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Martin's illness hitting Alonso especially hard

Center fielder, first baseman share bond beyond the Indians
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CINCINNATI -- When the Indians acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Tigers last month, Martin was reunited with Yonder Alonso. The Tribe first baseman and Martin were teammates with the Mariners, and they live in Miami and train together in the offseason.

The news that Martin developed a life-threatening bacterial infection was a shock to everyone. It was especially jolting for Alonso, who considers Martin a close friend. The fact that Martin is now in stable condition and out of the intensive care unit at Cleveland Clinic has been extremely welcome news around the clubhouse.

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CINCINNATI -- When the Indians acquired center fielder Leonys Martin from the Tigers last month, Martin was reunited with Yonder Alonso. The Tribe first baseman and Martin were teammates with the Mariners, and they live in Miami and train together in the offseason.

The news that Martin developed a life-threatening bacterial infection was a shock to everyone. It was especially jolting for Alonso, who considers Martin a close friend. The fact that Martin is now in stable condition and out of the intensive care unit at Cleveland Clinic has been extremely welcome news around the clubhouse.

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"We're just hoping for the best," Alonso said. "Obviously, personally, on my end, my level, he's been a really good friend of mine. We hit in the offseason and stuff. So it hit home for sure. Obviously, when we all found out about what was going on, it's just a sad situation. You wish it never happens to anybody, to be honest. But, you feel like he's young, he's in shape, he's going to make it through it all.

"He's going to be better. ... All we can do is pray, and hopefully we'll have him back as soon as possible."

Video: CLE@CIN: Martin recovering from bacterial infection

There is no timetable for Martin's return, and he is currently on the 10-day disabled list. The current goal is simply to have the 30-year-old outfielder regain his strength and return to a clean bill of health. Martin fell ill Aug. 7 and was taken the next day to Cleveland Clinic, where it was determined that an undisclosed bacteria got into his bloodstream, producing toxins that affected his internal organs.

Alonso said the ordeal helped put things in perspective.

"Oh man. I mean, 100 percent," he said. "Everybody here is a normal person. I know that the fans and people who come out to see us every night at 7 o'clock, they don't realize that I get woken up at six in the morning because my son has a fever, or he didn't sleep right, or whatever the case may be. When you do have a life outside of this, and something like this tragically happens, we understand that there's more than baseball.

"And you tend to appreciate this a little bit more as well. Not that we don't appreciate it, but you definitely understand how lucky and privileged we are to play a game that we love and put on a big league uniform every single day."

No timetable on Bauer
Indians manager Terry Francona said there remains no established timetable for a return for starter Trevor Bauer, who is on the 10-day DL with a stress fracture in his right fibula. Francona added the team should have more information Friday, when the Indians are back in Cleveland and Bauer will have gone through follow-up consultations with team doctors.

Video: Mike Chernoff on Leonys Martin and Trevor Bauer

"I don't think we want to put Trevor [on a timetable], because we all know he's going to pitch the minute he can," Francona said. "And these things heal kind of when they [heal]. We should have more information ... after he gets a few more opinions and things, on maybe things we can do to hopefully hasten up the healing process."

Francona was hopeful Bauer will return this season.

Worth noting
• Prior to the Martin trade with the Tigers, the Indians discussed the possibility of moving second baseman Jason Kipnis to the outfield, similar to when he played center field down the stretch last season. Given the unknowns surrounding Martin's situation, Francona was asked if the team would again consider moving Kipnis. In that scenario now, third baseman Jose Ramirez could play second, with Yandy Diaz handling third.

"We talked about it, but I just think that, no, we're just going to keep [Kipnis] right where he is," Francona said. "Last year was so different. He was coming back off of an injury. We had our infield set. We didn't have an outfielder. So it's different circumstances."

• Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall (60-day DL, left calf) has been with the Indians throughout the current road trip through Chicago and Cincinnati. Chisenhall advanced to jogging in his running program and has been hitting and throwing (including throwing to bases from the outfield).

"The good part is he doesn't feel anything," Francona said. "But he hasn't progressed to where he's all-out, either."

• Right-hander Josh Tomlin (10-day DL, right hamstring) logged four innings for Triple-A Columbus on Monday in his latest Minor League rehab outing. Francona said the current plan is to have Tomlin pitch for Columbus on Saturday, building up from Monday's 47 pitches.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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What's in a name? For Bieber, high comedy

Indians rookie embraces jabs by wearing "Not Justin" on jersey for Players' Weekend
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CINCINNATI -- Shane Bieber still is not sure who specifically was behind the prank. Before a start against the Tigers in June, the Indians rookie took the mound to warm up and his usual warm-up music was not playing through the Progressive Field sound system.

Instead, Bieber was greeted with the song "Baby," by pop superstar Justin Bieber. Shortstop Francisco Lindor was near the mound and laughing, but insisted that he had nothing to do with it. In Cleveland's dugout, the rest of the Tribe's starters were smiling and laughing, too.

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CINCINNATI -- Shane Bieber still is not sure who specifically was behind the prank. Before a start against the Tigers in June, the Indians rookie took the mound to warm up and his usual warm-up music was not playing through the Progressive Field sound system.

Instead, Bieber was greeted with the song "Baby," by pop superstar Justin Bieber. Shortstop Francisco Lindor was near the mound and laughing, but insisted that he had nothing to do with it. In Cleveland's dugout, the rest of the Tribe's starters were smiling and laughing, too.

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"I keep hearing new names," said Bieber, when asked who took the lead in pulling off the joke. "I think they were all in on it. We had a rain delay, so they had a lot of time to think about it."

Bieber has had time to think about what nickname to wear across his back as part of Major League Baseball's Players' Weekend on Aug. 24-26. The rookie sent some text messages to a few friends to brainstorm, and the result was one of this year's more entertaining nicknames: Not Justin.

Rather than becoming annoyed by the years of jokes thrown his way, Bieber has learned to laugh along with the instigators. The warm-up song prank was nothing new for the 23-year-old right-hander. He said it happened in opposing ballparks in the Minor Leagues, too, but was most prevalent during his collegiate days with UC Santa Barbara.

"It happened more in college, just because you kind of have that in-conference rivalry aspect," Bieber said. "People want to latch on to that. I mean, I've been hearing it since college. A couple college games, I'd get it every inning until I'd come out of the game."

Bieber said it's no use trying to tune it out, so he decided a long time ago just to roll with the punchlines.

"You know it's there. And it's kind of fun and it's kind of fun to play along with," Bieber said. "I just thought I'd kind of lean into the joke a little bit. I texted a couple buddies and they were like, 'Man, you've got to lean into it.' They said it would be funny, so I went for it.

"A lot of people like to make the joke and try to mistake me for him. So, I thought I'd make it obvious and put it on the back of my jersey to let everyone know I'm not Justin Bieber."

The pitcher laughed when asked if his goal is to eventually become the most famous Bieber.

"I would hope so. I would hope so," the rookie replied. "I don't know. He's kind of kind of got a jump-start on me. He's pretty famous. I'm just having fun with it."

