CLEVELAND: Justin Masterson was named American League Player of the Week for posting a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA through Sunday.
Working 16 innings, Masterson struck out 20 and walked five, becoming the first Tribe pitcher to win the award since CC Sabathia in 2008.
In 10 starts this season, Masterson has posted a 7-2 record and 2.83 ERA. He is issuing walks at the rate of 3.3 per nine innings and striking out batters at the rate of 9.1 per nine innings.
After 10 starts in 2012, Masterson was 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA with 4.9 walks and 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
Asked what’s been better this year, Masterson said, “Everything.”
Earlier this month, Ryan Raburn became the first Indian this year to claim the weekly award.
HAD TO ASK — Why should fans believe in this year’s Tribe when last year’s also was in first place at this time of the season then tanked?
“Last year we got off to that fast start but it was like, ‘When are they going to slow down?,’ or ‘When are the real Indians going to show up?’ ” Vinnie Pestano said. “These are different guys this year. You have to look at the lineup. We have guys on the bench hitting .290.”
MYERS UPDATE — Brett Myers will make his second rehab start for the Double-A Aeros in Akron tonight. He has been on the disabled list since April 20 with inflammation in his right elbow.
FARM FACTS — Cord Phelps hit two home runs and had three RBI in Columbus’ 10-4 win over Scranton Wilkes-Barre in Class AAA. Matt Lawson homered, doubled and singled, driving in two runs, and Juan Diaz had three hits and one RBI. Trevor Bauer (2-0, 3.23 ERA) gave up four runs and six hits, walking five, in six innings. … Cody Anderson (5-2, 2.41 ERA) pitched 6⅓ shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven, as Carolina beat Lynchburg 6-2 in Class A. Jordon Smith tripled and singled twice, Francisco Lindor doubled and singled, and Tony Wolters homered, driving in two runs. … Richard Stock homered and doubled, driving in two runs, and Anthony Santander homered and had three RBI, as Lake County beat Fort Wayne 7-5 in Class A. Logan Vick had three hits.
— Sheldon Ocker