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Indians Get the Royal Boot, Lose Again

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CLEVELAND — Maybe, just maybe, the Minnesota Twins will help the Cleveland Indians get out of this funk they are in. The Kansas City Royals took two of three from the Indians, including Wednesday’s matinee game 6-3. 

The Indians have now lost five of their last six games and are now 4-11 against left-handed pitchers. The Tribe trails the Chicago White Sox by 1.5 games in the American League Central Division.

The Tribe jumped out to a 3-0 lead after RBIs by Casey Kotchman, Luke Carlin and Shin-Soo Choo. But the Indians’ starting pitching let them down again. Jeanmar Gomez gave up five runs in five innings; he took the loss for the Indians. He is now 3-4 on the year.

Before the game, the Indians announced that designated hitter Travis Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will have surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

The Indians are off Thursday before entertaining the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Derek Lowe will get the start for the Tribe. Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez won’t make his next start until next Tuesday when the Indians face Detroit.  Tribe skipper Manny Acta said after the game that Jimenez is getting time to work on his mechanics and to rest his side that cramped last time out.