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Franmil Reyes homered twice, the first a second-inning blast that bounced out of Progressive Field and almost dinged a bicyclist pedaling past on the street, and the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2By STEVE HERRICK Associated PressJuly 28, 2021, 9:49 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCLEVELAND — Some batters hit for the cycle. Indians slugger Franmil Reyes nearly hit the cyclist.Reyes homered twice, the first a second-inning blast that bounced out of Progressive Field and almost dinged a bicyclist pedaling on a street next to the park, and Cleveland beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Wednesday.Reyes’ leadoff homer in the second glanced off the pedestrian bridge in left field and landed on the plaza area between the ballpark and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The ball traveled an estimated 446 feet.The homer got the attention of his teammates who marveled over the distance of the blast while watching from the dugout.“It’s ridiculous,” Indians starter Zach Plesac said. “He sent that ball out of the stadium. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. That’s incredible.”Reyes said he hasn’t hit a ball out of the park during batting practice and was unaware the home run almost hit someone riding a bike. He does take note of the response he sees from his teammates as he rounds the bases after a long home run.“After each homer I like to go to the iPad and look at their reaction and some of them were putting their hands right here (behind their heads),” he said. “It was pretty awesome.”Reyes wasn’t done. He finished off Cleveland’s three-homer inning in the third with his 19th of the season, a 421-foot drive to center.César Hernández and José Ramírez also homered in the inning for Cleveland, which avoided dropping under .500 for the first time since May 1. Hernández’s two-run homer gave Cleveland a 3-2 lead. He had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.Kwang Hyun Kim (6-6) gave up all four homers and lost for the first time since June 20, breaking a stretch of wins in five straight starts. Reyes’ second homer ended the day for Kim, who allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings.Plesac (6-3) gave up two runs in five innings. He made his fourth start since coming off the injured list July 8 after missing six weeks with a broken right thumb.St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado was hit on the right forearm by a pitch from Pleasc in the fifth. The All-Star third baseman walked around the home plate area and slowly went to first despite being in obvious pain while talking with manager Mike Shildt and a trainer.Arenado took the field for defense in the bottom of the inning but was removed. The Cardinals announced he had a bruised forearm and is day to day.Shildt said Arenado is optimistic that he’ll play Friday when the Cardinals open a three-game series against Minnesota as the pitch appeared to strike him on the back of his arm.“Thankfully, it looks like it got mostly meat,” Shildt said. “The off-day tomorrow will help. He’ll get treatment. It got him pretty good.”Dylan Carlson led off the third with his 11th homer. Yadier Molina’s two-out single gave St. Louis a first-inning lead, but Kim’s short outing was costly.“He wasn’t able to get the ball on the ground,” Shildt said. “His velocity was down a tick. He lived up top too much and in the air a lot.”PITCHING UPDATEIndians pitchers Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale are on throwing programs but no timetable has been established for their return. Bieber (sore right shoulder) has been playing catch and has yet to throw off the mound. The reigning AL Cy Young winner hasn’t pitched since June 13. Civale (sprained right middle finger) threw off the mound Tuesday and appears closer to returning. He last pitched June 20.“These are guys that are very important to us,” pitching coach Carl Willis said. “Sometimes it’s hard to be patient because we want them back so badly and they want to be back so badly, but we have to make sure we do it right.”MILLER TIMECardinals left-hander Andrew Miller, making his first appearance in Cleveland since 2018, received a long ovation when he entered the game in the eighth inning. Miller was a key member of the Indians’ bullpen in 2016 when Cleveland came within a game of winning the World Series.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty, who has been on the injured list since June 1 with an oblique strain, is expected to make another rehab start next week. He struck out three in two scoreless innings Tuesday for Triple-A Memphis. Shildt said Flaherty threw 45 pitches, including 14 in the bullpen after leaving the game.UP NEXTCardinals: LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-2) will start Friday.Indians: RHP J.C. Mejia (1-6), who has lost his last four starts, will pitch against the Chicago White Sox on Friday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