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Masterful Kluber wins No. 15 as Tribe rolls

Ramirez backs sterling start with 3 hits including 36th homer
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CINCINNATI -- The Indians sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the first inning on Tuesday night. Ace Corey Kluber then needed only nine pitches to retire the Reds in order in the home half of the frame. It was clear from the outset that Cleveland was in complete control.

In an 8-1 victory at Great American Ball Park, Kluber used a wealth of run support to his advantage, carving his way through Cincinnati's lineup. The result was a seven-inning gem by the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who joined Luis Severino, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello -- who also won Tuesday -- as the only pitchers with 15 wins on the season in the process.

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CINCINNATI -- The Indians sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the first inning on Tuesday night. Ace Corey Kluber then needed only nine pitches to retire the Reds in order in the home half of the frame. It was clear from the outset that Cleveland was in complete control.

In an 8-1 victory at Great American Ball Park, Kluber used a wealth of run support to his advantage, carving his way through Cincinnati's lineup. The result was a seven-inning gem by the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who joined Luis Severino, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello -- who also won Tuesday -- as the only pitchers with 15 wins on the season in the process.

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Video: CLE@CIN: Gomes plates Alonso with a groundout in 1st

"He's almost getting that second boost going into the end of the season," Indians catcher Yan Gomes said of Kluber. "It's kind of what you want to see out of everybody -- out of all our starters and all of our players. It's good to see him getting back into his rhythm."

Over his past four starts, Kluber has gone 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA.

Jose Ramirez -- once again an MVP contender for the American League Central-leading Indians (68-51) -- powered the lineup with three hits and three runs. His showing featured an RBI single, a hustle double and his third homer in his past three games, giving him 36 shots on the season. Only Boston's J.D. Martinez (37) has more in the Majors.

Video: CLE@CIN: Ramirez homers to right for his 36th dinger

Ramirez said he is not focusing on the home run race with Martinez at the moment.

"That's not really in my head," he said through team interpreter Will Clements. "Any time that I go to the plate, I try to just get good pitches and put good swings on it, and if the ball goes out, then it goes out. I really hope that J.D. hits 200 home runs this year."

J-Ram chasing down J.D. in home run race

Ramirez got Cleveland's lineup rolling with a single in the first inning that scored shortstop Francisco Lindor, who leads MLB with 102 runs scored. That sparked a four-run outburst against Reds starter Sal Romano, who also surrendered a two-run single to Yonder Alonso in the frame. Ramirez then doubled and scored in the second.

Video: CLE@CIN: Alonso laces a 2-run single up the middle

In the sixth inning, Ramirez belted a towering solo shot off reliever Michael Lorenzen, who chewed up 4 1/3 innings after Romano lasted only five outs. The eight runs combined off Romano and Lorenzen were more than sufficient for Kluber, who improved to 15-6 with a 2.68 ERA in the victory.

"He was good," manager Terry Francona said of Kluber. "There was some early contact, and he kind of stayed off the barrel, like you're supposed to. It was good."

Cincinnati's lone breakthrough against Kluber arrived in the seventh, when Tucker Barnhart pulled a pitch into the right-field corner, where outfielder Brandon Guyer stumbled as the ball rolled along the wall. Barnhart wound up with a triple and then crossed the plate on a base hit by Preston Tucker.

Video: CLE@CIN: Tucker scores Barnhart with a single in 7th

Prior to Tuesday's game, the Indians announced that starter Trevor Bauer was placed on the disabled list due to a stress fracture in his right fibula. That was tough news for one of baseball's elite rotations, but it is not unfamiliar territory for a group that reached the 2016 World Series with multiple starters out with injury.

Cleveland was already planning on leaning heavily on Kluber down the stretch, but his outings become increasingly important in the wake of Bauer's situation. A few hours after Bauer was officially shelved, Kluber faced the minimum over his first four frames and finished with seven strikeouts against two walks in a 96-pitch effort.

Video: CLE@CIN: Cabrera laces an RBI single to left in 2nd

"It's disappointing. Trevor has been a huge part of this team," Kluber said. "I think you take the approach that the 25 guys you have are going to suit up and give it everything they have. You try to find a way to win each and every day, regardless of who may be hurt and who may be unavailable.

"That's what we've done in the past, and we've kind of avoided getting wrapped up in losing somebody important."

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Hustle runs: After a one-out single by Michael Brantley in the second, Ramirez pulled a pitch from Romano with an exit velocity of 102.5 mph. Brantley had to dodge out of the way of the hard-hit grounder before sprinting to second.

At first, it looked like Brantley was going to stop there, but he continued on to third, as right fielder Mason Williams relayed the ball to second baseman Scooter Gennett. Ramirez tore around first and dove into second with a double right behind Gennett. The combined hustle of Brantley and Ramirez set up a sac fly by Alonso and an RBI single from Melky Cabrera to knock Romano out of the game.

Video: CLE@CIN: Ramirez hustles out a double in the 2nd

"I started off hard out of the box, thinking it was a double," Ramirez said. "And then I almost stopped when I was coming around first base, because I saw Brantley, at that moment, was hitting second base. But then, when I saw him turn on and go, I was able to advance as well."

Even third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh was surprised Ramirez pulled off the two-base hit.

"I'm sure they thought maybe they had a shot at Michael at third," Sarbaugh said. "Just because of how the play developed. And then, out of nowhere, here comes Josey diving into second. I was like, 'Wow.' That set up that inning."

Video: CLE@CIN: Brantley rises up to grab Suarez's liner

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
With two outs in the third, Billy Hamilton drew a walk and then tried to steal second against Kluber and Gomes. Initially, Hamilton was called safe on a bang-bang play -- momentarily resulting in his 30th theft of the season. That changed following a Cleveland challenge, which resulted in the stolen base being overturned via replay review. Replays showed Lindor getting a tag on the back of Hamilton's legs before his hands reached the base on a head-first slide.

That made baserunners 0-for-6 vs. Kluber this season after they stole 15 bases in 20 attempts against the ace in 2017. Over '15-17, runners stole 35 bases in 54 tries against Kluber.

"I think I'm doing a little better job of keeping guys close," Kluber said. "But more so, I think it's just [the catchers]."

Video: CLE@CIN: Gomes throws out Hamilton after review

SOUND SMART
Ramirez currently has 27 stolen bases, 31 doubles and 36 home runs. With three more steals, he will join Grady Sizemore (2008) as the only players in Indians history to reach at least 30 in each of those categories. The last MLB player to have at least 30 steals, doubles and homers in one season was Ryan Braun in '12.

HE SAID IT
"He has that aggressive mentality. He's always looking to take the extra base, and he's got a lot of confidence on the bases. You put that together, and you have a very good baserunner, which he is. It's just his instincts, just the way he reads a ball off the bat." -- Sarbaugh, on Ramirez

Video: CLE@CIN: Ramirez opens the scoring with an RBI single

"I think he's trending in that direction. I think there's more in there. I think as he gets back to where it is, you'll see more of the finish or the power to his pitches." -- Francona, on Kluber

UP NEXT
Rookie Shane Bieber (6-2, 4.24 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Tribe on Wednesday, when the Reds host the Indians in the 2018 Ohio Cup finale at 7:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park. Bieber is 2-0 with a 3.82 ERA in five road starts this season. Cincinnati will counter with righty Robert Stephenson (0-1, 6.75).

