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Kluber done in by two Gregorius homers
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Game 5 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan on
their home field with their best starter, the AL Cy Young Award
favorite, on the mound. They couldn't have asked for a much better
Whether Corey Kluber was at his best health was a subject for discussion
in the moments after Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees ended the
Tribe's postseason dream earlier than expected. But even at less than
full strength, they wouldn't take anybody else with a World Series run
on the line.
"You know what, I think he's Jason Kipnis Jerseys
fighting a lot," manager Terry Francona said, "and I think you also
have to respect the fact that guy wants to go out there, and he's our
horse. And sometimes it doesn't work."
Against most of the Yanks' lineup, it seemed to work. Against Didi
Gregorius, it was trouble.
After allowing six runs over 2 2/3 innings in Game 2 on Friday, Kluber
hinted he might have found a mechanical issue. But like Game 2, he
suffered from Manny Ramirez Jerseys a pair of home runs. This time, they came from one hitter.
"I made two mistakes to Didi," Kluber said. "I put two
balls right into his bat path, and he's a good hitter. He hit two home
runs. That's really what stands out. It ended up being the difference."
Kluber was a strike away from retiring the Yankees in order in the
opening inning when he paid dearly for missing his spot on a 1-2
fastball. Though catcher Roberto Perez put his mitt high and outside,
Kluber left the pitch middle-in.
"Not taking anything away from the possible Cy Young winner, but I'm
always looking for a fastball," Gregorius said. "He threw me a really
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in with another fastball with two strikes, and I ended up putting a
really good swing on it."
Gregorius sent it a Statcast-projected 375 feet down the right-field
line for a 1-0 lead.
Kluber thwarted a two-out rally in the second inning by retiring Todd
Frazier, but he faced Gregorius again in the third with a runner on
first following Brett Gardner's leadoff single. Gregorius fouled off a
pitch and got a curveball -- a pitch Kluber struggled with in Game 2 but
used heavily early in Game 5 -- over the plate.
With two outs and two runners on, Corey Kluber gets Todd Frazier to fly
out to right field to end the top of the 2nd inning
"I tried to backdoor one," Kluber said, "and he did a good job of going
out there and getting it before it broke down."
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Tribe prospects sample big league experience
While Shane Bieber ran out of the center-field bullpen toward the mound
at Progressive Field on Tuesday, his walkup music blared across the
When the right-handed starting pitcher looked up at the giant
scoreboard in left field, he read his name and saw his picture.
The experience for Bieber (ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Cleveland's No.
11 prospect) was on hand as a part of the Indians' Fall Developmental
Program. There were not any fans in attendance and the Indians were away
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and Seattle, but the magnitude of the experience was not lost on the
club's budding stars.
"They told us to not take it for granted," Bieber said. "Try to look up,
look at the stands, look at the scoreboard and try it soak it in and
realize that it's going to help when your Major League debut comes."
Although the program is an annual event for the franchise's top
prospects, the timing was impeccable for the 31 participating players --
which included 17 of the Tribe's top 30 prospects. The program comes
on the heels of the Indians' American League-record 22-game winning
streak and clinching of the AL Central title.
"It's awesome," said Brady Aiken, Cleveland's No. 24 prospect. "It's
good to be here and be in the environment. Hopefully in a few years,
this is where I'll be."
The Minor Leaguers in the program had the opportunity to spend time with
the team during its recent weekend series against the Royals. Each
player met and interacted with players, coaches and other Cleveland Indians Jerseys
members of the organization, got to spend time in the clubhouse and
were able to observe the big leaguers during their pregame routines.
"There's no better messaging than the messaging that comes from our
players," assistant general manager Carter Hawkins said. "And, ideally,
that lines up with us and our messaging 100 percent of the time. It's
really nice when it does."
For right-hander Trison McKenzie (Indians' No. 2 prospect and
MLBPipeline.com's No. 20 overall), it was a thrill to experience a
winning culture at the highest level.
"It's a great honor," McKenzie said. "We got to come here a little
earlier, and I got to experience the win streak and the city of
Cleveland, and it was just great to be around that and know that that
could be in my future and that I could be a part of this city and that I
could be a part of this team."
Prior to meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Indians' No. 8 prospect Will
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said that he and No. 5 prospect Nolan Jones spent time in the Tribe's
clubhouse. He said some of the lockers still had champagne bottles in
them after the Indians celebrated the AL Central crown on Sunday.
Additionally, Benson said seeing Francisco Mejia and Greg Allen -- both
of whom were a part of last year's program -- contributing to the
Tribe's success has helped him believe that he will one day be able to
help the club.
"To see [Allen] go up there and succeed is such an inspiration to me,
and I'm sure a lot of other guys that he's touched along the way,"
Benson said. "Just to see [he and Mejia] go up there and be very
impactful just kind of shows the foundation that the Indians have. They
really go to their farm system, and they use those guys. They reward
them with the hard work that they put in."
