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Brett Anderson had a quick reaction when the baseball and both pieces of a broken bat came sailing at him in the fifth inning.

Get out of the way.

Oakland’s left-hander managed to do that, but left the game in the following inning with a cervical strain, and the Athletics hung on to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Monday.

Anderson (5-3) allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings, improving to 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in six starts against the Indians. The 31-year-old left-hander was injured in the fifth inning when he ducked to avoid a ball hit up the middle by Roberto Perez. Anderson also had to watch the bat, which broke when Perez made contact.

Anderson has had arm injuries throughout his career, including being sidelined twice last season.

“Kind of another fluky thing where I only have to deal with when I break a guy’s bat and I don’t know where the barrel is going,” he said.

Anderson finished the inning, then was removed in the sixth with a 3-1 lead and a runner on second. He is dealing with soreness and stiffness, but said he should be fine going forward.

“My range of motion going to the inside part of the plate was limited,” he said. “It was one of those things where I can get out of it when it’s not too bad. I felt that was the right moment.”

Manager Bob Melvin and a team trainer visited the mound in both the fifth and sixth, and Anderson walked to the dugout on the second occasion.

“He’s all right,” Melvin said. “When the bat broke and went back over him, he kind of snapped his neck a little bit so we will see how he is tomorrow. Up to that point he was really good.”

Jurickson Profar, Matt Olson and Matt Chapman homered as Oakland extended its winning streak to four, matching its season high. The A’s have won seven of their last 10 games against the Indians.

Jose Ramirez hit an RBI single in the eighth off Lou Trivino that pulled Cleveland to 4-3, and Blake Treinen retired Carlos Gonzalez on an inning-ending groundout with the bases loaded.

Chapman hit a two-run homer off Tyler Clippard in the ninth. Francisco Lindor had a two-out homer in the bottom half, and Treinen retired Jason Kipnis on a groundout for his eighth save in 10 chances.

Profar and Olson homered off Carlos Carrasco (4-4), who allowed three runs, seven hits and two walks, throwing 100 pitches in five innings.

Profar’s homer in the second was the first run Carrasco allowed in 13 innings.


Athletics: OF Khris Davis was out of the lineup because of a sore left hip, an injury that caused him to miss games from May 9-11. He was out of the lineup Saturday and returned Sunday in Detroit.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber will have an X-ray on his broken right arm Thursday. He was hit by a line drive May 1. Kluber’s arm has been in a cast, which could be fitted with a removable splint depending on the results of the X-ray.


Carrasco was coming off two dominant performances against the Chicago White Sox, but admitted he didn’t have his best stuff Monday. The right-hander knew his high pitch count would lead to a short outing.

“I wanted to go deep in the game so we wouldn’t have to use our bullpen too much,” he said. “I started worrying when I saw like 70 pitches in the third inning.”


In addition to hitting a home run, Chapman took a hit away from Kipnis at third with a backhand grab in the first and added a couple of other solid defensive plays.

“You hit it to third, you’re out,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That kid’s special.”


Oakland could have a five-game winning streak, but their contest in Detroit on Sunday was suspended due to rain with the Athletics leading 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh. The game will resume Sept. 6 before the Tigers play a series in Oakland


Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (2-1 1.93 ERA) has the AL’s third-lowest ERA among pitchers with 30 or more innings. Bassitt is a Toledo native and played at the University of Akron.

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (4-2, 3.76 ERA) got a no-decision against Baltimore in his last start, but allowed seven runs — matching a career high — in five innings.

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Indians ace Corey Kluber’s broken right arm isn’t all that’s hurting him.

Less than one week after absorbing the impact of a 102 mph line drive during a start in Miami, Cleveland’s two-time AL Cy Young Award winner said Tuesday he still is coming to grips with his injury.

“You want to be out there with the team,” Kluber said, speaking for the first time since getting hit. “You want to be contributing. When it’s your day to pitch, you want to be able to take the ball every fifth day.”

That won’t happen for a while, but Kluber remains optimistic he’ll be able to return and pitch this season.

“I don’t have a plan not to pitch again,” he said. “Obviously, I don’t have a definitive timeline because it’s all depending on how things heal. But in my mind, I’m not looking at it as season ending.”

Sitting at a small table in a room across the hallway from the Indians’ clubhouse, Kluber occasionally peered at his arm which has been fitted with a soft cast. The 33-year-old will undergo weekly X-rays before doctors will know whether his bone has healed properly and he can avoid surgery.

Until then, Kluber’s biggest challenge is staying positive and optimistic. It’s not so bad now because the Indians are playing at home and his teammates are around to support him.

Soon, though, Kluber will be alone.

