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Indians rally for 3-2 win, end 11-game losing skid to Rays

Indians rally for 3-2 win, end 11-game losing skid to Rays

CLEVELAND — The Indians showed the Rays they can mount a comeback, too.Bobby Bradley’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning capped Cleveland’s late rally and sent the Indians to a 3-2 win on Sunday, snapping their losing streak against Tampa Bay at 11 games.On the verge of being swept and dropping under .500 for the first time since May 1, the Indians, who managed just one run in seven innings against Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough, rallied in the eighth off reliever Matt Wisler (3-4).“It shows character,” said Indians bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who filled in for ailing manager Terry Francona for the second straight game. “They’re not going to give up. There’s some resiliency with these guys.”The win closed a memorable weekend for Cleveland, which included the team announcing its name will change to Guardians after this season.The Indians also turned the tables on the Rays, who have 30 come-from-behind wins and lead the majors with 192 runs after the seventh inning.Cesar Hernandez opened the eighth with a single before Wisler hit Amed Rosario on the hand. Harold Ramirez delivered a game-tying RBI single before Bradley hit a fly to center deep enough to score Rosario ahead of Kevin Kiermaier’s throw.“It’s really exciting, not only for the win,” Ramirez said through a translator. “But also because over the last couple of losses they took away from our pocket, it’s very exciting to do it and for us to do it in the late innings like we did.”Hernandez also homered for the Indians, whose playoff hopes have been fading quickly.James Karinchak (7-2) pitched one inning and Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 12th save — and first since June 16 — as the Indians improved to 6-16 in their last 22 games.Nelson Cruz hit his second homer in three games for Tampa Bay, which fell a game behind first-place Boston in the AL East.Cruz, who joined the Rays on Friday after the club acquired him a trade with Minnesota, connected in the sixth off Triston McKenzie for his 438th homer to tie Hall of Famer Andre Dawson for 45th place on the career list.Cruz put the Rays ahead 2-1 in the sixth with his 21st homer of 2021, a lined solo shot to straightaway center.“Man, he hits the ball hard,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “That ball is not supposed to be driven out to dead center.”Hernandez led off the first with his 17th homer. It was the second baseman’s 18th career leadoff homer, and his fifth in 2021.TITO RECOVERINGFrancona stayed home to rest and recover from a nasty head cold he caught during the team’s recent road trip. The Indians are off again Monday, giving the 62-year-old even more time to get healthy.BIEBER SLOWEDShane Bieber’s recovery from shoulder soreness isn’t progressing as quickly as the Indians hoped.The reigning AL Cy Young winner has been on the injured list since June 14. He’s playing catch at 60 feet, and isn’t ready to move to the mound.President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti indicated the right-hander isn’t close to coming back.“It’s just been a little bit slower to respond than maybe we had hoped,” he said. “It’s just something that’s just lingering in there a little bit. He’s continued to feel better, but maybe just not at the pace that we would have normally expected.”If the Indians continue to fade from playoff contention, it’s possible they could shut down the All-Star for the rest of 2021.Bieber was 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA before the Indians placed him on the IL.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: All-Star C Mike Zunino got the day off after fouling a ball off his knee in Saturday’s game. … RHP Collin McHugh was placed on the injured list retroactive to July 22 with arm fatigue. LHP Ryan Sherriff was recalled from Triple-A Durham.Indians: DH Franmil Reyes was originally in the lineup but scratched an hour before the first pitch. He missed significant time earlier this season with an oblique strain. … 3B José Ramírez (elbow) got a scheduled day off. … RHP Aaron Civale (sprained finger) will throw a fastballs-only bullpen session Tuesday, a significant step in his rehab. Civale was 10-2 when he had to leave a start on June 21.UP NEXTRays: Following an off day, they’ll begin a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Left-hander Shane McClanahan (4-3) is scheduled to start the opener.Indians: Get a welcomed day off before opening a two-game series Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals with Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill (2-2) facing Adam Wainwright (7-6).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians

Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians

CLEVELAND — While riding his bike over a bridge across the Cuyahoga River near Progressive Field, Indians owner Paul Dolan rarely paid much attention to the eight giant stone figures that seem to guard the city.They have new meaning,After more than 100 years, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team is getting a new name — Guardians.The Indians are going, going, soon to be gone.The ballclub announced Friday that at the end of the 2021 season, the Indians will transition from the name they’ve been known as since 1915 and replace it with Guardians, one they hope inspires a new generation of fans.The name change, which has its supporters and critics among Cleveland’s fan base, ends months of internal discussions triggered by a national reckoning for institutions and teams to drop logos and names considered racist.“We do feel like we’re doing the right thing and that’s what’s driving this,” Dolan said following a news conference at the ballpark. “I know some people disagree, but if anything I’ve gotten more and more comfortable that we’re headed in the right direction.“And actually, the selection of the name solidifies that feeling because of the values that the name represents.”The organization spent most of the past year whittling down a list of potential names that was at nearly 1,200. It was a tedious process, which included 140 hours of interviews with fans, community leaders, front office personnel and a survey of 40,000 fans.Dolan has said last summer’s social unrest, touched off by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, spurred his intention to change the name — a move that came a few years after the Indians stopped wearing the Chief Wahoo logo on their game jerseys and caps.Cleveland’s new name was inspired by the large landmark stone edifices — referred to as traffic guardians — that flank both ends of the Hope Memorial Bridge, which connects downtown to Ohio City.As the team moved closer to making a final decision on the name, Dolan said he found himself looking closely at the huge art deco sculptures.“Frankly, I hadn’t studied them that closely until we started talking about them and I should emphasize, we’re not named after the bridge, but there’s no question that it’s a strong nod to those and what they mean to the community,” he said.The team did not reveal the names of any of the other finalists, but Brian Barren, Cleveland’s president of business operations, said trademarking issues eliminated several potential candidates.In the end, the team felt Guardians was a perfect fit.“We think Guardians is unique and authentic to Cleveland,” Barren said. “It’s less about the Guardians of Traffic and more about what the Guardians represent and that idea of protection. For us and our research, Cleveland folks are very protective of one another.“They’re protective of our city, they’re protective of the land and everything about it. That’s one key component, the resiliency of people here in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio and the loyalty.”Cleveland’s name change comes as the Washington Football Team continues to work toward a similar makeover. The franchise dropped its contentious Redskins name before the 2020 season and recently said it will reveal a new name and logo in 2022.While dropping Indians, Cleveland will keep its red, white and navy team colors and the Guardians’ logos will incorporate some of the team’s lettering style on past uniforms as well as architectural features found on the bridge.Numerous Native American groups have protested Cleveland’s use of the Wahoo logo and Indians name for years, so the latest development brought some comfort.”It is a major step towards righting the wrongs committed against Native peoples, and is one step towards justice,” said Crystal Echo Hawk, executive director and founder of IllumiNative, a group dedicated to fighting misrepresentations of Native Americans.The name change has sparked lively debate among the city’s passionate sports fans. Other names, including the Spiders, which is what the team was called before 1900, were pushed by supporters on social media platforms.Dolan knows there’s a portion of Cleveland’s fan base that may never accept the change.“I’m 63 years old, and they’ve been the Indians since I was aware of them, probably since I was 4 or 5 years old, so it will take a long time,” he said. “But we’re not asking anybody to give up their memories or the history of the franchise that will always be there. And for people my age and older, most our life is going to be living as an Indian and not as a Guardian.”Manager Terry Francona’s ties to the ballclub run deep. His father, Tito, played for the Indians in the 1960s.As a stirring video narrated by Oscar-winning actor — and die-hard Indians fan — Tom Hanks was shown to kick off the news conference, Francona moved his seat closer to get a better view.Francona, who is in his ninth season as Cleveland’s on-field leader, planned to show the video to his players before Friday’s game. Francona has gotten some negative backlash about the change, but feels the team is doing it for the right reasons.“What’s important is how people that are different — not less, just different — how they feel about this,” he said. “We’re trying to be respectful and trying to be unified. And change is not always easy, I get it, it doesn’t happen overnight.”Guardians is the fifth name in franchise history joining the Blues (1901), Bronchos (1902), Naps (1903-1914) and Indians (1915-2021).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Odd couple: Mayfield, rocker Alice Cooper team for TV spot

