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The Indians are playing better defense and people are noticing

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All of a sudden, the media has noticed that the Indians' defense has improved. Plus, RIP Rocco Scotti.

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Cleveland 0 - Detroit 0 (game postponed)

Indians-Tigers is postponed due to rain | MLB.com - While other teams visiting Cleveland have had a hard time slowing the Tribe's momentum, Mother Nature caused problems for the Indians on Friday night.

Catching the Ball

Defense Mechanisms: Inside the Indians’ Historic Fielding Turnaround - On May 8, Sports Illustrated’s Cliff Corcoran asked, "Are the 2015 Indians the worst-fielding team in modern major league history?" At the time, it wasn’t a preposterous question.

Indians have been transformed by their defense | MLB.com - Heading into Friday's action, the Indians ranked seventh overall in the Majors with 17 Defensive Runs Saved and 13th with a 6.3 overall defensive rating, according to Fangraphs.com. Last season, Cleveland ended the season ranked last baseball in DRS (minus 75) and 29th in overall defense (minus 64.8).

The Cleveland Indians finally learn to play defense - SweetSpot - ESPN - The Indians have moved into the AL wild-card hunt with an improved defense, which has climbed to 10th in the majors in Defensive Efficiency.

Other Tribe-Related News

Indians mourn passing of singer Rocco Scotti | indians.com - Cleveland lost one of its most recognizable voices Friday as long-time Indians national anthem singer Rocco Scotti died at age 95.

Is Cleveland Indians bullpen in need of some offseason repair? Hey, Hoynsie | cleveland.com - Hoynsie answers questions as only he can.

Around the Horn

Brad Ausmus won't dwell on reports of Detroit Tigers firing him - "It’s not hard to think about," Brad Ausmus said, "but I certainly haven’t been dwelling on it."

The Tigers should fire Brad Ausmus now | HardballTalk - Not for their own sake, but for his.

Colby Lewis was masterful in shutout win over A's | FOX Sports - Colby Lewis simply jogged to his spot for defensive positioning after giving up the hit that ended his bid for a perfect game in the eighth inning.

St. Louis Cardinals have been historically clutch this season | FOX Sports - The Cardinals have been clutch, far more clutch than any other team.