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Slumping Yankees rally from early hole to down Indians 6-3

Rougned Odor’s two-out, two-run single broke a seventh-inning tie — and maybe jarred New York from its hitting funk — and sent the Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Odor was batting just .107 and in a 3-for-28 slide when he came up versus Nick Wittgren (0-1). He slapped his single through the middle to score Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres to break a 3-3 tie as the Yankees got just their second win in eight matches.

Kyle Higashioka homered in the eighth for New York, which entered with its worst record to open a season since 1991, when Stump Merrill managed and Don Mattingly manned first base.

Domingo Germán (1-2) returned from a demotion to the alternate training site and shook off falling behind 3-0 in the first. He lasted six innings and won the first time since serving a suspension under baseball’s domestic violence policy that started in September 2019 and ended his season with an 18-4 record.

Jonathan Loaisiga and Chad Green combined for two innings of relief, and Aroldis Chapman struck out the side around a walk in the ninth for his third save.

The Yankees came in batting an AL-worst .205, embarrassing for a team loaded with talent and boasting a $200 million payroll.

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Boone tweaked his lineup — and rested struggling sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sánchez — in hopes of sparking his team.

“I remain really confident that our group is going to turn this around offensively and I look forward to the fun that comes along with that,” Boone said before the game. “We’re not doing what I know we will do.”

The Indians, who lost to New York in last season’s wild-card round, have dropped four of five and soured manager Terry Francona’s 62nd birthday.

Germán didn’t look as if he’d be around for long after giving up three runs in the first. But the right-hander, who was recalled from the alternate site before the game, settled in and held the Indians scoreless on two hits over the next five innings.

The Indians scored three times in the first off Germán, who committed an error on a comebacker that could have been an inning-ending double play but he dropped. Left fielder Brett Gardner also failed to hold onto a sinking liner that started things.

Eddie Rosario, Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes drove in runs as the Indians gave Aaron Civale an early 3-0 cushion. The Yankees, though, responded in the third on RBI singles by DJ LeMahieu and Torres, whose shot toward the gap was mishandled by right fielder Josh Naylor, permitting a second run to score.

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Historic start for Shane Bieber as Cleveland Indians ace strikes out 13 in win over Cincinnati Reds

Shane Bieber kept up his record strikeout run, fanning 13 and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Sunday.

Bieber (2-1) became the first pitcher in big league history to start the season with four consecutive starts with at least 10 strikeouts since the mound was moved to its current distance back in 1893.

“That’s why you call guys aces. And he certainly has lived up to that,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s really accountable for what he needs to do.”

The 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner has 48 strikeouts this year, matching Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan for the most through the first four starts of a season. Bieber has fanned at least eight in 16 straight starts, one short of Randy Johnson’s major league mark.

“He’s the complete package as a pitcher,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He has it all. He deserves all the credit today. We got a few runs off him, but not enough.”

Bieber went eight innings, permitting three runs and six hits with two walks. “I felt a little slow, a little sluggish at the beginning of the game but was able to get through it and kind of get on a roll there at the end,” Bieber said.

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Emmanuel Clase struck out the side in the ninth, again hitting 100 mph with his heater.

The Indians hit three home runs, all with two outs, to salvage a win in the all-Ohio series.

Roberto Perez hit a three-run homer off Wade Miley (2-1) over the center-field wall with two on in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead.

Jose Ramirez launched a solo drive into the upper deck in the first. Jordan Luplow had a two-run homer in the seventh.

Miley took the loss for the Reds, lasting five innings and striking out five.

Joey Votto had three hits, including a two-run double in the Reds’ fifth. Tyler Naquin homered off Bieber in the eighth.

“We had some good at bats against [Bieber], but he got out of trouble by making really good pitches,” Reds left fielder Jesse Winker said. “My last at-bat against him [in the seventh inning], he made some unbelievable pitches.

“He’s a Cy Young winner, for sure.”

Reds third baseman Mike Moustakas missed his third consecutive game with a non-COVID-19 illness. Kyle Farmer started in his place. OF Shogo Akiyama (hamstring) is back with the team, but he is not expected to play until at least May.

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Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon throws no-hitter against Cleveland Indians

Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon came two outs away from a perfect game but threw the first no-hitter of his career in an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

Rodon, 28, threw 114 pitches in the complete game, looking as strong at the end of the contest as he did at the beginning.

