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Tribe's 6 All-Stars take center stage in DC

Indians tie for most players named to Midsummer Classic
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WASHINGTON -- There once was a big banner lionizing LeBron James on the Sherwin-Williams Global Headquarters Building on Ontario Street in Cleveland. James, you might have heard, is leaving the Great Lakes for the Lakers, and so they unceremoniously yanked that thing down the other day, with the paint company currently evaluating its replacement options.

No city ordinance exists to insist that this space be utilized to aggrandize athletes. But the powers that be, in their scrutiny of the situation, could do worse than to look at the third-base line when the player introductions before the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard take place and take note of the half-dozen ballplayers with the word "Cleveland" spread across their chests.

WASHINGTON -- There once was a big banner lionizing LeBron James on the Sherwin-Williams Global Headquarters Building on Ontario Street in Cleveland. James, you might have heard, is leaving the Great Lakes for the Lakers, and so they unceremoniously yanked that thing down the other day, with the paint company currently evaluating its replacement options.

No city ordinance exists to insist that this space be utilized to aggrandize athletes. But the powers that be, in their scrutiny of the situation, could do worse than to look at the third-base line when the player introductions before the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard take place and take note of the half-dozen ballplayers with the word "Cleveland" spread across their chests.

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• All-Star Game: Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX

"Yeah," Michael Brantley joked, "put us up there, right?"

Individually, starting third baseman Jose Ramirez, reserves Francisco Lindor, Brantley and Yan Gomes and pitchers Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer all tell us something different about where baseball's star talent emanates in the year 2018.

Ramirez, who became just the fifth player in history to have 25 homers and 20 stolen bases before the break, stands for all those kids in the Dominican Republic who come from nothing and use their talent as a ticket to a dynamic life.

Lindor is a central figure of Puerto Rico's return to relevance as a breeding ground for the sport's signature stars (there are six Puerto Ricans on the All-Star rosters), and he's living up to his hyped prospect pedigree by appearing as an All-Star three straight years.

Gomes was already Brazil's first Major Leaguer, and now he's the country's first All-Star. For all we know, he could also have the chance to hit just the second grand slam in All-Star Game history, which would save his father-in-law Atlee Hammaker, from continuing to hold the distinction of giving up the only grand slam in All-Star history, to Fred Lynn in 1983.

Bauer and Kluber are two of the best pitchers in the game right now, ranking second and 10th, respectively, in the Majors in adjusted ERA+. But they're also a study in contrasts. Kluber's a stoic late-bloomer who could do without attention, Bauer's an outspoken engineer who craves it. ("Like me, love me, hate me, whatever," Bauer said here Monday. "Hopefully you just remember me.")

Video: Trevor Bauer on making his first All-Star team

All of those stories are worth exploring, worth celebrating. But it's the collective concoction that has come together here at Nationals Park, where the Indians and defending World Series champion Astros are the only teams with six representatives, that stands out most.

The members of the Tribe flew together to the nation's capital following Sunday's win over the Yankees. It was a crowded charter.

"It seems like every year we keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger," Lindor said. "Hopefully next year we have 10."

Added Gomes: "It just shows how powerful our organization can be, the growth these guys have had."

The Indians have had their bullpen trials in this '18 season, no doubt, and the weak sauce American League Central has very much been a saving grace. But you don't get six All-Stars -- the Indians' largest total since 1999 -- by accident. And while nobody can tell you what's going to happen between now and July 31, let alone between now and Nov. 1, we can tell you, with reasonable certainty, that this squad will get another October opportunity.

That's not something to take lightly in a town where title windows -- be they pushed open by the basketball team having the good fortune of the greatest basketball player in the world happening to emanate out of Akron or the football team successfully executing the final stage of a 19-year rebuilding plan or the baseball team drafting, signing, trading and developing its way to the American League's best record in a six-season sample -- don't come around as often as people would like.

Video: Lindor pumped to be around the league's best players

When LeBron left and talk shifted by some -- most notably ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Twitter -- toward the 0-16 Browns' chances of restoring sporting hope in Cleveland, Ramirez responded on Twitter, "Are we invisible?"

Well, the Indians are plenty visible here in the District this week.

"The team is doing well," Ramirez said Monday, "and we're really happy with the support we're getting from the fans. And we're not invisible."

So, hey, a banner? It's far-fetched, if for no other reason than it would have to be pretty wide-stretched to include all the Tribe All-Stars. But Lindor's shoe company, New Balance, already tweeted its idea for a Lindor banner to replace LeBron, and that's better than nothing.

"If I'm on it, I think it's lovely, I think it'll be great," Lindor said. "Am I going to be like, 'I've got to be on that wall'? No, you're not going to hear me say that. But if I'm on that wall, I'll take it."

What Lindor wants -- what all six of these guys want -- is a World Series title, which would end the longest active championship drought in the game. The Indians probably have some work to do on the transaction wire. A healthy Andrew Miller would sure help. And Lindor talked Monday about the need to "back each other up, continue to count on each other and don't add any pressure." But the bottom line is that the math tells us they've got another chance to do what they did in '16 - with the hope of finishing the job this time.

That would be a banner year.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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Story, Ramirez earn Player of Week honors

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Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez were honored Monday as the National League and the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Story clubbed a walk-off home run against the Mariners on Sunday, wrapping up a week in which he hit .400 with three homers and three doubles while compiling a 1.303 OPS. Story's homer on Sunday was his 20th of the first half, and he enters his first All-Star Game with career-best marks in batting average (.292), on-base percentage (.353) and slugging percentage (.557).