Odd couple: Mayfield, rocker Alice Cooper team for TV spot

They are an odd couple, all right — Baker Mayfield and Alice CooperBy TOM WITHERS AP Sports WriterJuly 23, 2021, 1:19 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield never dreamed of being on a team with Alice Cooper.The Browns quarterback also had no idea the legendary rocker, known for theatrical stage shows featuring pyrotechnics, snakes and a guillotine, had more serious skills.”He’s a scratch golfer,” Mayfield said of the 73-year-old Cooper, who shot three strokes below his age during a round at an area country club this week.The unlikely pairing of Mayfield and one shock rock’s godfathers took place during a TV commercial shoot for Progressive’s popular “At Home With Baker Mayfield” campaign, which features Mayfield and his wife, Emily, living inside FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Browns.In the new spots for the award-winning campaign’s third season, Mayfield and Cooper are neighbors.Mayfield, who led the Browns to their first playoff berth since 2003 last season, knew only a little about Cooper before their first meeting. He was aware of “School’s Out,” Cooper’s summer-has-arrived anthem shouted by kids across the country, but not much more.So Mayfield did some deeper digging into the iconic singer, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.“Just an amazing person. Truly, not what I was expecting,” Mayfield said. “‘He’s a Detroit fan, which I didn’t know. But if you’re born there, you’ve got to be a Lions fan. He’s a fun guy who takes his work very seriously.”He was practicing his lines and I thought it was cool to see someone at that level still taking it that seriously.”Mayfield and Cooper quickly built a strong working rapport and enjoyed their time together on set, often bursting into laughter after a take.Cooper cracked that he heard the Browns, who have Super Bowl hopes this season, might need some help.“Sorry,” he said. “I’m all about the Lions.”———More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP—NFL“Scratch golfer,” Mayfield said of the Hall of Fame rocker.never imagined a commercial campaign featuring him living in an empty football stadium would forecast

