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Morning news and notes for Monday, July 17, 2017.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to a great week!

A’s 7, Indians 3

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Well that was bad. The Tribe got a big stinkburger from Trevor Bauer and have now lost four consecutive games for the first time since 2015. With the loss, the Indians are now 47-43 but still in first place in the AL Central. It’s easy to be upset with this year’s team, but hey, first place is still first place (even in a lousy division).

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Bauer’s outing reflects rotation’s inconsistency | Indians.com

Just a horrible outing and I’d guess Bauer could use a few good starts to get back into the graces of Tito and the bosses. From Jordan Bastian:

Bauer faced eight batters and recorded only two outs, matching the shortest start of his career. He walked three, allowed three hits and allowed four runs to score, piling up 43 pitches along the way. That marked the most pitches thrown in an inning by Bauer since 2014, and the fifth time in his career he topped 40 in a single frame.

His showing dug a hole too deep for an Indians team that has labored of late offensively. In the end, Cleveland was just dealt a series sweep by the A's.

"It's discouraging for a number of reasons," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You're trying to win the game today. You're trying to salvage a game out of the series, and you're down four before you even look up. That's a hard way to play. You go through your whole bullpen. That wasn't our goal for today."

Indians crazy stretch without a four-game losing streak ends with a thud | Indians.com

Yes it did.

Salazar fans nine in Columbus Clippers win | Columbus Dispatch

Great timing Mr. Salazar.

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