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Indians News and Notes: Kluber wins battle of "aces"

Morning News and Notes, Saturday, October 8, 2016

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Two down, nine to go.

Everything went right for the Tribe yesterday that could go right. Regular season David Price dominates the Indians. Postseason David Price can't buy a victory as a starter in any postseason, even at $217 million. Corey Kluber came back from injury to hold the Red Sox offense in check and save the Indians' bullpen. Terry Francona broke with a strict platoon in the outfield by starting Lonnie Chisenhall and was rewarded with a three-run homer in the second inning that set the tone for the game. Now they get the opportunity to try to finish the Red Sox at Fenway, where it might not be as easy.

Cleveland 6 - Boston 0


Corey Kluber magnificent as Cleveland Indians blank Red Sox, 6-0 - Let's Go Tribe - Lonnie Chisenhall’s three-run homer was more than enough for Corey Kluber

Indians roll past Red Sox for 2-0 ALDS lead | - With ace Corey Kluber on the hill, and a series lead in hand, Cleveland settled in and pieced together a workmanlike win over the Red Sox on Friday night at a raucous Progressive Field.

Channeling Their Inner Cavaliers, Indians Push the Red Sox to the Brink - The New York Times - Absorbing James’s positive vibes, the Indians jolted Boston with four second-inning runs, then cruised behind the pitching of their ace, Corey Kluber, to a 6-0 victory in Game 2, less than 24 hours after they captured Game 1 by a 5-4 score.

Kluber, Chisenhall give Cleveland Indians 2-0 lead in ALDS with 6-0 win over Boston | - On Friday at Progressive Field, Kluber, showing no signs of the injury, out-pitched left-hander David Price as the Indians cruised to a 6-0 victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five ALDS.

On Aces, real and self-proclaimed

Corey Kluber gave what Tribe needed -- innings | - With the Indians' bullpen taxed from Game 1 and the home crowd buzzing, Kluber not only delivered innings, but scoreless ones.

Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber enjoys his first postseason start just fine | - "I didn't take any precautions," said Kluber when asked about the quadriceps injury. "I was able to throw a couple of bullpen sessions in between my last start and this one. So I didn't have any concerns about it."

Boston's David Price: 'I know I'll get to pitch again' in ALDS | - "I know I'm going to get to pitch again in 2016 and I'll be ready," Price said. "I want it for sure. And I know these guys will give it to me."

Corey Kluber aces David Price; Cleveland Indians take control of ALDS - SweetSpot- ESPN - Well, it might be time to take on the world, because the Boston Red Sox are offering no competition.

David Price of Boston Red Sox chased in fourth inning as playoff struggles continue - Not only did the Boston Red Sox's $217 million man get knocked out of Game 2 of the Red Sox-Indians American League Division Series after only 3 1/3 innings -- his shortest start since June 24 -- but he corrected a reporter who stated in a question that Price is still winless in his career in the postseason. "I've got two wins in the playoffs," Price said, "just not as a starter."

On hunches that pay off

Lonnie Chisenhall's start leads to ALDS win | - On any other day, Chisenhall might not have been in the starting lineup. In Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday, he was trusted with a place among the local nine, and he repaid manager Terry Francona's trust with a game-altering, and potentially series-changing, blast that sparked a 6-0 win at Progressive Field.

On taking it easy at the ballpark

Indians' bullpen allowed to rest in Game 2 win | - Indians manager Terry Francona pulled his team's strings expertly in a Game 1 win with 4 1/3 innings pitched by his bullpen -- including 3 2/3 from his top two relievers. That decision was validated by Corey Kluber's strong outing in Friday's 6-0 win over Boston in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Other Indians News

MLB Division Series start times | - Major League Baseball has announced the remainder of the start times for all potential Division Series games.

'I don't think anybody picked us:' Cleveland Indians thriving off doubt as they head to Boston with chance for knockout | "I'd be lying if I said there wasn't extra motivation," said second baseman Jason Kipnis. "I don't think anybody picked us to come out of this series. They're surprised that we even had home-field advantage. They're surprised that we're even standing on one leg with all of the injuries that we've had."

Indians announce $1 million donation to assist underserved CLE youth through new Larry Doby Youth Fund " TribeVibe - The 2016 American League Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, on behalf of the entire Indians clubhouse, is extremely proud to announce the creation of The Larry Doby Youth Fund and donation of $1 million to provide assistance to the underserved youth of the City of Cleveland.

How 'Party at Napoli's' and Cleveland Indians postseason run are helping sick children (photos, video) | - So far, the Clinic has collected $150,000 and counting. A special postseason version will bring in even more, especially if the Indians make a deep run.

Were the Indians stealing signs last night? – HardballTalk - Boston is so full of hubris and entitlement that they think the only way they can lose is if the opponent is cheating. Stay classy, Boston.

Around the League

Toronto 5 - Texas 3

Dodgers 4 - Nationals 3

Cubs 1 - Giants 0