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23 Michael Brantley LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 5/15/1987 | Birthplace: Bellevue, WA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Cleveland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $526,900 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 35.78
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Michael Brantley powers Indians to win with two homers Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/25/2015) Left fielder Michael Brantley had a big night in the Indians' 11-6 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday. The star outfielder went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. He also added his 14th stolen base of the year, as he completely filled up the box score.

The two dingers give Brantley 11 on the season. He popped a two-run shot in the fourth inning, and another two-run blast in the eighth.

Over his last 10 games, Brantley is batting .357 with three home runs and 10 RBI. He is also 14-for-15 in stolen base attempts overall this season.


Indians LF Michael Brantley set to start Monday in Fenway Park


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is back in action Monday against the host Red Sox after missing the Minnesota series with a sore shoulder.

Brantley was on a tear before being sidelined. He was batting .454 (15-for-33) in his previous eight games with seven runs and seven RBI.


Simultaneous return of Kipnis, Brantley creates issue for Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2015) The desire of Terry Francona to use top hitters Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis as designated hitters upon their return to the Indians has created a dilemma.

Brantley and Kipnis, both of whom have been sidelined with shoulder issues, should be ready to roll Monday in Boston. But only one, of course, can DH. That could result in Kipnis being pushed back to Tuesday, per MLB.com.

The former received a cortisone shot Friday and joined the club in Minneapolis on Saturday. Kipnis is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday.

"I don't even know if we'd activate [Kipnis] or not [Monday]," Francona said. "It's going to be close. He certainly can be activated, but he's not ready to play second. ... I think Kip's kind of chomping at the bit, which I don't blame him."


Indians OF Michael Brantley not in Sunday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was held out of Sunday's lineup at Minnesota, reports MLB.com.

Brantley is dealing with a shoulder aliment, which also kept him out of Saturday's contest. He was replaced in left field by Mike Aviles, who will bat ninth.


Indians' Michael Brantley (shoulder) sitting on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) As expected, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins. Brantley is dealing with a shoulder injury that is expected to keep him out for at least a couple of days.

Mike Aviles will handle left field duties for the Indians on Saturday.


Francona: Indians LF Michael Brantley will miss only 2-3 games


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2015) Terry Francona has declared that Indians premier hitter Michael Brantley will only miss two or three games with a shoulder ailment.

An MRI revealed nothing serious. He could be back Sunday in Minnesota or Monday for the start of a three-game series in Boston.

"He's been playing through a lot," manager Terry Francona said, per MLB.com. "Hopefully, when something like this happens, maybe a couple days down helps the rest of his body, because he's found a way to be still so productive and so good, but I know it's probably been hard for him at times. He doesn't say anything. He doesn't like saying anything about it, nor is he going to. Maybe this will help him a little bit.

"It's hard to not have him for a couple or three days, but it's a heck of a lot better than not having him for a couple or three months."

A hot streak since the All-Star break has his slash line sweetened to .312/.388/.461.


Shoulder issue has Indians LF Michael Brantley out Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has undergone an MRI on his left shoulder and is out of the lineup Friday night in Minnesota, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

It remains to be seen how long he will be sidelined.

Brantley has been on a tear since the All-Star break. His hitless game Thursday ended a 15-for-29 stretch during which he scored seven runs and drove in six. He leads Cleveland with 63 RBI on the year.


Indians' Michael Brantley knocks walk-off hit on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Left fielder Michael Brantley was the walk-off hero for the Indians on Tuesday, as the defeated the Yankees 5-4 in extra innings. Brantley, who went 3 for 6 in the game, drove home the winning run with an RBI single in the 16th inning. It was Brantley's third career walk-off hit

Indians LF Michael Brantley continues offensive tear in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/9/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has been a force with the bat as of late and it continued during Sunday's win over the Twins.

Brantley went 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored. It was Brantley's third consecutive game of at least two hits.

Over his last six games, Brantley is hitting .522 with 12 hits, three doubles, five runs and five RBI.


Michael Brantley hits in ninth straight for Indians


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 4 with a walk in Tuesday's 12-inning win over the Angels. 

Brantley's two singles extended his hitting streak to nine straight games. He's hitting .364 over the streak. 


Sizzling Indians OF Michael Brantley has four-hit Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) It took a few months and a healthier back, but the 2015 version of Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is finally starting to look like the 2014 edition that placed third in the American League Most Valuable Player voting.

Brantley continued his rampage Wednesday with his first four-hit game since April 25. He fell only a triple short of the cycle in battering the Brewers.

The hits came consecutively. Brantley blasted a three-run homer in the third to knot the score at 4-4. His RBI single in the fifth gave his team the lead for good. He doubled and scored in the seventh and singled in the ninth.

Brantley has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and is batting .415 (17-for-41) during that stretch. His .302 average is at its highest point since June 19.


