from the injured list and slotting in as the Indians' new leadoff man, Martin has transitioned to a regular role in the two hole. While hitting second over the past three contests, Martin has gone 3-for-12 with four runs scored. Slotting in between Lindor and Jose Ramirez in the order should continue to yield plenty of run-scoring opportunities for the center fielder.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Tyler Naquin: Checks out of lineup
Naquin is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
With Francisco Lindor occupying the designated-hitter spot in the series finale, Jake Bauers will shift to outfield and leave Naquin without a spot in the lineup. Naquin should continue to stick in the starting nine against right-handed pitching on a regular basis, but he's unlikely to bring much fantasy value in that capacity while typically hitting in the lower third of the order.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Jake Bauers: Batting eighth in third straight
Bauers will start in left field and bat eighth Wednesday against the Marlins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
The recent returns of Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis from the injured list along with the addition of Carlos Gonzalez to the active roster seem to have pushed Bauers down the batting order. He'll hit eighth for the third game in a row and seems unlikely to rise in the lineup until he dramatically improves his season slash line of .209/.312/.343.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Roberto Perez: Ducks out of lineup
Perez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Perez is just picking up some rest with the Tribe playing a day game after a night game. Kevin Plawecki will handle catching duties in the series finale.... See More ... See Less