“The initial stage where you’re not able to do much, you just kind of have to sit around and be at your body’s mercy,” he said. “That’s probably the most frustrating thing.”

It’s impossible to say with any certainty whether Kluber, who went 20-7 last season, will be on the mound again in 2019. But manager Terry Francona is confident the right-hander will do everything within his power to return to the rotation.

“We know he’s hurting that he’s not pitching,” Francona said. “We also know him well enough that he’s going to do everything in his power to be as good as he can be as quick as he can be. That’s a given.”

Kluber wasn’t pitching at his usual high level before getting hurt, going 2/3 with a 5.80 ERA in seven starts. If there is a silver lining in his injury, it could be that he’ll be able to rest an arm that has logged over 200 innings in each of the past five seasons.

“We don’t want him out. But since he is out, that’s one way to look at it because he has shouldered a huge load the last five years,” Francona said. “Good pitchers do. So that’s one way you can certainly look at it. I think I said that about (Carlos) Carrasco a couple years ago when he pulled his hammy.

“When he came back he was stronger, his tank was so full because he hadn’t thrown a bunch of innings.”

Kluber won’t know if the time away will help until he’s back.

“Generally speaking, I tend to feel better the more I throw, the more we get into the season, so I don’t think that throwing every fifth day for six months has been a problem for me,” he said. “But, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how that is when we get there. I can’t say one way or the other.”

Kluber’s injury has further taxed Cleveland’s pitching staff, which is also without starter Mike Clevinger. He’s recovering from a back injury and will miss another month.

The Indians were counting on their pitching to carry them to a fourth straight AL Central title. But the club isn’t hitting, either, and Kluber’s injury has presented a new hurdle.

Kluber, though, believes the Indians have enough talent to win.

“Whichever 25 guys are in that room, that’s who you’re going to battle with that day and you have confidence that they’re there for a reason,” he said. “I don’t think that changes based on who is or who isn’t hurt and I think that’s the approach we take every day is we have 25 guys on our roster and trying to utilize those 25 guys the best we can to win that day.”

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco left Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins with what the team said was left knee discomfort.

Carrasco fell to the ground while trying to cover first base on a fourth-inning grounder and got up limping. He finished the inning but was replaced in the fifth by reliever Neil Ramirez.

Carrasco pitched four shutout innings and struck out four before being forced to leave.

He entered the game with a 2-2 record and 7.41 ERA.

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Now down three key players in the season’s early going, the Cleveland Indians reclaimed their usual spot at the top of the AL Central on Tuesday.

Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season in his third start, powered by four home runs that sent the Indians over the Detroit Tigers 8-2.

The Indians won their fifth in a row, stopped Detroit’s five-game winning streak and retook the lead in a division they’ve won three straight years.

On the day right-hander Mike Clevinger hit the injured list, Kluber (1-2) allowed one earned run over six innings. A two-time Cy Young Award winner who went 20-7 last season, Kluber struck out eight.

“Nobody on the other side of the field is going to feel sorry for you,” Kluber said. “If we get bad news on a guy, then obviously you feel bad for him and you don’t wish that. But when `play ball’ comes, let’s go out there and compete against the other team.”

The Indians were already without shortstop Francisco Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis with right calf strains.

Leonys Martin, Brad Miller, Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers all entered with sub-.200 batting averages before hitting their first homers of the season. Cleveland had hit a total of only four home runs this year before connecting at Comerica Park.

“I know this is a big ballpark but it was not playing that way, the ball was flying,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I thought Kluber did a really good of adding and subtracting. A couple ball they did hit, they hit to the big part of the field.”

Jordan Zimmermann (0-1) gave up four earned runs of the five he allowed and was chased in the fifth inning. He had allowed just one run in 13 2/3 innings in his first two starts.

“I just wasn’t able to get the grip and feeling I’ve had on the last two starts,” Zimmermann said.

He became the first Tigers starter to allow more than three earned runs in a game this season, snapping a streak of 10 games, which tied the 1987 club record.

Martin homered on the second pitch of the game against his former team, which traded him in July before a bacterial infection ended his season and threatened his life.

Miller added a two-run homer in the second, starting off a 2-for-2 afternoon in which he scored three times. Perez added a wind-aided, towering shot in the fifth inning, and Bauers homered off reliever Blaine Hardy to make it 6-2 in the sixth.

“The Perez homer, I thought that was a flyball, popup and the wind blew it out,” Zimmermann said. “I could’ve saved a couple runs if the wind wasn’t howling out.”

Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double and Niko Goodrum had a run-scoring single for the Tigers, who had opened the season winning seven of 10 games. They had been 3-0 at home after sweeping Kansas City over the weekend.


