Bieber pitches Indians past Twins 4-1

Bieber pitches Indians past Twins 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning in his first major league win, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Sunday.

Bieber (1-0) scattered 10 hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in his second career start. The rookie right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day when Carlos Carrasco went on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right elbow.

Yan Gomes’ three-run double in the third snapped a 1-all tie. Cody Allen, the Indians’ third reliever, pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Cleveland salvaged the finale of the three-game series and broke a five-game losing streak against Minnesota.

Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-4) allowed four runs in five innings. He is winless in seven starts since May 8.

ORIOLES 10, MARLINS 4

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jace Peterson and Mark Trumbo homered, and the Orioles snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Baltimore also ended a string of 11 straight losses at home, which tied a club record. The Orioles’ last win at Camden Yards was May 13 against Tampa Bay.

Dylan Bundy (5-7) pitched six innings of four-run ball for last-place Baltimore. He has accounted for one-quarter of his team’s victories this season.

Justin Bour homered twice for the Marlins, who went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Trevor Richards (1-4) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

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Bieber gets first major league win as Indians beat Twins 4-1

Bieber gets first major league win as Indians beat Twins 4-1

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Cleveland Indians’ Tyler Naquin, right, watches his RBI-single off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Cleveland. Lonnie Chisenhall scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning in his first major league win, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Sunday.

Bieber scattered 10 hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in his second career start. The rookie right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day when Carlos Carrasco went on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right elbow.

Yan Gomes‘ three-run double in the third snapped a 1-all tie. Tyler Naquin had an RBI single in the second.

Cody Allen, the Indians’ third reliever, pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

Cleveland salvaged the finale of the three-game series and broke a five-game losing streak against Minnesota.

Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-4) allowed four runs in five innings. He is winless in seven starts since May 8.

Bieber was scheduled to start for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, but that plan changed when Carrasco was hit on the elbow by a line drive in the second inning of Saturday’s 9-3 loss.

Carrasco’s early exit forced the Indians to use seven pitchers, including Adam Plutko, who was scheduled to start for Cleveland on Sunday. Bieber, instead of preparing to face Indianapolis in the International League, made the 2 1/2 drive from Columbus on Saturday evening.

Eduardo Escobar’s first-inning double gave Minnesota the lead. The Twins were coming off wins over Corey Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, and Carrasco in the first two games of the series, but were held in check by Bieber (1-0).

Minnesota had runners on second and third with nobody out in the sixth, but Bieber struck out Mitch Garver and Ehre Adrianza. Oliver Perez struck out Joe Mauer to end the inning.

Minnesota stranded 10 baserunners and was 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

Bieber made his major league debut at Minnesota on May 31, allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He left with the Indians ahead 8-4, but the bullpen couldn’t hold onto the lead and Cleveland won 9-8.

Michael Brantley hit a leadoff double in the third, and Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall drew one-out walks. Gomes’ double to the wall in left-center scored all three runners.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: OF Robbie Grossman was removed for a pinch runner in the sixth inning for what was announced as ”heat illness.”

Indians: Carrasco will have additional tests Monday. … LHP Tyler Olson (strained back muscle) was placed on the 10-day DL. He’s 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in 28 appearances.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.51 ERA) will pitch Monday against Boston in the first of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (5-5, 2.69 ERA) will go in the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Progressive Field.

Francisco Lindor's errors are up, but Indians manager Terry Francona will live with it as the young shortstop grows

Francisco Lindor's errors are up, but Indians manager Terry Francona will live with it as the young shortstop grows

CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s easy to forget that Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor is only 24 years old. But the reminders show up every now and again, like during Friday’s 6-3 loss to Minnesota which featured two Lindor errors that led to Twins runs.

The errors were Lindor’s first in his last 29 games, bringing his season total to 10 miscues in 67 starts. Last year, Lindor totaled 10 errors for the entire regular season and did not commit his 10th until game 152.

Lindor had a career high of 12 errors in 2016, ironically, the same year he won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, and the Platinum Glove Award as the best overall defensive player in the American League.

“Yeah, made mistakes tonight and it cost a couple runs and that’s pretty much it,” Lindor said. “I continue to work as hard as I can to try to be the best I can be and today I wasn’t at my best.”

Manager Terry Francona said Friday that it’s hard to hold the miscues against Lindor, who can make spectacular plays with his glove because of his natural athleticism, even when other shortstops would probably not risk making a mistake.

