Broxton Bests Cabrera's Comeback, Royals Take 2 of 3 In Series

The Royals scored seven runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-2 win against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

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Royals Take 2 of 3 From Tribe, Panic Meter Rising

The MLB season brings many highs and lows, and right now, the Tribe has fallen in a ditch, dropping 5 of their last 6 dating back to the sweep of the Detroit Tigers. Starter Jeanmar Gomez lasted just 5 innings, surrendering 5 runs. The Indian’s offense, got to Bruce Chen early, but the Royal’s bullpen hold on to seal the deal in the 9th, despite a bases loaded situation for the Indians.

Jose Lopez grounded into a 4-6-3 double play on the first pitch to end the threat.

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A Bloop And A Belt Have Royals In 4-3 Lead In 4th

The Cleveland Indians became the latest victim of a rally that should not have happened; just ask Jim Leyland and the Tigers how that feels.

The Tribe came away licking their wounds in the 4th when DH Alex Gordon belted an RBI double after Jose Lopez ’s off target throw to first that was scored a base hit by Alicdes Escobar. Then a shallow bloop to center by Johnny Giovatella put Kansas City ahead 4-3 in the 4th.

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Carlin's steal, Choo's RBI Single, Cap Three Run Second Inning

When the Indians called up catcher Luke Carlin, they were looking for a healthy back stop to keep the seat warm for CArlos Santana ’s return. Little did they know, they got a speedster in the process. Carlin stole second base to put himself in scoring position with two outs, and was then followed by a Shin-Soo Choo RBI base hit for Indians

The Royal’s Mike Moustakas responded with a two out hit of his own to make it 3-1 Indians in the top of the third at the matinee game at Progressive Field.

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Travis Hafner Injury: Indians DH Out 4 To 6 Weeks, Will Undergo Arthroscopic Surgery

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner will need arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Hafner was hobbled during last week's sweep of the Tigers and did not make the trip to Chicago for the weekend series against the White Sox. Before Tuesday night's game against the Royals, he did take batting practice and did some running in the outfield. All reports indicated that he looked fine during the running drills and he appeared to be on the mend.

But Wednesday morning the Tribe announced that he was headed to the 15-day DL and that reliever Scott Barnes had been called up to help out a shorthanded and overworked bullpen. Then Hafner told Jordan Bastian he would likely need a scope and would be on the shelf longer. The club confirmed the news shortly thereafter:

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Indians Recall Scott Barnes, Place Travis Hafner On Disabled List

The Cleveland Indians announced in a tweet on Wednesday morning that they made two moves after Tuesday night's loss to the Kansas City Royals. DH/1B Travis Hafner has been placed on the 15 day disabled list with right knee inflammation and in his place, LHP Scott Barnes has been called up from AAA Columbus.

The Barnes move was likely because the team is very short on bullpen arms at the moment -- Barnes is a hot prospect and has been 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA this season for Cleveland's AAA squad.

Hafner has been mediocre but not bad at the plate in his 39 games so far this season, hitting only .242/.380/.439 in a solid season overall for the Indians.

Stick with this StoryStream throughout the week for more news and updates on the Indians series against the Royals. For all your Indians analysis, news, and discussion, head over to Let's Go Tribe. And for the opponent's perspective, check out Royals Review.

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Indians Vs. Royals Final Score: Cleveland Gives Up 7 Early, Loses 8-2

After taking the first of a three-game series, the Cleveland Indians dropped the second on Tuesday night by a score of 8-2.

Justin Masterson, going for his third consecutive quality start, gave up seven runs in the first two innings. He would settle down to toss six innings (eight strikeouts and no walks), but the damage had already been done.

The Indians scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 2-2, but that's all the bats would produce. The Indians had just three scattered hits after the first inning.

The rubber match for the series will be on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. ET.

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Indians Vs. Royals Score Update: Cleveland Allowed 7 Runs In First 2 Innings

The Cleveland Indians' starters have not been pitching all that well since their sweet in Detroit and the struggles continued on Tuesday night in the series opener against the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals scored twice in the first inning and then five more in the top of the second off starter Justin Masterson. The Royals almost had eight runs, but a video review of a deep fly by Mike Moustakas was ruled a foul ball (as it was ruled on the field). Moustakas went on to single in two runs anyway. He has knocked in four of the runs in all.

Masterson has allowed a home run and five other hits, but he does have five strikeouts opposite zero walks.

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Travis Hafner Injury: Indians DH Will Miss 6th Straight Game, Available Off Bench

Designated hitter Travis Hafner took full batting practice Tuesday before the Indians game two matchup against the Kansas City Royals. The DH also did some running in the outfield, which is an encouraging sign for his imminent return. But manager Manny Acta did say he would hold Hafner out at least one more day, with the North Dakota slugger missing his sixth straight game. Acta did indicate that Pronk would be available off the bench if he's absolutely needed. Via Daryl Ruiter:

Hafner is dealing with a sore right knee, which hobbled him last week in the middle of the Tribe's sweep of the Tigers. He did not make the trip with the team to Chicago for their series against the White Sox and a trip to the DL was a possibility. Now it looks like he's on the mend and should return to the lineup this week.

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Asdrubal Cabrera Injury: Indians Shortstop In Lineup For Tuesday Night's Game Against Royals

Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will be in the lineup for the second game of the Tribe's series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Cabrera sustained an injury on Friday night against the White Sox, when he was removed in the seventh inning with tightness in his hamstring. He spent the remainder of the weekend resting, but unlike Carlos Santana who was injured in that same game, a trip to the disabled list was not expected. While Cabrera will go on Tuesday, he will not be in the field with Manny Acta opting to hit him third as the DH.

