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Nick Swisher, bullpen, lead Cleveland Indians to victory over Rangers

Swisher breaks out the Bro-Hammer as the bats and bullpen pick up starter Bruce Chen.

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Cleveland 8 - Texas 3

Bullpen comes through for Indians in victory over Rangers - Let's Go Tribe - The Cleveland Indians got a huge performance from their bullpen in Friday's victory over the Texas Rangers. The Indians relievers pitched six and 2/3 innings, giving up no runs and allowing just four base runners.

After Chen stalls, Indians' bullpen steps up | - Having to reach into your bullpen in the third inning isn't usually a formula for success. But in Friday's 8-3 series-opening win over the Rangers, the Indians made it work.

Cleveland Indians overcome rocky start by Bruce Chen for 8-3 win over Texas Rangers | - Bruce Chen turned in a short night's work Friday, but the Indians' feast-or-famine offense and inconsistent bullpen earned some overtime against Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Swisher leads Tribe's offensive trio in win | - Swisher went 4-for-4 against the Twins last Saturday, but was hitless in 11 at-bats over three games entering Friday's series opener. Then, he exploded with three hits in four at-bats -- including doubles in his first two at-bats -- and a walk in Friday's 8-3 win over the Rangers.

Raburn OK from hitting wall after stellar catch | - Ryan Raburn didn't know the wall was there until his face was firmly planted in it. He didn't know he had caught the ball until he tumbled onto his back and found it in his glove. But he did know, before the play, he was willing to give himself up to make the catch. And that's what he did.

Other Tribe News

Is kindling being gathered for Cleveland Indians fire sale? Hey, Hoynsie! | - Will the Indians, with the season slipping away, conduct a fire sale or dip into the minors to blend their prospects with the current 25-man roster? Hey Hoynsie! brings the lumber.

Shaun Marcum continues to impress at Columbus: Cleveland Indians Class AAA Report | - If the Indians are in need of another starter, Columbus Clippers righthander Shaun Marcum has impressed.

Yandy Diaz is a hit right now for Akron RubberDucks: Cleveland Indians Class AA Report | - Yandy Diaz is making his presence felt with his bat for the Akron RubberDucks. The 6-2, 185-pound native of Cuba is batting .333 over the last 10 games.

Michael Brantley is the Cleveland Indians' overlooked superstar | FOX Sports - Michael Brantley is among the game's most overlooked players, even after a breakout season in 2014. And Jeff Sullivan maintains the Indians' disappointing play shouldn't doom Brantley to obscurity.

Indians to Honor STO Analyst Rick Manning May 23, 40th Anniversary of MLB Debut | FOX Sports - The Cleveland Indians will honor former Tribe center fielder and current SportsTime Ohio color analyst Rick Manning on May 23, the 40th anniversary of his big-league debut in a Tribe uniform.

Around the Horn

Bartolo Colon: 'At my age, I even surprise myself' - Mets Blog - ESPN - Mets righty LGFT Bartolo Colon, who turns 42 on May 24, might lead all NL hitters in guffaws -- but he also leads all NL pitchers in wins.

Video: Reds evacuate stands after fire | - 5/15/15: A fire starts in the iconic right smokestack at Great American Ball Park, causing the Reds' staff to evacuate the surrounding area

A judge grants class action status to lawsuit against MLB and the NHL over blackouts | HardballTalk - Craig Calcaterra explains the lawsuit and its potential consequences.

18 strikeouts? Outfielders pitching? Even meaningless games can become special | MLB | Sporting News - "There is something special about baseball, though, which few, if any, other sports can offer. The line often attributed to Casey Stengel is that every day in baseball, you will see something you’ve never seen before. That is not quite true, but baseball has a special power to turn run-of-the-mill games during the regular season into something you just have to see, and you never know when it will happen."