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Indians news and notes:Bullpen comes up big in win over Royals

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Morning news and notes for May 9, 2016

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I wonder what happens with all the pink gear from the Mother's Day games?  Is it donated to charities and auctioned off?  Is it saved for the following year?  Does Jason Kipnis have like 12 pairs of pink batting gloves in his garage?

Indians 5, Royals 4

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Josh Tomlin was far from perfect, but he got the job done as he pretty much always does following an Indians loss.  With the win, the Indians improved to 15-13.

Tribe News

Five key at-bats in the fifth inning propel Indians ahead |

A deeper look at the Tribe's three run fifth inning Sunday against the Royals.

Shaw turns in another solid outing |

After giving up nine runs over his first four appearances of the season, reliever Bryan Shaw was not a very popular person in Cleveland.  Things are back to normal now, with Shaw currently riding a 6 1/3 scoreless innings streak at the moment.  From Jordan Bastian:

Manager Terry Francona trusted that Shaw was mentally strong enough to shake off the ugly outings that led to a bloated ERA. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway pointed to Shaw's increased velocity this year as a sign the reliever's stuff and condition were in fine form. Shaw shrugged off the early issues as nothing more than a couple of bad days at the office.

At the core of that lighthearted comment was the fact Shaw has endured tough Aprils in the past. Even last year, he struggled out of the gate before settling in and turning in a pristine ERA through the heart of the summer. After his recent string of strong outings, it looks as through Shaw might be on a similar kind of run.

Francona was confident enough on Sunday to take that sentiment one step further.

"This is as good as we've seen him throw the ball," he said.

Johnson happy to be Tribe's honorary bat girl |

An uplifting story about a woman overcoming cancer, stuff way more important than silly baseball.

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