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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J-Ram keeping heat on J.D., belts 36th homer

Ramirez goes deep in 3rd straight to pull within one of MLB lead
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CINCINNATI -- Every time it looks like Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez is pulling away atop the home run leaderboard, Jose Ramirez seems to fight his way up the chart. The Indians third baseman was at it again on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

Ramirez powered the Tribe offense in an 8-1 rout of the Reds with three hits, three runs and his 36th home run of the season for the American League Central-leading Indians. That gave Ramirez three homers in his past three games, pulling him one behind Martinez for the Major League lead.

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CINCINNATI -- Every time it looks like Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez is pulling away atop the home run leaderboard, Jose Ramirez seems to fight his way up the chart. The Indians third baseman was at it again on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

Ramirez powered the Tribe offense in an 8-1 rout of the Reds with three hits, three runs and his 36th home run of the season for the American League Central-leading Indians. That gave Ramirez three homers in his past three games, pulling him one behind Martinez for the Major League lead.

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Asked if he has paid attention to Martinez's home run total, Ramirez smirked.

"That's not really in my head," Ramirez said, via team interpreter Will Clements. "Any time that I go to the plate, I try to just get good pitches and put good swings on it, and if the ball goes out, then it goes out. I really hope that J.D. hits 200 home runs this year."

And if that were possible, would Ramirez try to hit 201?

"300," he quipped.

Indians manager Terry Francona joked that the Reds found Ramirez's weakness on Monday night, when utility man Brandon Dixon took the mound for the first time in his career and struck out the Tribe's powerful slugger. Consider that a momentary lapse for the Indians' MVP candidate.

Video: CLE@CIN: Dixon sends Ramirez's bat flying on K in 9th

On Tuesday, the Reds struggled to contain Ramirez, whose homer off Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen in the sixth inning capped off the All-Star's three-hit night. Ramirez also contributed an RBI single in a four-run first inning and pulled off a hustle double in the second to ignite another rally.

Ramirez's performance gave him 31 doubles, 84 runs scored and 89 RBIs through 117 games played this season. With three more stolen bases, the third baseman would join Grady Sizemore (2008) as the only players in franchise history to have at least 30 homers, 30 doubles and 30 steals in a single season.

Ramirez also has 8.2 WAR (per Fangraphs), which leads the Majors and marks the 12th-best single-season total in recorded Indians history. Tuesday's showing moved Ramirez past Tris Speaker (8.0 WAR in 1916) on that all-time leaderboard. Ramirez's mark is the highest by a Cleveland batter in one year since '53, when Al Rosen posted 9.1 WAR.

Video: CLE@CIN: Ramirez opens the scoring with an RBI single

The home run dropped jaws on Tuesday, but Ramirez also showed off his elite baserunning as well.

In the second inning, Ramirez sent a pitch from Reds starter Sal Romano into right field for what looked like a sure single. On the play, Michael Brantley went from first to third, drawing a throw to second baseman Scooter Gennett from right fielder Mason Williams. As Gennett was catching the ball, Ramirez was diving into second base right behind him for an unlikely double.

Video: CLE@CIN: Ramirez hustles out a double in the 2nd

That helped set up a two-run inning that knocked Romano out of the contest.

"I don't know how many times I've said it, he sees the field," Francona said. "That was the best example. He literally saw that -- saw Brantley, saw the outfielder. That was incredible. That was a nice piece of baseball."

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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Bauer to DL with stress fracture in right ankle

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CINCINNATI -- Indians manager Terry Francona was exchanging text messages on Tuesday afternoon with pitcher Trevor Bauer, who was back in Cleveland to have his right ankle examined. Bauer had just learned that there was a small stress fracture in his fibula, and a trip to the disabled list was required.

"He said he was sorry," said Francona, who managed a slight laugh.

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CINCINNATI -- Indians manager Terry Francona was exchanging text messages on Tuesday afternoon with pitcher Trevor Bauer, who was back in Cleveland to have his right ankle examined. Bauer had just learned that there was a small stress fracture in his fibula, and a trip to the disabled list was required.

"He said he was sorry," said Francona, who managed a slight laugh.

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There was no apology necessary from Bauer, whose first trip to the 10-day DL is based on a fluke comebacker that found the back of his right leg on Saturday in Chicago. The Indians are still gathering information about Bauer's injury, so Francona was unable to offer a possible timetable for the right-hander's return prior to Tuesday's game against the Reds.

With Bauer landing on the DL, Cleveland recalled lefty Tyler Olson from Triple-A Columbus to give the bullpen an extra arm for the next few games. Bauer was originally slated to start on Friday against the Orioles, but Carlos Carrasco slid into that slot due to the team's off-day on Thursday. On Saturday, righty Adam Plutko will be summoned from Triple-A to assume Bauer's spot in the rotation.

Depending on how much time Bauer misses, Francona said righty Josh Tomlin (currently rehabbing with Triple-A Columbus while on the 10-day DL due to a right hamstring issue) could also be an option for the rotation.

Francona noted that Bauer has another consultation coming up with Dr. Jason Genin, one of the Indians' team physicians, to begin piecing together a rehab plan. The manager said Bauer wants to find out if there is anything that can be done "to expedite the healing" process.

"So, we don't really have timeframes yet. We'll have more soon," Francona said. "Knowing Trev, he'll keep his arm in shape, and he'll be raring to go whenever he's able to be raring to go. You feel for him, but he's put himself in such a good place."

Video: CLE@CWS: Bauer struck by comebacker, leaves game

Bauer has been more than good. The righty had emerged as a Cy Young Award contender this season.

Entering Tuesday, Bauer ranked first in the Majors in home run rate (0.43 per nine innings); second in innings pitched (166); third in WAR (5.9 per Frangraphs), Fielding Independent Pitching (2.38) and strikeouts (214); fifth in ERA (2.22), strikeouts per nine innings (11.6) and strikeout rate (31.5 percent) and eighth in strikeout-minus-walk rate (23.2 percent) and opponents' average (.203).

The injury occurred in the seventh inning on Saturday, when Jose Abreu sent a fastball from Bauer back up the middle and off the back of the pitcher's right ankle. Bauer inadvertently kicked the ball to first baseman Yonder Alonso, who gloved it and stepped on first for the out. The right-hander tumbled to the dirt before limping around the mound and exiting the game.

Video: CLE@CWS: Bauer strikes out 8 in 6 1/3 before exiting

Initially, X-ray results showed no structural damage, and Bauer expressed confidence in being able to start as planned on Friday. On Tuesday morning, the Indians sent him back to Cleveland, where an MRI exam revealed the small stress fracture.

"I'm glad the trainers decided to send him back," Francona said. "They X-rayed it, and they didn't see anything. But, I think they must've had something in the back of their mind that they were worried about. So, I'm really glad they decided to do that."

Francona reiterated that the positive aspect of the setback was that it did not involve Bauer's arm.

"I really feel like, knowing him," said the manager, "he'll keep his arm good and strong, and when he comes back, he'll pick it up right where he left off."