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez were honored Monday as the National League and the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Story clubbed a walk-off home run against the Mariners on Sunday, wrapping up a week in which he hit .400 with three homers and three doubles while compiling a 1.303 OPS. Story's homer on Sunday was his 20th of the first half, and he enters his first All-Star Game with career-best marks in batting average (.292), on-base percentage (.353) and slugging percentage (.557).

Ramirez went 11-for-26 (.423) with five home runs to compile a tremendous 1.598 OPS to close out the final week before the All-Star break. The 25-year-old tallied multiple hits in five of his seven contests during the week and scored a run in all but one of them as he completed an incredible first half. Ramirez's 29 home runs since Opening Day tied Mickey Mantle (1956 and '61) and Lance Berkman (2002) for the most in the first half by a switch-hitter. Ramirez tallied 57 extra-base hits, one shy of Albert Belle's first-half franchise record for the Indians.

Video: American League Player of the Week: Jose Ramirez

This marks the third AL Player of the Week Award for Ramirez, who took home the honor twice last season for the weeks of June 18 and Sept. 3. It's Story's third Player of the Week Award, as well, after he claimed it twice in 2016 (April 10 and July 24).

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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Brantley's HR in 8th sparks Tribe past Yanks

Carrasco picks up win in relief; J-Ram joins 20/20 club before break
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CLEVELAND -- There's a reason Michael Brantley was selected to the All-Star Game.

The Indians left fielder delivered a clutch leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth in the first-half finale against the Yankees on Sunday, opening the door for a three-run rally -- in which Jose Ramirez joined the 20/20 club -- that secured a 5-2 win and a series split for the Tribe at Progressive Field.

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CLEVELAND -- There's a reason Michael Brantley was selected to the All-Star Game.

The Indians left fielder delivered a clutch leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth in the first-half finale against the Yankees on Sunday, opening the door for a three-run rally -- in which Jose Ramirez joined the 20/20 club -- that secured a 5-2 win and a series split for the Tribe at Progressive Field.

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Brantley, one of six Indians selected to the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX), hit his 12th homer of the season on an 0-1 offering from reliever Chad Green, sending the ball into the right-field stands to give the Indians (52-43) a 3-2 lead.

"The ball caught a little bit too much of the plate," said Green, who fell to 5-2. "[Brantley] put a good swing on it."

New York owns a 2.69 bullpen ERA -- the best in the Majors. Brantley said he knew it would likely be his best chance at a hit. So he let it rip.

"You know how good the Yankees' bullpen is, how good Green is," Brantley said. You just try to really stay within yourself. I got a pitch out over the plate, put a good swing on it and was lucky to give us the lead."

Carlos Carrasco (11-5) made a critical relief appearance -- his first since Aug. 5, 2014 -- to keep the Yankees (62-33) scoreless in the eighth inning, setting up Cody Allen for his 20th save. Carrasco had made 114 consecutive starts dating back to his last bullpen outing.

"Besides the fact that he did it, he did it so willingly," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That means a lot to us. It's not always the case. Besides the fact that he came in throwing 97 [mph], but just the fact that he did it with a smile."

Video: NYY@CLE: Carrasco strikes out 2, earns win in relief

Indians starter Trevor Bauer allowed two runs and struck out seven over seven innings in a no-decision, his eighth straight quality start. Bauer ended the first half with a team-leading 175 strikeouts -- the third most by a pitcher in franchise history, trailing Bob Feller (190 in 1946) and Sam McDowell (183 in 1970).

Bauer navigated through a 24-pitch first inning by working out of a bases-loaded jam without giving up any damage. Aaron Judge singled to left with one out, and Giancarlo Stanton added a two-out single. Bauer walked Aaron Hicks on six pitches, but forced Greg Bird into a groundout.

In the fourth, Bauer surrendered a two-out solo homer to Neil Walker, which gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. For the right-hander -- who has allowed a Major League-best 0.40 homers per nine innings -- it was the first long ball he has given up since June 2 to the Twins' Eddie Rosario.

Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion put the Tribe on the board in the fourth with a two-run homer to left to tie the game at 2. The right-handed-hitting Encarnacion unloaded on a first-pitch slider from Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, scoring Brantley, who led off with a walk.

"That was a big turning point when we were able to string together a little bit longer inning in the fourth," Bauer said. "I think when Eddie hit the homer, tied the game up and it kind of let me catch my breath for the first time. I was pretty good after that."

Bauer ended his 20th start on a high note by retiring the last seven in a row, capped off by a strikeout of Judge looking on an 83-mph breaking ball.

Video: NYY@CLE: Bauer strikes out 7 across 7 innings

"I thought he pitched his heart out," Francona said. "I thought early, I thought the heat got to him a little bit. I think he was fighting it. He actually was better at the end. In fact, he wanted to stay in, and I don't blame him because he was pitching very well. He's been everything you could ask for and his tank seems like it's going towards full … for a guy throwing as much as he is."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Encarnacion is the Tribe's most experienced hitter against Tanaka. He was 10-for-22 lifetime against Tanaka with a 1.182 OPS heading into Sunday.

"That was a huge hit for us," Francona said of the homer. "You gotta be so disciplined and [Tanaka's] split is such a good pitch, and we were kind of having a hard time."

Video: NYY@CLE: Encarnacion launches a 2-run homer to left

Encarnacion was hit on the right hand by Green in the eighth inning and was lifted for pinch-runner Erik Gonzalez.

Francona said after the game that Encarnacion got hit on the meat of the hand and was doing OK.

"He checked out fine," Francona said. "He's actually starting to feel better pretty quick. We were going to run for him anyway. That was a big sigh of relief. That looked like it whacked him pretty good."

