After popping out with the bases loaded in the second inning, Edwin Encarnacion went into the Cleveland clubhouse, threw his bat in anger and broke it. "You know, normal stuff like that," he said with a smile Monday night after homering his next two times up - a pair of two-run shots - to lead the AL Central-leading Indians to their fourth straight victory, 7-3 over the East-leading Boston Red Sox. In a rematch of last year's ALDS, which Cleveland won in a three-game sweep, the Indians opened a 3-0 lead in the second before Encarnacion hit his rally-killing popup. The Red Sox tied it with three solo homers - two by Rafael Devers, and one by Andrew Benintendi - before Encarnacion came up again in the fifth.
Levine's swipe game on point? Maybe. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Twins mostly kept a low profile at this year’s trade deadline, and GM Thad Levine has an interesting parallel for what the process is like. In a recent interview with Baseball Prospectus’ Aaron Gleeman, a joking Levine compared the trade procedure to the popular online dating app Tinder. “Most of it’s done through Tinder,” he said. “You don’t get off the ground quickly, no trades. A lot — too much, in my opinion — is put on the profile picture. Actually, none of that’s true.” The Twins were sellers to an extent this year, trading All-Star reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Washington Nationals and flipping Jaime
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion providing the power and Danny Salazar added to another deep pitching staff, the Cleveland Indians look ready to defend their American League championship. Santana hit two of the Cleveland's five home runs and Salazar continued his strong second-half stretch in the Indians' 8-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Santana, Jason Kipnis and Encarnacion all hit solo homers off Bartolo Colon (4-10) as Cleveland won its fifth straight overall and stayed unbeaten in eight games in Minnesota this season. Austin Jackson added a three-run shot and Santana homered from both sides of the plate for the Indians, who have outscored