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Danny Salazar's outing, four-run first inning offensively give Indians 5-2 win against White Sox

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 22, 2015

The Indians hit back-to-back home runs to cap a four-run first inning and support Danny Salazar, who threw six scoreless innings, in a 5-2 win against the White Sox on the road Thursday night.

Facing White Sox (18-20) starter John Danks (2-4), Michael Brantley singled home a run to center field before Ryan Raburn grounded into a double play that scored a second run. Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles each followed with solo home runs to make it 4-0.

It was Swisher's first home run of the season.

Salazar allowed five hits over six innings and struck out eight. He improved to 5-1 this season with the win.

Bryan Shaw allowed a two-run home run to White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers in the bottom of the ninth inning.

This is the first time this season the Indians (17-23) have won three consecutive games. They will take on the Reds in a three-game home set starting Friday.

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Shaun Marcum leads Indians to 4-3 win against White Sox

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 20, 2015

Shaun Marcum was promoted by the Indians Wednesday and turned in a quality outing in a 4-3 win against the Chicago White Sox on the road that included a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the ninth.

Marcum (1-0) threw 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six.

The White Sox (18-19) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Adam Eaton’s solo home run. The Indians (16-23) then scored for unanswered runs.

Mike Aviles drove in Jose Ramirez with a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 1-1. The Indians took a 2-1 lead on Ramirez’s RBI single to left field an inning later. Michael Brantley then added two insurance runs with a two-RBI double to right field off of White Sox reliever Dan Jennings (0-1).

Conor Gillaspie added a second solo home run off Marcum in the seventh, making it 4-2.

Zach McAllister recorded four outs to get the ninth. Then things got interesting.

With one out, Cody Allen loaded the bases with a single and two walks. He got Gillaspie to pop out for the second out, but the White Sox made it 4-3 on an infield single by Alexei Ramirez.

Allen, with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, struck out J.B. Shuck to secure the win and earn his eighth save of the season.

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Indians call up SP Shaun Marcum, send down INF Zach Walters

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 20, 2015

The Indians on Wednesday promoted pitcher Shaun Marcum and optioned down infielder Zach Walters to Triple-A Columbus.

Marcum, 33, is slated to pitch Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox. In Triple-A this season, he has a 4-0 record and 1.36 ERA in five starts. Wednesday night will mark his first major-league start since July 6, 2013 with the New York Mets.

Walters was expendable once Mike Aviles returned to the team. He went 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts in seven games for the Indians.

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Trevor Bauer's solid night leads Indians to 3-1 win against Chicago White Sox

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 19, 2015

Trevor Bauer turned in a solid outing and the Indians topped the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on the road Tuesday night.

Bauer (3-1) allowed one run and struck out seven over 7 1/3 innings pitched. Cody Allen came on with two outs in the eighth to record a four-out save, his seventh of the season.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off of White Sox starter Jose Quintana (2-4) when Jason Kipnis opened the game with a triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of Michael Brantley.

After the White Sox (18-18) tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Indians (15-23) responded in the top of the fifth with an RBI double by Jose Ramirez to again score Kipnis.

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Corey Kluber throws nine innings, Indians lose in 10th to White Sox 2-1

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 19, 2015

Indians ace Corey Kluber picked up where he left off in his last start but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings Monday night.

Kluber threw nine innings, struck out 12 and allowed one run. The Indians' offense, though, only mustered one run against White Sox ace Chris Sale. He struck out seven over eight innings pitched.

In the bottom of the 10th, Zach McAllister relieved Kluber. He allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base—Avisail Garcia walked and Connor Gillaspie singled. McAllister recored two quick outs by getting Alexei Ramirez to pop out and striking out Geovany Soto, but couldn't get the third as Carlos Sanchez singled to left field to win the game.

The Indians fell to 14-23 and the White Sox improved to 18-17.

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Indians pitcher Bruce Chen announces retirement via Twitter Monday night

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 19, 2015

Indians pitcher Bruce Chen announced via Twitter Monday night that he was retiring from baseball.

Chen, 37, was trying to revive his career but had two unsuccessful starts for the Indians. He was designated for assignment last week. Instead of going back to Triple-A, he decided it was time to call it quits.

 

Today, I would like to announce my retirement. For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate

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Indians activate Mike Aviles, option down Austin Adams; Carlos Santana scratched from Monday lineup

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 18, 2015

The Indians announced Monday that Mike Aviles has returned to the team.

Aviles was dealing with the news that his 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, had been diagnosed with leukemia. Indians manager Terry Francona and the team told Aviles to take his time before coming back to baseball.

Aviles was on the medical emergency list and then the MLB restricted list. 

In a corresponding move, relief pitcher Austin Adams was optioned down to Triple-A after his third stint with the Indians this season.

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Indians, Carlos Carrasco fall to Texas Rangers 5-1

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 17, 2015

The Indians dropped Sunday's game and the series to the Texas Rangers 5-1 on the road.

Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (4-4) threw eight innings but took the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and striking out nine.

Once again, poor defense hurt the Indians (14-22). The Rangers' first run came home after Nick Swisher—who played right field for the first time this season—missed cutoff man Jason Kipnis on a throw back into the infield on a Mitch Moreland double. Kipnis couldn't handle it well, which allowed Adrian Beltre to score to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. 

An inning later in the bottom of the third inning, Michael Bourn didn't get a good jump on a bloop single off the bat of Prince Fielder, which brought home Shin-Soo Choo from second base.

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Indians outlast Rangers 10-8 on Jason Kipnis' ninth-inning home run

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 17, 2015

Jason Kipnis continued to tear through the month of May, as he went 3-for-6 and hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Indians to a 10-8 victory on the road.

It's the first time the Indians have won back-to-back games since the season opening series in Houston.

Scott Atchison picked up the win but was in line for the loss heading into the ninth inning. Atchison, pitching in a 7-7 game in the bottom of the eighth, allowed a solo home run to Robinson Chirinos that put the Rangers on top 8-7.

In the top of the ninth, the Indians (14-21) tied the game on a fielder's choice that Jose Ramirez beat out at first to score Lonnie Chisenhall—who doubled to open the inning—from third. Kipnis, up with two outs in the inning, then sent his fourth home run of the season to the upper deck in right field off of Rangers (15-22) relief pitcher Neftali Feliz.

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Indians offense, bullpen find groove in 8-3 win against Texas Rangers

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 16, 2015

The Indians' offense started fast and kept it going and the bullpen was strong after a shaky start by Bruce Chen in an 8-3 win on the road against the Texas Rangers Friday night.

Several Indians hitters got in on the act. Jason Kipnis continued his torrid May, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two walks. Nick Swisher went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Brett Hayes hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first off of Rangers starter Wandy Rodriguez (1-2) after Brantley doubled home Kipnis from first and Swisher drove in Brantley with a double of his own.

Trailing 3-2, Zach Walters' RBI single tied the score in the top of the fourth. An inning later, Swisher gave the Indians a 5-2 lead with a two-out, two-RBI single.

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