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News and Notes: Tribe sweeps Twin-bill

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MLB: Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday’s Games

Game 1: Cleveland 9, Minesota 3

Jose Ramirez homers twice as Tribe beats Twins |

Jose Ramirez quietly continues to loudly dominate Twins pitching - Let's Go Tribe

Cleveland Indians beat Minnesota Twins, 8-1, to move within one game of first place in AL Central |

The Indians jumped on spot starter Adam Wilk in the first inning, forced him out of the game in the fourth, and then poured it on in the late innings. Jose Ramirez had himself a great game, going 3-for-5 with two of those hits leaving the yard. And that comfortable lead late lead meant that Terry Francona could stay away from both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, saving them for the nightcap.

Game 2: Cleveland 6, Minnesota 2

Lonnie Chisenhall homers twice as the Cleveland Indians complete doubleheader sweep of Twins, 6-2 |

Indians win big against Twins again, take AL Central lead - Let's Go Tribe

It was a good thing that the Indians were able to win handily in Game 1, as nightcap starter Mike Clevinger only lasted four innings thanks to a one-hour rain delay. Allen and Miller (in that order) recorded the final seven out of the game on a total of 25 pitches, so both will be available to pitch today if needed.

Tribe News

Cleveland Indians have approached 4-game series against Twins with serious intent |
After winning the first three games of the series, are now to first place for the first since early May.

Indians call up Merritt, Clevinger, Urshela |
The Indians made all kinds of roster moves yesterday in an attempt to maximize both their pitching staff and their bench. Before the game, they recalled Game 1 starter Ryan Merritt (with Kyle Crockett going to Columbus), designated Game 2 starter Mike Clevinger the 26th man, then after Game 1 optioned Merritt back to Columbus and recalled Giovany Urshela to give the Indians another position player. I’d have to think that had the bullpen been taxed, the Indians could have optioned Urshela for another pitcher for today.

Indians' Bradley Zimmer appreciates his father |
Eric Zimmer was able to be there to watch his son Bradley in his MLB debut last month.

Around MLB

Rich Hill, who the Indians pounded on Thursday, now has the least valuable curve in the majors.

MLB players pay tribute to their dads this Father’s Day weekend

Braves’ grounds crew member Nigel Talton (aka “The Freeze”) is training to make the US Indoor Track and Field team, and possibly the Olympic team, as a sprinter.