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Cleveland Indians place T.J House on 15-day DL; recall Tyler Holt from Class-AAA Columbus

By Michael Beaven Published: May 1, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Indians placed left-handed pitcher TJ House on the 15-day Disabled List on Friday with left shoulder inflammation and recalled outfielder Tyler Holt from Class-AAA Columbus to fill the spot on the Major League roster.

House, 25, lost his fourth consecutive start Thursday night when the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-1 at Progressive Field. House has posted a 13.15 ERA over his first four starts of the season over 13 innings pitched. He has allowed 21 hits, 19 earned runs and 12 walks. He has seven strikeouts.

Holt, 26, was hitting .328 (20-for-61) for the Clippers with 12 runs, two doubles, one triple and four RBI in 19 games. He is eighth in the International League in on-base pct. (.438) and runs scored (12), and is tied for sixth in walks (12). He has appeared in games at all three outfield positions for manager Chris Tremie.

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Blue Jays 5, Indians 1: Thursday's One Last Thing on the Indians' April by the numbers

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 30, 2015

TJ House was solid for three innings and then feel apart in the Indians' 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night.

House continued his poor start to the season. The offense did, too, leaving six runners stranded on base (five in scoring position) in the first three innings alone.

Thursday night's One Last Thing: The Indians' frustrating, rough, poor, inconsistent April by the numbers.

Just looking at the team numbers tonight. Here's where the Indians stand.

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Cleveland Indians, TJ House fall to Toronto Blue Jays 5-1

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 30, 2015

Indians starting pitcher TJ House's outing started out well, but he couldn’t keep the Toronto Blue Jays’ offense down for long in a 5-1 loss at Progressive Field Thursday night.

House didn’t allow a hit through three innings, retiring nine of the first 11 batters on ground-ball outs. Only two four-pitch walks kept him from three straight 1-2-3 innings.

It appeared to be a positive sign for House, who due to the schedule in the first month of the season and then Trevor Bauer getting food poisoning last Saturday, hadn’t had many opportunities to throw on a normal, every-fifth-day schedule. Indians manager Terry Francona said before the game he hoped this would be the start of House settling down.

In the top of the fourth inning, though, things came unglued. Jose Bautista opened with a walk and Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia each followed with a single to right field to make it 1-0. Russell Martin doubled to right field to score one and Kevin Pillar doubled to left to score two, putting the Blue Jays up 4-0. Later, Jonathan Diaz’s sacrifice bunt capped the scoring.

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Indians 7, Royals 5: Wednesday's One Last Thing on Jason Kipnis' and Michael Bourn's positive nights

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 30, 2015

The Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s One Last Thing: The Indians are finally getting some positive signs from Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn.

Indians manager Terry Francona this past Sunday moved Michael Bourn down to the No. 9 spot in the lineup for the first time in his career. That pushed Jason Kipnis up to the leadoff spot.

Four days later, both are starting to swing the bat better.

Kipnis hit a three-run home run Wednesday, which was his first home run since July 31 of last season, a stretch that spans 67 games and 265 at-bats. Kipnis was dealing with an oblique injury last season that sapped his ability to really drive the ball—especially to the opposite field—and then got off to a slow start this season while not showing much power.

“It was a nice feeling—something I haven’t felt in a while,” Kipnis said. “There’s going to be pressure on myself to do well no matter what. But, just to finally have it happen, to finally see it, is always refreshing.”

Bourn went 2-for-4, including an RBI-double down the right-field line in the sixth inning that put the Indians ahead for good. Tuesday, Bourn went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.

“Bourny’s never going to hit .180. But I do think he’s taking some better swings,” Francona said. “Regardless of where he hit in the order, I think he’ll heat up. Sometimes until they do, you got him sitting there in the leadoff spot, it’s a little more glaring, especially when we’re not scoring runs.”

Carlos Santana has been getting on base (three more walks Wednesday night), Michael Brantley has been hitting well (.333 entering Wednesday) and Brandon Moss has four home runs in the past two weeks. Offensively, the Indians haven't done much more than that. Kipnis and Bourn, two veteran players in the middle of long-term contracts, are two needed pieces to a struggling offense that are starting to join that group.

The Indians have had an April to forget. If Kipnis and Bourn can continue to make progress, Bourn will likely by moved back to leadoff, Kipnis will slide down to second and the Indians can have the top of the order they envisioned at the outset of this season.

