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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: 6 | Salary: $526,900 | Owned/Started%: 99/98 | Average Draft Position: 213.51
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Michael Brantley continues to thrive offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley made his only hit in four at-bats Saturday against the Orioles count, as he hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The home run gave Cleveland a 6-0 lead, which would be the final score, and chased starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez from the game.

Brantley has homered three time in his last 19 games. However, he is batting .351 with a .595 slugging percentage, .992 OPS, one triple, seven doubles, 10 runs and 17 RBI in that span.


Michael Brantley remains torrid with three-hit game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley continued to rake and show surprising power in a Saturday win against the host Yankees.

Brantley capped the scoring with a solo home run in the eighth inning and added two singles to sweeten his stat line to .324/.384/.519. He has 17 homers and 74 RBI on the season.


Leg soreness has Michael Brantley manning DH spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Indians top hitter Michael Brantley was slotted in at designated hitter Saturday against the Yankees due to general leg soreness, per MLB.com. Terry Francona could place him in the same spot Sunday.

"I just think it'll do him some good," Francona said about the rest from playing in the outfield. "He's played a lot of baseball. It seems like he's on base two or three times a game, and he's stealing, going from first to third, running down everything in center field."

Brantley has not shown any dropoff at the plate recently. He is batting .400 in his last 35 at-bats.


Michael Brantley fine for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Indians top hitter Michael Brantley is set to play Thursday in Cincinnati after his removal from the Wednesday game with an apparent leg injury.

Brantley went hitless against the Reds to end a 10-for-25 stretch.


Michael Brantley smacks walkoff home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 6 with a walkoff home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Rangers Sunday.

Brantley led off the bottom of the 12th inning by slugging the game-ending home run, which gave him his fourth straight multihit performance but only his first home run of the second half. He has hit .322/.382/.516 with 16 home runs, 69 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 419 at-bats.


Michael Brantley continues to rake in defeat of Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Indians outfielder and hitting machine Michael Brantley is apparently over his only slump of the season. He ripped three hits Friday night, including a first-inning double that set the lopsided win over Texas in motion.

Brantley, who is on pace to become the first Indian to pile up 200 hits in a season since Kenny Lofton achieved that distinction in 1996, has 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats.


Michael Brantley cranks out four hits vs. Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley came up big at the plate, cranking out four hits in his team's 9-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit.

Brantley singled in the fourth, singled twice in the seventh and doubled in the ninth inning. He finished 4 for 5 with a stolen base and two runs scored. He is hitting .329 with 15 homers and 63 RBI in 356 at-bats.


Michael Brantley homers, drives in three Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI in his team's 5-3 win over the Yankees Tuesday.

Brantley drove in a run in the first inning with a double and did the same in the fifth with another double. He then swatted a solo home run in the seventh inning to provide his team with an insurance run they wouldn't need. Brantley, who has collected multiple hits in five straight games, owns a .328/.391/.529 line with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 329 at-bats.


American League reserves revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Salvador Perez, Royals
C Derek Norris, Athletics
C Kurt Suzuki, Twins
1B Jose Abreu, White Sox
1B Victor Martinez, Tigers
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
1B/OF Brandon Moss, Athletics
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
OF Michael Brantley, Indians

Michael Brantley smacks 12th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

Bradley drove in his first run on a third-inning groundout before slugging a solo home run in the fifth inning. He has enjoyed an excellent season statistically, hitting .325/.394/.524 with 12 home runs, 51 RBI and nine stolen bases in 286 at-bats.


Michael Brantley back in lineup for Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Indians top hitter and left fielder Michael Brantley was targeting a Saturday return from a mild concussion and has apparently nailed it. He is in the lineup for Game 2 of the series against visiting Detroit.

Brantley owns a nine-game hitting streak that has improved his stat line to .326/.393/.521. His 11 home runs are already a career-best.


Michael Brantley able to pinch hit Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley returned to action Friday against the Tigers.

Brantley made a pinch hit appearance later in the game. With his team trailing in the ninth, Brantley worked a five-pitch at-bat before hitting a single to center. He advanced to second on defensive indifference, and was left stranded. Brantley has been dealing with a concussion, but is expected to return Saturday. The fact that he was used as a pinch hitter Friday bodes well for his chances of starting Saturday's game.


