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Indians News and Notes: Midges, afghans arrive for the stretch run

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Morning news and notes, September 8, 2016

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I know we are all doing what we can to help the team. We go to the games if we can. We watch. We listen. We buy the gear.  Jacque Mazey of Perrysburg, Ohio, knitted an afghan for everyone on the team. Over 40 of them arrived yesterday. What are you doing to step up your fandom to the next level?

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Bugs return to Progressive Field and bring a huge victory with them - Let's Go Tribe - Carlos Carrasco took a bug to the eye but it was for a good cause.

Indians beat Astros on Mike Napoli's homer | MLB.com - On the strength of a four-run fifth inning and a solid showing by Carlos Carrasco, the Indians denied the Astros, 6-5, on Wednesday night at Progressive Field for win No. 80, extending their lead over the second-place Tigers in the American League Central to 5 1/2 games a few hours after Detroit lost to the White Sox.

Midges, Mike Napoli's power return to give Cleveland Indians' 6-5 win over Houston Astros | cleveland.com - The tiny flying insects disrupted at-bats by Houston's Jason Castro and Jake Marisnick in the fourth inning. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco had one fly into his left eye as he threw a pitchl to Yulieski Gurriel to start the fourth inning and had to be attended to be trainers.

Other Indians News

Dedicated Indians fan surprises team with generous handmade gift - According to the Cleveland Indians, the 67-year-old fan from Perrysburg, Ohio took her dedication to the next level by hand-crocheting an afghan for each player, coach, and television broadcaster with the team.

Indians' Mike Clevinger to start against Twins | MLB.com - Prior to Wednesday's game against the Astros, Indians manager Terry Francona announced that rookie Mike Clevinger will slot into the rotation's fifth spot for Saturday's start against the Twins.

Indians confident with division lead on Tigers | MLB.com - "We control our own destiny," Indians closer Cody Allen said after finishing off a 6-5 victory over the Astros on Wednesday night. "If we win, you can't catch us."

The midges returned to Cleveland, and they may have caused Carlos Carrasco to give up a homer | MLB.com

Perci-verance: How Cleveland Indians rookie reliever Perci Garner overcame adversity to realize his big-league dream | cleveland.com - Garner didn't have a stable upbringing, a consistent parental influence or a direct path to the professional ranks. He had perseverance, though. And a heavy sinker.

Marla Ridenour: With each walk-off win, Indians’ belief in their late-inning capabilities grows - Indians - Ohio - "It kind of built up," shortstop Francisco Lindor said Tuesday. "Then we started realizing it’s not going to be one player who’s going to do it. It’s fun. We know no matter who’s hitting, we’ve got a chance to win."

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