Cabrera told Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan that he was able to go on Monday, but the club opted to give him another day of rest. Ruiter reports that Cabrera expects to be back at shortstop on Wednesday.

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Indians Vs. Royals: Cleveland Projected Starting Lineup For Tuesday

On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Indians will look to build upon their 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals as the two teams plan to meet for the second game of a three-game set at Progressive Field. After dropping three-straight against their Central Division rivals the Chicago White Sox this past weekend, the Tribe are in need of some wins to battle off the Chi-Sox who are on their tails for the division lead.

Luckily, the Indians have had little trouble scoring runs of late producing at least five runs in their last three games. Here is the projected lineup they will be fielding on Tuesday, which they hope can continue the trend:

1. Shin-Soo Choo, Right Field

2. Jason Kipnis, Second Base

3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Designated Hitter

4. Jose Lopez, First Base

5. Michael Brantley, Center Field

6. Aaron Cunningham, Left Field

7. Lonnie Chisenhall, Third Base

8. Luke Carlin, Catcher

9. Juan Diaz, Short Stop

Starting Pitcher: Justin Masterson; 2-3, 4.62 ERA

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Indians Vs. Royals: Justin Masterson Goes For 3rd Straight Quality Start

Justin Masterson will try to keep things rolling, and Will Smith will try to keep his job.

The Cleveland Indians will send Masterson to hill in game two of a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals. Masterson has pedestrian numbers on the season -- 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA -- but he has come on of late. He has gone 7.0 innings in each of his last two starts and given up a total of three earned runs. He has had "quality starts" in five of his last six.

KC's Smith can claim no such streak. He was called up from the minors last week and was shelled in his first career big-league start against the New York Yankees. He lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up five earned runs and three homers. In nine starts in triple-A Omaha, Smith was 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA.

After being swept over the weekend by the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland's AL Central lead has been sliced to 0.5 games. But two more games against the lowly Royals, followed by a three-game series with the lowlier Minnesota Twins, could help the Tribe get back on the track.

First pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 7:05 Eastern.

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Indians Vs. Royals: Tribe Snap Three-Game Skid With 8-5 Win Over Kansas City

On Monday night, the Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating the Kansas City Royals 8-5 in the first game of a three-game homestand at Progressive Field.

With the Royals up 2-0 entering the bottom of the third inning, the Indians exploded for five runs in the frame powered by a lead-off homerun by Lonnie Chisenhall. With the bases loaded and one out, Jason Kipnis put the Tribe up by a run when he scored Shin-Soo Choo and Luke Carlin with an RBI single up the middle. Jose Lopez and Casey Kotchman both added RBI singles to increase the lead to 5-2 in favor of Cleveland. Kansas City managed to score runs in the fifth and seventh inning, but each time they gained ground, the Indians responded in their half of the frame to keep the lead intact.

Josh Tomlin recorded the win with four earned runs on as many hits in five innings pitched, while Nathan Adcock was pinned with loss allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Chris Perez earned his 17th save of the season.

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Indians Vs. Royals Starting Lineups: Call-Up Lonnie Chisenhall To Start At DH

Losers of three straight games, the Cleveland Indians are starting to feel the heat as first place in the AL Central looks to be slipping out of their grasp.

But with the last-place Royals in town for a three-game series, it's vital that manager Manny Acta is able to shore up a pitching staff that was absolutely pounded for 35 runs in the weekend sweep with Chicago. Recently called-up starter Josh Tomlin will toe the rubber for the first time in three weeks, and will aim to lower the 4.67 ERA he posted in six appearances (five starts) earlier in the season.

Called up earlier in the afternoon, infielder Lonnie Chisenhall will assume the No. 7 spot in the order and occupy the DH position in his first game back in the bigs. Chisenhall hit seven homers over 66 games with the Indians last year, but will be making his first appearance of 2012 in Monday's game.

Here are the starting lineups for Memorial Day:

Indians
1. Shin-Soo Choo - RF
2. Michael Brantley - CF
3. Jason Kipnis - 2B
4. Jose Lopez - 3B
5. Casey Kotchman - 1B
6. Johnny Damon - LF
7. Lonnie Chisenhall - DH
8. Luke Carlin - C
9. Juan Diaz - SS
Josh Tomlin - SP

Royals
1. Alex Gordon - LF
2. Irving Falu - 2B
3. Billy Butler - DH
4. Mike Moustakas - 3B
5. Jeff Francoeur - RF
6. Eric Hosmer - 1B
7. Brayan Pena - C
8. Jarrod Dyson - CF
9. Alcides Escobar - SS
Nathan Adcock - SP

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Indians Roster Moves: Jack Hannahan Placed On DL, Lonnie Chisenhall Recalled

Hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss, the Cleveland Indians pulled off a quartet of roster moves on Monday afternoon before their scheduled tilt with the Kansas City Royals.

As expected, Memorial Day starter Josh Tomlin was activated from the disabled list, while regular third baseman Jack Hannahan took his place on the inactive roster due to a left calf strain. In addition, the Indians designated reliever Jairo Asencio for assignment and called up infielder Lonnie Chisenhall to fill the roster spot.

Losing a .274 hitter like Hannahan is not the most pleasant scenario for a first-place team, but the Indians have to be ecstatic about getting Tomlin back at full health. The 27-year-old righty won 12 games with a 4.25 ERA last year over 26 starts, and posted an impressive 1.08 WHIP along the way. With inconsistent performances from Cleveland starters becoming more of a trend, Tomlin's presence in the rotation could be a driving force to get this team back on track.

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Indians Vs. Royals: Cleveland Looks To Bounce Back After Sweep

The Cleveland Indians will start a series against the Kansas City Royals on Monday, trying to shake off a sweep in their last series against the White Sox.

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