NL East champion Braves romp to 10-2 win over Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Josh Tomlin has done just about everything for the Atlanta Braves this season, working as the setup man and the closer, the fire man to get them out of trouble and the long...
Royals aim for series sweep of Atlanta
Atlanta Braves (96-62, first in the NL East) vs. Kansas City Royals (58-100, fourth in the NL Central)
Atlanta takes 7-game win streak into matchup with New York
Atlanta Braves (79-52, first in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (67-62, fourth in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
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Hechavarría, Acuña hit 2-run HRs as Braves blank Marlins 5-0
ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Teheran and Ronald Acuña Jr. have flourished against the Miami Marlins this season.
That success has led to continued dominance for the Braves in the NL East...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Atlanta's Max Fried left his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers after getting hit by a comebacker from Alex Verdugo.
Fried was struck in his left hand with no outs in...
Fried cruises as Braves beat Padres in Quantrill’s debut
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried has emerged as a force in Atlanta's rotation, in part because he doesn't issue many walks.
The same strength helped Josh Tomlin preserve Fried's latest...
National League Central capsules
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team's major league camp.
NL Central teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Pitcher Josh Tomlin, Brewers agree to minor league deal
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Right-hander Josh Tomlin has agreed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who hope he can follow Wade Miley's example of earning a job as a non-roster player and becoming part of their starting rotation.
If added to the 40-man roster, the 34-year-old right-hander would get a one-year contract paying $1.25 million. He would have a chance to earn $2.25 million in performance bonuses.
Indians’ Central clinching stalled with 5-4 loss to Tigers
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians' sprint to another division title has turned into a crawl.
Andrew Miller gave up two RBI doubles in the seventh inning as Cleveland's march to a third straight AL Central championship was slowed by the Detroit Tigers, who beat the Indians 5-4 on Friday night to end a 10-game losing streak at Progressive Field.
LEADING OFF: Indians can clinch, Cubs’ new closer hurt
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ON THE CUSP
Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians can clinch their third consecutive AL Central crown with a victory at home over Detroit and a Minnesota loss at last-place Kansas City. Josh Tomlin (1-5) pitches for the Indians against Matthew Boyd (9-12) and the Tigers. All-Star right-hander Jose Berrios (11-11) and the Twins face rookie Jorge Lopez (2-4), who took a perfect game into the ninth inning last Saturday at Minnesota.
Chisenhall to miss 8-10 weeks, Tomlin placed on DL
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will be without two of their most experienced playoff performers for an extended period.
Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall will miss 8-10 weeks with a strained left calf muscle, and right-hander Josh Tomlin was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring Tuesday.
Plutko, Miller pitch Indians past Cubs 1-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate.
Once that was over, everything fell into place.
Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Wednesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Struggling right-hander Josh Tomlin is out of the Cleveland Indians' rotation.
Tomlin says he "definitely wasn't surprised" by the move to the bullpen. He was 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA through six starts and seven appearances prior to Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
LEADING OFF: Ohtani faces champs; Cubs-Indians rematch
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Perez’s homer in 8th leads Indians past Tigers 2-1
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians' pitching is helping its all-or-nothing offense get by in the early part of the season.
Roberto Perez hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning against reliever Alex Wilson, Josh Tomlin bounced back from a rocky outing and Cleveland beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Ohtani homers in 1st home AB, Angels beat Indians 13-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani got his first major league home run and his first celebratory ice bath. There could more on the way for the Japanese sensation.
Ohtani hit a three-run homer in his first Angel Stadium at-bat to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 13-2 on Tuesday night.
Ohtani homers as Angels pound Indians 13-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his first major league home run in his first Angel Stadium at-bat, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 13-2 on Tuesday night.
Ohtani hits first ML homer in first Angel Stadium at-bat
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Sho Time is off to a powerful start in Anaheim.
Shohei Ohtani hit his first major league home run in his first Angel Stadium at-bat, taking a curtain call after his three-run homer Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians.
LEADING OFF: Indians aim for 22nd straight, Miller off DL
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Cleveland Indians earn 17th straight win
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians earned their 17th straight win Saturday, topping the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 behind a pair of timely swings for Jay Bruce and Francisco Lindor.
Bruce's fourth-inning single put the Indians ahead to stay as Cleveland became just the second team in the expansion era — since 1961 — to win 17 straight in a season.
The crowd of 30,459 stood throughout the ninth inning as Cody Allen retired the heart of Baltimore's order for his 25th save.
Incredible Indians romp, roll on 17-game winning streak
CLEVELAND (AP) — Over two hours before the game's first pitch, the mood inside the clubhouse of baseball's hottest team is almost fraternity-house loose.
LEADING OFF: Indians go for 17; Yanks-Rays to Citi Field
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CLOSER AND CLOSER
The Cleveland Indians try for their 17th straight win when Josh Tomlin starts at home against Baltimore. The longest winning streak in major league history is 21 games by the 1935 Chicago Cubs. The defending AL champion Indians have trailed only twice during their string and have outscored opponents 114-28. Gabriel Ynoa, recently recalled from Triple-A, makes his first start this season for the Orioles.