“I can’t believe it,” Rodon stated on the game telecast afterwards.

With one out in the ninth inning, Rodon hit Roberto Perez in the foot, ending his chance at perfection. But the lefty then got Yu Chang looking on strike three and Jordan Luplow grounded out to third base.

Josh Naylor had opened the ninth inning with a slow roller to first baseman Jose Abreu, who barely got to the bag before Naylor. The call on the field was ruled an out, which was upheld by video review.

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It’s the second White Sox no-hitter in as many seasons; Rodon’s teammate, Lucas Giolito, threw one last season on Aug. 25 versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rodon was the third overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft but injuries have plagued his career.

He was non-tendered by the White Sox this past December only to sign back with them on a 1-year deal for $3 million.

Tony La Russa is now the first manager to oversee two no-hitters in the American League and two in the National League, having been in the dugout Dave Stewart in 1990, Jose Jimenez in 1999 and Bud Smith in 2001.

Rodón was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 amateur draft. He has been hampered by injuries in recent years, but he won a spot in the rotation during spring training and pitched five innings in a 6-0 victory at Seattle in his first start of the season.

He was supposed to pitch on Monday versus Cleveland, but he was scratched because of an upset stomach.

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Trevor Bauer says he is ‘committed to being better’ in Los Angeles Dodgers introduction

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ landmark agreement with Trevor Bauer has been met with clear reservation, and in some instances disdain, by some of the team’s fans, none of which includes his projected on-field performance.

Bauer’s boundless social media activity includes instances that have prompted accusations of online bullying, two of which involved women who became subject to harassment by Bauer’s followers. He has made an anti-transgender joke — something he subsequently denied doing consciously — and has dismissed sensitivities around the Cleveland Indians’ logo, prompting questions about his fit within a liberal market and inside a tight-knit clubhouse that has become increasingly socially conscious.

Bauer, signed to a three-year, $102 million contract with opt-outs throughout, said Thursday that he is evolving.

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“All the conversations I’ve had with people across all walks of life over the last couple of years and all the things I’ve learned — I can say that I have learned from those,” Bauer stated after being presented with his No. 27 jersey during a virtual news conference from Dodger Stadium.

“I’ve spent a lot of time talking to other people to try to understand other perspectives, and I’m doing my best to be better, as I do in all walks of my life. I don’t think that it makes any sense to dive into specific issues in this forum, but I am committed to being better on social media, being better on the field, being better in the clubhouse, being better in life in general.”

Bauer said joining the Dodgers was “a long time coming” and recalled how he used to sit in the left-field bleachers listening to Vin Scully on the radio. Adding Bauer will push the Dodgers well past the 2021 luxury-tax threshold, but Friedman said it would not impact the team’s ability to re-sign Justin Turner or add another right-handed hitter.

The move marks only the second time that a reigning Cy Young Award winner has joined the reigning World Series champions, the other being Roger Clemens with the New York Yankees in 1999.

Bauer probably won’t fulfill his desire to pitch every fourth day, but he’ll join a starting rotation that is legitimately seven-deep, with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urias, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin.

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Free agent Corey Kluber to throw bullpen session for interested teams next week

Free agent Corey Kluber, the two-time Cy Young Award winner who has been derailed by injuries over the past two years, is on calendar for a normal spring training and will throw for interested suitors next week.

Kluber will conduct a 30-pitch bullpen on the morning of Jan. 13 at Cressey Sports Performance in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where the 34-year-old right-hander has spent half his offseason, his agent, B.B. Abbott of Jet Sports Management, told ESPN on Monday.

Kluber established himself among the game’s most dominant starting pitchers while with the Cleveland Indians from 2014 to 2018, winning 83 games, posting a 2.85 ERA and averaging 218 innings per season.

But he suffered a fractured ulna bone in his right arm on a comebacker in early May 2019, then strained his oblique as he neared a return in late August.

The Texas Rangers traded for him four months later, then watched him suffer a season-ending strain of his teres major muscle — near his right shoulder — 18 pitches into his Rangers debut on July 26, 2020.

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The Rangers declined their $18 million option on Kluber’s contract near the end of October.