Video: NYY@CLE: Encarnacion leaves game after hit-by-pitch

SOUND SMART
In the eighth, Ramirez singled, stole second and made it to third on a throwing error by Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka before scoring on Yan Gomes' sacrifice fly. The swipe marked the third baseman's 20th of the season. Coupled with 29 homers, he's the second player in franchise history to have at least 20 stolen bases and 20 homers prior to the Midsummer Classic, joining Grady Sizemore -- who had 23 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 2008.

Video: NYY@CLE: Ramirez steals base, later scores on sac fly

Ramirez became the fifth player in Major League history with at least 25 home runs and 20 stolen bases at the All-Star break, joining Bobby Bonds (1973), Eric Davis (1987), Alex Rodriguez (1998) and Alfonso Soriano (2006).

"Today, I thought he almost willed himself," Francona said. "He's a great player. He's a great teammate. And he cares about winning, almost desperately. That's a pretty good combination to be all balled up into a 5-foot-9 third baseman."

HE SAID IT
"Yeah, every time he touches the ball, he gets a win. It's unbelievable. He can give up 10. He can give up zero. He can come out of the 'pen. He can start. He freaking vultured my win, man, unbelievable." -- Bauer, joking about Carrasco's relief outing

UP NEXT
The Tribe is off for four days for the All-Star break. The Indians will resume play Friday, with a 7 1/2-game lead in the AL Central, when they begin a three-game series against the Rangers at Globe Life Park at 8:05 p.m. ET. Francona has yet to announce his second-half starting rotation. Martin Perez will get the call in the opener for Texas.

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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Bobby Dalbec is showing this season that he's one of the top power-hitting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and after homering four times in six games for Class A Advanced Salem last week, the Red Sox's No. 12 prospect becomes the second player to earn consecutive Prospect Team of the Week honors in 2018.

Dalbec isn't the only second-timer in MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, as he's joined by second baseman Isan Diaz and outfielder Corey Ray, both of whom finished last week with four home runs and 12 RBIs -- the highest totals among Top 30 hitting prospects.

The White Sox, meanwhile, feature a pair of PTOW selections this week in right-handers Jimmy Lambert and Tyler Johnson, while 17-year-old shortstop Wander Franco becomes the youngest player to earn PTOW honors this season after a torrid start to his professional career in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Here's the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of July 9 through July 15.

C: Eric Haase, Columbus Clippers (Triple--A)
(Indians' No. 20 prospect)
4 G, .471/.474/1.118, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K

Haase homered and collected multiple hits in three of four games last week and tallied at least two RBIs in all four contests. The 25-year-old backstop has been on a tear of late, hitting .420 with a 1.436 OPS, seven home runs and 27 RBIs over his last 13 contests.

1B: Tyler Nevin, Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced)
(Rockies' No. 8 prospect)
7 G, .417/.500/.625, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Following in the footsteps of Chad Spanberger (Rockies' No. 24 prospect), who made his second PTOW last week, Nevin garners PTOW honors after leading all Top 30 first basemen in average, hits (10), total bases (15) and OPS (1.125). The 21-year-old had three mutlihit performances and recorded a hit in six of seven games for the JetHawks.

2B: Isan Diaz, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A)
(Marlins' No. 7 prospect)
6 G, .455/.520/1.091, 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

Diaz's power was on full display as he homered in three straight games for Jacksonville to finish the week with four home runs, tied for the most among Top 30 hitters. After a rocky start to the season in which Diaz posted a .196 average and .664 OPS across April and May, the 22-year-old turned the corner in June and now sports a .304/.413/.519 batting line with five homers, 14 doubles and 28 RBIs over his last 39 games.

Watch: Diaz goes yard

3B: Bobby Dalbec, Salem Red Sox (Class A Advanced)
(Red Sox's No. 12 prospect)
6 G, .476/.577/1.048, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 SB

Dalbec recorded his second career two-homer game and went deep a total of four times in six games last week en route to his second straight PTOW selection. The 23-year-old slugger has hit nine homers in his last 15 games and leads the Carolina League with 23 home runs -- five more than the next players on the list. He's also leading the circuit in doubles (25), RBIs (78) and total bases (176), and sports a .265/.377/.583 batting line through 87 games.

Watch: Dalbec bashes homer

SS: Wander Franco, Princeton Rays (Rookie)
(Rays' No. 7 prospect)
7 G, .467/.484/.900, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

The 17-year-old shortstop added to his quickly growing legend last week as he led all Top 30 hitting prospects in both hits (14) and total bases (27). He did much of that damage on Saturday, when he hit for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI performance for Princeton. What's more, Franco has hit safely in 20 straight games -- the longest hitting streak so far this season in the Appalachian League -- and 23 of 24 games to open his career. He's slashing .386/.426/.683 overall, with 14 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs.

OF: Dylan Cozens, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A)
(Phillies' No. 15 prospect)
4 G, .313/.389/1.125, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

After beginning the week on the Phillies' bench, Cozens was optioned to Lehigh Valley on Thursday and proceeded to homer four times during the IronPigs' four-game series against Buffalo. The 24-year-old slugger swung the bat particularly well on Sunday, hitting a pair of homers as well as a double in his fourth multi-homer game of the year. The 2016 Minor League home run king has now produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in his last 10 games.

Watch: Cozens crushed 2nd homer of game

OF: Estevan Florial, Gulf Coast League Yankees East/West (Rookie)
(Yankees' No. 1 prospect/No. 37 overall)
5 G, .529/.579/1.000, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB

Florial, 20, recorded at least one hit and one RBI last week while bouncing between the Yankees' two affiliates in the Gulf Coast League. He recorded a pair of doubles and home runs along the way -- an encouraging sign for a player who missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand. Prior to his injury, Florial had compiled a .246/.353/.343 batting line in 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa.