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Francona Francisco Lindor Jersey keeps things loose with DJ, Jason Kipnis Jersey
Music was blaring inside the visitors' clubhouse as Indians players
arrived at Kauffman Stadium on Friday afternoon. The handful who made
their way to the park early were gathered around a Pop-A-Shot basketball
hoop, and were engaged in a heated competition hours before their game
against the Royals.
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"It's just fun," rookie Bradley Zimmer said with a smile. "At first, I
was like, 'What is going on?' But I think it's a great idea."
Indians manager Terry Francona was the man behind the loose pregame
environment, which will continue on throughout the weekend series. On
the final leg of a four-city, 11-game road trip -- one that included a
doubleheader on Thursday night at Target
Field -- the goal was to inject some energy into the room.
Francona said he came up with the plan to hire a DJ for the clubhouse,
and to add the arcade-style hoop, during a conversation with bench coach
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in the second game of Thursday's twin bill.
"We were all getting a little tired," Francona said. "It's just kind of
our way of showing them that, one, we acknowledge the fact that they're
out there playing so much, but also that we care. ... The game is the
most important thing, and that's where you want your energy. But in the
meantime, I don't think it hurts to have a little bit of fun."
Zimmer, who is 6-foot-5 and has a wingspan built for basketball, looked
like he had an advantage over his teammates. The outfielder could
practically reach the hoop as he flipped basketball after basketball
through the net.
"I'm trying to hustle them over there," Zimmer quipped.
The players were holding a competition to see who could sink the most
shots in a certain amount of time, and pitcher Trevor Bauer toyed with
the hoop's counter to make sure it was keeping an accurate score. Joked
Francona: "My guess is Trevor will play until he wins."
Francona, who got in on the action as well, noted that pitcher Danny
Salazar was surprisingly good.
"I don't know how Danny got what he got," Francona said with a laugh. "I
couldn't even shoot that many times. That was funny to see kind of
everybody get involved."
Zimmer said the pregame additions were just the latest example of
Francona's ability to create a great environment for his players.
"His reputation kind of speaks for itself," Zimmer said. "He's done such
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thinks very highly of him, including myself. As a manager, just being
around him in the clubhouse, as a friend almost, he's been awesome to
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Meijia, McKenzie move up on Top 100 list
The Indians organization is well represented in MLBPipeline.com's Midseason Top Jason Kipnis Jerseys
100 Prospects list released on Tuesday, as Francisco Mejia and Triston
McKenzie have once again been ranked among the top prospects in
After beginning the season as the No. 40 overall prospect, Mejia jumped
up to No. 16 in the latest rankings. Mejia, 21, has been heralded as one
of the top developing prospects after making headlines with his 50-game
hitting streak in the Minors last season. This season with Double-A
Akron, the switch-hitting catcher has posted a .322/.370/.531 slash line
with 10 homers, 17 doubles and 36 RBIs.
Meanwhile, McKenzie also made a significant jump on the list. The
right-handed pitcher moved up to No. 24 from No. 77. The 19-year-old has
gone 9-4 with a 2.86 ERA and 134 strikeouts against 35 walks in 18
starts (103 2/3 innings) for Class A Advanced Lynchburg this season.
Notable players not on this list for Cleveland include center fielder
Bradley Zimmer -- ranked 22nd among the top 100 prospects in the Andrew Miller Jerseys
preseason list -- who has played with the Indians since being recalled
from Triple-A Columbus on May 16 and is no longer eligible. In addition,
first baseman Bobby Bradley has dropped out of the top 100. Bradley was
ranked No. 95 in the preseason list.
With Zimmer -- the Indians No. 1 prospect in the preseason -- in the
Majors, Mejia, McKenzie and Bradley are now the team's top three
prospects, respectively. Shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang is ranked fourth (No.
11 preseason), and third baseman Nolan Jones is fifth (No. 6 preseason),
rounding out Cleveland's top five in the midseason rankings.
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Brady Aiken -- who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 after being
selected No. 1 overall in 2014 -- falling from No. 5 to No. 25.
Six of the Indians' 2017 Draft picks cracked the organization's top 30
rankings. The Tribe's top two picks in this
year's Draft, outfielder Quentin Holmes (pick No. 64) and shortstop
Tyler Freeman (pick No. 71), were ranked seventh and 19th, respectively.
The other four Draft selections ranked were Ernie Clement (15th), James
Karinchak (16th), Johnathan Rodriguez (24th) and Mike Rivera (27th).
Additionally, two of Cleveland's international prospects signed on July 2
were included in the organization's top 30, as outfielder George Valera
(26th) and shortstop Aaron Bracho (29th) made the cut.
The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done by MLBPipeline.com Draft
and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who
compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting
directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides,
proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams.
Only players with rookie status are eligible for the list. Players who
were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed
to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.
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