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Tribe's best August trade netted key starter

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While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made:

ANGELS
Acquired: LF Justin Upton from DET
Gave up: RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named or cash
Date: Aug. 31, 2017
The Angels acquired Upton in the midst of their playoff push last season, giving the club a middle-of-the-order bat to slot behind Mike Trout in their lineup. While the Angels ultimately fell short in the American League Wild Card race, Upton posted an .887 OPS with seven home runs in 27 games before deciding to re-sign with the club on a five-year, $106 million deal during the offseason. 

While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made:

ANGELS
Acquired: LF Justin Upton from DET
Gave up: RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named or cash
Date: Aug. 31, 2017
The Angels acquired Upton in the midst of their playoff push last season, giving the club a middle-of-the-order bat to slot behind Mike Trout in their lineup. While the Angels ultimately fell short in the American League Wild Card race, Upton posted an .887 OPS with seven home runs in 27 games before deciding to re-sign with the club on a five-year, $106 million deal during the offseason. 

ASTROS
Acquired: 3B Jeff Bagwell from BOS
Gave up: RHP Larry Andersen
Date: Aug. 30, 1990
As impactful as the Astros' trade was last year to land Justin Verlander, the club's 1990 trade netted a player who would don an Astros uniform for all 15 years of his Major League career and end up in the Hall of Fame. Bagwell is the greatest slugger in Astros history, winning the 1991 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1994 NL Most Valuable Player Award, being named to four All-Star teams and belting 449 career home runs. The first baseman led a resurgence of baseball in Houston in the 1990s and helped take the franchise to new heights in the early 2000s.

Video: Jeff Bagwell reflects on conversation with Andersen

Andersen was a 16-year-veteran who had a 1.95 ERA in 50 appearances on the season for Houston at the time of the trade. With Bagwell, a third baseman at the time, blocked by future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs at the position, Boston made the deal for a reliever who would appear in 15 games with a 1.23 ERA. That winter, Andersen signed as a free agent with the Padres, and pitched for two seasons with San Diego before his final two seasons with the Phillies.

ATHLETICS
Acquired: SS Stephen Drew from ARI
Gave up: INF Sean Jamieson
Date: Aug. 20, 2012
The A's might have outdone themselves this year with the additions of relievers Fernando Rodney and Shawn Kelley, but their 2012 trade for Drew gave them a significant upgrade at shortstop, which was a vital piece at the time. Drew collected 16 RBIs in 39 regular-season games, then came up with four hits in 19 at-bats during the AL Division Series against the Tigers, including an RBI double in a one-run Game 4 victory that sent the series to a winner-take-all affair.

BLUE JAYS
Acquired: 3B/OF Jose Bautista from PIT
Gave up: C Robinson Diaz
Date: Aug. 21, 2008
The Blue Jays weren't expecting big things from Bautista, but they needed a temporary replacement for the injured Scott Rolen and he fit the bill. Toronto had to part only with a fringe prospect to get the deal done, and his versatility at first base, right field and second base kept Bautista on the team even after Rolen returned. Two years later, Bautista made franchise history by hitting 54 home runs in a single season, and he ultimately turned into one of the best players to ever wear the blue and white.

Video: TEX@TOR Gm5: Bautista hammers go-ahead three-run shot

BRAVES
Acquired: RHP John Smoltz from DET
Gave up: RHP Doyle Alexander
Date: Aug. 12, 1987
The Tigers won each of Alexander's 11 remaining regular-season starts and captured the American League East title in 1987; the 36-year-old would pitch two more seasons for Detroit, including an All-Star campaign in '88. Meanwhile, Smoltz was just a year removed from high school ball, but would end up constructing a Hall of Fame career as he helped the Braves win 14 consecutive division crowns and the 1995 World Series. He also won the NL Cy Young Award in 1996, and was an eight-time All Star, becoming one of the most successful postseason pitchers in baseball history with a 2.67 ERA over 41 appearances, and the 1992 NL Championship Series MVP Award. A year earlier, he tossed a six-hit shutout of the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS to send Atlanta to its first World Series.

Video: 1991 NLCS Gm7: Smoltz shuts the door, Braves to WS

BREWERS
Acquired: RHP Don Sutton from HOU
Gave up: Players to be named and cash (OF Kevin Bass and pitchers Frank DiPino and Mike Madden)
Date: Aug. 30, 1982
Bass went on to have a solid 14-year career but the deal was worth it to land Sutton, the future Hall of Famer who represented the final piece of the finest team in Brewers history. Sutton's shining moment for Milwaukee was the '82 regular-season finale in Baltimore, when he allowed two runs in eight innings of a must-win game opposite Orioles ace Jim Palmer. It clinched the American League East and moved the Brewers a step closer to their only World Series appearance to date.

CARDINALS
Acquired: OF Larry Walker from COL
Gave up: RHP Jason Burch, LHP Luis Martinez and LHP Chris Narveson
Date: Aug. 6, 2004
In the penultimate year of Walker's career, he accepted a trade to the Cardinals and then helped the club reach the World Series. After hitting .280/.393/.560 with 11 homers in 44 regular-season games, Walker hit six homers and slugged .707 in his second postseason appearance.

CUBS
Acquired: 1B Randall Simon from PIT
Gave up: OF Ray Sadler
Date: Aug. 17, 2003
The Cubs had made a blockbuster deal at the non-waiver Trade Deadline to get Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton from the Pirates, then added Simon, who batted .282 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 33 games. Simon provided the spark and the Cubs went 24-16 after he joined the team to win the NL Central. Simon would go on to hit .333 (8-for-24) with three doubles and a homer in the postseason.

D-BACKS
Acquired: RHP Livan Hernandez and cash from WAS
Gave up: LHP Matt Chico; RHP Garrett Mock
Date: Aug. 7, 2006
While Hernandez didn't pitch the D-backs to the postseason in 2006, he did stick around to be a valuable contributor and staff leader the following year when the D-backs won the NL West and swept the Cubs in the NLDS before losing to the Rockies in the NLCS.

DODGERS
Acquired: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, INF Nick Punto and cash from BOS
Gave up: INF Ivan De Jesus, 1B James Loney, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa and OF Jerry Sands
Date: Aug. 25, 2012
The word "blockbuster" is overused, but it should be defined by this nine-player trade. Guggenheim's new Dodgers ownership made a credibility statement that the tight-fisted ways of the McCourt era were over. The Dodgers never won a World Series because of it, but the veterans helped the club compete while buying time for young talent to mature. None of the prospects dealt away panned out, but Boston won a World Series anyway and dumped $262 million in salary.

GIANTS
Acquired: RHP Rick Reuschel from PIT
Gave up: RHPs Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin
Date: Aug. 21, 1987
Reuschel stabilized the Giants' starting rotation, going 5-3 down the stretch to help San Francisco win the NL West for the first time since 1971. "Big Daddy" also finished 36-19 in the next two seasons and was the staff ace when the Giants reached the World Series in 1989.

