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Carlos Carrasco and Lonnie Chisenhall help to keep the dream alive

In Tuesday's news and notes, the Tribe keeps its dreams alive as the playoff picture starts to become more murky, and news of Corey Kluber's return.

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Royals 3, Indians 8

A strong start by Carrasco and timely hitting power the Indians over the Royals | Let's Go Tribe (USSChoo)
Lonnie Chisenhall helps Indians top Royals |
Carlos Carrasco strikes out nine as Cleveland Indians rout Kansas City Royals, 8-3 |
After last night's terrific all-round perfomance, the Tribe still trails the Rangers by 4.5 games. However, they have quietly also pulled themselves with five games of the Astros, who seem to be stumbling a little right now. Perhaps the Indians might be able to catch them instead?

Indians news & notes

Six-man rotation possibility with Corey Kluber's return |
Corey Kluber is scheduled to return on Saturday. Who makes room? Anderson? Bauer? Or do the Tribe go six-man rotation for a while?

Lonnie Chisenhall's heckler, the future of the Indians' outfield and what to do with Trevor Bauer |
Zack Meisel adds to the rapidly growing number of column inches about Chisenhall's great play in RF.

No. 15 Cleveland Indians prospect Mike Clevinger unhittable in his Triple-A debut (with must-see video!) |
International League playoffs: Clevinger pitches Clippers into championship series | The Columbus Dispatch
Not a bad AAA debut — Mike Clevinger threw 7.2 innings of no-hit baseball, as the Clippers shut out the Tides to qualify for the Governor's Cup final series in Columbus, which starts today. Check out the video that accompanies the article, which contains a bunch of his strikeouts towards the end.

Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced | HardballTalk
This award goes to the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team." Carlos Carrasco is the Tribe's nominee.

Tidbits from around MLB

How the Rangers have gained on the Astros | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Sullivan looks at how the Rangers have pulled to within half a game of the Astros, despite being the "inferior" team. They would already be ahead but for the fact that:

Let’s watch an improbable Astros comeback | FanGraphs Baseball
The Astros came back from the dead on Sunday night with an incredible last-ditch victory. They were 3-0 down with none on and two out in the 9th, but then smashed the normally dependable Huston Street for five runs, in a game with huge playoff implications for both teams.

September Rule 5 roundup | MLB Trade Rumors
Confounding convention, a bunch of the 2014 Rule 5 draft picks have been remarkably effective for their new teams this year.  Hitters Odubel Herrera (Phillies from Rangers), Delino DeShields Jr. (Rangers from Astros) and Mark Canha (Athletics from Marlins) have all been worth at least 1 fWAR, while reliever Sean Gilmartin (Mets from Twins) has managed 0.8 fWAR.