Browns' Mac Speedie clears Hall hurdle, overdue induction

Browns' Mac Speedie clears Hall hurdle, overdue induction

CLEVELAND — Mac Speedie spent his life overcoming hurdles both physical and figurative. He’s about to clear another.A quick, sure-handed wide receiver on powerhouse Cleveland Browns teams in the 1940s and 50s, Speedie, who overcame a childhood disease and later delayed his playing career to serve in World War II, is finally being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.“It’s like a dream come true,” his daughter, Rebecca Speedie Walker said from her home in Colorado. “We had all but given up hope to ever see it.”For decades, Speedie, who died in 1993 at age 73, was overlooked for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio. But he’ll soon take his place alongside teammates Otto Graham, Dante Lavelli, Marion Motley, Bill Wills and Lou Groza and their legendary coach Paul Brown — who played a role in Speedie’s delayed induction.When Speedie left Cleveland after the 1952 season to play for more money in Canada, Brown vowed revenge.“He told me when I jumped leagues that he was going to get even with me,” Speedie said in a 1991 Los Angeles Times interview. “There was a time when it bothered me, but that was years and years ago.”Speedie’s getting the last word.A rangy, deceptively fast receiver at 6-foot-3, Speedie played with the Browns from 1946-52. He appeared in six league championship games — four straight in the All-America Football Conference and two in the NFL after Cleveland changed leagues in 1950.He led the AAFC in receptions three times and had the most catches in the NFL in 1952, when he had 62 for 911 yards and scored five touchdowns while being named MVP on a team loaded with stars.Speedie finished with 349 career receptions, 5,602 yards and 33 TDs with the Browns, who went 83-13-3 during his time with them. One of Graham’s primary receivers, Speedie was a major reason the Browns won four consecutive AAFC titles from 1946-49 and captured the NFL title in their first year.And yet, after he retired and his teammates of that golden era of Cleveland football were honored, Speedie was forgotten.“He had so many supporters over the years,” his daughter said. “People would ask: ‘Why isn’t Mac Speedie in the Hall of Fame? Look at the numbers.’”Speedie’s stats are only part of his remarkable journey to football immortality.Born in Illinois and raised in Utah, he was crippled as a boy by Perthes disease, a rare bone condition that left one of his legs shorter. Doctors feared a lifelong handicap. Speedie had other plans.After being forced to wear iron braces for years, Speedie shed them and once described his new-found freedom “like turning a frisky colt out to pasture after a year in a box stall.”As it turns out, Speedie’s given last name suited him perfectly. He was born to run.He was a multi-sport athlete for the Utes, excelling in football, basketball and setting numerous conference track records as a hurdler — a skill he credited for enhancing his balance and timing on the field.Speedie was drafted in 1942 by the Detroit Lions. However, there was another calling and he enlisted in the Army to serve his country.“He was more patriotic than he was in wanting to pursue that path,” his daughter said. “He was a proud man.”It was while playing for a service team that Speedie caught the eye of Brown, who was coaching the Great Lakes Navy team. When the AAFC was formed following the war, Speedie found himself playing for Brown’s Browns.He switched sides of the ball, going from a defensive end to offensive weapon. With Speedie on one side and Lavelli on the other, Graham — whose 10 title games in 10 seasons separate him from any QB in history — picked defenses apart.In 1948, Speedie caught a screen pass from Graham and went 99 yards against Buffalo.“He was almost impossible to cover one on one,” Graham told the L.A. Times. “Dante probably had better hands. I tell you, without those two, I never would have made the Hall of Fame.”If not for his disagreements with Brown, Speedie may have been inducted much sooner.Speedie and his straight-laced coach didn’t have much in common, and he didn’t always agree with how Brown treated players.One summer, Speedie brought a pet skunk to training camp. He named it Paul.Rebecca Speedie Walker described her dad’s relationship with Brown as “spicy.”After retiring as a player, Speedie was an assistant coach with Houston before becoming Denver’s head coach in 1962.Despite a sterling resume and his case being championed by teammates, including Graham and Lavelli, Speedie didn’t make the Hall in his lifetime. Last year, his family got a huge surprise with is election as a member of the Hall’s centennial class.“We woke up early and waited and my husband, Rod, who is my dad’s biggest fan, reached over and he patted me on the leg and said, ‘Honey, it was just an honor for him to get this far,’” Rebecca said. “And when they said ‘Mac Speedie,’ we yelled and jumped up. The windows were shaking in the house.”I just broke down in tears when this emotion rushed over me. He’s finally where he needed to be, in his new earthly home.”———More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP—NFL

