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Jason Kipnis named for second All-Star appearance and extends Progressive Field hitting streak record

In Tuesday's news & notes, the Astros clobber the Tribe, Jason Kipnis extends his Progressive Field hitting streak record and hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo explains how the All-Star turned things around this year.

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Astros 9, Indians 4

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It was scant consolation that Jason Kipnis extended his Progressive Field hitting streak record to 29 games with a single in the fifth. On the subject of Kipnis, he will be the Tribe's sole representative at the All-Star game next week, as Matt Lyons reported here. Corey Kluber was snubbed (again) which hopefully means he will win the Cy Young (again).

Indians news & notes

Cleveland Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo details hitters' ups and downs |
Ty Van Burkleo gives the skinny on the Kipnis and Muphy turnarounds, as well as Santana's struggles. Here's a snippet from his thoughts on Kipnis; "Being fully healthy and not having any grab from that ribcage injury he had last year, he's able to stay through the ball. He hits good pitches down and away and drives them on a direct path. It's a really efficient swing."

Gomes finding offensive stride after knee injury | (Jordan Bastian)
Gomes is hitting the ball hard again: "According to PITCHf/x data, Gomes has had seven batted balls with exit velocities of at least 100 mph, dating back to June 16." Prior to that he'd had only four all year, according to Jordan Bastian.

After Trevor Bauer's impressions, Danny Salazar takes a turn at imitating his teammates' stances |
Danny did Kip and Santana. Check out the GIFs in the article.

Tidbits from around MLB

Trout, Scherzer and the best of 2015 so far |
Hey, guess who gets a mention?

The Tigers are Trapped | FanGraphs (Jeff Sullivan)
Best not let them out then, just to be on the safe side.

Royals designate Jason Frasor for assignment | MLB Trade Rumors
Frasor has a stellar 1.54 ERA in 23.1 IP, but his peripherals tell a different story. He is allowing a lot of traffic on the basepaths (1.67 WHIP), partly because of his lack of control (5.8 BB/9). However, it would be something of a surprise if no-one wanted to pick him up.

Cubs should be active at trade deadline with chance of postseason run | FOX Sports
Cole Hamels, anyone?

Chris Young: The Hometown Babe Ruth | FanGraphs Baseball
Yankees' hitter Chris Young has an awesome record when he plays in his hometown of Houston. The Astros may have missed a small trick when he was a free agent during the offseason, but they seem to be doing perfectly fine without him.