INDIANS
Acquired: SP Mike Clevinger from LAA
Gave up: RP Vinnie Pestano
Date: Aug. 7, 2014
The Angels wanted a reliever for the stretch run, so they added Pestano and dealt Clevinger (a prospect with mechanical flaws and in the early stages of a Tommy John surgery comeback). Clevinger was a project, but he went to work with the Indians, rebuilt his delivery, broke into the Majors in '16 and is now fixture in one of baseball's best rotations. Pestano hasn't pitched in the Majors since '15, and Clevinger has a 3.59 ERA in 67 career appearances for Cleveland (54 starts).

Video: CLE@BAL: Clevinger dominates O's with two-hit shutout

MARINERS
Acquired: LF Vince Coleman from KC
Gave up: RHP Jim Converse
Date: Aug. 15, 1995
The Mariners immediately inserted the veteran speedster as their leadoff hitter for the final month and a half of their magical 1995 season, and he provided a huge spark. When Coleman was acquired by general manager Woody Woodward, Seattle was 51-50 and 12 1/2 games back in the AL West. It wound up winning the division and earning the first playoff berth in franchise history as the 33-year-old posted a .290/.335/.395 line with 16 stolen bases and 27 runs in 40 games.

MARLINS
Acquired: 1B/OF Jeff Conine from BAL
Gave up: RHP Denny Bautista, RHP Don Levinski
Date: Aug. 31, 2003
Pursuing the lone NL Wild Card spot at the time, the Marlins acquired Conine minutes before the midnight waiver deadline, with the deal completed while the veteran was on the Orioles' team plane. The Marlins were desperate for an established veteran the day after All-Star Mike Lowell broke his left hand. Conine hit five home runs and drove in 15 runs in September, and made an impact in the playoffs during the Marlins' World Series championship season.

Video: 2003 NLCS Gm5: Jeff Conine hits a solo home run

METS
Acquired: 2B Jeff Kent and a player to be named (OF Ryan Thompson) from TOR
Gave up: RHP David Cone
Date: Aug. 27, 1992
With the Mets well out of NL East contention and Cone set to become a free agent after the season, the team shipped him to the Blue Jays for Kent -- then just 24 years old. Although Kent would not develop into a National League MVP until after the Mets parted ways with him, he hit 67 of his 377 career homers over parts of five seasons in New York. Cone, meanwhile, went on to post a 2.55 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) down the stretch for Toronto, helping the franchise win its first World Series title with a 3.22 ERA in four postseason starts.

NATIONALS
Acquired: Catcher Kurt Suzuki and cash considerations from OAK
Gave up: catcher David Freitas
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
On their way to their first postseason berth in club history, the Nats made the upgrade behind the dish for a veteran behind the plate. Suzuki would go on to bat .267/.321/.404 in 43 games with Washington down the stretch and served as the starting catcher in the postseason before he struggled at the start of the 2013 season and was traded back to Oakland.

ORIOLES
Acquired: OF Tito Landrum from STL
Gave up: Landrum was the player to be named from a deal made on June 14, 1983, in which the Orioles sent Floyd Rayford to St. Louis.
Date: Aug. 31, 1983
Landrum hit the game-winning home run for the Orioles in the final game of the 1983 ALCS in Chicago. He was such an unlikely hero that teammate John Lowenstein joked that he was not sure of Landrum's first name.

PADRES
Acquired: Brian Giles from PIT
Gave up: Jason Bay, Oliver Perez and LHP Cory Stewart
Date: Aug. 26, 2003
On the whole, this trade turned out pretty even. But there's no denying Giles' impact on the back-to-back NL West champion Padres teams in 2005 and '06. In parts of seven seasons with San Diego, Giles batted .279/.380/.435 with 83 homers. Bay would go on to have an 11-year MLB career over which he hit 222 homers, including 139 for Pittsburgh. Still, the trade helped San Diego get to the postseason in back-to-back years, and was worth the price.

PHILLIES
Acquired: RHP Jamie Moyer from SEA
Gave up: RHP Andrew Baldwin and RHP Andy Barb
Date: Aug. 19, 2006
The Phillies held a fire sale before July 31, 2006, trading Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, David Bell and Rheal Cormier, and designating Ryan Franklin for assignment. But afterward, the Phillies started to play well and acquired Moyer for an unexpected postseason run. They fell short in 2006, but Moyer helped the Phillies win the NL East in 2007 and the World Series in 2008.

PIRATES
Acquired: OF Jason Bay, LHP Oliver Perez and LHP Cory Stewart from SD
Gave up: OF Brian Giles
Date: Aug. 26, 2003
The deal worked out well for both sides, as Giles continued to produce in San Diego and finished ninth in NL MVP voting in 2005. But Bay was worth the price, winning the 2004 NL Rookie of the Year Award before earning two All-Star nods with Pittsburgh. Perez was also dominant in 2004 (12-10, 2.98 ERA, 239 strikeouts), and he's still pitching in the Majors as a reliever. 

Video: CHC@PIT: Bay records eight RBIs including grand slam

RANGERS
Acquired: RHP John Burkett from FLA
Gave up: RHP Rick Helling and RHP Ryan Dempster
Date: Aug. 8, 1996
This is the trade that put the Rangers over the top on their way to the first division title in franchise history. Burkett, reinforcing the rotation, threw a shutout against the Blue Jays in his first start and his biggest victory came on Sept. 21. The Rangers had lost five in a row and nine of 10 as their lead was down to one game. But Burkett pitched the Rangers to a 7-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim to stop their skid for one of the biggest regular-season wins in franchise history. Dempster and Helling -- both prospects at the time -- went on to distinguished careers, but the price was worth it for Texas.

RAYS
Acquired: RHP Chad Bradford from BAL
Gave up: Cash
Date: Aug. 7, 2008
Bradford arrived to give the Rays a different look to their bullpen. The submariner of "Moneyball" fame appeared in 21 games and pitched to a 1.42 ERA. He made seven postseason appearances for the Rays, logging a 1.13 ERA in eight innings.

RED SOX
Acquired: INF Ivan DeJesus, 1B James Loney, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa, and OF/1B Jerry Sands from LAD
Gave up: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, INF Nick Punto.and cash
Date: Aug. 25, 2012
On paper, the Red Sox gave up three former All-Stars and received little in return. In reality, the club shed more than $250 million in guaranteed salary for players who were no longer performing at their prime levels. This trade is widely credited as one of the reasons for the Sox winning the World Series in 2013. General manager Ben Cherington used the newfound payroll flexibility to re-tool with free agents Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara, Ryan Dempster and David Ross. Those players fit perfectly on the field and in the clubhouse.

REDS
Acquired: 1B/manager Pete Rose from MON
Gave up: INF Tom Lawless
Date: Aug. 16, 1984
In a stunning move, the Reds brought back a hometown favorite in Rose to take on the rare role of player-manager. The deal immediately energized the Cincinnati fan base after losing seasons from 1982-84. Not only did Rose the player break Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in 1985 to great fanfare, Rose the manager was at the helm for a contender that had four straight second-place finishes from 1985-88. That helped create the foundation for the 1990 World Series title season.

ROCKIES
Acquired:RHP Jose Contreras from CWS
Gave up: Minor League RHP Brandon Hynick
Date: Aug. 31, 2009
Contreras went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven games, including two starts, and was one of two key veteran August pickups. The Rockies also picked up Jason Giambi, who had been released earlier in the month by the Athletics. Giambi hit .292 in 19 games as he and Contreras helped push the Rockies into the postseason as the NL Wild Card team.