Kluber was cleared to resume throwing shortly thereafter and has since thrown three bullpen sessions, Abbott said. He is expected to throw off the mound once more and receive a final MRI within the next nine days.

Kluber’s showcase comes amid a slow-moving offseason, particularly for pitchers.

Of the 30 starters who made up Kiley McDaniel’s top 120 free agents in early December, only seven have committed to teams for 2021 — two of whom did so by taking the qualifying offer.

In a time when teams are especially concerned about pitcher workloads coming off a shortened season and owners are hesitant to spend with another season without fans in attendance, Kluber can provide an established track record at a discount rate.

The risk, however, is obvious — Kluber has accumulated only 36⅔ innings over the past two years.

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Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians

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Boston Red Sox (78-80) at Cleveland Indians (78-80)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -138 / Boston Red Sox +128
Over/Under: 8

Schedule and probable starters

Friday, Oct. 2, 7:10 p.m. – LHP Henry Owens vs. RHP Josh Tomlin
Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:10 p.m. – TBA vs. RHP Corey Kluber
Sunday, SOct. 4, 3:10 p.m. – RHP Rick Porcello vs. RHP Danny Salazar

The Boston Red Sox enter their final series of the season with reason for optimism for the future. Henry Owens will try to give them another glimpse of what they can expect Friday night against the Cleveland Indians.

The Boston Red Sox look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Red Sox have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Red Sox have won nine straight when scoring more than three runs. Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 194 hits and 81 RBI while Mookie Betts and David Ortiz have combined for 182 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have won five of their last six road games. Henry Owens gets the ball, and he’s 4-3 with a 3.84 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This is Owens’ first career game against the Indians.

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The Cleveland Indians look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Indians have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Indians have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 170 hits and 52 RBI while Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana have combined for 165 RBI. The Cleveland Indians have lost five of their last eight home games. Josh Tomlin takes the hill, and he’s 6-2 with a 3.03 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. Tomlin is 1-2 with a 6.67 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 9-3 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 3-8 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Indians are 13-3 in their last 16 during game 1 of a series and 16-7 in their last 23 home games. The over is 12-5-1 in the last 18 meetings.

The Red Sox are resting guys with the season all but finished, and they have to travel after a late game Thursday night.

Overall: The Indians, eliminated from the wild card race Wednesday night, are 14-14 in September. They need to sweep the Red Sox to end the season with a winning record for the third straight season. The Red saw their six-game winning streak end Thursday night against the Yankees.

Injuries:

Red Sox – RHP Clay Buchholz (right flexor strain), RHP Koji Uehara (right elbow), C Christian Vazquez (right elbow), RHP Brandon Workman (right elbow), RHP Steven Wright (concussion) are on the disabled list. RHP Joe Kelly (right shoulder), OF/SS Hanley Ramirez (right shoulder) and 3B Pablo Sandoval (pneumonia) are out for the season. OF Rusney Castillo (right quad) is day to day.

Indians – Nick Hagadone (left elbow) and TJ House (left shoulder) are on the disabled list. OF Michael Brantley (right shoulder) has been shut down for the season.

 

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Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees

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Where: Yankee Stadium.

Who: The Indians vs. the Yankees, Thursday through Sunday.

Pitching matchups:
RHP Josh Tomlin (0-1, 2.84) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 3.57) Thursday at 7:05 p.m.;
RHP Carlos Carrasco (11-9, 3.63) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-5, 3.56) Friday at 7:05 p.m.;
RHP Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.16) vs. RHP Luis Severino (0-2, 3.18) Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
RHP Trevor Bauer(9-10, 4.62) vs. CC Sabathia (4-9, 5.24) Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Season Series: The Indians lead, 2-1. The Yankees lead overall, 1,090-857.

Ivan Nova (5-4, 3.57 ERA) and Josh Tomlin (0-1, 2.84 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (67-52) and the Cleveland Indians (55-64) at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 20

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New York is a -155 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have recorded an overall money line of +512 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 42-26. New York is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games.

Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,055 and a disappointing record of 16-24 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the Indians have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 5.5 during that stretch. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.4 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.

Injuries:
Indians 
INF Chris Johnson (infected left hand), RHP Cody Anderson (left oblique), LHP TJ House (left shoulder), LHP Nick Hagadone (left elbow) and RHP Gavin Floyd (right elbow) are on the disabled list.