Michael Brantley hopes to be cleared Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley took part in a normal pregame routine Friday, as he continues to work his way back from a mild concussion.

Brantley will go through a normal pregame routine Saturday before being checked out by doctors one last time according to MLB.com. If he is cleared, he will be in the lineup against the Tigers, after missing four games as a result of the issue.


Michael Brantley to hit on field Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will hit on the field Friday, according to MLB.com.

Brantley is be re-evaluated following his on-field performance. If cleared, he would return to the lineup Saturday. Brantley is hitting .323/.391/.519 over 266 at-bats.


Michael Brantley remains out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Brantley is still recovering from a concussion. He's not expected to play until Saturday at the earliest. In 266 at-bats, Brantley is hitting .323/.391/.519.


Michael Brantley sitting out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was not in the team's starting lineup Thursday.

As expected, Brantley will need more time to recover from a concussion. As of right now, the team will not place him on the seven-day concussion disabled list. There's a chance Brantley will return to action Saturday.

Over 266 at-bats, Brantley is hitting .323/.391/.519.


Michael Brantley has mild concussion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB Network Radio that outfielder Michael Brantley has a mild concussion but might be able to avoid a trip to the 7-day disabled list and return Saturday. Brantley took a shot to the head Monday while sliding into second base, then was scratched Tuesday due to head and neck soreness.

He's hitting .323 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 266 at-bats.


Michael Brantley scratched with concussion-like symptoms


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley's absence from the lineup Tuesday was due to concussion-like symptoms, but manager Terry Francona told MLB.com he hopes it will end up being just a precautionary move.

"He's going to go over for further testing, get some imaging [done], things like that," Francona said. "You have a head injury and you play and something happens, you're talking about something pretty serious. We're going to err on the side of caution."

Brantley passed all preliminary concussion tests following Monday's game, but started to feel symptoms while warming up Tuesday. He was sent to a local hospital for testing, and is day-to-day at this point. 


Michael Brantley scratched, undergoing testing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was initially announced as a starter Tuesday against the Angels, but was scratched from the lineup hours before first pitch due to head and neck soreness.

Brantley took a shot to the head Monday while sliding into second base, and is still dealing with the lingering effects.  He is at a local hospital undergoing testing, and is officially day to day at this point. 


Michael Brantley able to start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley left Monday's game after taking a blow to the head while sliding into second base, but he was back in the lineup Tuesday against the Angels.

Michael Brantley exits game after blow to head


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was removed from Monday's game against the Angels after taking a blow to the head on a slide into second base, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Brantley was removed for precautionary reasons, and the nature of the injury makes it likely he'll undergo concussion testing before being cleared to return to the field. After going 1 for 2 with an RBI Monday, Brantley has hit .323/.391/.519 with 11 home runs, 46 RBI and nine stolen bases in 266 at-bats.


Michael Brantley unstoppable right now


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley got two more hits Sunday, including his 11th homer. He's 14 of 26 (.538) with two homers and three doubles over his past seven games. Brantley will try to stay hot Monday in the opener of a four-game series against the Angels.

Michael Brantley slugs 10th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was part of a huge offensive night Monday, going 3 for 3 with two walks, one home run, one RBI and five runs scored in his team's 17-7 win over the Rangers.

Brantley hadn't homered since May 19 before blasting a solo shot in the fourth inning that'll be remembered as a footnote to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall's huge performance. The outfielder has hit .307/.373/.498 with 10 home runs, 43 RBI and eight stolen bases in 241 at-bats.


Michael Brantley stays hot


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games after going 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Rockies. Brantley upped his average to .307/.370/.505 with 40 RBI in 212 at-bats.

Michael Brantley racks up four hits, two steals Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley caught fire Wednesday, going 4 for 7 with three RBI, two runs and two stolen bases in his team's 11-10 win over the Tigers.

Brantley knocked in two runs on a second-inning single and one more on a single in the 13th to tie the game at 10-10 before his team went on to win on a walkoff balk. He has hit .302/.370/.523 with nine home runs, 36 RBI and six stolen bases in 172 at-bats.