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The last time the Cleveland Indians encountered the Texas Rangers, they helped to end the worst stretch of baseball played by the Indians this season. This time around, they will again look to the Rangers to help improve a second half record that has started off at just 2-4.
The second-place Rangers (56-46) trail the Oakland A’s by three games in the American League West and are a half-game back in the wild card race.
The second-place Indians (53-48) trail the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central by three games as well, but are three games back in the wild card pursuit.
Bad defense and an awful base running blunder resulted in Cleveland handing Seattle their eighth consecutive win, as the Indians fell to the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday night, 4-3.
The Cleveland loss prevented an opportunity for the Indians to earn a split on their six-game road trip. They fall to three and a half games behind Detroit in the American League Central Division race after the Tigers won their third consecutive game on Tuesday night.
All four of the Indians’ losses on the road trip have been by one run.
The last time the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners met up, the Mariners had taken two of three from the New York Yankees to pull a game within the .500 mark and to push their May record to 8-4. Four games later, the Mariners left town after three different last at bat victories by the Indians and victims of a four game sweep.
After those tough defeats at the hands of the Tribe, the Mariners (46-52) lost four more games and have had to fight and claw to get close to even again. After back-to-back sweeps of the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros, they are six games under for the first time since that eight-game losing streak started against the Indians in May.
The Indians (52-46) lost no ground in the American League Central race or the wild card race over the weekend, as they dropped two of three to Minnesota and Detroit dropped a pair against Kansas City.
The story of the day Sunday at Target Field was Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson.
The Indians’ All-Star took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and exited the ball game three outs later with seven innings under his belt. He allowed just one broken bat hit and one run on the ball game. He struck out eight, hit one batter, and did not walk any Twins players.
With an eye scouring Major League rosters for potential starting pitching help in the rotation, the Cleveland Indians have also been watching a familiar face carefully working his way back from injury.
Right-hander Zach McAllister successfully completed a bullpen session in Minnesota on Saturday afternoon and has been cleared to start for the Indians on Tuesday in Seattle against the Mariners.
The timing on the return of McAllister could not be any better, as the team had seen a minimal amount of success from those trying to replace one of the Indians’ most productive starters throughout the first two months of the season.
The Cleveland Indians will put Major League Baseball’s longest active winning streak on the line as they begin the second half of the season with a visit to the Twins in Minnesota beginning Friday night.
After sweeping the Kansas City Royals to end the first half, the Indians (51-44) extended their winning streak to four games and pushed their home record to an American League Central-best, 30-19. They trail the Detroit Tigers by one and a half games in the division and the Texas Rangers by three games in the wild card race.
The Twins (39-53) are 21-23 at Target Field this season. They own a 16-11 record against the Indians in the history of their new ball park, which debuted in 2010. The month of July has been unfavorable, at best, for the Twins, as they come into the series with a 3-11 mark, including wins in each of their last two games before the break.
A pair of Indians represented the city of Cleveland on the American League All-Star roster for the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday evening.
While starting pitcher Justin Masterson was a no-show on the field due to the decisions of AL manager Jim Leyland, second baseman Jason Kipnis added the late and ever important insurance run as the AL stars defeated those of the National League at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, by a 3-0 final.
For the last three seasons, the Cleveland Indians have been waiting for Lonnie Chisenhall to completely appear on the scene in the Major Leagues.
He may have finally arrived.
The 24-year-old third baseman started the season on the Indians’ Opening …
The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals will conclude the unofficial first half of the 2013 regular season with a three-game weekend set at Progressive Field prior to this year’s All-Star festivities from Citi Field in New York.
The Royals …
There are games over the course of a 162-game schedule that feel like they were winnable games. Tonight was one of those games that got away from the Cleveland Indians.
A three-run ninth inning, capped off by a bases-clearing single by Munenori Kawasaki, gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday night.
If it feels like it has been a long time since the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays met up, you are right.
The Indians (46-43) took two of three from the Blue Jays to open the season at Rogers Centre. Both Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez were stellar against the Jays, each pitching six innings and allowing one run on three hits. Masterson earned the win in his start, while Jimenez was hit with a no-decision after a ninth inning blown save. The team is 8-19 against the American League East.
The Blue Jays (43-45) had an impressive eleven-game winning streak in June. However, in the time since, they are just 5-9 and had not won a series until taking two of three from Minnesota this weekend.
In the first game after a players’ meeting following ugly losses to the Detroit Tigers on Friday and Saturday, the Cleveland Indians offense provided some solid run support and starter Corey Kluber provided the team with a dominating quality start. The bullpen, however, must not have been present for the meeting.
Thankfully for the Indians and their fans, Michael Brantley had a career day at the plate, including the go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Indians a 9-6 win.