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Tribe News:Jason Kipnis pressed to justify contract; key doubleheader today

Let's play two! Yesterday's rainout leads to doubleheader today. Also, Jason Kipnis admits being affected by pressure to live up to contract. Plus, Carlos Santana is playing hurt.

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Tribe News

Cleveland Indians-Twins play doubleheader Thursday after Wednesday's postponement | cleveland.comCorey Kluber will face Minnesota's Kyle Gibson in the first game Thursday. Lefty T.J. House will face Minnesota's Ricky Nolasco in the second game.

Contract extension made Jason Kipnis press, Tito strives for consistency: Cleveland Indians quick hits | - Second baseman Jason Kipnis says he tried to live up to the six-year, $52.5 million extension he signed in April and it was the wrong strategy.

Kipnis doesn't have one reason for offensive struggles | - CLEVELAND -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis does not believe there is a simple answer for his subpar season. The early-season oblique issue has had a ripple effect on the entire year. He has not flashed his signature opposite-field power. He has dealt with the pressures of a new contract.

Stop yelling at your flat screen, Carlos Santana isn't dogging it for Cleveland Indians | cleveland.comCarlos Santana has been playing for a sore right quadriceps muscle for the last month, which doesn't explain why he missed first base Tuesday night in the eighth inning, but does explain why he hasn't been running the bases hard.

Jose Ramirez making most of starting job at shortstop with Asdrubal Cabrera gone - Cleveland Indians - Ohio - Stephanie Storm on Jose Ramirez

Around the Horn

Book review: '1954' by Bill Madden - Books - - The NJ sportswriter chronicles a pivotal year in the integration of baseball

Victor Martinez is One of a Kind | FanGraphs Baseball - Fangraphs examines Victor Martinez' season at the plate.

Royals beat Tigers, reclaim American League Central lead | HardballTalkJames Shields struck out eight batters and yielded just two hits over seven scoreless innings and the Kansas City bullpen kept the shutout intact as the Royals beat the Tigers 3-0 on Wednesday night at Detroit's Comerica Park to reclaim a one-game lead in the American League Central standings.

Joakim Soria rejoins the Tigers’ bullpen | HardballTalk - Soria appeared in just six games for the Tigers after they acquired him from the Rangers and was horrible with a 10.38 ERA, but prior to the trade he had a 2.70 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio in 33 innings for Texas.

Pedro Alvarez diagnosed with stress reaction in foot, possibly ending his Pirates career | HardballTalk - Healthy or not his role was in question after throwing problems got him benched at third base.

And finally

League-wide day of remembrance planned for 9/11 | - For the first time since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the two Major League Baseball teams in New York will each play a home game on 9/11. After the annual reading of nearly 3,000 victims' names in a remembrance ceremony this morning at the new World Trade Center in Manhattan, there will be twin tributes nearby tonight when the Yankees host the Rays at 7:05 ET in the Bronx and the Mets host the Nationals at 7:10 in Queens.