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers' No. 6 prospect)
7 G, .300/.382/.833, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, 6 SB

Ray's second PTOW nod in three weeks comes after he paced all Top 30 prospects with six stolen bases and finished tied for first in home runs and RBIs. The 23-year-old began his week with a five-RBI performance to match his career high before recording in his first ever three-homer game two days later and then putting a bow on his week by going 4-for-4 on the basepaths on Sunday. After scuffling in his first full season, Ray has rebounded in 2018 to post an .817 OPS with a Southern League-leading 16 home runs (tied, first) and 27 steals.

Watch: Ray launches 3rd homer of game

LHP: DL Hall, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)
(Orioles' No. 4 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.33 WHIP

Hall's lone start last week was the best of his young career, as the 2017 first-rounder (No. 21 overall pick) established personal bests by racking up eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings en route to his first professional win in 20 outings (18 starts). He allowed two hits and threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes in the outing, ultimately facing one over the minimum. The 18-year-old southpaw has been one of the top Minor League hurlers in the past month, posting a 0.34 ERA with a .151 opponents' average and 28 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings spanning his last six starts.

Watch: Hall notches strikeout

RHP: Jimmy Lambert, Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
(White Sox No. 28 prospect)
2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 19 K, 0.71 WHIP

Lambert hadn't completed seven innings in a start this season before last week, when he accomplished the feat twice in as many turns for Birmingham. The 23-year-old righty was particularly sharp on Saturday, as he maintained a no-hit bid for six-plus innings before finishing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks. In four starts with Birmingham, Lambert owns a 3.13 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 innings.

Watch: Lambert fans 10th batter

RP: Tyler Johnson, Winston-Salem Dash (Class A Advanced)
(White Sox No. 24 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.50 WHIP

Johnson tossed four scoreless frames across a pair of relief outings, the second of which saw the 22-year-old right-hander earn the win after he struck out six batters in three innings, both season highs. The 2017 fifth-rounder has been a force in his first full season, going 7-0 with a eight saves, a 1.69 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 61-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings (27 appearances).

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Miller to begin rehab assignment today

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CLEVELAND -- Indians relief ace Andrew Miller is one step closer to a return from the disabled list with the possibility of a comeback early in the second half, manager Terry Francona said Sunday.

Miller, who's been on the 10-day DL since May 26 with right knee inflammation, is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, the same day as the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX) in Washington. Francona said the left-hander could split time between the Clippers and Double-A Akron.

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CLEVELAND -- Indians relief ace Andrew Miller is one step closer to a return from the disabled list with the possibility of a comeback early in the second half, manager Terry Francona said Sunday.

Miller, who's been on the 10-day DL since May 26 with right knee inflammation, is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, the same day as the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX) in Washington. Francona said the left-hander could split time between the Clippers and Double-A Akron.

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"We're trying to keep him around here," Francona said before the Tribe's first-half finale against the Yankees. "I believe at some point he'll be back in Akron, but I don't have the exact date. He'll kind of flip-flop [with] whoever's home."

Miller threw live batting practice in Akron on Saturday, which Francona said went well, and the lefty has thrown four bullpen sessions since July 5. Francona said Miller's delivery was affected by the injury.

Francona didn't give a specific timeframe for Miller's return, but said it'll likely take multiple rehab games before Miller is evaluated for a return.

"We're not just going to have him pitch once," Francona said. "He's going. But just watching him the other day, that back leg was back up in the air again. And he wasn't flying off of that. It was really exciting to watch that."

Miller is 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 17 games this season. He was on the DL from April 26 to May 10 with a left hamstring strain. The two-time All-Star has appeared in 100 games for the Tribe since coming over from the Yankees in 2016, posing a 1.87 ERA while averaging 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

Mejia optioned
The Indians announced after their 5-2 win over the Yankees that catcher/outfielder Francisco Mejia was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Francona indicated on Saturday when Mejia was called up that he would be sent back down to the Minor Leagues to continue playing during the All-Star break. Mejia, the Tribe's top prospect, is also ranked as the No. 15 overall prospect in the game and the top catching prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He went 0-for-2 with two walks in Saturday's 5-4 loss and did not play Sunday.

Worth noting
Francona said Astros manager AJ Hinch -- the American League skipper for the Midsummer Classic -- has informed him that Trevor Bauer, who started Sunday, will only appear in the All-Star Game if the contest goes into extra innings. Hinch also said Jose Ramirez will play five innings as the starting third baseman, while reserves Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes will likely appear after the fifth. Right-hander Corey Kluber withdrew from the game after receiving a gel injection in his right knee on Friday.

Gomes was named to the team during Saturday's loss to New York. He's the replacement for Rays backstop Wilson Ramos, who's expected to go on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain after sustaining the injury against the Twins over the weekend.

Video: NYY@CLE: Gomes announced to All-Star Game in walkup

Francona, a three-time All-Star manager, was thankful for the gesture.

"For [Hinch] to take the time was really good," Francona said. "I was very appreciative."

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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How every team's players fared at Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

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Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

Box score

ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.

Tweet from @Marlins: Hitters have 99 problems and they're all miles per hour.Jorge Guzman was all 🔥 at the Futures Game. #JustGettinStarted pic.twitter.com/tw6iYWWnSm

METS
Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 68
Gimenez went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, including an inning-ending double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.

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Peter Alonso, 1B, NYM No. 2 | MLB No. 69
Eager to join in the power party, Alonso gave Mets fans a glimpse of what could be to come when he launched a 415-foot homer to left. The deep fly was scorched at 113.6 mph and lifted at a 46-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player to hit a homer with a higher exit velocity this year.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso's 415-foot home run down the line

NATIONALS
Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH No. 2 | MLB No. 62
Kieboom didn't quite have the homecoming he was hoping for, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, including one looking on a 78.6-mph curveball from Toussaint.