Rays acquire All-Star slugger Cruz from non-contending Twins

Rays acquire All-Star slugger Cruz from non-contending Twins

The Tampa Bay Rays added a big bat for the stretch drive, acquiring slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota TwinsBy TOM WITHERS AP Sports WriterJuly 23, 2021, 3:45 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCLEVELAND — Nelson Cruz packed up his big bat and joined a contender.The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Cruz, one of baseball’s most proven sluggers, in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.Cruz was well aware of the likelihood he’d be dealt this month, with the disappointing Twins well out of contention. Nonetheless he told reporters the news still felt “shocking” and “heartbreaking” to him after becoming fond of the organization over his 2 1/2 seasons in Minnesota.“It’s a tough one. I guess it’s a new chapter, and I will embrace it the way I embrace everything in my life — to go help the Tampa Bay Rays to win a championship,” Cruz said.Moments before opening a four-game series at Cleveland, the Rays, who entered the night one game behind first-place Boston in the AL East, announced they got Cruz and minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman.The 41-year-old Cruz has 436 career homers and 1,202 RBIs. He’ll bring some needed pop to Tampa Bay’s lineup and should help the Rays against left-handers. They’re hitting .226 versus lefties.Following Tampa Bay’s 5-4 comeback win over the Indians, Rays manager Kevin Cash said he was thrilled to be adding someone of Cruz’s caliber.“It’s very exciting,” said Cash, who recently managed Cruz in the All-Star Game at Denver. “We’re a good team and we know we just got better by adding Nelson Cruz, one of the hottest bats out there. His presence. His leadership. I’ve known him for a long time now, and you never hear anyone say a negative thing about him, so we’re adding a high-quality hitter and a high-quality person.”Cash wasn’t exactly sure when Cruz will join the Rays.Beyond his skills at the plate, Cruz gives Tampa Bay a seasoned player with years of knowledge.“We’re going to allow him to go out and do what he does,” said Cash, who will have to juggle his roster to make sure Cruz is usually in the lineup. “He’s going to DH and hopefully man that position for three months.”Usually frugal Tampa Bay assumes $5.1 million remaining of Cruz’s $13 million salary. The Rays began the season with a $68.3 million payroll, 26th among the 30 teams.The seven-time All-Star also has plenty of playoff experience with 17 homers and 37 RBIs in 46 postseason games. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season, and over 258 games with the Twins he finished with 76 homers and a .984 OPS.“People joke about how he’s ageless, and it really does feel that way,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said.With a week until the trade deadline and little shot at making the playoffs, the Twins figured they’d get something for Cruz to begin building toward the future. Minnesota entered Thursday at 41-55.“He may be the best teammate I’ve ever seen in terms of the way he goes about his business, the way he puts his arm around people, the way he helps us become better in our front office jobs and coaching staff jobs,” Falvey said. “This guy is beyond special.”A 17-year veteran, Cruz signed a one-year, $13 million deal with Minnesota in February. He has also played for Baltimore, Texas and Seattle. He hit at least 37 homers per season from 2014-19. He belted a career-high 44 homers for the Mariners in 2015.“We thought we should be in the playoff race,” Cruz said. “Never thought we should be in this situation. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. You never want to leave the places where you are, where you feel comfortable. It is what it is. That’s part of the business.”Both Ryan and Strotman were in Triple-A Durham’s rotation.Ryan, who will also pitch for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, had a 3.63 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 57 innings for the Bulls and was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 10 prospect in Tampa Bay’s system. The 25-year-old was a seventh-round draft pick in 2018.Strotman had a 3.39 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings with Durham. The 24-year-old was the 17th-ranked Rays prospect after being drafted in the fourth round in 2017.The 25-year-old Faucher had a 7.04 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings for Double-A Wichita. He was a 10th-round draft pick by the Twins in 2017.———AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell contributed to this report.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Rays get Nelson Cruz in trade, rally to beat Indians in 10