Indians LF Michael Brantley walks three times, records two RBI


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/19/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 1 for 3 with three walks and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Reds.

Brantley is hitting .364 with 12 hits, three doubles, two home runs, six walks and nine RBI over his last nine games.


Michael Brantley slugs three-run home run in Indians win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Left fielder Michael Brantley got the Indians on the board early on Saturday. Brantley launched a three-run home run with no outs in the very first inning, as the Indians beat the Reds 9-4. 

The home run was Brantley's sixth of the season and just the second in his last 54 games. Despite the lack of power, Brantley has manged to stay productive at the plate. He's batting .324 with two homers and eight RBI over his last 10 games.

 


Michael Brantley hits two doubles for Indians


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 3 with a walk in Friday's loss to Cincinnati. 

Brantley got a hit for the sixth time in the last seven games, including three multi-hit games over that span. 

Brantley got two of the team's three extra base hits, doubling twice to give him 26 on the season. 


Indians' Michael Brantley gets two RBI in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 1 for 5 with two RBI in Friday's win over Oakland. 

Brantley hit in his fourth straight game and is 7 for his last 16. He had his first multi-RBI game since July 2. 


Indians' Michael Brantley goes deep for first time in 46 games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Astros. Brantley had gone 46 games since his last longball, as he hadn't homered since May 14. 

"It felt good," Brantley said, per MLB.com. "It was a big swing at the time of the game. To go up 2-0 instead of 1-0; and one swing away, now they're two swings away."

His fifth home run of the season gave the Indians their second run in the sixth inning. He's now batting .282 over his last 10 games.

"Everybody in here knows we've got to finish this homestand strong before we go into the All-Star break," Brantley said. "And then when we come back from there, we'll start from day one just like we've been playing lately. We've been playing good, competitive baseball, we've been pitching well, and we've got to continue to do that to be successful in our division."


Indians shuffle outfield before facing off against Pirates


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) The Indians' outfield will look a little different when they take the field against the Pirates on Saturday.

Michael Brantley will start at center field; Brandon Moss will take the role of right fielder; and Mike Aviles will play left field.


Indians OF Michael Brantley collects two RBI in Thursday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley drove in two runs Thursday to help lead the team to a 5-4 win over the Rays.

Brantley drove in one run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth and then hit a single in the fifth to drive in Jason Kipnis. He finished the game 1 for 4 with two strikeouts.

Prior to Thursday's win, Brantley was hitting .267 with two doubles and four RBI in his last 11 games.


Indians' Michael Brantley goes 3 for 4 in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 3 for 4 at the plate during Monday's 7-1 win over the Rays.

Brantley scored one run and drove in a run when he singled in Jason Kipnis in the first inning. He also walked once.

Prior to his three-hit game Monday, Brantley was hitting .219 with one double and two RBI in his last eight games.


Indians LF Michael Brantley smacks three hits in doubleheader


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) The Indians were blanked in a doubleheader Sunday for the first time in 40 years, but left fielder Michael Brantley was like a radio disc jockey - he was cranking out the hits.

Brantley managed three singles in eight at-bats in an otherwise horrible day for his team. His current four-game hitting streak ended a 2-for-19 slide and left his slash line at .294/.367/.429. But he has not homered since May 14.


Indians LF Michael Brantley goes 2 for 4 in win over Cubs


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley continued his hot streak at the plate during Thursday's game against the Cubs.

Brantley went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

In his last 15 games, Brantley is hitting .298 with 17 hits, seven walks and six RBI.


Indians' Michael Brantley has 11-game hit streak snapped


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Indians left fiedler Michael Brantley went 0 for 4 in Sunday's loss to Detroit.

The hitless game was Brantley's first since May 29. It snapped his 11-game hitting streak, which had been the second-longest active streak in MLB and longest in the American League. 


Indians' Michael Brantley hits in 10th straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Brantley hit in his tenth straight game in Friday's loss to Detroit. 

Brantley went 2 for 4, with a double, his 19th.

Brantley's streak is the longest active streak in the American League.  


Michael Brantley back in left field Tuesday for Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) A nagging back issue that has plagued Indians left fielder Michael Brantley will not keep him sidelined Tuesday against Seattle. He is playing the field and batting third.

Brantley had been in left in only one of the previous five games. He served as a designated hitter in two others.

The problem has affected him at the plate in recent weeks. Brantley is on a six-game hitting streak, but has just one hit in all of them. He is batting .222 (6-for-27) since May 28 and his average has fallen from .348 to .302 over the last three weeks.


Indians LF Michael Brantley still dealing with back problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) A nagging back continues to plague Indians left fielder Michael Brantley, who was absent from the Sunday lineup for the second time in five games. He hasn't played in left field since Tuesday.

Brantley has a six-game hitting streak, but just one hit in each of those games.