Francona's move seems to be producing the right results for now.

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Cleveland Indians end four-game losing streak, beat Kansas City Royals 7-5

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 29, 2015

It was only last Sunday that Indians manager Terry Francona put Michael Bourn in the No. 9 spot in the lineup for the first time in his career.

On Wednesday, Bourn came through with the hit that put the Indians up for good in a 7-5 win against the Kansas City Royals.

The win ended a four-game losing streak and avoided a sweep at the hands of the Royals.

After the lead changed hands a few times, the Indians (7-13) entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 4-3. Lonnie Chisenhall and Roberto Perez each doubled to open the inning off of Royals starter Yordano Ventura, tying the score at 4-4. Bourn, still hitting ninth, roped a double of his own down the right-field line to give the Indians a 5-4 advantage.

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Indians call up relief pitcher Ryan Webb, designate for assignment OF Jerry Sands

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 29, 2015

The Indians on Wednesday purchased the contract of relief pitcher Ryan Webb from Triple-A Columbus and designated outfielder Jerry Sands for assignment.

Webb, 29, signed with the Indians after he was out-righted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and opted for free agency. He had been acquired by Baltimore four days earlier.

Webb had a 1-1 record and an ERA of 1.13 in five games for Triple-A Columbus. He has a career 3.38 ERA in the majors between stints with Baltimore, Miami and San Diego.

Sands was hitting .348 in 23 at-bats with the Indians. He would have almost surely been designated for assignment once outfielder Nick Swisher is able to come off the disabled list.

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Royals 11, Indians 5: Tuesday's One Last Thing on frustrations boiling over

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 28, 2015

The Indians' bullpen allowed a six-run seventh inning in an 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals Tuesday night.

It's the Indians' fourth straight loss and it drops their record to 6-13. That's exactly how the 1987 Indians (the last time Cleveland was picked to win the World Series by Sports Illustrated) started their season.

Tonight's One Last Thing: The Indians' frustrations are beginning to boil, and they're growing sick of how things are going this season.

This is obviously not the start to the 2015 season the Indians wanted. The offense has sputtered, and when it's been good, the bullpen has faltered or the starting pitching took a night off. Since blowing out the Detroit Tigers 13-1 Friday night, the Indians are 0-4. It's four losses to the two frontrunners in the AL Central.

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Cleveland Indians’ bullpen falters, can’t hold lead in 11-5 loss to Kansas City Royals

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 28, 2015

The Indians’ offense showed some signs of life Tuesday night, but the bullpen couldn’t make it count in an 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

The Indians (6-13) entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 3-2 and heading toward another low-scoring loss. Right fielder Brandon Moss, who the inning before had made a poor throw that allowed a run to score, responded with a three-run home run to right field off of Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan to give the Indians a 5-3 lead.

Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a single, Michael Bourn walked and Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. The Indians couldn’t add to that lead, though, as Jose Ramirez grounded out to end the inning. As it turns out, those extra runs were needed.

Scott Atchison took over for Trevor Bauer (six innings pitched, seven hits, three earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts) in the seventh. Off of Atchison, the Royals answered with a double, a single, a groundout and a double by Alcides Escobar to quickly tie the score 5-5.

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Indians manager Terry Francona holds team meeting after Monday’s loss

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 28, 2015

Indians manager Terry Francona held a team meeting after Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

That loss dropped the Indians to 6-12 this season, seven games out of first place in the American League Central.

It isn’t Francona’s style to scream and throw chairs and blow off steam. He felt the time had come to simply remind the team that getting back to .500 will take time. It isn’t going to come together in one day.

“[I am] not the biggest team meeting person,” Francona said. “And I told these guys, a lot of the time a manager comes in and screams and he feels better. Not sure what it does for the players. I wanted to remind them of what we believe in, all the things we talk about from day 1 of spring training.

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Royals 6, Indians 2: Monday's One Last Thing on Corey Kluber, the month of April and frustration

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 27, 2015

After losing a three-game series against Detroit, the Indians dropped the first game of a three-game set against the Royals 6-2 on Monday night.

The Indians gave ace Corey Kluber two runs, four hits and committed three errors. Kluber will end the month of April winless.

Tonight's One Last Thing: Corey Kluber might have new expectations but he had roughly the same April as he did last season.

Here are Kluber's April numbers from last season compared to those this year:

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