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Cleveland Indians excited to have Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis back soon

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Twins 4, Indians 1

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A disappointing finish to the series in Minnesota, as the Tribe's offense again struggles to get much going.  Carlos Carrasco pitched well, allowing two runs over seven innings, while striking out seven.  With the loss, the Indians fall to 54-62 on the year.

Tribe News

Chris Johnson suffering from a spider bite (Hoynes)

Newly acquired Chris Johnson would have been an ideal pinch hitter on Sunday against the Twins, but unfortunately was unavailable due to an issue with a spider bite.  Johnson's left hand was swollen before Sunday's game and the Indians trainers sent him to the hospital to receive antibiotics and extra care.  Johnson hopes to be available within the next few days.

Kipnis, Brantley close to returning to lineup (Bastian)

The Indians will be glad to have both hitters back soon, with Brantley expected to DH for the Tribe on Monday in Boston and Kipnis possibly DH'ing on Tuesday.  Both Brantley and Kipnis have been dealing with shoulder soreness.  Kipnis is currently on the disabled list but is not expected to head out on a rehab assignment before returning.

From Terry Francona:

"I don't think he needs it," Francona said. "He's been hitting pretty much most of the time. The only time he was down was when he got that [cortisone shot a couple weeks ago]. And, if he felt like he needed it, he would've said it."

Around the League

Bumgarner has huge game (Ladson, Macklin)

The Giants Madison Bumgarner not only dominated on the mound, he also helped out his offense with a solo home run. The left-hander threw a complete game shutout against the Nationals, allowing just three hits and striking out fourteen.

Trout signs autographs before every game (Olney)

The Angels center fielder says he remembers what it felt like as a kid to go home without an autograph.  Seriously, how can you not like this guy?

White Sox closer helps families ravaged by tornado (Townsend)

David Robertson might be the closer for one of our division rivals, but it's great to see that he's willing to help those in need.