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Cleveland Indians News and Notes: Abraham Almonte hot streak continues

Morning news and notes for Monday, August 15, 2016.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Thankfully we aren’t Angels fans!!

It was a big weekend for the good guys and with the Sox’s up next, the fun continues. Here’s hoping for a great week!

Indians 5, Angels 4

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Cleveland had to overcome a three-run deficit Sunday to finish off the sweep of the lowly Angels. Jered Weaver’s floaters had the Tribe off-balance for awhile, but ended up getting smacked around his third time through the Indians lineup. With the win, the Indians improved to 67-48 (woohoo!) on the year.

Tribe News

Almonte demonstrates why Indians are playing him |

The outfielder who sometimes makes himself an easy target for ridicule is hitting .378 over his last 13 games and continues to be a spark for the Indians offense. From Zack Meisel:

Why do the Indians insist on playing Abraham Almonte, who is ineligible for postseason play because of his PED suspension? The question has routinely popped up of late.

Well, Almonte is batting .297 in 27 games this season. No, Almonte will not be able to provide a lift if the Indians qualify for the postseason. But they have to get there first.

"When he first got back here," said manager Terry Francona, "it didn't seem like he had the same personality going yet. He was joining us late and was coming from a little bit of a weird place. But, the last two, three weeks, he's been a lot more like the Abe we remember from last year. He's helped us a bunch."

Francisco Mejia has hitting streak snapped at 50 games, for real this time |

Mejia went 0-3 on Sunday.

Miller has no set role and that’s fine with him |

The left-hander threw two scoreless innings of relief on Sunday and seems to have no problem not being the “closer.”

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