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, WSH No. 5
Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance during the eighth inning, while also contributing three-plus innings at second base.

ORIOLES
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 80
Mountcastle, who could be a huge part of the post-Machado Orioles, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lopez and a flyout against Guzman.

Alex Wells, LHP BAL No. 8
Wells faced only Buddy Reed and Knizner and got each out quickly, throwing just nine pitches. Reed nearly took Wells deep, flying out to the left-field wall, but Wells quickly bounced back to strike out Knizner on three called strikes in a row.

PADRES
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD No. 1 | MLB No. 3
Tatis laced a 102.3-mph heater from Hunter Greene for a 107.1-mph single to right, then swiped second during the next at-bat, putting his plus speed on display with a Sprint Speed of 28.4 feet per second, per Statcast™, well above the Major League average of 27.0.

Video: WLD@USA: Tatis Jr. rips a single off a 102-mph heater

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 29
Urias had an unfortunate run-in with a 100.4-mph fastball on his left elbow, though he was wearing a protective guard. Urias struck out in his other two plate appearances, and was pulled in the bottom of the fifth.

Buddy Reed, OF
Reed, who just this week was called up to Double-A San Antonio after clubbing 12 homers from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, narrowly missed a deep fly in the sixth, having lifted one 346 feet to the wall in left in a full count against Wells. However, Reed made up for it in the field in the following frame, robbing Tatis of what would've been his third hit with a running grab in right-center.

Video: WLD@USA: Reed on his mom, playing hockey

PHILLIES
Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI No. 2 | MLB No. 74
Medina's wild pitch in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Team USA a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The right-hander lost control of a two-seamer that landed in the dirt with Brendan Rodgers batting, and allowed Adell to score from third. For that, Medina was credited as the losing pitcher.

Video: WLD@USA: Adell scores go-ahead run on wild pitch

PIRATES
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 1 | MLB No. 12
Keller tossed a perfect first inning on eight pitches, striking out Luis Alexander Basabe to lead off the game, then inducing a pair of flyouts. Keller topped out on his four-seam fastball at 99.5 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT No. 3
Hayes, son of 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes, launched a 405-foot homer deep to the left-field bleachers to complete back-to-back deep flies with Jansen, putting Team USA up by two in the fourth. Team USA manager Torii Hunter, being interviewed at the time of Hayes' homer was ecstatic.

Video: WLD@USA: Hunter cheers on Team USA at Futures Game

RANGERS
C.D. Pelham, LHP, TEX No. 19
Pelham walked the first batter he faced, narrowly missing ball four on an inside fastball at 97.9 mph, then got into more trouble when Arozarena reached on an error by first baseman Alonso, putting runners on the corners. That'd be it for Pelham after that, though Wright helped bail him out of the jam.

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX No. 1 | MLB No. 28
Taveras went 0-for-2 with a popup and a groundout, and finished the game after entering as the World Team's center fielder in the bottom of the sixth.

RAYS
Nate Lowe, 1B
Lowe laced an RBI single off Luzardo with two outs in the first that scored Brendan Rodgers to put Team USA up, 1-0, in the opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Lowe opens the scoring with an RBI single

Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB No. 4 | MLB No. 35
Sanchez went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays and flying out to center off a slider from Justus Sheffield in the second inning. His stat sheet won't show it, but Sanchez impressed with a fluid swing from the left side.

RED SOX
Bryan Mata, RHP, BOS No. 4
The 19-year-old, as he has much of this season, had to battle traffic and command, but he left after tossing a scoreless third inning. Mata sat at an impressive 95 mph on his two-seam fastball, and complemented his heat with varying speeds in the high-70s on his curve, though he got just one swing-and-miss on 31 pitches.

REDS
Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN No. 2 | MLB No. 18
The Reds' flamethrower maxed out the radar gun, throwing all 19 of his fastballs above 100 mph and averaging 101.3 mph. Heat alone wasn't enough to keep Basabe from homering and Tatis from following up with a single -- both off 102.3-mph pitches -- but the ease with which Greene delivered his triple-digit velocity was mighty impressive nonetheless.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene talks playing in Futures Game

Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN No. 3 | MLB No. 34
With raw athleticism that stood out during a 38-touchdown season as a high school football star in 2015, Trammell got the chance to put his tools on display. And he didn't disappoint. Cincinnati's No. 35 overall pick in '16, Trammell launched a 107.9-mph homer that traveled a projected 438 feet -- the deepest of the eight homers hit in the game.

Trammell nearly got hold of another one -- and thought he did, given his reaction -- with a fly ball off the center-field wall in the eighth inning, gesturing to the USA dugout as he rounded first, only to settle for a triple. He was named the Futures Game MVP.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell clubs HR, wins Futures Game MVP

ROCKIES
Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL No. 1 | MLB No. 6
Rodgers roped a Statcast-projected 108.7-mph double into the left-center-field gap with two outs and in a full count, then scored during the ensuing at-bat by Lowe to put Team USA on board first. Rodgers chased an outside curveball from Mata in his second at-bat during the third inning for a strikeout.

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, COL No. 12
Tinoco induced a groundout to Double-A Hartford teammate Rodgers as part of a three-up, three-down, nine-pitch outing after entering in the bottom of the fourth. He began the day by retiring Bichette with a flyout to right.

ROYALS
Seuly Matias, OF, KC No. 3
Matias got the World Team on the board with a 100.7-mph solo homer off Yankees lefty Sheffield, then followed up with a single in the fifth to round out a 2-for-3 day.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

TIGERS
Matt Manning, RHP, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 47
Manning gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a homer to Diaz, while working the fourth and fifth innings. His fastball averaged 94.1 mph, and he complemented it with good variance on his curveball, which hovered in the high-70s.

