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10 MLB players who have completely erased their slow starts

It’s not the slow start that matters — it’s how you’re able to recover.Each of the following 10 MLB players began their respective 2018 seasons in a less-than-stellar fashion (some worse than others). Achieving success on the baseball diamond is all about minimizing those valleys in production as much as possible while also having a short memory, whether times are good or bad.These guys have successfully done that after looking at how their performances have improved between April...

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Zach Plesac throws gem in Double-A debut as Akron wins 1-0 nailbiter

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 25, 2018. Columbus Clippers 7, Toledo Mud Hens 9 Box Score · Clippers fall to 22-23 Wednesday, it was the Clippers offense that stunk, but Thursday it was the pitching. Starter Matt Whitehouse allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, then after the Clippers managed to rally and take the lead, reliever Jeff Beliveau loaded the bases and Matt Belisle promptly served up a grand slam to put the game just out of reach. Offensively, six...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: Michael Brantley has a 13-game hitting streak going

Morning news and notes for Friday, May 25, 2018.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Indians 2, Astros 8

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Clevinger looked to have another dominant outing but struggled in the middle innings. A 5-run sixth inning ultimately doomed the Tribe to an 8-2 loss in the series opener against the Astros.

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Brantley extends hit stream to 13 with 2-run 1B | MLB

The lone offense for Cleveland came in the third inning when Michael Brantley hit a sharp...

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Astros had 'special' comments for Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger

Mike Clevinger said the Astros weren't special last week, so when Houston beat him again Thursday, the Astros had "special" answers.

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Jason Philipps

Astros homer their way to 8-2 victory

Indians’ starter Mike Clevinger wasn’t awful on Thursday evening in his start against the Astros. He was, however, wild enough to work his pitch count up and get himself in just enough trouble for Houston to ultimately make him and the Tribe pay.

The Astros hit a pair of three-run homers and used those to cruise down the stretch in their 8-2 victory Thursday over the Indians.

Clevinger held Houston scoreless through the first four innings, but labored plenty. In the fifth, he gave up...

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Brantley extends hit streak to 13 with 2-run 1B

After striking out against Astros starter Charlie Morton in the first inning, Michael Brantley had a different approach his next time up to keep his hit streak alive. The Indians outfielder was able to send a two-run single up the middle during his second at-bat to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead in the third inning, extending his hitting streak to 13 games -- the longest active streak in the Majors.

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Jason Philipps

Game Thread: Indians vs Astros

It’s Mike Clevinger (2.87 ERA and 50 K’s) versus Charlie Morton (1.94 ERA, 70 K’s) in what sure looks like a great pitching matchup.

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Merritt Rohlfing

The Indians are Murphy’s Law made manifest

So much has gone the wrong way. It’s ridiculous.

The 2018 Cleveland Indians have been quite something to behold. Even with the inaction of the offseason and the big losses in the bullpen a .500 record seems something short of expectations. They’re still in first, but it doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t seem like they should be such a mediocre team. The bullpen is not as great as it was, a big offensive contributor is gone, but the rotation is better than ever and the offense is loud as...

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Tyler Griffith

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros series preview

These guys look awfully familiar

After dropping a series to the Astros last week, the Indians went to Wrigley Field to sweep the Cubs in a quick two-game set. Now they’re back in Cleveland to face Houston againm this time in a four-game set.

Looking ahead

The Indians will host Houston this weekend before welcoming the Chicago White Sox to Progressive Field for three games. The Tribe will then travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins for four games to end May and begin June. The Astros, on...

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Tribe affiliates go 1-3 despite four quality starts from starting pitchers

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 24, 2018. Columbus Clippers 1, Toledo Mud Hens 4 Box Score · Clippers fall to 22-22 The Columbus Clippers offense played hookie Wednesday, scoring just one run on four hits. The offense was provided by Yandy Diaz, who went 2-4 on the day. Andrew Wilk pitched decent enough, allowing two earned runs in 6.0 innings on six hits while striking out four and walking one, but that was enough to take the loss. Of note, a rehabbing Lonnie Chisenhall went...

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N&N: Bacon joins Hot Dog Race and Indians shut out Cubs. Coincidence?

Morning News and Notes, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cleveland 1 - Chicago (NL) 0

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Adam Plutko, How can you keep him down on the farm, now that he’s seen Paris beaten the Cubs at Wrigley?

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Michael Brantley's option appears to be one thing Indians got right in offseason - Crain's Cleveland Business - Now imagine this: What if the Indians had taken the advice of about 99% of us and didn't exercise a $12 million team option on the contract of Michael...

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Matt Lyons

Adam Plutko outduels Jon Lester in night’s most predictable headline

Of course Adam Plutko carries a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Cubs in the second start of his career. I mean, duh.

Adam Plutko’s no-hitter was never going to be perfect.

A relatively quiet one-two-three inning kicked off the game for the pitcher making his second career start, but trouble was a brewin’ from the first batter. Whether it be nerves or just not having a feel for it, Plutko couldn’t seem to find the zone in the first inning all that well, especially with...

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Plutko takes no-no into 7th as Tribe blanks Cubs

In his debut as the Tribe's fifth starter, Adam Plutko flirted with a no-hitter and helped guide Cleveland to a 1-0 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday night. The right-hander was promoted from Triple-A Columbus prior to the game and then baffled Chicago's bats for his second win in as many starts for the Indians this season.

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BREAKING: Plutko's no-hit bid ends in 7th

Indians right-hander Adam Plutko, in just the second start of his big league career, saw his bid for a no-hitter against the Cubs end on Anthony Rizzo's double to lead off the seventh inning at Wrigley Field.

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Matt Lyons

Game Thread: Not-Josh Tomlin takes the mound for the Indians

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It’s Plutko day! Whatever that means!

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Indians' Guyer to DL after collision with fan

The Cleveland Indians placed Brandon Guyer on the 10-day disabled list with a neck strain stemming from a collision with a fan.

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Guyer to DL as Plutko joins Indians' rotation

The Indians made the expected move of promoting starter Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday to assume the fifth spot in the rotation, beginning with a start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was the other side of the transaction that came as a bit of a surprise.

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Brian Hemminger

Tribe affiliates win five of six games in offense-fueled day, Oscar Gonzalez homers in both legs of a double-header

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 23, 2018.

Columbus Clippers 5, Charlotte Knights 3

Box Score · Clippers improve to 22-21

Yandy Diaz busted out of his mini-slump Tuesday, going 3-4 at the dish with a double, a walk and two runs batted in to lead the Clippers’ offense. Brandon Barnes joined Diaz with a three-hit game while Eric Haase continued his recent power surge, homering for the second straight day.

That offense would be more than enough for Stephen Fife, who surrendered...

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Where are Mike Clevinger’s strikeouts?

Sunshine isn’t the punch-out artist he was last year, but he’s making it work anyway. Mike Clevinger is having the best season of his career, and it’s not even close. If not for the fact that he’s on a team that employs Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer, he’d be the emergent ace of his team and the talk of some city not named Cleveland. He’s got an ERA under 3, his walk rate has fallen over three points from last year to 7.7 percent, and his grounder rate has leapt...

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The Indians’ AL Central-heavy schedule is a big deal

Playing more division games could be a bigger deal than it seems. During the series against the Tigers last week, whether watching on television or listening to the radio broadcast, I could not escape talk about the Indians schedule versus the AL Central. I’m sure you know by now that the Tribe has only played 15 of its 45 games against division rivals and that none of those games have come against the miserable White Sox. This is significant because the AL Central is deeply terrible,...

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