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Danny Salazar, timely hitting, help Indians beat A's

Plus, 2015 A's on pace to be the unluckiest team ever.

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Cleveland 5 - Oakland 1

Offense, defense and pitching come together as Cleveland Indians top Athletics 5-1 - Let's Go Tribe - This was an excellent display of what the Indians are at their best, and if they can manage to sweep the A’s in this weekend series, they will head into the All-Star break at the magically .500 mark. Here’s hoping.

Danny Salazar leads indians past A's | MLB.com - The Indians broke open a 1-1 deadlock with a two-out, bases-loaded rally in the sixth inning to ensure a 5-1 victory in the series opener against Oakland at Progressive Field on Friday night.

Danny Salazar, bases-loaded walks work wonders for Cleveland Indians in 5-1 victory | cleveland.com - A bases-loaded walk leaves a pitcher and his defense feeling helpless. It leaves an offense feeling as though it was granted a gift. On Friday night, Drew Pomeranz played the role of Santa Claus.

Other Tribe News

How are Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians dealing with his sore back? Hey, Hoynsie | cleveland.com - The people want to know about Michael Brantley's' back and Hey, Hoynsie! delivers.

Cleveland Indians will make the playoffs: Bill Livingston (photos) | cleveland.com - At the All-Star break last year, no one thought the Kansas City Royals were anything special either.

Cleveland Indians' Josh Tomlin ready to start rehab assignment | FOX Sports - Manager Terry Francona said he doesn't yet have a timetable for Tomlin's potential return to the major-league club

Free food alert: Olive Garden food truck handing out breadstick sandwiches this weekend | cleveland.com - The truck will be outside Progressive Field during Indians games Friday and Sunday and Saturday at the St. John's Festival of the Arts in Westlake from noon to 5 p.m..

Prospect Shawn Armstrong continues scoreless streak with Columbus Clippers: Cleveland Indians Class AAA Report | cleveland.com - Pitcher Shawn Armstrong leads the Clippers with 10 saves.

Justus Sheffield sliding into form: Cleveland Indians Class A Insider | cleveland.com- "That slider, it's one of the better pitches in this league, and he's one of the better pitchers," said West Michigan outfielder Ross Kivett, a Broadview Heights resident who leads the Midwest League in hits.

Around the Horn

The Unluckiest* Year of the Millennium | FanGraphs Baseball - 2015 Oakland A's on pace to break record held by 2006 Indians,

How much should you believe in the standings? | FOX Sports - When projections are at odds with evidence, projections are given funny looks. It's perfectly natural, yet it leaves projections always needing to be validated. In this article, let's consider projections. And let's consider wins and losses. And let's consider what matters more, if we're trying to look ahead.

Does American League face lineup deficit in All-Star Game? | FOX Sports - However, Gordon's injury does create a pretty significant hole on the American League All-Star roster. No, it's not that Gordon is really that much better than Adam Jones, who will replace Gordon in the starting line-up, but that Gordon brought one unique skill to the American League's offense: he bats left-handed.

Mike Moustakas, Carlos Martinez win Final Vote | MLB.com - Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez will be first-time All-Stars on Tuesday via the record-smashing 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote.

Joba Chamberlain released by the Tigers | HardballTalk - Unlike his DFA Mate, Tom Gorzelanny, Chamberlain did not accept an assignment to Toledo, nor did the Tigers manage to trade him. As such he was given his unconditional release this afternoon and he’s now a free agent.

Alaska Baseball League fight overshadows 14-inning Peninsula win | Sports - KTUU.com Anchorage - Peninsula Oilers head coach Kevin Griffin and Anchorage Bucs head coach Mike Grahovac ignited a benches-clearing brawl late Wednesday night.