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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%: 100/97 | Average Draft Position: 35.75
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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.


Indians' Michael Brantley returns to lineup as DH on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley returned to the starting lineup as a designated hitter and is batting third Thursday against the Royals, per the Northeast Ohio Media Group. It's the fifth time this season he's serving as a designated hitter.

Brantley has at least a hit in 25 of the last 30 games played. He is hitting .299 (35 for 117) with 12 doubles, four homers, 25 RBI and 20 walks over that span.

Cleveland is an underdog (+100) at Kansas City, per VegasInsider.com.


Indians OF Michael Brantley gets a breather vs. Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who has been bothered by a sore back throughout the season, was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against left-hander Jason Vargas and the Royals.

Brantley is a .320 hitter (24 for 75) against left-handed pitchers this season. He has at least a hit in 25 of the last 30 games played. He is hitting .299 (35 for 117) with 12 doubles, four homers, 25 RBI and 20 walks over that span.


Indians OF Michael Brantley playing through back soreness


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has been hobbled for parts of the 2015 season while battling a back injury. He was kept out of action in spring training and in April with the issue and may be dealing with it again, manager Terry Francona said per MLB.com.

"I would think, as you get to where you're playing 20 in a row, everybody starts to feel stuff," Francona said. "I don't think he's really comfortable talking about it, because I think he feels like, 'Hey, if I'm playing, I'm playing.' I think he's done a good job with it.

"I don't want to put words in his mouth, but he hasn't been complaining about it. But, I'd bet you he does feel it sometimes. He's a tough kid."

Brantley has been choosing when to push himself lately.

"He tries to pick his spots a little bit," Francona said. "We've talked about it a little bit and I've actually probably encouraged it. One of the things I think every manager loves is when a guy just runs down the bases like their pants are on fire. But, we've actually talked, because keeping him out there is so big for us. Having him just keeping an eye on things, I think makes some sense."


Indians OF Michael Brantley perfect at the plate on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley filled up the box score in Wednesday's victory over the Rangers. Brantley reached base in all of his plate appearances, going 2 for 2, a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

Brantley lifted his season average up to .313 and has hit safely in eight of his last 11 games. 

With the Indians ahead with a comfortable lead, manager Terry Francona decided to remove Brantley from the game in the top of the seventh. Brantley has had just one day off since the middle of April, so this was an opportune time to get him some rest.


David Murphy slots in as DH for Indians on Monday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/25/2015) David Murphy will step into the DH role on Monday as the Indians face the Rangers, just the second time in nine games that Murphy will be in that role. 

Murphy will hit fifth in Cleveland's lineup against Texas starter Phil Klein. He has only faced Klein once, but has a hit in that lone at-bat. Murphy is hitting .529 with two doubles and two RBIs from the five-hole. 

Two other Indians starters, Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley, have also just faced Klein once, and both have hit solo home runs against the pitcher. 


Michael Bourn, Jose Ramirez not in Indians' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Two regulars are not in the starting lineup for the Indians' game on Sunday. 

Center fielder Michael Bourn gets a rest after five straight starts in center. He's replaced by Michael Brantley, who gets his sixth start in center. 

Jose Ramirez sits after 12 straight starts at shortstop. Mike Aviles replaces him, batting ninth. 


Indians LF Michael Brantley catching a break Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has told Sports Time Ohio that his absence from the Saturday lineup has nothing to do with the back ailment that has plagued him this season and that he should be fine for Sunday.

Brantley has cooled after a torrid stretch. He is 3-for-20 after raising his average from .226 to .348 over a four-week period.

"I just told him, 'Hey, sleep in, relax, and just get yourself ready to maybe pinch-hit in about the seventh,' … and I'll do the same with [Jason Kipnis] here probably pretty soon," manager Terry Francona said to MLB.com. "I've talked to him, too. They're both really good about communicating back with me, and it helps me."


Nick Swisher, Ryan Raburn not in Indians' lineup for Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Both Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn are not in the Indians' lineup for Saturday, as Michael Brantley will start in left field and bat third and David Murphy will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup.

Rayburn, a utility outfielder, suffered a bruised knee in Friday's game while Swisher returned from the disabled list in early May and had DH'd in eight of the Indians' 10 games before Saturday.

Indians' Walters, Raburn take over for Bourn, Chisenhall Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall were not included in the starting lineup Friday night against left-hander Bruce Chen and the Rangers, per the team's official website.

Bourn is a .200 hitter (8 for 40) this season against southpaws. Chisenhall has fared better against left-handers, slashing .256/.326/.308 on the year. Manager Terry Francona inserted Zach Walters at third. Michael Brantley shifted to center field, with Ryan Raburn in the left field and at the cleanup spot.


Indians LF Michael Brantley blasts off in Thursday loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Indians top hitter Michael Brantley couldn't produce with runners in scoring position in a defeat of St. Louis on Wednesday, but he came through with the bases empty Thursday.

Brantley broke a scoreless tie to lead off the sixth by blasting one off Michael Wacha over the right-field fence. He now has four home runs and a fine slash line of .330/.403/.528.


Michael Brantley goes 2 for 4 in Indians' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 4 in Tuesday's loss to St. Louis. He doubled, walked once, scored and drove in a run. 

Brantley is now hitting .347, and is carrying an 11-game hit streak. He hit his ninth double and drove in his 17th run. 


Indians CF Michael Bourn not starting Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday. There is no mention of an injury or other issue here, so it looks like manager Terry Francona is just giving the struggling Bourn a day off. Bourn has actually seen his batting average rise to .218, as he is currently riding a very modest three-game hit streak.

Michael Brantley is moving over to center field, while David Murphy handles left field. Brandon Moss returns to the starting lineup after being rested on Sunday. He will bat fourth and play right field.


Indians' Michael Brantley slugs third home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 9-3 loss to the Twins Friday.

Brantley hit a shot to center field in the eighth inning, but with his team down 8-2 by the team he came to the plate, his homer didn't affect the final result. In the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, Brantley owns a .337/.400/.535 line with three home runs, 15 RBI and four stolen bases in 86 at-bats.


Indians OF Michael Brantley goes deep in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley homered and extended his modest hitting streak to five games during Tuesday's 5-3 defeat to Kansas City.

Brantley took Kansas City starter Jason Vargas deep for a two-run home run in the opening frame. He reached base twice and finished 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. Over his last 11 games, Brantley is hitting .441 (19 for 43) with eight extra base hits, 10 RBI and six walks.


Indians center fielder Michael Bourn out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, with Michael Brantley shifting to center and Ryan Raburn moving taking over in left field, according to MLB.com. Manager Terry Francona indicated Bourn will be held out of the lineup for the forseeable future against left-handed pitchers.

"I talked to Bourny today a little bit about it," Francona said prior to Tuesday's game, per MLB.com. "And this is just in the near future, because we really want Bourny to be our center fielder, but it's been a struggle for him against lefties."

It will be Brantley's first start in center field this season after drawing 44 starts there in 2014. The Indians are currently the underdogs (+110) against Kansas City.


Indians OF Michael Brantley batting .381 since return from injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley had a two-RBI single and double during a 10-7 win Sunday vs. Toronto. He also had two runs and two walks.

Brantley has hit safely in four straight games and has at least one RBI in four straight games as well.

Since returning from a back injury April 17 -- which kept him out six of seven games from April 8-15 -- Brantley is batting .381 (24 for 63) with one home run, seven doubles, nine runs, 11 RBI, seven walks and three stolen bases in 16 games.