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Dawel Lugo, 2B, DET No. 12
Acquired last summer as part of the J.D. Martinez deal, Detroit's talented infielder scored a run and went 1-for-2 with a single off Sheffield.

TWINS 
Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN No. 3 | MLB No. 67
Minnesota's top outfield prospect lined two singles -- one to left field and the other to right-center -- as part of a 2-for-3 day with a run scored. His second single came off Lewis Thorpe, his fellow up-and-comer in the Twins system.

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, MIN No. 11
Thorpe struggled to keep the ball in the park during his fourth-inning stint, surrendering homers to Jansen and Hayes as part of three hits and a walk surrendered in just two-thirds of an inning.

Video: WLD@USA: Thorpe K's Hiura swinging in the 4th inning

WHITE SOX
Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS No. 4 | MLB No. 40
Entering in the top of the ninth, Cease induced a groundout from Leodys Taveras then got Tatis to fly out to right before paving way for Ortiz's victory-sealing groundout.

Video: WLD@USA: Basabe homers off 102-mph pitch from Greene

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, CWS No. 13
One of the most impressive plays of the entire game came in the top of the third, when Basabe timed Greene's 102.3-mph fastball and muscled it out for a 404-foot home run.

Tweet from @darenw: Luis Alexander Basabe just turned on a 102.3 MPH fastball for a home run... Would be fastest pitch in @mlb hit for a HR since Rafael Devers took Chapman deep last season on a 102.8 MPH pitch.

Basabe also nabbed a runner at second base with an accurate first-inning throw from center field.

YANKEES
Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 2 | MLB No. 39
Sheffield gave up a second-inning homer to Matias that tied the game at 1. Sheffield was also credited for another earned run for allowing his final batter, Lugo, reach on a single. Lugo then scored on Basabe's homer off Greene.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. MLB.com's Matt Kelly contributed to this story.

Gomes learns of All-Star nod in emotional at-bat

Backstop becomes sixth Indians player headed for Midsummer Classic
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CLEVELAND -- A sixth Indians player will be heading to Washington, D.C., next week as a reserve for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Catcher Yan Gomes was announced to the Midsummer Classic during the ninth inning of the Tribe's 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Saturday at Progressive Field. Though Gomes finished 0-for-4 in the contest, he's been a solid piece in Cleveland's lineup.

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CLEVELAND -- A sixth Indians player will be heading to Washington, D.C., next week as a reserve for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Catcher Yan Gomes was announced to the Midsummer Classic during the ninth inning of the Tribe's 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Saturday at Progressive Field. Though Gomes finished 0-for-4 in the contest, he's been a solid piece in Cleveland's lineup.

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"We kind of erupted as if we just tied the game when we saw," said Saturday starter Mike Clevinger. "That speaks volumes for what he's done for not just me, but every pitcher in here, just being a good teammate all around and what he brings to the table."

Manager Terry Francona caught news of it prior to the official announcement during Gomes' ninth-inning at-bat. Francona told the first-time All-Star it would be a plate appearance to remember.

"I thought it was something completely different," Gomes said, smiling. "I thought he had a vision or something."

Gomes struck out on three pitches from fellow All-Star Aroldis Chapman, and the walk back to the dugout gave Gomes -- the first Brazilian-born player to receive an All-Star nod -- a unique mix of emotions. Gomes is Cleveland's first All-Star catcher since Victor Martinez in 2009, and it's the Tribe's first six-player All-Star roster since 1999.

"That was kind of a weird at-bat," Gomes said. "It was like the happiest strikeout. I had the weirdest feeling walking back.

"I don't think I've ever been that emotional in an at-bat before. I'm not going to lie, it was kind of hard to get back in the box. I tried to focus in there, but it didn't quite work out."

Gomes will serve as the replacement for Rays backstop Wilson Ramos, who was voted as the starting catcher by fans. Ramos exited Tampa Bay's 19-6 victory in the sixth inning with left hamstring tightness. He is expected to go on the 10-day disabled list. Royals catcher Salvador Perez will get the start instead.

"It would have been nice if he capped it off with a home run, but he's very deserving and even in a tight game like that where you're biting your nails to watch his teammates, that felt good," Francona said.

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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Guyer at center of Indians' highs, lows vs. NY

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CLEVELAND -- When Terry Francona put Brandon Guyer fifth in the Indians lineup Saturday against left-hander CC Sabathia, the move made sense from an offensive mindset.

Though Guyer entered the game 2-for-26 all-time against the starter, the right-handed-hitting outfielder had an .854 OPS against lefties and delivered a game-tying, two-run single in the sixth inning to take Sabathia out of the game. Guyer, however, was charged with a key error in the seventh inning, allowing the Yankees to take the lead and sealing a 5-4 win against the Tribe at Progressive Field.

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CLEVELAND -- When Terry Francona put Brandon Guyer fifth in the Indians lineup Saturday against left-hander CC Sabathia, the move made sense from an offensive mindset.

Though Guyer entered the game 2-for-26 all-time against the starter, the right-handed-hitting outfielder had an .854 OPS against lefties and delivered a game-tying, two-run single in the sixth inning to take Sabathia out of the game. Guyer, however, was charged with a key error in the seventh inning, allowing the Yankees to take the lead and sealing a 5-4 win against the Tribe at Progressive Field.

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The mishap happened after Austin Romine doubled off the right-center-field wall to Guyer, who bobbled the ball while trying to pick it up. Guyer fired it in to rookie second baseman Erik Gonzalez -- the cutoff man -- to try to get Romine advancing to third. Gonzalez airmailed the relay to third baseman Jose Ramirez toward the third-base dugout where it bounced out of play, allowing Romine to score and give the Yankees the lead.

Video: NYY@CLE: Romine scores on a double after 2 errors

"Guyer reached for it with his glove instead of either picking it up or corralling it with two hands, so that gave [Romine] a chance to go to third," manager Terry Francona said. "And then the throw was on the side of the base where Romine was sliding and it looked like Josey did everything he could to get to it."

Romine was the final hitter Mike Clevinger (7-5) faced before heading to the showers after six-plus innings. The right-hander surrendered all five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out eight. Sabathia, a former first-round Draft pick of the Indians, was charged with four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Video: NYY@CLE: Clevinger strikes out Hicks, side in the 3rd

Clevinger backed up Ramirez on Gonzalez's relay to get Romine. As the ball bounced out of fair territory, Clevinger admitted to a sinking feeling in his gut.

"It's like chasing butterflies," Clevinger said. "Baseball is weird."

Clevinger walked Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge to start the game, setting the table for Didi Gregorius' 17th homer of the season and a 3-0 Yankees lead. Clevinger left a 1-0 changup up in the zone for New York's shortstop, who sent the offering to the seats in straightaway center.

Video: NYY@CLE: Gregorius opens the scoring with 3-run homer

Clevinger used 25 pitches to get out of the first inning, but escaped the second with 11 before striking out the side in the third.

"He might have been a little overamped but once he settled in, he was really good," Francona said. "They've got a lot of good hitters there. They keep coming at you. They give you no deep breaths anywhere and if you do, you're going to get nicked up."

Gonzalez helped the Tribe manufacture a run in the third inning to make it 3-2, sending a single to left to lead off the attack. He also stole second before advancing to third on a groundout by Francisco Lindor and scoring on a groundout by Michael Brantley.

Video: NYY@CLE: Brantley plates Gonzalez with a groundout

Clevinger's only other blemish came in the sixth, giving up a two-out solo shot to Greg Bird for the first baseman's eighth homer of the season. All four earned runs allowed by Clevinger came via the long ball. The 27-year-old Clevinger entered Saturday with 0.62 home runs allowed per nine innings -- the fifth-best among Major League pitchers and second-best in the American League behind teammate Trevor Bauer (0.35 HR/9).

Video: NYY@CLE: Bird launches a solo homer to right-center

"Stuff is going to hit the fan every once in a while and it's just how you respond," Clevinger said. "Earlier this year I kind of responded poorly to that happening and it resulted in more runs. Just remind myself I can lock it back in."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Tribe got on the board in the first after the switch-hitting Ramirez smacked a solo shot for his 29th homer of the year, tying a career high (set last season) and tying the Red Sox's J.D. Martinez for the Major League lead. It was Ramirez's fourth homer from the right side of the plate.

Ramirez's home run also tied the record for the most hit in the first half by a switch-hitter, joining Mickey Mantle, who did it in 1956 and 1961, and Lance Berkman, who did it in 2002. Ramirez leads baseball with 57 first-half extra-base hits, one away from the franchise record set by Albert Belle in 1994.

Video: NYY@CLE: Ramirez belts his 29th homer of the season

The first-inning knock gave Ramirez 100 extra-base hits over his last 162 regular-season games and was his fifth home run in the last five days. Ramirez entered Saturday with a 1.023 OPS, the fourth-best in the American League behind the Red Sox's Mookie Betts (1.142), the Angels' Mike Trout (1.069) and Martinez (1.035).

Ramirez finished 1-for-3, bringing his average up to .299. Since July 1, Ramirez is batting .346 with six doubles, a triple, 17 RBIs and a 1.202 OPS. Francona said it's been an impressive stretch for the two-time All-Star, and he's excited to see a breakout season.

I'm looking forward to August," Francona quipped. "It doesn't matter what month it is, he's just a great player and getting better."

UP NEXT
All-Star Trevor Bauer (8-6, 2.23 ERA) will seek a series split in the Tribe's last game prior to the Midsummer Classic. The right-hander threw eight shutout innings Tuesday and held the Reds to three hits. The Yankees will counter with Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.68). First pitch at Progressive Field is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET.

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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Mike Clevinger was rocking some 'Moana' and 'Lilo & Stitch'-inspired cleats and the artwork was spectacular

Mike Clevinger is a proud dad of two girls and always gushes about his love for his partner, Monica. So when it came to showing off just how much he adores his family, he may have done so in the form of his cleats.

Bieber earns W after 'pen fends off Yanks

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CLEVELAND -- After rookie right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs to the Yankees in the fifth inning on Friday night at Progressive Field, Indians fans grew wary as All-Star slugger Aaron Judge stepped to the plate looking to give New York its first lead of the night.

With a runner on second, Judge sent a hanging slider 370 feet to center field, where it was tracked down by Greg Allen to quiet the collective gasp of the sellout crowd. The putout ended Bieber's 25-pitch inning and shut the door on New York's biggest scoring threat of the night, helping the Tribe secure a 6-5 win.

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CLEVELAND -- After rookie right-hander Shane Bieber allowed three runs to the Yankees in the fifth inning on Friday night at Progressive Field, Indians fans grew wary as All-Star slugger Aaron Judge stepped to the plate looking to give New York its first lead of the night.

With a runner on second, Judge sent a hanging slider 370 feet to center field, where it was tracked down by Greg Allen to quiet the collective gasp of the sellout crowd. The putout ended Bieber's 25-pitch inning and shut the door on New York's biggest scoring threat of the night, helping the Tribe secure a 6-5 win.

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"I was holding my breath a little bit," Bieber said. "That was all barrel. He just got under it, fortunately. I hung a pitch up there and made a mistake, and fortunately got away with it. He could have done some real damage there."

Bieber (5-1) retired the next seven before ending his night in the eighth, matching a career high with seven-plus innings (last done on June 22, against the Tigers) and picking up the win. He also struck out six, allowing five hits and walking two. Cody Allen hung on for his 19th save, despite giving up a homer to Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the ninth.

The 24-year-old Bieber cruised through the first four innings, giving up only a single to Miguel Andujar through the first 13 batters he faced. The Yankees (61-32) sent up seven batters in the fifth, and the first three reached before Bieber recorded an out. Greg Greg Bird doubled to start the frame, followed by a walk to Andujar and an RBI double by Neil Walker. Andujar scored on Bieber's wild pitch, and Walker came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner.

"[Bieber] was tough -- he was able to throw his breaking ball behind in the count, which he hasn't done a ton of this year," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "That was effective for him. I thought his fastball was sneaky and he was able to command it, for the most part. I liked the way the guys battled, because he was in a pretty good rhythm there."

Indians manager Terry Francona praised Bieber's ability to escape the jam in the fifth and recover to finish strong, showing the finesse seen by coaches throughout the Minor Leagues.

"To his credit, he reeled it back in and got 'em out," Francona said. "But I think the kid has a ton of poise along with being a really good pitcher."

Video: NYY@CLE: Francona on Bieber's outing, slowing Yankees

Bieber was pulled after giving up a leadoff double to Tyler Wade in the eighth. Wade advanced to third after a passed ball and made it a 6-4 game after scoring on Gardner's RBI groundout.

"The guy goes into the eighth giving us a chance to win the ballgame," said catcher Yan Gomes, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. "It's one of those things that we've seen with his outings, where even when he gets into a little bit of trouble, he's still able to compose himself and get through it. That's not a lineup to lose your focus, lose your composure. He just kept attacking hitters."

Video: NYY@CLE: Gomes plates Naquin with a double to left

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
After Gardner's groundout in the eighth, Francona opted to bring in right-hander Neil Ramirez to face Judge, a righty. Judge was hit by a 96.2-mph fastball that ran up and in, putting a runner on for Aaron Hicks. As Judge went to steal second, Ramirez struck out Hicks on a 3-2 slider down in the zone, allowing Gomes to throw Judge out. Though Judge was initially ruled safe by second-base umpire Jerry Meals, the call was overturned after a 28-second review.

Given the fact that Stanton loomed on deck and then led off the ninth with his 23rd home run, the play proved especially important.

"That was huge right there," Neil Ramirez said. "That was a big-time momentum shift for us. I come in, threw -- I thought -- a couple good sliders to Judge. I'm not trying to hit him right there. I'm trying to go up and in. So to have him get on base, it's like, 'All right, lock it in.' To get the strikeout of Hicks on a 3-2 slider and then to have Yan, on a slider, be able to pop it down there when he did at that moment, it was big."

Video: NYY@CLE: Gomes throws out Judge for inning-ending DP

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Chasing German: Yankees starter Domingo German (2-5) was unable to get through the fifth, surrendering six runs on five hits and striking out six. The rookie right-hander struggled to find command early, helping the Indians post four runs in the first two innings. He allowed back-to-back walks to Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley in the first, then a wild pitch allowed the two to advance before a groundout to first base by Jose Ramirez plated Lindor.

Video: NYY@CLE: Ramirez plates Lindor with a groundout

Lindor came around again in the second, scoring from first on a two-run double from Brantley. The left fielder's knock also brought in Gomes, who doubled in Tyler Naquin earlier in the frame. German needed 55 pitches (29 balls, 26 strikes) to get through the second, also walking four in that span.

The Tribe tagged German for two more in the fifth. Brantley led off the frame with a single to right, setting the table for Ramirez to lace a triple down the right-field line (his second of the season) and end German's night. German was replaced by Jonathan Holder, who gave up an RBI single to Yonder Alonso before retiring the next three batters.

"That was huge when they got the three and we came back and got two right back," Francona said. "Because you know they're coming. They're gonna do that. They're good. They're talented and they play hard till the end."

Video: NYY@CLE: Ramirez plates Brantley with triple to right

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Lindor finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored, and he now has 85 runs through 93 games, the fourth-highest total through that many games in franchise history, trailing Kenny Lofton (90 in 1994), Ray Chapman (88 in 1920) and Tris Speaker (86 in 1920). It's also the most prior to the All-Star break since the Rockies' Todd Helton scored 87 in 2003.

Francona said since taking over as the leadoff hitter, Lindor has been remarkable as a table-setter.

"He loves hitting up there, and we like him there," Francona said. "And then Brant and Josey hitting behind him -- when he first came up, [Lindor] would get picked off. You don't see that anymore. He's on base for a ton of runs."

Video: NYY@CLE: Bieber, Francona, Lindor discuss 6-5 win

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Despite Lindor's day at the plate, arguably his most impressive play came in the field during the eighth. With Wade at third and nobody out, Oliver Perez forced a ground ball from Gardner on the right side of an overshifted infield. Lindor, slightly left of second, ranged to his left, picked the grounder on a short hop and fired to first to narrowly get Gardner. The play scored Wade but prevented further damage.

"I know he can run," Lindor said. "I know in that situation what he's trying to do is put the ball in play. He wants to get [on base]. And just going off the pitch, understand where he's going to hit the ball. He hits ground balls if he doesn't pop the ball up. He put the swing on it, and I just wanted to get to the ball. If it goes up the middle, I've got a chance on any ball."

Video: NYY@CLE: Gardner plates Wade with groundout in 8th

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Right-hander Mike Clevinger (7-4, 3.34 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for a 7:15 p.m. ET start against the Yankees at Progressive Field on Saturday. In his previous start, against the Reds, Clevinger struck out 11 but took the loss after surrendering five runs on seven hits through six innings. Veteran left-hander and former Tribe arm CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.34) will take the mound for New York.

Casey Harrison is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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