Rays get Nelson Cruz in trade, rally to beat Indians in 10

CLEVELAND — No deficit scares these rallying Rays.Hours after adding slugger Nelson Cruz to their lineup in a major trade, Tampa Bay stormed back for a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night with Austin Meadows delivering an RBI single in the 10th inning.Meadows’ one-out liner on an 0-2 pitch from Bryan Shaw (3-4) brought home Randy Arozarena from second base.It was the second straight game-winning hit for Meadows, who had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth to beat Baltimore on Wednesday.It was also the 30th come-from-behind victory this season for Tampa Bay.“It seems like everyday there’s a new hero,” Meadows said. “It feels like momentum is always on our side.”Down 4-2 in the ninth, the Rays rallied to tie it against closer James Karinchak on a leadoff homer by Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe’s clutch double with two outs.Pete Fairbanks (3-3) pitched the ninth and Diego Castillo struck out Franmil Reyes and Bobby Bradley with the potential tying run at third in the 10th for his 14th save.The Rays announced their acquisition of Cruz just before the first pitch.Needing a big bat for the playoff push, Tampa Bay got a potent one from the disappointing Twins.The Rays sent minor league pitchers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman to Minnesota for the 41-year-old Cruz and right-hander Calvin Faucher. Cruz has 436 career homers, and his presence alone will re-shape Tampa Bay’s lineup.“We’re definitely getting a high-quality hitter and a high-quality person,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash, who has known Cruz for years and recently managed him in the All-Star Game. “There’s guys that can naturally hit and he does it.”Reyes made Tampa Bay pay for a curious strategy by hitting a three-run homer while helping the Indians take a 4-1 lead, but Cleveland’s bullpen collapsed with Karnichak giving up two runs in the ninth.“Unfortunately, failure is a part of the game,” Karinchak said. “You know that coming in. But I’m going to keep trusting the process, keep sticking to myself and keep working on it every day and believing in myself.“Unfortunately there’s bumps in the road, but you keep on board.”Reyes connected off Luis Patino in the third inning after Cash inexplicably had the right-hander intentionally walk struggling José Ramírez (hitless in his last 11 at-bats) with two outs to face Cleveland’s dangerous DH.Indians starter Cal Quantrill allowed just one run in six strong innings.In the third, Reyes, who hit a walk-off, three-run homer to beat Kansas City in a similar situation on July 8, lined a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left field for his 17th homer — and sixth in 13 games since being activated from the injured list.As he rounded third, Reyes defiantly shook his index finger as if to warn the Rays about challenging him.MORGAN MOVEWith two off days coming next week, the Indians sent rookie Eli Morgan back to Triple-A Columbus temporarily and recalled rookie left-hander Sam Hentges to bolster their bullpen.Morgan pitched well in Wednesday’s win at Houston, allowing three runs and three hits in five innings. The Indians are impressed with the 25-year-old’s development.“The kid has some guts,” manager Terry Francona said.OLD PALSFrancona and Cash go way back.Cash played in Boston for Francona and spent two seasons as his bullpen coach in Cleveland before joining the Rays after the 2014 season. Cash recently invited Francona to join him in Denver for the All-Star Game.On previous visits by the Rays, Francona has played pranks on Cash but not this time.“I don’t know where I saw it. But they came out with the 30 managers’ career offensive numbers and Cashie was obviously last,” Francona cracked. “But I was next-to-last, and that really bothered me. I’m like, `I’d better ease off the gas a little bit here, because that’s not good company to keep.’”TRAINER’S ROOMRays: All-Star C Mike Zunino (hip) wanted to play, but Cash insisted upon giving him another day’s rest. Zunino will likely be back in the lineup Friday. … Cash said an MRI taken on RHP J.P. Feyereisen (right shoulder discomfort) showed no structural damage. He’s expected back in a few days.Indians: Francona said RHP Aaron Civale (sprained finger) is expected to throw a bullpen in the next few days. Francona said Civale is still struggling to get full mobility in his finger. … Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (shoulder) continues to throw from 60 to 80 feet as he moves along in his recovery, with no exact timetable to return.UP NEXTZach Plesac (5-3) starts for the Indians, who will either face one of Tampa Bay’s relievers as an opener or Josh Fleming (7-5).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Bradley HR in 9th, Indians overcome bad baserunning, beat KC

