TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 15: Derek Lowe #26 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 15, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Indians Vs. Blue Jays: Cleveland Shut Out In Series Finale

Carlos Villanueva silenced the Cleveland bats a day after they tallied nine runs and 12 hits.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays: Cleveland Shut Out In Series Finale

After totaling nine runs and 12 hits on Saturday, the Cleveland Indians bats were silenced by Carlos Villanueva on Sunday. The Toronto Blue Jays topped the Indians, 3-0, to wrap up the series.

Villanueva improved to 4-0 for the Blue Jays, allowing three hits and five walks, while striking out eight over six innings.

His counterpart, Derek Lowe, also only allowed three hits over six innings, but a three-run third inning did him in.

The Blue Jays scored their three runs on a single by J.P. Arencibia, a single by Colby Rasmus and a walk from Adam Lind.

Michael Brantley had two of the Indians' five hits on Sunday.

Cleveland now drops to 45-43 on the season. It will head down to Tampa Bay on Monday to begin a four-game series with the Rays.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays: Cleveland Bats Struggling Early On Sunday

It seems the offensive outburst for both teams on Saturday was a bit of an anomaly as the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays combined for six hits in the first five innings.

The only damage for either team came in the third inning when the the Blue Jays scored three runs. Adam Lind walked with the bases loaded, while Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia both hit RBI singles.

Derek Lowe has also only allowed three hits but his have cost him as all three came in that fourth inning.

Cleveland has been shut down by Carlos Villanueva. He's allowed only three hits to the Indians on the day.

The winner of Sunday's game will take the three-game series.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays: Lineups For Sunday Announced

The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays will try to keep their bats hot in the series finale on Sunday. After a 1-0 game on Friday, the two teams combined for 20 runs on Saturday.

Here are the lineups that will try to keep that going:

Cleveland Indians:

1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
3. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
4. Travis Hafner (L) DH
7. Casey Kotchman (L) 1B
8. Johnny Damon (L) LF
9. Jack Hannahan (L) 3B

Toronto Blue Jays

1. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
5. Adam Lind (L) DH
6. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Ben Francisco (R) LF

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays: Derek Lowe Looks To Reverse Road Woes In Rubber Game

The Cleveland Indians will turn to slumping righty Derek Lowe Sunday after another slumping right-hander, Ubaldo Jimenez, struggled mightily against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday afternoon.

Jimenez allowed eight runs, including six in the third thanks to two-run homers from Edwin Encarnacion and Yunel Escobar, before being yanked during that disastrous third inning. The Indians' Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman each hit two-run homers in the eighth, but it was too little, too late.

Lowe (8-6, 4.43 ERA), meanwhile, is 0-4 in his last eight road starts with a bloated 8.88 ERA during that stretch. He'll have a tough task at hand to try to improve on his road struggles against a powerful Blue Jays lineup.

The Blue Jays will send Carlos Villanueva, a converted reliever who's making his third start of 2012, to the mound at the Rogers Centre. He pitched six shutout innings in his last start against Kansas City with seven strikeouts.

First pitch from Toronto's Rogers Centre is scheduled for 1:07 pm ET. The game will be televised on WKYC 3 and STO in the Cleveland area.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Cleveland Shelled, Fall Short Of Comeback In 11-9 Loss

The Cleveland Indians started to rally back from a 10-2 deficit on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, but their comeback fell short as they were effectively held off in the ninth inning, falling 11-9 in the end. Cleveland put together a five-run eighth inning, as Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman both his two-run homeruns off of Jesse Chavez, who came in at the top of the inning. He gave way to Drew Carpenter, who was shutdown until Casey Janssen came in to try and get the last out, but gave up a run as well when Travis Hafner singled, scoring Asdrubal Cabrera.

They were shut down from there though, as Janssen was left in and had a 1-2-3 inning to put the Indians away in the top of the ninth. Toronto took their big lead in the third inning, as Ubaldo Jimenez was absolutely rocked. Jimenez gave up a double immediately, and then a two-run homerun to Edwin Encarnacion. Yunel Escobar then had a two-run homerun of his own, but Jimenez was still left in. Then, J.P. Arencibia hit a double and got an RBI, and Scott Barnes came in for JImenez.