César Hernández and Óscar Mercado each hit a three-run homer, and the Cleveland Indians beat the struggling Kansas City Royals 14-6By STEVE HERRICK Associated PressJuly 11, 2021, 3:02 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCLEVELAND — César Hernández and Óscar Mercado each hit a three-run homer, and the Cleveland Indians beat the struggling Kansas City Royals 14-6 on Saturday night.Hernández’s 15th homer capped a six-run fourth inning against Mike Minor (6-8). Mercado’s drive highlighted a four-run seventh that put the game away.Cleveland staggered into the series on a nine-game losing streak, but won the first two games on ninth-inning homers by Franmil Reyes on Thursday and Bobby Bradley on Friday. The Indians have beaten the Royals eight straight times this season.Mercado thinks the momentum from the back-to-back walk-off wins carried over into Saturday’s game.“That’ll light a fire in any ballclub,” he said. “Everyone wants to win, but just the fact that the last two nights you get to go out and win in walk-off fashion with home runs, that really just sets the tone and brings the energy life back into the clubhouse.”The Royals have dropped 15 of 18 to fall a season-worst 17 games under .500. Salvador Pérez hit a two-run homer in the fourth, but the Royals’ All-Star catcher was removed in the sixth with back tightness. Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said the tightness was the result of a diving play Pérez made catching a foul bunt in the third.“It was aggravated, we’ll get him in there and have (the trainers) take a look at him, but we’re going to have to see how he feels tomorrow,” Matheny said.Mercado had three hits and drove in four runs. José Ramírez and Roberto Pérez also homered for Cleveland, which totaled 17 hits.Cal Quantrill (1-2), one of several pitchers trying to give Cleveland’s injury-riddled rotation a boost, allowed three runs in six innings.Cleveland finally had success against Minor in the bottom half. Bradley hit an RBI double and Mercado’s run-scoring single tied the game. Bradley Zimmer’s hard grounder off Minor’s leg went for an RBI single.Hernandez followed with a drive to left-center, giving Cleveland a 6-2 lead.Minor had dominated the Indians in his career, going 3-0 and allowing four earned runs in 28 2/3 innings over nine appearances. The left-hander gave up six runs and nine hits in four innings.Perez warmed up for his matchup in Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby against Pete Alonso of the New York Mets with his 21st of the season. Alonso won the most recent derby in Cleveland in 2019.Royals reliever Kyle Zimmer struck out his brother, Bradley, in the seventh in the first major league matchup between the two which came following Mercado’s home run. Several members of the Zimmer family were at Progressive Field for the game.“They were all here,” Bradley said. “I’m sure I’ll hear all about it.”Kyle Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in 2012 while Bradley was the 21st overall pick in 2014. The two faced each other in a Triple-A game this season with Bradley getting a single. Bradley Zimmer said their parents have always looked forward to when then brothers would face off.“They talk about it non-stop, and try to play out the scenarios of how it’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m sure they’re beside themselves that it finally happened in the major leagues.”BIEBER UPDATEIndians manager Terry Francona said right-hander Shane Bieber felt some “crankiness” in his sore shoulder while throwing with weighted balls Friday.“The hard part right now with it is, is the amount of work they do with their shoulder is obviously intense and a lot,” Francona said. “Then when you take some time off, some of the muscles can get a little cranky. So now you’re starting up again and it’s like OK what’s cranky — so trying to determine that. But then today he came in and he felt like he was gonna have a better day, which is good.”Bieber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, has been sidelined since June 14.WHIT’S A STARRoyals second baseman Whit Merrifield, who was voted in by the players ballot, will replace Jose Altuve in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Denver.“It’s an incredible honor to be voted in by my fellow players,” Merrifield said. “It means the most, frankly. The fan vote is great and we appreciate all the support we get from the fans but nobody knows what this game is like more than the players.”TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: 1B Carlos Santana injured his left wrist in the first inning but remained in the game. Third baseman Hunter Dozier’s throw on a bunt hit pulled Santana into the path of Hernández. Santana was checked by a trainer.UP NEXTRookie RHP Eli Morgan (1-3) will start the final game before the All-Star break for the Indians. RHP Carlos Hernández (1-0) will start for the Royals.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
