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Cleveland Indians offense comes alive with big weekend

Welcome to town . . .

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Here's to a great week!

Indians 8, Twins 1

LGT Recap (Kinsman) Recap (Manoloff)

Box Score

This is how we expected the year to go Tribe fans!  Corey Kluber was fantastic, almost throwing a Maddux, allowing just three hits and one run in a complete game gem.  New additions Chris Johnson and Abraham Almonte had big days, helping the offense bang out 14 hits.  With the win, the Indians improve to 51-59 on the year.

Tribe News

Pitching and offense align for Indians (Bastian)

The Tribe scored 34 runs on 47 hits over the last three games, while getting strong pitching performances Saturday and Sunday.

Tribe coming together as a team (Meisel)

Some unexpected offensive fireworks paired with new faces means a new dynamic for this Indians ballclub.  From Terry Francona:

"It's kind of amazing in a sense that, we have so many new faces, and yet we seemed to be more of a team this weekend. We were fighting all year for that. We have leaders like Gomes and Brantley and then the younger guys. Almonte's coming in trying to prove something. Guys like Jerry Sands, and Chris Johnson comes in today and gets four hits and plays a nice first base. The last two days have been really, you could use words like 'encouraging,' besides the fact that it was flat-out fun. We played with so much energy.

Shawn Armstrong almost didn't get the call (Meisel)

Reliever Shawn Armstrong was out at dinner on Friday evening and silenced his phone (good for him!), but as luck would have it, a call came in from his Triple-A Columbus manager Chris Tremie.  A call-back later gave Armstrong the good news on his promotion to Cleveland and the big leagues.

Around the League

Miguel Cabrera to test calf Tuesday (Zuniga)

The Tigers slugger will also take live batting practice Tuesday.  Detroit hopes to have Cabrera rejoin the team later this month.

Jose Fernandez heading back to DL (Cwik)

The Marlins ace will head to the disabled list with a right bicep strain.  There is no timetable for his return and I'm not sure why Miami would rush him back.  Fernandez has been just about lights out in his seven starts this year, with a 2.30 ERA and 1.71 FIP.

Early flaws with Statcast (Druschel)

The complicated system gives fans a tremendous amount of data, but still needs improvement, especially in regards to inconsistent batted ball tracking.