It didn't get much easier for Barnes though, who gave up two runs before the inning was over as Escobar came back up to bat for the second time that inning, striking out looking. Toronto had two runs in the first and one in the fifth, which were deciding factors in holding off Cleveland's comeback.

The series is now split at one game apiece and the Indians will try to rebound on Sunday at 1:07 p.m., as Derek Lowe takes the mound against Carlos Villanueva.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays Score Update: Toronto In Command, 11-4, Through Six

The Toronto Blue Jays have pushed their 10-2 lead after the first three innings out to 11-4 through six.

Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez didn't make it out of the third inning, when the Blue Jays exploded for eight runs to break a 2-2 tie and run their advantage out to 10-2. The Jays got home runs in the third from first-baseman Edwin Encarnacion, his 24th, and shortstop Yunel Escobar, his sixth on the season. Cleveland left-fielder Shelley Duncan hit his ninth homer of the year with a man on in the top of the fourth.

Aaron Laffey went five innings for the Blue Jays. He gave up four runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked three. Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup came on in relief in the sixth. Scott Barnes relieved Jimenez for the Indians in the third, and Jeremy Accardo pitched the fifth and sixth.

Toronto has left 13 men on base and Cleveland 10 through six innings.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays Score Update: Cleveland Jumps All Over Tribe With Eight In The Third

Toronto scored two runs in the home half of the first inning Saturday and followed that up with an eight-run explosion in the third to take a commanding 10-2 lead over Cleveland after three completed innings.

After the Blue Jays got two in the first, the Indians came right back in the top of the second, pushing across a pair of runs to tie the game at two. But Toronto slugging first-baseman Edwin Encarnacion unloaded with a two-run shot in the bottom of the third with Jose Bautista on base to put the Jays back out in front 4-2, and Toronto came up with six more runs in that inning, chasing Indians' starter Ubaldo Jimenez from the game.

It was Encarnacion's 24th dinger of the year. Shortstop Yunel Escobar also hit a four-bagger in the inning with a man aboard, his sixth of the season

Scott Barnes came on in the third in relief of Jimenez for Cleveland. Jimenez was charged with all eight Blue Jays' runs, all earned, in two and one-third innings. He walked four batters, striking out two.

Laffey has given up three Cleveland hits through the first three innings, has struck out three and issued one base on balls.

The Indians are looking for their second win in the series after shutting out the Jays 1-0 Friday night behind starter Justin Masterson's brilliant five-hitter and a solo home run by Travis Haffner that produced all the scoring.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays: July 14 Indians Starting Lineup

The Cleveland Indians try to make it two in a row over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday in the second game of their three-game series at Rogers Center in Toronto.

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.50 ERA) will be on the hill for the Tribe. He'll be opposed by southpaw Aaron Laffey of the Blue Jays.

Game time is set for 1:07 p.m. Here is the starting lineup for Cleveland for Saturday's game:

1. Shin-Soo Choo, RF, Avg. .295, 10 HR, 34 RBI

2. Asdrubal Cabrera,SS, Avg. .282, 11 HR, 42 RBI

3. Jason Kipnis, 2B, Avg. .275, 11 HR, 49 RBI

4. Jose Lopex, 3B, Avg. .267, 27 RBI

5. Carlos Santana, DH, Avg. .224, 5 HR, 30 RBI

6. Michael Brantley, CF, Avg. .294, 3 HR, 42 RBI

7. Shelley Duncan, LF, Avg. .222, 8 HR, 21 RBI

8. Casey Kotchman, 1B, Avg. .241, * HR, 34 RBI

9. Lou Marson, C, Avg. ,295

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays: Saturday Game Schedule, TV Info And More

The Indians started the second half of their season with a 1-0 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night and look for similar results on Saturday to take control of the weekend series. Cleveland was successful on Friday thanks to a strong start from Justin Masterson and a solid bullpen performance.

Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.50 ERA) will take the mound for the Tribe, going against Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Laffey (0-1, 2.67) who seeks his first win of the season. Take a look at the game schedule and broadcast information right here:

Date/Time: Saturday, July 14, 1:07 p.m. ET

TV: STO, RSN

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Justin Masterson, Bullpen Sharp In 1-0 Win

The Cleveland Indians traveled to Toronto to open the second half of the season. And a fine start the half it was as Justin Masterson and the bullpen combined to shutout the Blue Jays and hold onto a 1-0 win.