CLEVELAND — Carlos Correa sparked Houston’s four-run third inning with an RBI double and the Astros beat the injury-riddled Cleveland Indians 6-3 for the second straight night on Friday.Houston came to town having lost five of six, including a three-game sweep at home to Baltimore, but have looked like the team that won 11 in a row before hitting the rough patch.“We scored early and we held on,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “That was a big game for us to win.”The Indians, who have lost six of seven, added third baseman José Ramírez to their injury list that gets longer each day. He was scratched shortly before the game because of a sore left elbow that occurred diving for a ball Thursday. Ramírez returned after missing a game Wednesday when he fouled a ball off his left cheek.“He has a pretty good bone bruise, so when he gets to extension in his swing, it was kind of grabbing at him a little bit,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He got treatment pretty much most of the night. We’ll see how he shows up tomorrow.”Lance McCullers Jr. (6-1) won his fifth straight decision. The right-hander was charged with two runs in 5 2/3 innings. McCullers was pulled with two runners on in the sixth and César Hernández followed with a three-run homer off Brooks Raley.The Indians loaded the bases against Blake Taylor with two outs in the eighth, but Harold Ramirez struck out. Ryan Presley allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, but recorded his 13th save in 14 chances.“Those losses against Baltimore were not ideal but we’ve been playing good baseball and we’re back to winning ballgames,” McCullers said.Designated hitter Franmil Reyes was activated Friday after being out since May 23 with a strained oblique and was 3 for 5. Óscar Mercado also had three hits but the Indians left 15 runners on base.“That’s a hard way to play against the Astros,” Francona said. “They didn’t give in. We stranded a ton of runners and that’s not what we’re shooting for.”Houston scored two runs in the second and four times in the third off starter Sam Hentges (1-3), who allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings.The Progressive Field fans continued to boo José Altuve and his teammates. Altuve, who hit a grand slam in Thursday night’s win, got his team going in a different manner when he pushed a bunt past Hentges to lead off the third.Altuve stole second and scored on Correa’s double inside the right-field line. Houston sent nine batters to the plate and led 6-0 by the end of the inning.The Astros didn’t miss designated hitter Yordan Álvarez, who blasted a 446-foot home run into the center-field bullpens Thursday. Álvarez was placed on the paternity list, but Taylor Jones, called up to take his place, had two hits, including an RBI double in the second. Chas McCormick drove in two runs.Left fielder Eddie Rosario was also out for the Indians after leaving Thursday’s game with right abdominal tightness.BROTHERLY HELPIndians outfielder Josh Naylor had surgery Friday for multiple leg fractures and torn ligaments sustained in a collision with teammate Ernie Clement Sunday at Minnesota. Naylor is expected to miss the rest of the season.Naylor’s brother, Bo, who plays for Cleveland’s Double-A affiliate in Akron, drove Josh to the Cleveland Clinic at 6 a.m. Friday. Bo Naylor said several family members are in town to support his older brother in his recovery.“I’ve gotten to talk to him on the side and he’s driven, man.” Bo said. “He’s gonna have my family, the fans, everyone else behind him. He’s ready. He’s ready, for sure.”NO STARTERSThe Astros are 50-33 and own the second-best record in the AL, but won’t have any starters in the All-Star Game.“I just hope these guys these guys make the team as backups because they certainly deserve it,” Baker said. “I haven’t heard anybody complain. These guys, one thing I love about them is that they don’t complain about anything.”TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: 3B Kyle Tucker was removed from the lineup because of back spasms.Indians: C Roberto Pérez, who had finger surgery May 7, is expected to be activated Saturday.UP NEXTRHP Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 4.08) starts for Houston in the third game of the series Saturday night. Rookie RHP Eli Morgan (1-2, 9.37), coming off his first major league win Monday, starts for Cleveland.
