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Cleveland Indians struggle again against "overperforming" Minnesota Twins

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Corey Kluber gave up three hard hits in the first inning, and the Tribe never looked like pulling back a 3-0 deficit.

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Twins 4, Indians 2

Indians can't mount comeback, fall to the Twins 4-2 | Let's Go Tribe (USSChoo)
Tommy Milone sends Twins past Indians | MLB.com
Ace folds in wild card shuffle: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians fall short against Minnesota Twins, 4-2 | cleveland.com
Five games back with seven to play, it might well finally be time for the Tribe to start resting some of their injured stars. (LGFT David Murphy hit the walk-off single for the Angels last night, by the way.)

Indians news & notes

Kluber battling inconsistency since return | indians.com
It seems to me more like he's battling injury than inconsistency. He hasn't looked fit for around a month.

Terry Francona, Michael Brantley teaching rookie Francisco Lindor the ways of the big leagues (with words, not hands) | cleveland.com
Tito on tough love and Francisco Lindor.

Tidbits from around MLB

The Nationals’ nadir: Jonathan Papelbon, Bryce Harper, and the choke heard round the world | Grantland
Nationals suspend Jonathan Papelbon for four games | HardballTalk
After Sunday's chokehold, as Ben Lindbergh brilliantly phrases it: "He’s a Vin Scully clothesline away from having physically assaulted three of the best things about baseball." Thankfully, MLB has seen the last of Papelbon for 2015 after he was suspended for four games by the Nats, to add to his three-game MLB suspension for the Manny Machado incident.

Seeds, Cys, and more: Your guide to what matters in the final week of the MLB regular season | Grantland
Michael Baumann highlights what’s at stake between now and the playoffs.

The Mets are a scary playoff team | FanGraphs Baseball
Dave Cameron fancies the new NL East champions for a deep postseason run.

Jake Arrieta’s argument for the best season half ever | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Sullivan dissects Arrieta's recent tear: "By just about any imperfect stat you look at, Arrieta is having an all-time season half. If not the very best, then one of them. And there has been an awful lot of baseball."

Mariners hire Jerry Dipoto as General Manager | MLB Trade Rumors
Following his spat with Mike Sciossia, the former Angels GM wasn't out of work for long,