Masterson pitched seven innings, striking out five and walking one while allowing only five hits. It was his sixth win of the season, putting him at 6-8 with a 4.14 ERA. Vinnie Pestano came in to work the eighth for his 24th hold of the season. Chris Perez retired the side for his 25th save of the year.

Travis Hafner was the sole source of offense in the game. He smacked his eighth home run of the season in the second inning off Ricky Romero.

Romero took the loss, his fifth of the season. He struck out six and walked two in six innings of work.

Cleveland will try again on Saturday behind Ubaldo Jimenez. That game is scheduled to start at 1:07 p.m. Eastern.

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more Blue Jays coverage, visit Bluebird Banter. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays: Starting Lineups For Friday's Game

The second half of the 2012 baseball season will kick off with a bang for the Cleveland Indians on Friday night, as Manny Acta's team starts up a brutal seven-game road trip against American League East opponents.

Friday's opponent, the Toronto Blue Jays, will send left-handed changeup artist Ricky Romero to the hill to face a lineup that will feature catcher Carlos Santana playing first base and batting in the No. 5 spot. Romero sports an impressive 8-4 record through 18 starts, but has been routinely knocked around this year en route to a horrid 5.22 earned-run average.

Aiming for his sixth victory of the season is Cleveland starter Justin Masterson, who will get the ball trying to erase memories of his last outing, a 4.1-inning debacle where he served up eight earned runs on nine hits. Masterson was truly starting to get into a rhythm in the month of June, so the the Indians are hopeful that he can get on track against a swing-and-miss-happy Toronto lineup in game one of the series.

Here are the starting lineups for Friday's opener:

Indians
1. Shin-Soo Choo - RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
3. Jason Kipnis - 2B
4. Travis Hafner - DH
5. Carlos Santana - 1B
6. Michael Brantley - CF
7. Lou Marson - C
8. Johnny Damon - LF
9. Jack Hannahan - 3B
Justin Masterson - SP

Blue Jays
1. Brett Lawrie - 3B
2. Colby Rasmus - CF
3. Jose Bautista - RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion - 1B
5. Adam Lind - DH
6. Yunel Escobar - SS
7. Kelly Johnson - 2B
8. Rajai Davis - LF
9. J.P. Arencibia - C
Ricky Romero - SP

For more on the Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. For more Blue Jays coverage, visit Bluebird Banter. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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Shin-Soo Choo Key To Indians Second Half Success According To FOX Sports

Last season was going just about as well for the Cleveland Indians as this season has gone so far. They were in first place in the AL Central right after the All-Star Break and looked like they were on the fast track to a playoff berth for the first time in a while.

Of course, they collapsed in the second half of the season and ended up losing the division to the Detroit Tigers. This season, they're up near the top again. Currently they sit three games behind the Chicago White Sox in second place, with the Tigers streaking, but still behind.

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi wrote a column on Friday regarding teams that were in the title races but weren't expected to be this far into the year, including the Indians. He listed the key players that would need to get hot or stay hot in order to help the teams like the Pirates, Nationals and Orioles to stay in the title races and Cleveland's nominee was red-hot right fielder Shin-Soo Choo:

The Indians faded in the second half last year. Then again, those Indians didn’t have Choo at full strength.

Choo, at his best, can carry a team for a couple weeks at a time. He may need to do that for a Cleveland team that lacks a dominant starting rotation and only recently welcomed back Travis Hafner to the lineup.

Choo didn’t receive a spot on the All-Star team, even with a scalding .972 OPS over his final 50 games of the first half. But if he keeps that up, he will become an MVP candidate – and the Indians could contend well into September.

It may take a bit more than just Choo to help the Indians avoid yet another summer swoon, but having him stay at his blistering pace certainly wouldn't hurt as they try to hold off the Tigers and overtake the Sox to make the postseason.

For more on the Cleveland Indians, head over to Let's Go Tribe. More news and analysis on Major League Baseball can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Blue Jays: Cleveland Faces Toronto In First Series After All-Star Break

Seeking first place in the AL Central, the Cleveland Indians start the second half of the season with a series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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