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Cleveland Indians News and Notes: Home runs and Josh Tomlin still are a thing

Morning news and notes for August, 16, 2016

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It’s no fun hearing thousands of Red Sox fans cheering in your own park. Next time, Red Sox Nation, next time.

Red Sox 3, Indians 2

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LGFT Drew Pomeranz pitched very well in his return to Cleveland, earning the win Monday afternoon. Trailing by one in the ninth inning, the Indians made it interesting by getting the first two runners on against Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, but it wasn’t to be as the flame thrower got Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, and Abraham Almonte to finish the game off. With the loss, the Tribe fell to 67-49.

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Home runs once again plague Tomlin |

The right-hander gave up two big home runs in Monday’s loss. From Jordan Bastian:

Over his first 15 starts this season, Tomlin cruised to a 9-1 ledger and 3.21 ERA by doing what he does best: Minimizing traffic and limiting the home runs mostly to solo shots. Thirteen of the 19 homers surrendered by Tomlin in that stretch were solo blasts. In the seven starts since that period, Tomlin has logged fewer than five innings three times, while posting a 6.26 ERA overall.

In that recent seven-game span, Tomlin has allowed 10 home runs, including four solo shots. The homers given up in that stretch have accounted for 20 runs total. Tomlin allowed 25 runs on the previous 19 blasts (1.3 runs per homer).

"I'm trying to avoid the crooked number as much as I can," Tomlin said. "It just hasn't really happened in the past three or four starts or however [long] it's been. If I can limit the guys on base when those big guys come up in the lineup, it's going to benefit me and the team."

The secret behind Jason Kipnis’ power surge |

The second baseman already has 20 home runs and 25 doubles, to go along with a slash line of .290/.351/.499.

Danny Salazar puts elbow through final test; will start Thursday |

Salazar is ready to come off the disabled list and start Thursday against the White Sox.

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