ROYALS
Acquired: OF Josh Willingham from MIN
Gave up: Right-hander Jason Adam
Date: Aug. 11, 2014
It wasn't a blockbuster deal, but Willingham will be forever in Royals lore. He singled (his last big league hit) to spark a ninth-inning rally in the 2014 AL Wild Card game that tied the score. The Royals went on to win the game, the first off 11 straight playoff wins that year, and eventually advance to Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

TIGERS
Acquired: OF Delmon Young from MIN
Gave up: LHP Cole Nelson, RHP Lester Oliveros
Date: Aug. 15, 2011
Young homered three times in the Tigers' 2011 ALDS win over the Yankees, then hit two more in the ALCS vs. Texas. A year later, he was named MVP of the ALCS after going 6-for-17 with two homers and six RBIs. He went 5-for-14 with a solo homer in the 2012 World Series against the Giants.

TWINS
Acquired: RHP Bert Blyleven from CLE
Gave up: INF Jay Bell, LHP Curt Wardle, OF Jim Weaver and a player to be named (RHP Rich Yett on Sept. 18, 1985)
Date: Aug. 1, 1985
The Twins reacquired future Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven in an August trade, as he had previously pitched in Minnesota from 1970-76. Blyleven made 120 starts with the Twins after the trade, including helping the franchise to its first World Series title in 1987. Bell went on to a solid 18-year career, but the Twins had Greg Gagne entrenched at shortstop at the time of the trade.

WHITE SOX
Acquired: 1B Ted Kluszewski from PIT
Gave up: Minor League IF Robert Sagers and RF/1B Harry Simpson
Date: Aug. 25, 1959
Nearing the end of his career, Kluszewski hit .297 with two home runs and 10 RBIs over 112 plate appearances and 31 games in the regular season for the AL champs. But the Big Klu hit .391 with three homers and 10 RBIs during a six-game World Series loss to the Dodgers.

YANKEES
Acquired: 3B Charlie Hayes from PIT
Gave up: RHP Chris Corn
Date: Aug. 30, 1996
Hayes rejoined the Yankees just in time for the birth of a dynasty, batting .284 in 20 games for his new team to supplement a fatigued Wade Boggs' production at the hot corner. Hayes was on the field to secure the final out of the World Series, a foul pop behind third base off the bat of the Braves' Mark Lemke. Corn never advanced past Double-A.

Video: WS1996 Gm6: Sterling, Kay call Yanks World Series win

Indians' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here are the nicknames Indians' big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here are the nicknames Indians' big leaguers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Cody Allen: "CHICKEN"
-- This dates back to the days when Frank Herrmann was in the Indians' bullpen. There was an inside joke between the relievers, with Herrmann calling Allen "Chicken Al." The first part of that nickname stuck and Allen is often referred to as "Chicken" by his teammates.
Yonder Alonso: "MR. 305"
-- The rapper Pitbull has a record label called "Mr. 305 Inc." in reference to Miami's area code. After defecting from Cuba when he was young, Alonso grew up in Miami and played baseball at the University of Miami.
Cody Anderson: "BIG RIG"
-- Anderson was dubbed "Big Rig" by his teammates due to his imposing build. The pitcher -- currently sidelined due to Tommy John surgery -- has a horse called "Little Rig."
Trevor Bauer: "BAUER OUTAGE"
-- The Indians pitcher's Twitter handle is @BauerOutage, which is a play on words from "power outage." Bauer has lived up to that nickname this season with the lowest home-run rate in the Majors.
Shane Bieber: "NOT JUSTIN"
-- This one hardly needs an explanation. Thanks to his last name, the Indians rookie pitcher has lived through a lifetime of jokes and jabs related to the singer Justin Bieber.
Michael Brantley: "JUNIOR"
-- Brantley's father, Mickey Brantley, played in the Majors with the Mariners from 1986-89. Mickey's full name is Michael Charles Brantley, and his son is Michael Charles Jr.
Melky Cabrera: "MELK MAN"
-- Cabrera has had the "Melk Man" nickname for years now, a play off his first name. When he makes a nice catch or comes through with a big hit, the "Melk Man" delivers.

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Carlos Carrasco: "COOKIE"
-- Carrasco's nickname dates back to 2011, when -- as the story goes -- former closer Chris Perez saw him eating cookies and began calling him "Cookie" from then on. The name stuck and is now what teammates call Carrasco in the clubhouse.
Lonnie Chisenhall: "BIGLON"
-- Chisenhall's Twitter handle is @BigLon8.
Adam Cimber: "CIM"
Mike Clevinger: "SUNSHINE"
-- With his long hair and colorful tattoos, Clevinger is a kind of free spirit. The pitcher loves to wear stylish cleats, which often honor his wife and two young daughters. Sunflowers are a prominent symbol used by Clevinger and the nickname "Sunshine" fits the theme.
Rajai Davis: "RAJ"
Edwin Encarnacion: "RIVERA"
-- Encarnacion's Players' Weekend name honors his mother, Mireya Rivera.
Yan Gomes: "GOMER"
-- It's simple, but it stems from manager Terry Francona, who often replaces "s" with "r" when talking about his players. Corey Kluber is "Klubes," for example. So, Gomes became "Gomer" when Francona took the helm in Cleveland.
Erik Gonzalez: "LA PARITA"
Nick Goody: "GOODS"
Brandon Guyer: "LA PIÑATA"
-- This is in reference to Guyer's knack for getting hit by pitches. He led MLB in hit-by-pitches in 2015 and '16 and has been hit once every 17.8 plate appearances over the course of his big league career.
Brad Hand: "BROTEIN SHAKE"
Jason Kipnis: "DIRTBAG"
-- Kipnis has a reputation for getting his uniform dirty and has been known as "Dirtbag" for years in Cleveland.
Corey Kluber: "KLUBER"
Francisco Lindor: "MR. SMILE"
-- Lindor has become known as one of the more energetic players in the game and the dynamic shortstop is usually playing with a smile on his face. He's even noted that he probably would've considered dentistry if he wasn't playing baseball. Lindor debuted the "Mr. Smile" nickname on Players' Weekend in 2017.
Leonys Martin: "THE ASERE"
Andrew Miller: "MILLER TIME"
Tyler Naquin: "BILLY"
Dan Otero: "OT"
-- Otero wasn't known as "OT" until he came to Cleveland, where Francona began using that nickname for the reliever.
Oliver Perez: "OLLIE"
Jose Ramirez: "ENRIQUITO"
-- Ramirez has been known by many nicknames over the years. He was "Mini Me" when Juan Uribe was with the Tribe. Francona called him "George" at one point, referencing Ramirez's "George Jefferson" strut. The manager took to calling Ramirez "Rammer" for a while, too. On Twitter, the third baseman is Mr. Lapara. For his Players' Weekend moniker, though, Ramirez honored his father, Enrique, with "Enriquito," meaning Little Enrique. It was Ramirez's dad who pushed Jose to not let his short stature hinder him from pursuing the game he loved.
Roberto Perez: "BEBO"
-- Perez was raised in Puerto Rico by his mother, Lilliam Martinez, who called him "Bebo" from a young age, because she thought he looked like a baby from magazine ads. The nickname stuck throughout Perez's life and his teammates call him that to this day.
Neil Ramirez: "RAMMER"
Danny Salazar: "SALLY"
Josh Tomlin: "SCRUBS"

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

Cleveland Indians

Big inning, Ramirez help Tribe overwhelm Reds

Indians plate seven in seventh frame; J-Ram hits 35th homer
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CLEVELAND -- Circumstances have brought Greg Allen and Yandy Diaz back from the Minor Leagues and thrust them into the thick of the postseason chase for the Indians. Expected or not, Cleveland has asked them to focus on contributing to wins, not only on development.