After the first two batters reached on Kluber in the first, Cabrera thought a 3-1 pitch was out of the zone. It was called a strike and he struck out swinging on the next offering.

“It changed the whole game,” Cabrera said. “He didn’t bring his best stuff today and they win the game.”

In his last six starts against Detroit dating back to 2017, Kluber is 6-0 with a 0.97 ERA and 49 strikeouts.


Eric Stamets singled and scored on a three-base error by center fielder Mikie Mahtook, who let the ball roll under his glove and reach the wall. Mahtook went 0 for 4 and is hitless in 23 at-bats this season.


First baseman Carlos Santana made a diving catch down the line to end the fifth inning. Santana was hitless in four at-bats, breaking a streak of eight straight games with a hit. The Indians celebrated Santana’s 33rd birthday from Monday and his U.S. citizenship with cake in the postgame locker room. Santana and teammate Hanley Ramirez, both from the Dominican Republic, will be sworn in as Americans on April 19.


Indians: Clevinger will miss at least six weeks with a back muscle injury. The team announced Clevinger strained his teres major, a muscle in his upper back. Francona said it would be six to eight weeks before he picks up a ball and resumes pitching activity. Clevinger had not allowed an earned run in 12 innings over two starts this season.

The 28-year-old Clevinger has emerged over the last two years as one of the AL’s top pitchers. He was 13-8 with a 3.02 ERA last season, striking out 207 in 200 innings. With Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, Clevinger helped make up one of the majors’ best rotations.

The Indians called up righty Nick Wittgren, a reliever from Triple-A Columbus.

Tigers: Reliever Drew VerHagen made his season debut after opening the year on the injured list with a forearm strain. He retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out one.


Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (1-0, 0.64 ERA) starts Wednesday at Detroit coming off seven innings of no-hit ball on April 5 against Toronto. He has allowed one hit over 14 innings.

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (0-1, 3.18) starts for the first time since his 13-strikeout outing, a career high, April 3 against the Yankees.

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The Cleveland Indians signed free agent outfielder Matt Joyce and reliever Alex Wilson to minor league contracts.

The deals include invites to spring training camp, where the defending AL Central champions must address two glaring issues — outfield depth and their bullpen. Joyce and Wilson agreed to their deals on Friday, pending medical exams which were completed Saturday.

Joyce spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics. The 34-year-old hit 25 home runs and drove in 68 runs in 2017, but was limited to 83 games last season because of lower back problems. Joyce was an All-Star in 2011 for Tampa Bay.

If he makes the Indians’ 40-man roster, Joyce will make $1.25 million next season while in the majors and he can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses.

The 32-year-old Wilson pitched in 59 games for Detroit last season, posting a 3.36 ERA. He limited right-handed hitter to a .191 average. Wilson has spent the past four seasons with Tigers.

Wilson will also get $1.25 million if he makes the roster and can get another $750,000 in bonuses.

Cleveland is rebuilding its bullpen following the departures of closer Cody Allen and left-hander Andrew Miller.

The Indians have 19 non-roster invitees coming training camp, which opens for pitcher and catchers on Feb. 12 in Goodyear, Arizona.

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All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians have reached agreement at $10.55 million for a 2019 contract, a huge raise over the $643,200 he made last year.

The deal came before arbitration-eligible players were set to exchange salary figures Friday.

The 25-year-old Lindor hit .277 with 38 home runs and 92 RBI last season for the AL Central champions. He has been an All-Star in all three of his full seasons in the majors.

Pitcher Trevor Bauer swapped salary numbers with the Indians. The 27-year-old righty who went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA asked for $13 million and the team offered $11 million.

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Looking to rebuild their bullpen, the Indians have signed free-agent right-hander Justin Grimm to a minor league contract.

Grimm’s deal includes an invitation to training camp, where the three-time defending American League Central champions will try to patch together a bullpen missing key components from past seasons.

The 30-year-old Grimm has gone 20-23 with a 4.98 ERA in 306 major league games with the Rangers, Cubs, Royals and Mariners. Grimm was on Chicago’s 2016 postseason roster and appeared in three games against the Indians in the World Series.

He recorded at least 50 relief appearances with the Cubs over four straight seasons, pitching in a career-high 73 games in 2014.

Grimm split last season between the Kansas City and Seattle organizations. He twice went on the disabled list with the Royals.

The Indians lost reliever Andrew Miller as a free agent in the offseason. Closer Cody Allen remains unsigned, and the team’s career saves leader is unlikely to return.

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The Indians have acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio from Washington to complete the trade that sent All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Nationals.

Cleveland dealt Gomes last month for a package that included right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnston and a player to be named, who turned out to be Monasterio.