Bradley HR in 9th, Indians overcome bad baserunning, beat KC

CLEVELAND — Exiled to the clubhouse after being ejected, Indians manager Terry Francona heard a loud rumble.Bobby Bradley made Progressive Field rock.Bradley homered leading off the ninth inning as Cleveland overcame some brutal baserunning that led a crazy play at third base and Francona getting tossed in a wild 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.Bradley drove a 1-2 pitch from Jake Brentz (2-2) over the wall in right-center for his 10th homer as the Indians got their second straight walk-off win at home, touching off a celebration in the stands and at home plate.Francona didn’t get to see it live.“Because when you come in here, everything is delayed by about eight or 10 seconds,” he said. “I ran to the TV and Bobby is standing there in the batter’s box. Then about two seconds later, I saw why.”That was a very nice little surprise.”It was quite a moment for Bradley, who has given Cleveland’s lineup some pop since he was brought up from the minors. His heroics came a day after Franmil Reyes’ three-run homer in the ninth ended the Indians’ nine-game losing streak.“It’s just baseball at the end of the day and sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t,” said Bradley, who also homered Thursday. “And unfortunately during the nine-game streak, things weren’t going our way, but we never gave up. That’s where we’re at now, just staying in that mindset that we’ve got to fight.”James Karinchak (6-2) got his second win in two nights, steering around a leadoff double in the ninth.Jorge Soler homered for the Royals, who have dropped 14 of 17 to fall a season-worst 16 games under .500.Cleveland got a terrific start from Triston McKenzie, who struck out nine in a career-high seven innings.Before Bradley’s big swing, the Indians were positioned to break a 1-1 tie in eighth — but literally ran themselves out of the inning.Daniel Johnson led off with a soft liner off Royals starter Brad Keller that fell between outfielders Andrew Benetendi and Michael A. Taylor and went to second on a throwing error.César Hernández followed with a single to get Johnson to third, and that’s where the fun started.Amed Rosario hit a grounder to Royals shortstop Nicky Lopez, who trapped Johnson in a rundown between home and third. Johnson stayed alive long enough for Hernández to get to third.But as both were being tagged by Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, Johnson, who was entitled to the base, stepped off and third base umpire James Hoye called both runners out.Francona asked for an explanation on the odd double play. And when he didn’t like what he heard, Francona profanely laid into Hoye before being ejected for the first time this season.“There’s a couple ways to go there and I don’t think they got it right,” Francona said.“I probably said some things that I didn’t mean, but it’s a tough play especially in that situation in the game,” he said.As the play unfolded, Keller, who allowed just one run and four hits in 7 2/3 innings, wasn’t sure what he was seeing.“I think my jaw was on the ground the whole time,” the right-hander said. “I’ve been playing baseball my whole life and I still don’t know the rule. I’ve never seen it happen before and I’m thankful it happened.”McKenzie blanked the Royals on just one hit. The 23-year-old, who has spent the season yo-yoing back and forth from the minors, was at 85 pitches when Francona turned things over to his bullpen in the eighth.Emmanuel Clase couldn’t protect the lead or McKenzie’s win, however, as Soler mashed an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left to tie it 1-1.McKenzie’s solid outing was the just the second time in 26 games that Cleveland, whose rotation has been shredded by injuries all season, had a starter go six innings.“That was so exciting,” Francona said. “In fact, when he came out of the game, I might’ve hurt him I hit him so hard.”TRADE DONEThe Indians acquired right-hander Damon Casetta-Stubbs from Seattle to complete the June 10 trade that sent first baseman Jake Bauers to the Mariners. The 21-year-old has been pitching in A ball.ONE TO GOSantana homered twice against the Indians on Thursday, his first homers against his former team. He has now homered against 29 of 30 active franchises. The only exception are the Dodgers, who originally signed him in 2004.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: RHP Shane Bieber began throwing with weighted balls as he continues to recover from shoulder soreness. The reigning AL Cy Young winner will be further evaluated over the weekend and the medical staff will decide what’s next. He’s been sidelined since June 14. … OF Jordan Luplow (sprained ankle) is scheduled to start playing in games in Arizona next week and will go to Triple-A Columbus before a possible return.UP NEXTIndians RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2) will start Saturday against Royals RHP Mike Minor (6-7), who is 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA in nine appearances against Cleveland.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

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