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Kluber Dominates in Indians Win

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Corey Kluber continued an impressive stretch by pitching into the eighth inning of a 7-1 Cleveland Indians win over Cincinnati on Monday. Kluber allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings, scattering six hits for his fifth straight win.

"Klubes has pitched to the point where, heck yeah, you better play with confidence," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He's one of the best pitchers in the league."

Cleveland (57-55) provided more than enough offense for Kluber, who has not lost since June 30. The big blow came on a Lonnie Chisenhall three-run home run in the fourth, making it 4-0. Yan Gomes later added a two-run blast of his own in the eighth inning.

Kluber also struck out seven in the victory and walked just two batters. He also upped his scoreless innings streak to 17 before a Brayan Pena RBI double in the eighth ended that run. It was Cleveland's fourth consecutive win.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 8/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: San Francisco Giants 4 (61-51) – New York Mets 3 (53-59)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (63-48) – Washington Nationals 3 (60-50)

Cleveland Indians 7 (57-55) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (56-56)

New York Yankees 2 (58-53) – Detroit Tigers 1 (61-48) 

Chicago White Sox 5 (55-58) - Texas Rangers 3 (43-69) - 7 Innings

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (67-44) - Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (63-50)

Oakland Athletics 3 (68-43) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (54-58) 10 Innings

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Asdrubal Cabrera Sent to Nationals

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The NL East leading Washington Nationals acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians, in exchange for shortstop Zach Walters Thursday.

Cabrera is a two-time All Star and is hitting .246, with nine home runs, 40 RBIs, and seven stolen bases this season.

The Nationals skipper Matt Williams says Cabrera will play mainly at second base.

"I like that he is battle tested," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "He has been in the playoffs before. He has been through pennant races. He is a terrific two-way player. He is a great defensive middle infielder. He has been a terrific shortstop defensively. He played second base earlier in his career and played that outstanding. He is very balanced from both side of the plate. He is a big league hitter. We did a lot of work on his makeup and character. He fits in our clubhouse. We heard nothing but positive things about him."

Cabrera, who is in the final year of a three-year contract, is in his eighth major league season. During that time he has compiled a .270 batting average, 82 home runs, 430 RBIs, and 69 stolen bases.


Red Sox Ship John Lackey to the Cardinals 

Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Boston Red Sox stayed active in the trade market Thursday, shipping starting pitcher John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.

It was the second deal completed prior to Thursday's non-waiver deadline by the Red Sox, who also traded All-Star pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

The 35-year-old Lackey will join a Cardinals rotation that has been without starters Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.  The team also acquired starter Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in a separate deal on Wednesday.

Lackey went 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for the Red Sox this season.  He will make just $500,000 in 2015 due to a unique clause in his contract that tacked on an extra season if he underwent Tommy John surgery at any point. Lackey had the procedure in 2011 and missed all of 2012.

Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 2014 with St. Louis, while Craig has struggled at the plate for much of the season.  The once promising young star is hitting just .237 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs.

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Behind Corey Kluber's Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0 

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Now that Justin Masterson is out of town, the Cleveland Indians have found their new staff ace. Cory Kluber held the Seattle Mariners to just three hits in nine innings of work in the team's 2-0 win over the Mariners.

Kluber out-dueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, striking out eight batters over nine innings, lowering his ERA to 2.61 on the season.

"Obviously, it's a challenge going up against one of the best pitchers in the game," Kluber said. "We all look forward to challenges, so it's nice to come out on top."

The only offense in the game came in the 5th inning when Indians catcher Yan Gomes hit an RBI double off Herndandez to score Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher.

In only his second full season as a starting pitcher, Kluber has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League. He ranks in the top 10 in the American League in wins, innings, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.

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Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians 

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  In an attempt to bolster their starting rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired right-hander Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.

Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this season for Cleveland.  He will be a free agent this winter.  Masterson has struggled with a knee injury recently and was placed on the disabled list July 8.  He has yet to be activated.

The 29-year-old right-hander made the All-Star team last season when he went 14-10 with three shutouts.  He finished his career in Cleveland with a 48-61 record.

Ramsey, 24, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State.  In 235 minor league games, he's a .266 hitter with a .368 on base percentage.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) - New York Yankees 4 (54-50)

Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)

Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) - Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)

Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) - Houston Astros 2 (42-63)

Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) - Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)

Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) - Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)

New York Mets 2 (50-55) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (59-47)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (63-41) - Detroit Tigers 1 (57-45)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (58-46) - Seattle Mariners 2 (54-51) - 10 Innings

Atlanta Braves 8 (57-48) - San Diego Padres 3 (46-58)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (55-49) - Colorado Rockies 5 (43-61)

Oakland Athletics 9 (65-39) - Texas Rangers 3 (41-64) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (59-47) - San Francisco Giants 3 (57-48)

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Minnesota Twins 3 (46-54) - Cleveland Indians 1 (51-50)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (57-45) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-50)

Kansas City Royals 2 (50-50) - Chicago White Sox 1 (48-54)

Colorado Rockies 6 (41-60) - Washington Nationals 4 (55-44)

New York Mets 3 (48-53) - Seattle Mariners 2 (53-48)

Detroit Tigers 11 (56-42) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-58)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (54-47) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (56-47)

Atlanta Braves 6 (55-46) - Miami Marlins 1 (47-53)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (53-49) - Boston Red Sox 4 (47-54)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (49-53) - St. Louis Cardinals 0 (54-57)

San Diego Padres 8 (44-56) - Chicago Cubs 3 (41-58) 

New York Yankees 2 (52-48) - Texas Rangers 1 (40-61) - Final in 5 Innings due to rain

Los Angeles Angels 3 (60-40) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (55-45)

Oakland Athletics 9 (62-38) - Houston Astros 7 (42-59)


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Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Pitching prospect Danny Salazar has been recalled by the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians wasted no time getting Salazar on the mound, giving him the start in Tuesday night's 8 to 2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Salazar was sharp, throwing five innings, giving up one run, walking three while striking out six.

The team had high hopes for the 24-year-old this season after he started 10 games last season pitching 52 innings, with a 3.12 ERA, striking out 65 batters while walking only 15. But Salazar wasn't as sharp and was sent to Triple-A Columbus on May 16 after starting eight games, during which he compiled a 1-4 record, 5.53 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.

To make room for Salazar the Indians optioned reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.

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Indians Sweep Detroit in Doubleheader

Jason Miller/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Cleveland Indians swept a doubleheader in Detroit on Saturday, closing to within 4 1/2 games of the division leading Tigers. The Indians (50-47) opened the day with a 6-2 win before downing Detroit (53-41) 5-2 in the nightcap.

Game One's story was the impressive pitching performance of Corey Kluber. The righty pitched into the ninth inning, striking out 10 batters. He came within one out of his second complete game before Bryan Shaw relieved him to finish things out.

The big offensive blow came in the fifth inning with three run-scoring hits to put Cleveland up 3-0. Another run came across in the sixth before the Indians tacked on two more in the ninth. 

Game Two was not so easy for the Indians, taking a tied game into the final inning of regulation. Chris Dickerson hit a pair of solo home runs to put Cleveland up 2-1 after six frames before Austin Jackson's RBI triple in the seventh tied things up.

The Indians then loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against Joe Nathan. Carlos Santana took advantage with a bases clearing double to right-center. Cody Allen finished things off in the bottom half for his 13th save.

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