Ramirez hits 2 HRs and 3 doubles, Indians win 11th in row
DETROIT (AP) — Jose Ramirez tied a major league record with five extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs that deflected off Detroit outfielders, as the Cleveland Indians routed the Tigers 11-1 on Sunday for their 11th straight victory.
Ramirez had three doubles in becoming the 13th player with five extra-base hits in a game. Kris Bryant of the Cubs did it last year, and the previous Cleveland player to accomplish the feat was Kelly Shoppach in 2008.
Indians put Miller on disabled list, Tomlin out 6 weeks
BOSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Indians' pitching staff has taken two big hits: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller is on the disabled list, and starter Josh Tomlin is out six weeks.
Miller was put on the DL on Wednesday with right knee tendinitis, an injury that could explain his recent wildness.
CLEVELAND - It's taken longer, much longer than expected. But after four shaky months, the Cleveland Indians may be finally hitting their stride. About time. Josh Tomlin pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice and the Indians won their fourth straight, 6-2 over the tumbling Cincinnati Reds on Monday night in the makeup of a May 25 rainout. Tomlin (7-9) gave up two homers but stayed in the strike zone and won his third straight start. Cleveland's solid bullpen did its part...
Tomlin, Indians win fourth straight, 6-2 over Reds
CLEVELAND (AP) — It's taken longer, much longer than expected. But after four shaky months, the Cleveland Indians may be finally hitting their stride.
Josh Tomlin pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice and the Indians won their fourth straight, 6-2 over the tumbling Cincinnati Reds on Monday night in the makeup of a May 25 rainout.
Josh Tomlin’s solid outing lifts Indians past Giants 5-3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare scheduling perk, the Cleveland Indians didn't have to travel far for a much-needed change of scenery after a disappointing weekend dud at Oakland.
Just a quick jaunt across San Francisco Bay.
Josh Tomlin struck out five and pitched into the eighth inning to win back-to-back starts for the first time this year, and Cleveland capitalized on two costly errors to rally and beat the Giants 5-3 on Monday night.
Pinched: Indians’ Chisenhall hits pinch homer, drives in 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall usually senses when Indians manager Terry Francona is going to call on him as a pinch-hitter.
That moment came earlier than normal for Chisenhall on Thursday, and he was ready.
Chisenhall connected for a three-run, pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning and had five RBIs as Cleveland salvaged the finale of a three-game series by beating Los Angeles 12-5 and stopping the Dodgers' six-game winning streak.
Jason Vargas tosses shutout as Royals beat Indians, 4-0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas goes into every game he starts expecting to make it to the end.
Thanks to a bunch of double plays, he made it Friday night.
The veteran left-hander tossed his first shutout in nearly three years, outdueling Royals nemesis Josh Tomlin and sending Kansas City to a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Kipnis, Tomlin lead Indians past Royals 10-1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona admitted his team was frustrated after losing the first two games of their series against the Kansas City Royals.
Perhaps the defending AL champions play better that way.
Jason Kipnis went 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, Josh Tomlin pitched his first complete game in two years and the Indians rolled to a 10-1 win on Sunday.
Dickerson, Cobb power Rays to 7-4 win over Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in a year, the Rays didn't get run over on the road.
Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer — his third homer in two days — and Alex Cobb controlled Cleveland over seven inning as Tampa Bay busted out the bats in a 7-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday to complete the Rays' most successful trip since last May.
Ramirez, Tomlin pace Indians past Twins, 11-4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Tomlin and Edwin Encarnacion broke out of a pair of season-long slumps for the Cleveland Indians.
In doing so, they helped put the Minnesota Twins into their first skid of the year.
Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.
Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a two-run triple in the sixth and Encarnacion also went deep for the Indians.
Indians recall Nick Goody, option Shawn Armstrong
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians, forced to use infielder Michael Martinez as a pitcher in Thursday's loss to the Chicago White Sox, have recalled right-hander Nick Goody from Triple-A Columbus.
Right-hander Shawn Armstrong, one of six pitchers used in the 10-4 defeat, was optioned to Columbus.
White Sox score 5 in first, roll past Indians 10-4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin's first pitch of the game landed on the home run porch. The night ended with infielder Michael Martinez on the mound.
The defending AL champion Cleveland Indians are in tough stretch.
Tim Anderson homered to start the game, Matt Davidson added a three-run shot in a five-run first inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the slumping Indians 10-4 on Thursday.
Projected record: 92-70Projected run differential: +107The Indians are the clear favorites to repeat as AL Central champs. The team replaced Mike Napoli with Edwin Encarnacion and should get something close to a full season from Michael Brantley. Jason Kipnis is expected to miss at least a month with a shoulder injury, which is a costly yet sustainable blow, given the depth in Cleveland's lineup.The Indians have depth in the rotation, led by Corey Kluber and featuring Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer. Josh Tomlin and Mike Clevinger are back as innings-eater types. The three-headed monster of Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw should continue to hold down late leads for a team that looks poised to make another deep postseason run.