That was the case in the fourth inning when Minnesota’s Logan Morrison hit a smash to Tribe first baseman Erik Gonzalez with runners at first and second and nobody out. Gonzalez’s throw to get Eduardo Escobar at second was low, forcing Lindor to throw wildly to Corey Kluber covering the bag at first.

The error allowed Eddie Rosario to score from second, and was followed by a Brian Dozier two-run homer that gave the Twins a 4-0 lead.

“I would say the majority of shortstops eat it,” Francona said. “But he’s so athletic, he still tries to make a play.”

Lindor committed his second error of the game in the sixth inning when he booted a routine grounder off the bat of Dozier that allowed Escobar to trot home from third.

“I think he tried to be a little too quick,” Francona said. “That was a nice double-play ball. Firm enough. He just tried to be a little too quick.”

Lindor’s fielding percentage entering Friday’s game was at a career-low .969, just below the league average at shortstop of .972. After turning a career high 111 double plays in 2017, he’s at 40 with a little less than 100 games remaining in 2018.

But while his fielding percentage a double plays are down, Lindor’s defensive runs saved as calculated by FanGraphs.com has improved from a 5 in 2017 to 9 this season. For comparison sake, Lindor’s DRS was at 17 in his Gold Glove season of 2016. Anything over 5 is considered above average.

“We forget how young he is sometimes, because he’s so good,” Francona said. “If that’s the worst thing we can come up with, he’s pretty good.”

Twins club Corey Kluber in 6-3 win over first-place Indians

Twins club Corey Kluber in 6-3 win over first-place Indians

CLEVELAND — On paper it appeared to be a clear mismatch: Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber, with 10 wins already and the second-best earned run average in the American League, against hard-luck Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, whose only win this season came way back on March 31.

So much for the chalk.

Home runs by Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier highlighted an early Twins uprising against the indomitable Kluber, sending him to the showers after just five innings and the Twins to a 6-3 win over the leaders in the American League Central.

Improving to 5-2 against the Indians, including four straight wins in the head-to-head-matchup, the Twins pulled back within five games of first. They also snapped a depressing habit of scoring in the first inning only to go scoreless the rest of the way, as they had in dropping their final two games in Detroit this week.

Fernando Rodney still had to be summoned for the final out of a shaky ninth, retiring Francisco Lindor to record his 13th straight save and 15th overall.

Rosario’s first-inning, 418-foot blast was his first off Kluber, his team-leading 15th this year and his third straight in as many trips against Indians pitching, dating to his three-homer game at Target Field on June 2.

Rosario then doubled to start the fourth, giving him 18 total bases in his past seven trips against the Indians. Eduardo Escobar followed with a five-pitch walk, ending Kluber’s walk-free streak at 46 1/3 innings and 179 batters, dating to May 8.

It was the longest streak such streak in the majors since Bartolo Colon went 48 1/3 innings without a walk for the New York Mets in 2015 and the longest by an Indians pitcher since Paul Byrd in 2007 (48 innings).

Rosario scored on Francisco Lindor’s throwing error as he tried to complete a double play on Logan Morrison’s grounder, and slumping Brian Dozier followed with a two-run homer to left.

Dozier, dropped to fifth in the order for the first time in exactly two years, had been hitless in his previous 20 at-bats and was just 7 for 48 (.146) with 14 strikeouts against Kluber. The homer was just the third for Dozier off Kluber and his third in his past 114 at-bats, dating to May 12 at Anaheim.

Kluber, the two-time Cy Young Award winner, was pulled after just five innings and 65 pitches. He had completed at least six innings and thrown 90 or more pitches in each of his first 14 starts this year.

The four swing-and-miss strikes for Kluber (10-3) tied for the second-lowest total in his 178 starts as the aggressive Twins put the first or second pitch in play eight times in the first four innings. That included both homers and Rosario’s double.

Kluber reached two strikes just six times all night, striking out three. That tied his lowest strikeout total against the Twins, dating to August 2012.

Though Kluber entered 6-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight home starts, trouble against the Twins couldn’t have been entirely shocking for him. The Indians have gone just 10-11 in his 21 career starts against the Twins.

Gibson, meanwhile, scattered three singles and four walks while completing seven innings for the third time in four starts. Before improving to 2-4 with a 3.27 ERA this season, he had been 1-2 with a 6.57 ERA in five prior road starts against the Indians.

