Francona feeling better, expected to manage Indians game

Francona left Tuesday night's game in the late innings because he wasn't feeling well.

The Indians are expected to issue an update on Francona's condition before game time. The left-hander gave up a run in the third on Michael Brantley's single and a leadoff homer to Roberto Perez in the fifth that tied the game.

The 21-year-old rookie is just three homers shy of Adrian Beltre's rookie record of 20 home runs by a Dodger player 21 years of age or younger, and has the most homers in Major League Baseball history by a player in their first 45 games tying the New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez. Perez has struggled offensively all season and had yet to hit a home run.

"For a young player to impact a championship caliber team like this, he's exceeded our expectations", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Best to save that for October if the Indians get it gear to create the possibility.

For the second straight year, it looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers have unearthed a potentially dominant hitter.

If that matchup occurs, when the weather will predictably be about 40 degrees cooler than the balmy 86 degrees that settled around Progressive Field on June 13, the Indians will need more fire than they showed in front of a crowd of 22,171. The Indians are 2-2 in the first four games of this six-game homestand.

Max Kepler and Brian Dozier also went deep, Eduardo Escobar had five hits and two RBIs and Jason Castro had four hits and four RBIs for Minnesota, which is in first place in the AL Central despite an AL-worst 13-19 record at Target Field. In their march to the American League pennant a year ago, the Indians had a.654 winning percentage at home (53-28).

Six days after his big-league debut, Faria (2-0) became the third Tampa pitcher all-time to win his first two career games, joining Jeremy Hellickson and Joe Kennedy.

Yasiel Puig provided an early lead for the Dodgers in the second inning with a two-run blast. As the Astros pitching staff has been hit hard by injuries, they will send Francis Martes (0-0, 9.82 ERA) to the hill for his first Major League Baseball start and only second-ever appearance.

Puig had a chance to do more damage in the sixth inning when Bauer exhausted and walked two to load the bases with two outs.

Although he missed a month of the season with his back condition, Kluber has been the best starter by far in the Indians' rotation. One of tonight's home runs came off of Andrew Miller, the first that the strikeout-machine reliever has allowed in more than 30 innings this season.

"I was 3-0 to a couple guys". In 28 appearances, he is 3-1 with a 0.55 ERA.

RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 3.28) has pieced together his best season since 2012, keeping his opposition to a.233 batting average with a 1.11 WHIP to boot.

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