On Monday night, Allen and Diaz played a key role in lighting the spark on a seven-run outburst in the sixth, helping propel the Tribe to a 10-3 rout of the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Combined with another big night from Jose Ramirez, who belted his 35th homer of the year, the American League Central-leading Indians picked up their eighth win in 10 games.

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CLEVELAND -- Circumstances have brought Greg Allen and Yandy Diaz back from the Minor Leagues and thrust them into the thick of the postseason chase for the Indians. Expected or not, Cleveland has asked them to focus on contributing to wins, not only on development.

On Monday night, Allen and Diaz played a key role in lighting the spark on a seven-run outburst in the sixth, helping propel the Tribe to a 10-3 rout of the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Combined with another big night from Jose Ramirez, who belted his 35th homer of the year, the American League Central-leading Indians picked up their eighth win in 10 games.

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Video: CLE@CIN: Ramirez swats 2-run jack for 35th home run

"It makes it fun," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Allen and Diaz. "With youth comes some enthusiasm and every once in a while an error in judgement, but that's OK, as long as it's youthful and they listen. … You see guys getting better at this level. It's exciting."

Allen was summoned from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, when center fielder Leonys Martin landed on the disabled list in light of a serious bacterial infection that landed him in the Cleveland Clinic. Martin is currently in stable condition. Diaz was recalled from Columbus on Sunday morning after slugger Edwin Encarnacion (right hand) was also placed on the DL.

With one out in the sixth and the game locked in a 2-2 tie, Allen got things started with a single to left field off Reds righty Homer Bailey. Francona then turned to Diaz as a pinch-hitter for pitcher Mike Clevinger. Diaz worked the count full and then ripped a pitch off the wall in left-center field at 109.3 mph, per Statcast™.

Video: CLE@CIN: Diaz plates Allen with RBI double in the 6th

"In that moment, I'm just going up there trying to put a good swing on a good pitch," Diaz said via team interpreter Will Clements. "You're really just going up there to try to get a hit. That's really all that's on my mind when I'm going to the plate."

The RBI double by Diaz gave the Tribe a 3-2 lead and improved his season average to .550 (11-for-20) through his six games in MLB this season. It also kicked open the door on a big inning for Cleveland (67-51).

Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett inherited a two-on, one-out jam and then allowed an RBI double to Michael Brantley. The Reds' lefty loaded the bases with two outs with an intentional walk to Ramirez, but then gave up consecutive two-run hits to Melky Cabrera (single) and Jason Kipnis (double). Yan Gomes capped off the frame with an RBI single.

Video: CLE@CIN: Gomes caps off Indians' 7-run rally in 6th

"With two outs, we really had some good at-bats," Francona said. "Brantley had a good at-bat before that. But then after that, we took some good swings and got five runs with two outs. That was huge."

Ramirez added an RBI knock in the seventh inning to push the Tribe's run total into double digits for the 15th time this season (tied with the Red Sox and Cubs for the most in the Majors). The Indians are also tied for the MLB lead with five innings consisting of at least seven runs this year. The Astros and Cubs have also achieved that feat.

That was more than sufficient in supporting Clevinger, who sidestepped the potential harm of the six walks issued and five hits allowed in his five innings. The righty surrendered two runs on a solo home run apiece by Tucker Barnhart and Scooter Gennett.

In Francona's eyes, the game's turning point was Diaz's pinch-hit double.

"He's such an advanced hitter, polished hitter, however you want to say it," Francona said. "For a kid that doesn't have a lot of Major League at-bats, it's a heck of an at-bat. You look at the score at the end of the game, that wasn't how the majority of the game was played."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Traffic jam: The Reds loaded the bases with two outs against Clevinger in each of the third and fourth innings, but came away empty-handed. In the third, the Tribe starter escaped with a strikeout of Mason Williams, who was rung up by third-base umpire Chad Whitson after trying to check his swing.

Video: CLE@CIN: Clevinger K's Williams with bases loaded

One inning later, Clevinger made a diving stop of a comebacker to the left of the mound off the bat of Eugenio Suarez. The pitcher recovered in time to flip the ball to first to once again strand three runners.

"He battled," Francona said. "He had to. There were six walks. There was traffic the whole game. … But, he didn't break and he competed and got a win because of it."

Video: CLE@CIN: Clevinger makes diving stop with bases full

Broken record: Ramirez's two-run shot in the third inning set a new single-season mark for an Indians switch-hitter, surpassing the 34 homers belted by Carlos Santana in 2016. Ramirez turned on an inside fastball from Bailey, sending it arcing over the right-field line and just over the wall in the corner. Per Statcast™, the blast had an 89.7 mph exit velocity and traveled a projected 358 feet, resulting in a home run despite just a 3-percent hit probability. Ramirez is now two homers behind MLB leader J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox.

"I wanted to come back in for a punchout," Bailey said of the inside pitch. "How he kept the ball fair, I don't know. It's a little short down the lines. That guy is having a great season. When you're having that kind of a season, that's the stuff you do."

SOUND SMART
When Francisco Lindor crossed the plate on Cabrera's two-run single in the sixth, it marked the MLB-leading 100th run scored of the season for the Tribe shortstop. Lindor ended each of the past two seasons with exactly 99 runs. He became the eighth Indians player with at least 75 percent of their games at short to reach the century mark, joining Jhonny Peralta (2008), Omar Vizquel (1999, 2000), Dick Howser (1964), Lou Boudreau (1948), Lyn Lary (1937), Joe Sewell (1921) and Ray Chapman (1915).

Video: CLE@CIN: Cabrera smacks a 2-run single to center

UP NEXT
Tribe ace Corey Kluber (14-6, 2.74 ERA) is slated to start on Tuesday night when the Reds host the Indians in a 7:10 p.m. ET Ohio Cup clash at Great American Ball Park. Kluber is 13-7 with a 2.68 ERA, 170 strikeouts and 15 walks in 23 career Interleague starts (154 1/3 innings), including going 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA vs. Cincinnati. The Reds will counter with righty Sal Romano (7-9, 4.94 ERA).

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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J-Ram continues epic season with 35th homer

Third baseman sets club mark for most home runs by a switch-hitter
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CINCINNATI -- Given Jose Ramirez's torrid pace this season, records were bound to start falling. During Monday night's 10-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Indians' powerful third baseman's latest home run rewrote a section of the franchise's history book.