Yankees
OF Dustin Ackley (back), RHP Bryan Mitchell (concussion, broken nose), RHP Diego Moreno (right elbow), RHP Michael Pineda (right forearm), RHP Sergio Santos (right elbow) and CF Chase Whitley (right shoulder) are out. 1B Teixeira (right leg) is day to day.

The Indians lead the season series, 2-1. The Yankees have a 45-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Tomlin takes the mound. Nova (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 41-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

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Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox

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Where: Fenway Park.

Who: The Indians vs. the Red Sox, Monday through Wednesday.

Pitching matchups:
RHP Danny Salazar (10-6, 3.26) vs. RHP Matt Barnes (3-2, 5.64) Monday at 7:10 p.m.;
RHP Trevor Bauer (9-9, 4.35) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-5, 4.83) Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.
RHP Corey Kluber (8-12, 3.34) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (5-6, 5.69) Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Matt Barnes (3-2, 5.64 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (52-65) go up against Danny Salazar (10-6, 3.26 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (54-62) in the first of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17

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Danny Salazar hadn’t put together more than two straight quality starts prior to the All-Star break before his current hot stretch helped bring his ERA to its lowest point since April.

Salazar (10-6, 3.26 ERA) ranks among the major league leaders in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.24, but he’d had some trouble with consistency until recently.

His ERA is his best since it was 2.08 following his second start after improving to 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA over his last three with eight strikeouts over 7 1-3 innings of Wednesday’s 2-1 win against the New York Yankees.

Salazar has a 1.48 ERA while holding opponents to a .144 batting average during a stretch of six straight quality starts.

In his most recent outing, Barnes pitched 0.0 inning, giving up one run and walking one in a 5-1 loss to the Yankees. David Ortiz (.263, 53 Rs, 25 HRs, 73 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Indians were victorious the last time Salazar pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking five in a 2-1 victory over the Yankees.

Boston is a +110 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. When playing as the underdog, the Red Sox have a 21-27 record and overall money line at -1,871. Over their past 10 games, Boston’s offense has been playing lights out, averaging 7.3 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.5.

Injuries:
Indians
 – RHP Cody Anderson (left oblique), 2B Jason Kipnis (right shoulder), LHP TJ House (left shoulder), LHP Nick Hagadone (left elbow) and RHP Gavin Floyd (right elbow) are on the disabled list. OF Michael Brantley (left shoulder), INF Chris Johnson (insect bite) are day to day.

Red Sox – RHP Steven Wright (concussion), RHP Koji Uhera (right wrist), RHP Rick Porcello (right triceps), 2B Dustin Pedroia (right hamstring), RHP Clay Buchholz (right elbow), RHP Brandon Workman (right elbow) and RHP Anthony Varvaro (right flexor strain) are on the disabled list.

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Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians

best online betting siteWhere: Progressive Field.

When: Cubs vs. Indians, Wednesday and Thursday.

Pitching matchups:

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 4.84) vs. RHP Shaun Marcum (3-1, 4.09) Wednesday at 7: 10 p.m.
  • RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.81) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (6-2, 3.54) Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

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(espn.go.com)- Kyle Schwarber is the latest of the Chicago Cubs’ prized prospects to get his chance in the majors.

Following a brief debut, Schwarber will be in the lineup Wednesday night as the visiting Cubs continue their home-and-home set with the Cleveland Indians.

The Cubs have won six of their last nine games despite Tuesday’s loss to the Tribe. Wada will be facing the Indians for the first time in his career. Hammel is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA against the Indians in eight games, including four starts.

The Indians finished this two-city trip with a 2-2 record following Tuesday’s win over the Cubs. They are 18-15 on the road and 12-18 at home. Marcum, pushed back by Monday’s rainout, is 4-1 against the Cubs. Salazar has never faced them.

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Injuries:

Cubs

  • 2B Tommy La Stella (right ribcage),
  • 3B Mike Olt (right wrist)
  • RHP Neil Ramirez (right shoulder),
  • OF Jorge Soler (left ankle)
  • RHP Jacob Turner (right shoulder) are on the disabled list.

Indians

  • DH Nick Swisher (knees)
  • RHP Gavin Floyd (right elbow)
  • RHP Josh Tomlin (right shoulder) are on the disabled list.

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