CLEVELAND: Jason Kipnis and Corey Kluber became the third and fourth Tribe player honored this year as American League Players of the Week.
Kipnis and Kluber were co-winners for their play last week. Kluber went 2-0 with an 0.56 ERA, giving up 11 hits and three walks in 16 innings in wins over Texas and Washington. Kipnis led the majors in batting average (.524) and on-base percentage (.593) while contributing two doubles, one home run, four RBI and five runs in six games.
“This gives me an opportunity to brag about our guys,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “Kluber is growing up before our eyes, and after Kipnis got through a little rough spot at the beginning of the year, he’s been very impactful.’’
Earlier in the season, Justin Masterson and Ryan Raburn won Player of the Week honors.
ONE MORE TIME — Chris Perez pitched one inning on a rehab assignment at Lake County Sunday and gave up two hits while striking out one.
When it was over, Perez decided he needed one more outing to regain his edge after being out three weeks with a sore shoulder. “He’ll do one more tomorrow at Akron,’’ Francona said. “He didn’t command the ball very well; he felt rusty. After that, hopefully, he’ll be ready to go.’’
SPEAKING OF PEREZ — Francona was asked what kind of reception he thought Perez would get from the fans when he makes his first appearance.
“I hadn’t thought about that,’’ the manager said. “I think if he gets them out, they’ll cheer.’’
When Perez gets past his shoulder problems, he still must deal with a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.
CONDOLENCES — Billy Williams, who played and coached in the Tribe farm system and coached for the big-league club, died last week in Oakland, Calif., at age 80.
He coached for the Tribe from 1995-1997 and was informally known as the “Albert Belle coach,’’ because he was responsible for advising Belle, who had issues with the media and the fans.
FARM FACTS — Jeremy Hermida hit his 11th homer of the season and drove in three runs, as Columbus lost 6-3 to Charlotte. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3, 4.33 ERA) gave up four runs on four hits, striking out six, in 3⅔ innings. Lonnie Chisenhall and Cord Phelps each had two hits. … Jordan Smith had three hits, including a double, and Paddy Matera doubled, singled and drove in two runs as Carolina lost to Myrtle Beach 7-5. … Eric Haase hit his seventh home run of the year and drove in two runs as Lake County lost to Great Lakes 6-2.
— Sheldon Ocker