CLEVELAND — José Ramírez and Bobby Bradley homered during a three-run first inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles 10-3 on Thursday, extending Baltimore’s road losing streak to 19 games.The Orioles are approaching the major league record of 22 consecutive road losses. Arizona, which tied the mark Wednesday, was slated to play at San Francisco later Thursday. The 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets also lost 22 straight road games.The win gave Cleveland a four-game sweep and sent Baltimore to its eighth straight loss overall. Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini admits this has been difficult.”We’re very frustrated,“ he said. “Nobody likes losing. I’m at the top of the list, I’d say. There’s no room to wallow at this level. You have to get out there the next day and put it behind you and try to win the next game. What’s done is done.”Cleveland is 10 games over .500 despite a slew of injuries that has left manager Terry Francona literally piecing together his pitching staff on a daily basis.“We’ll take any success any day we can,” he said. “We told our guys that we’re going to have to figure some things out. But it’s OK when guys are playing like they’re playing and giving the effort.”Yu Chang had four RBIs with a two-run single in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth. Trevor Stephan (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his first major league win.Austin Hays and Maikel Franco homered for the Orioles.Ramírez hit a two-run homer — his 16th of the season — and Bradley hit his fourth since being called up from the minors June 4. Eddie Rosario homered in the fourth off starter Jorge López (2-8).Indians starter Eli Morgan remained in the game after being struck by a line drive above the right elbow in the first inning. Morgan, making his second major league start, punched out Cedric Mullins on three pitches to start the game. Mancini lined the next pitch to the mound, and the ball hit Morgan on the fly. Chang, playing third base, caught the ball for the out.Francona and a trainer went to the mound and talked to Morgan, who nodded his head that he wasn’t injured. Morgan took a couple of warmup pitches and remained in the game, earning a pat on the head from Francona and a loud ovation from the crowd.Mullins was hit on the earflap of his helmet by Kyle Nelson’s pitch in the fourth. Manager Brandon Hyde and a trainer checked on Mullins, who was on one knee for a couple of moments before taking first base.WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUES, KIDMorgan allowed three runs and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings. His first start against Toronto on May 28 came in conditions that saw winds gusting to 45 mph and steady, blowing rain. He allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings.Morgan was sent to Triple-A Columbus a few days after that outing but was recalled as Cleveland deals with injuries to its rotation. Shane Bieber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, is shut down for two weeks with a stiff right shoulder, and Zach Plesac broke his right thumb after angrily removing his shirt following a poor outing last month.“The poor kid, he pitches the first game in a hurricane and pitches the second game where he gets a line drive off his arm,” Francona said. “He competed like crazy.”HOME LOOKS GOODHyde is looking forward to returning to Camden Yards, but the Orioles’ next six games are against Toronto and Houston.“No one is going to feel sorry for us,” he said. “This is a tough league. Good teams expect to come in and beat us. We need to respond and to grind, and we’re going to get out of this.”TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: Anthony Santander, who has been dealing with a sore left ankle, was back in right field after being out of the lineup and pinch hitting Wednesday.Indians: C Austin Hedges was placed on the 7-day concussion injured list. He was hit in the helmet by a pitch Friday and took a foul tip off his mask Tuesday. … OF Jordan Luplow (sprained right ankle) was transferred to 60-day IL. … C Ryan Lavarnway had his contract purchased from Triple-A Columbus.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Bruce Zimmermann will start against Toronto on Friday night.Indians: RHP J.C. Mejia will pitch Friday night when Cleveland opens a three-game series in Pittsburgh, which has lost 10 straight.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports