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Bruce homers, but Tribe's streak ends at 6
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Max Kepler was not in the Twins’ starting lineup for Thursday’s nightcap of a twin bill against the Indians. An injury forced him into the mix and Kepler’s late go-ahead home run fueled a 4-2 victory, which ended Cleveland’s six-game winning streak and run of 10 straight wins at Target Field.

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Mazara, Texas stay hot, make WC gains
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Nomar Mazara’s torrid bat shows no signs of cooling. He had five RBIs on Thursday night — including a 3-run homer — to carry the Rangers to their fourth straight come-from-behind victory with a 9-8 win over the White Sox at Globe Life Park.

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'Bootsie' Kinsler ready for Players Weekend
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Ian Kinsler has gone by the nickname “Kins” ever since he joined the Tigers three seasons ago. Very few people know him by the nickname “Bootsie,” but the few that call him that have a story behind it.

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Inbox: Will Verlander be dealt before Aug. 31?
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Will the Tigers trade Justin Verlander to the Astros before Aug. 31? Beat reporter Jason Beck answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

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Salazar 'speaks' volumes with strong outing
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Indians right-hander Danny Salazar started to feel like he was rushing through his delivery in Tuesday night’s start against the Twins. In searching for a solution, he found something that worked: Salazar began talking to himself on the mound.

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Buxton homers in loss as 'pen allows 4-run 8th
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Yan Gomes takes pride in prioritizing defense, making anything he does in the batter’s box a bonus for the Indians. In the opener of a doubleheader against the Twins on Thursday, the catcher came up big on both fronts, helping Cleveland to a 9-3 win at Target Field.

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Perkins returns from DL, records an out in 9th
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When left-hander Glen Perkins strolled into the Twins clubhouse Thursday morning, he saw something he hadn’t seen in 16 months — his name on the lineup sheet.

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Inbox: Do Royals have pitching to contend?
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Jeffrey Flanagan answers fans’ questions and in the latest Royals Inbox.

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LIVE Color Feed: Indians vs. Twins
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Video highlights, Statcast info, analysis, tweets, key updates, the latest news and more from the Gameday Color Feed.

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Miller to be activated from DL on Friday
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Andrew Miller has shouldered a heavy load for the Indians since joining the team last summer. Cleveland is hoping that his recent stint on the shelf not only helped him get over the right knee issue that had been ailing him, but also allowed him to take a deep breath.

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Ramirez leaves after being hit by pitch on arm
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Indians All-Star Jose Ramirez exited the opener of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Twins after being hit on the right arm by a pitch. The extent of the injury is not immediately known.

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Bubba, White Sox eager for Players Weekend
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f White Sox reliever Chris Beck was holding true to the spirit of the inaugural Players Weekend, being introduced by MLB and the MLB Players Association on Aug. 25-27, the back of his jersey would read “Chris.” Beck’s No. 54 jersey instead will feature the name “Bubba,” which he is called by more than his […]

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