The 21-year-old began last season in the Chicago Cubs organization before he was traded to the Nationals on July 31. He batted a combined .267 with three homers and 36 RBIs in 122 games.

He played second base, shortstop and third base. Monasterio signed with the Cubs as a 17-year-old in 2014.

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The Indians traded one of their big arms — from behind the plate.

Cleveland, which has discussed moving right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco in possible trades while restructuring its payroll, dealt All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

In return, the three-time defending AL Central champions got right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, minor league outfielder Daniel Johnson and a player to be named. Team president Chris Antonetti called Johnson and Rodriguez “upper-level prospects” who should be able to help the Indians in the next few seasons.

Rodriguez, 25, appeared in 14 games for the Nats last season, going 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 52 innings. Johnson, 23, spent most of 2018 with Double-A Harrisburg.

The Gomes deal is unlikely to be the last move this offseason by the Indians, who followed up another strong regular-season stretch run with a disappointing performance against Houston in the AL Division Series. Cleveland got swept, and with its window for contention possibly closing, the team is looking to fill some holes in the outfield and bullpen.

Cleveland may have to move Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, or Bauer to find help. Antonetti would not comment on any potential deals involving the right-handers.

“We’re focused on trying to build a team that’s capable of winning another American League Central Division title in 2019 but is also positioned for success beyond that,” he said. “We’re in a fortunate position that we have a lot of players on our team that other teams value. And that leads to a lot of conversations this time of year. I wouldn’t want to get into any speculation around that.

“We do view our starting pitching to be a strength of our team and our organization, and that’s something we place a great deal of value on.”

Antonetti declined to discuss possible negotiations on a new contract with Carrasco. The Indians exercised their $9.75 million option on Carrasco in October, and the club also had a 2020 option on the 31-year-old.

Cleveland also reached agreement with right-handers Danny Salazar, Nick Goody and Neil Ramirez as well as infielder Eric Stamets on contracts for next season. The team was facing a deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players on the 40-man roster.

Salazar, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in July, will make $4.5 million. The Indians believe he can fill one of their relief openings.

Ramirez will make $1 million. After spending the first six weeks at Triple-A Columbus, Ramirez joined the Indians in June and helped stabilize the bullpen.

Goody will make $675,000. He was limited to 12 games this year before elbow surgery.

The Nationals went into the offseason in need of a new catcher — and now have two new ones. They also signed 35-year-old free agent Kurt Suzuki to a $10 million, two-year contract last week.

Washington needed an upgrade after Matt Wieters batted below .240 in each of the past two seasons as the primary catcher.

Gomes has been a steady player — on and off the field — for Cleveland since coming over from Toronto in 2012. The 31-year-old had one of his best offensive seasons in 2018, batting .266 with a career-high 26 doubles, 16 homers and 48 RBIs in 112 games. He was also excellent behind the plate and was selected as an AL All-Star for the first time.

Gomes will make $7 million next season, and his contract includes club options for 2020 at $9 million, with a $1 million buyout, and for 2021 at $11 million.

“The Nationals have expressed consistent interest in Yan throughout the offseason,” Antonetti said. “They’re one of a handful of teams that expressed interest in him. The catching position was an interesting one. There were a number of teams that were seeking to upgrade their alternatives at catcher, and there were also a number of alternatives on the market in both free agency and trades. That was the dynamic we were navigating at the start of the offseason. It got to a point on a deal that we thought made sense for us.”

Gomes’ departure leaves the Indians with Roberto Perez and rookie Eric Haase as their primary catchers, and Antonetti said it’s possible the club will look to add depth at catcher this winter.

The Nationals also agreed to a $850,000, one-year deal with left-hander Sammy Solis, who struggled in 2018. He had a 6.41 ERA in 56 games.

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Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin was given full clearance to resume baseball activity and will have no restrictions on strength and conditioning as he prepares for spring training, the team announced Tuesday.

Martin, who was sidelined since Aug. 8 because of a life-threatening bacterial infection, was at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday for his scheduled follow-up testing.

The Indians said they expect Martin to be ready for full baseball activity when the 2019 season begins.

Martin, 30, became ill following a game against the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 7. Doctors determined that a bacterial infection had entered his bloodstream and released toxins that damaged his internal organs and compromised their function.

The Indians acquired Martin from the Detroit Tigers on July 31 in a trade for minor league infielder Willi Castro. Martin went 5-for-15 in six games before his season-ending illness.

Martin has a career .248 average with 49 home runs in five plus-seasons with Texas, Seattle, the Cubs, Tigers and Indians. He agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal with Cleveland last month to avoid salary arbitration.