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Indians' Perez closes out Twitter

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Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez took down his Twitter account after he received a barrage of negative comments about his performance in the past two games.

Perez twice gave up home runs in the ninth inning in games the Indians won, but fans still vented -- some with profanities -- to @chrisperez54. So Perez decided he has seen enough.

"The decision to deactivate my Twitter account was a personal choice I made in order to maintain the greater focus on the success of the team this season and our shared goals moving forward," he said in a statement issued by the team. "We have an extremely positive and supportive group of players, coaches and staff members in our clubhouse and I want to participate in activities and routines that contribute positively to the culture we're building here.

"Out of respect for my teammates, I want to minimize any potential off-the-field distractions so this is the only time I will comment on this topic. Thank you for your understanding."

Perez, who has actively interacted with fans on Twitter in the past, is a two-time All-Star. He is 2-0 with six saves and a 2.25 ERA this year after posting 39 saves last season.

"I don't know if it's a good idea or a bad idea," Indians manager Terry Francona said before Tuesday night's game against Detroit. "I understand his reasoning was to focus more on what we're doing. I thought his thought process was really good. I don't think I've looked at a Twitter in my life. I don't even know if I know how. But I like his reasoning. I'm cool with it."

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