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This time, it’s the defense and the bullpen

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Morning News and Notes, Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

Cleveland 4 - Los Angeles 6

Recaps: LGT | indians.com | cleveland.com

It seems that the Indians are like an engine that is missing, causing the vehicle to sputter and lurch. This time, sloppy defense and the bullpen combined to sink a fine effort from Corey Kluber

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