The Indians threatened briefly in the sixth after Yan Gomes’ two-out RBI single, but Lonnie Chisenhall swung over a two-strike slider, stranding two runners.

Lindor also booted a routine double-play ball from Dozier in a two-run sixth. That marked just the second multi-error game for the All-Star shortstop since reaching the majors in 2015; the other came May 5 at Yankee Stadium.

It was Joe Mauer’s first big-league game in four weeks after a strained neck and concussion symptoms landed him on the disabled list. Mauer grounded out in all four trips but did force Kluber into a pair of three-ball counts.

Cleveland Indians thinking long term with Andrew Miller's return from injury

Cleveland Indians thinking long term with Andrew Miller's return from injury

CLEVELAND — When the Cleveland Indians get left-handed reliever Andrew Miller back from injury, they want to make sure he stays that way for the remainder of the season instead of having to send him back to the disabled list for a third time in 2018.

Out of the lineup since May 25 because of a sore right knee, Miller has not yet been activated because the Indians want to make sure he will remain healthy.

“He’s going to throw again today,” Indians manager Terry Francona said prior to tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

“I think we’re still trying to figure out long-term, like not just for next week. I think we feel like he’s done so well and really worked at it and everything, but when we get him back, we want to keep him back.”

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) walks off the field after being relieved in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

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Miller returned from his first stint on the disabled list on May 11, but struggled to find the command he had previously.

Over 4.1 innings of work in six outings, Miller allowed seven runs, all of which were earned, seven hits, one home run and had an even strikeout-to-walk ratio after striking out six hitters and issuing six free passes, including three in one-third of an inning in a 9-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 15.

Before the activation, Miller missed 14 straight games because of a left hamstring injury.

May 11, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) reacts as Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning at Progressive Field.

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While the Indians homered their way to a hard-fought 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on April 25, there was cause for some concern in the latter stages of the game.

With two outs and a runner on in the top of the seventh inning, Miller was called from the bullpen to relieve starter Trevor Bauer, but after throwing his second pitch to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, which was a ball off of the outside corner of the plate, reached for the back of his left knee as he walked off the mound.

After getting the ball back from catcher Yan Gomes, Miller tried to loosen up on the infield grass and took the mound, but almost immediately waved his glove in the direction of the Indians’ dugout. A member of the medical staff and manager Terry Francona came to the mound, and moments later, Miller was escorted to the dugout, and subsequently, to the training room for evaluation.

When Miller returned from the hamstring issue, he did so without going on a rehab assignment.

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This season, the 6-foot-7, 205-pound Miller has thrown 14.1 innings in 17 appearances with 23 strikeouts against 10 walks and 13 hits for the Indians (36-31), who have a 4.5-game lead over the Tigers for first place in the American League Central Division.

Miller has allowed seven earned runs this season.

In parts of three seasons with the Indians, Miller has registered 164 strikeouts over 106.0 innings of work with 22 earned runs and 58 hits allowed. Miller has a 9-6 record with six saves and a 1.87 earned run average since being acquired by the Indians in a July trade with the New York Yankees during the 2016 season.

“He hasn’t had reoccurrences or nothing coming up,” Francona said. “I don’t think we’re there where we feel like we can activate him and keep him where he needs to be. I think he kind of feels the same way, so that’s why we’re just continuing to throw these bullpens.”

As for how much longer Miller will be out of the lineup, the Indians are still figuring that out.

“I don’t think we know,” Francona said.

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Indians place 1B Yonder Alonso on medical emergency list

Indians place 1B Yonder Alonso on medical emergency list

Cleveland Indians’ Yonder Alonso watches his RBI double off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jace Fry during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Chicago. Michael Brantley scored. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians starting first baseman Yonder Alonso will miss at least three games after being placed on the family-medical-emergency list.

Cleveland made the move Friday before opening a three-game series against Minnesota. The AL Central-leading Indians also activated center fielder Tyler Naquin from the disabled list. He had been sidelined with a hamstring injury since May 11.

Erik Gonzalez started the opener at first in place of Alonso, who is in his first season with Cleveland.

By major league rules, Alonso will have to miss a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.

Alonso is batting .248 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs in 65 games.

Naquin was hurt running the bases in Kansas City last month. He’s batting .333 (25 of 75) with two homers and 11 RBIs in 30 games. He recently appeared in six games on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.