With his two-run shot off Reds right-hander Homer Bailey in the third inning, Ramirez reached 35 homers on the season, setting a club mark for home runs in a single campaign by a switch-hitter. Carlos Santana held claim to that record for parts of only two seasons, having launched 34 during his 2016 tour with the Tribe.

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CINCINNATI -- Given Jose Ramirez's torrid pace this season, records were bound to start falling. During Monday night's 10-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Indians' powerful third baseman's latest home run rewrote a section of the franchise's history book.

With his two-run shot off Reds right-hander Homer Bailey in the third inning, Ramirez reached 35 homers on the season, setting a club mark for home runs in a single campaign by a switch-hitter. Carlos Santana held claim to that record for parts of only two seasons, having launched 34 during his 2016 tour with the Tribe.

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Video: CLE@CIN: Ramirez plates Lindor to extend lead in 7th

"How he kept the ball fair, I don't know," Bailey said. "That guy is having a great season. When you're having that kind of a season, that's the stuff you do."

Manager Terry Francona gave Ramirez -- the MLB leader in WAR (7.9 per Fangraphs) -- a day off on Sunday, but the All-Star third baseman did not miss a beat. His home run on Monday was his second in as many games, following a solo shot on Saturday against the White Sox.

Video: CLE@CWS: Ramirez launches his 34th HR, fan celebrates

The blast off Bailey came on an inside offering, which Ramirez pulled down the right-field line with an exit velocity of 89.7 mph, per Statcast™. Combined with the 37-degree launch angle, the ball in play only had a 3-percent hit probability.

Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin drifted back into the corner, where he jumped at the wall, losing his glove upon impact as the ball dropped just over the fence.

"It just got enough," Francona said. "In fact, I thought the kid caught the ball."

Through 116 games this season, Ramirez is now batting .301/.412/.631 with 27 steals, 30 doubles, 81 runs scored and 87 RBIs to go along with the 35 home runs. He has 79 walks, including 13 intentional, compared to 56 strikeouts. Against the Reds, he finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs and one intentional free pass.

In the ninth inning, though, Ramirez -- who has a swinging-strike rate of only 4.7 percent this season -- went down swinging at a 67-mph pitch against Reds outfielder Brandon Dixon in his first career pitching appearance.

Video: CLE@CIN: Dixon sends Ramirez's bat flying on K in 9th

"I think they might have finally found his weakness," Francona quipped.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Leonys Martin recovering from bacterial infection

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CINCINNATI -- Leonys Martin is in stable condition and recovering at the Cleveland Clinic after contracting a bacterial infection that became life threatening within the past few days.

Given the severity of the situation over the weekend, Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations, was happy to have positive news to deliver to the team on Monday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Following a closed-door meeting with Cleveland's players, Antonetti offered the first public update on Martin's condition at the urging of the outfielder's wife, Yaimira.

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CINCINNATI -- Leonys Martin is in stable condition and recovering at the Cleveland Clinic after contracting a bacterial infection that became life threatening within the past few days.

Given the severity of the situation over the weekend, Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations, was happy to have positive news to deliver to the team on Monday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Following a closed-door meeting with Cleveland's players, Antonetti offered the first public update on Martin's condition at the urging of the outfielder's wife, Yaimira.

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"We're optimistic that he'll have a full recovery," Antonetti said. "He's got a long path to get to full health in front of him. It's going to take him some time, but we're in a much better spot today than we were 24 to 36 hours ago. And I do want to make a particular point that the care that he got at the Cleveland Clinic was extraordinary.

"The team of caregivers -- from the doctors to the nurses to the specialists to everybody that facilitated his care -- was truly extraordinary. Without their Herculean effort, we may be in a different spot today than we are."

Video: MLB Tonight on Leonys Martin's bacterial infection

Martin -- acquired from the Tigers prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline -- last appeared in a game for the Indians on Tuesday against the Twins. That night, Martin became ill and alerted the team's medical staff. When his condition did not improve into the morning hours on Wednesday, the 30-year-old Martin was taken to Cleveland Clinic, where it was determined that a bacterial infection had entered his bloodstream.

According to Antonetti, the toxins subsequently produced in Martin's blood began to inflict damage on multiple internal organs. Antonetti added that the internal breakdown was "widespread," but Martin has started to regain organ function and strength over the past 24 hours.

Antonetti noted that the source of the bacterial infection -- the specific type was not disclosed -- has yet to be determined, but the feedback from doctors was that it was non-communicable.

"We don't know exactly how the bacteria entered his system," Antonetti said. "It can't be transferred from one person to the next, but the bacteria somehow entered his bloodstream. We don't yet know how. I'm not sure we will know how. But, once that bacteria entered the bloodstream, it produced toxins that led to him getting really sick."

Asked if any rooms at Progressive Field needed to be cleaned as a precautionary measure, Antonetti reiterated that this specific bacteria is not spread from person to person.

"We continue to emphasize with guys good hygiene practices," Antonetti said. "Not this particular situation, but this is why we -- staph infections, MRSA, things like that -- it's one of the reasons why we emphasize all those things that seem boring in Spring Training, but they're important."

Antonetti, who has visited Martin in the hospital, said the veteran outfielder is able to communicate and was also able to get out of bed and sit in a chair for a few hours on Sunday. At this point, Martin's recovery is the team's top priority, as opposed to his potential availability for the remainder of the season.

"We haven't really even thought about baseball yet," Antonetti said. "I don't know whether or not he'll play again this year. Our first focus is, let's make sure we get him back to full health. His wife's with him now, his dad and his brother -- they're all in town. ... I think progress will be measured in weeks, not days."

During the Tribe's weekend series in Chicago, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was among the players to write a tribute to Martin on their hats. Given the number of people who reached out to their family to check in and extend their thoughts, Martin's wife requested that Antonetti provide the medical update.

"We wanted to make sure we had the family's permission to share," Antonetti said. "Yaimira, Leonys' wife, actually encouraged me, because so many people have reached out, both in the organization and externally. ... Our players have been great throughout this process. They've reached out and let him and his wife know that they're thinking about them and lending their prayers and support."

Worth noting
• Right-hander Trevor Bauer, who was struck on the right ankle by a comebacker in Saturday's start against the White Sox, is on the mend and remains on target to start Friday's game against the Orioles. Manager Terry Francona noted that -- due to the team's off-day Thursday -- the rotation could be shuffled around some, if necessary.

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"He's doing pretty good. He's still tender," Francona said prior to Monday's game against the Reds. "We're going to work on him all day today. We may send him back to Cleveland tomorrow, just to let our [medical staff] look at him. But, I think right now, he thinks he's going to make his start with no problem."

• Lefty Andrew Miller did not pitch during the weekend series in Chicago, but Francona noted that the reliever is fine. The manager said Miller was available, but the team preferred to give him a few extra days to work behind the scenes on his delivery with pitching coach Carl Willis.

"There's going to be days where we decide he'll work with Carl and we won't pitch him," Francona said. "Obviously, we're not going to announce that, because of a competitive thing, but he's available."

• Ace Corey Kluber left the team on Saturday due to feeling ill, but was back with the Indians on Monday in Cincinnati. Francona said that Kluber is doing better and is scheduled to start as planned on Tuesday against the Reds.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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