In the Majors;
Cleveland’s postseason hopes got a boost by acquiring All-Star Andrew Miller from the Yankees for four prospects.
Starter Cory Kluber held the hapless Oakland Athletics to five hits over seven innings in an 8-0 Sunday win, as Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and the Tribe completed a three-game sweep.
Miller figures to become a setup man for closer Cody Allen.
The Indians were not so successful in trying to acquire catcher Jonathan Lucroy from Milwaukee, who refused to waive his no-trade provision.
Kluber struck out seven and walked two, retiring Max Muncy and Ryon Healy to strand runners on second and third in the seventh. He is 4-1 in his last seven starts.
Following a 36-minute rain delay at the start, Cleveland went ahead in a five-run third that included Napoli’s homer, Kipnis’ two-run single and Francisco Lindor’s sacrifice fly.
Napoli’s team-leading 24th home run this season was his 1,000th career hit.
The Indians open a 4-game set against the Twins with Danny Salazar on the mound. He has a 2.97 ERA, the fourth lowest in the AL and he’s 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA in eight starts this season against AL Central teams.
Coverage begins at 6:37pm on ESPN-970-WFUN.
In the NBA;
The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The team announced the move July 30. Jones was signed on the final day of the regular season.
Single-A Minor League baseball;
The Lake County Captains only squeezed two runs out of 10 hits as they lost the first game of a road trip to West Michigan, 5-2.
The talent-depleted Captains went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.
Center fielder Jodd Carter had three hits and scored a run. Left fielder Bobby Ison and second baseman Angel Miguel were each 2-for-4.
Starter Brock Hartson went 5 2/3 innings, giving up five unearned runs due to errors and struck out six.