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28 Corey Kluber SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 4/10/1986 | Birthplace: Birmingham, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cleveland | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 98/89 | Average Draft Position: 15.39
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Indians starter Corey Kluber fans 12 in nine IP in no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/18/2015) Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber followed up his 18-strikeout performance in his last start with a 12-K, nine-inning gem on Monday for a no-decision against the White Sox.

"They're a really aggressive lineup," Kluber said, per MLB.com. "And the key is to get ahead and take advantage of it."

Kluber allowed one run in the outing, scored via a wild pitch.

Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out the first five batters he faced and seven of nine, retiring his first 10 overall until Melky Cabrera singled with one out in the fourth.

The performance was Kluber's third game with double-digit strikeouts.

The right hander now as 74 K's in 61 2/3 innings this season, tops in MLB after Monday's action.

"He was so special," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Kluber. "He followed up that performance just with… he may have had a better breaking ball [Monday]."

Kluber's next start is set for Saturday against the Reds.


Are Indians' Kluber's early struggles related to absence of Gomes?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Some close to Indians ace Corey Kluber believe his early-season struggles were related to missing Yan Gomes, who is on the shelf with a with a sprained MCL, CBSSports.com Jon Heyman reports.

However, Kluber didn't seem to have any issues on Wednesday when he put together one of the best pitching performances of the season, striking out 18 -- the most in a game since Ben Sheets in 2004 and the most by an American League pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1998. 

Kluber is 1-5 with a 4.27 ERA over 52 2/3 innings pitched.


Corey Kluber's 18 strikeouts Wednesday most since 2004


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber worked a nearly perfect start on Wednesday against the Cardinals in Cleveland's 2-0 win. Kluber pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with 18 strikeouts. 

It was the most strikeouts in a game since Ben Sheets in 2004 and the most by an American League pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1998. Kluber needed just 113 pitches, 74 going for strikes, in his eight innings of work.

"He started to find it and feel it," manager Terry Francona said, per MLB.com. "The pitches were thrown with conviction and confidence and attacking with all his pitches. When you have the talent he does, that's what can come of it."

Kluber, now 1-5, lowered his ERA to 4.27 in 52 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Monday against the White Sox.


Indians RHP Corey Kluber still missing C Yan Gomes


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Indians supposed ace and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber is still missing injured catcher Yan Gomes. And the numbers back it up, per Fox Sports.

Since the start of 2014, he is 18-9 with a 2.39 ERA when Gomes catches and 0-5 with a 5.13 ERA with anyone else behind the dish. Kluber sported a 2.63 ERA this year when Gomes was lost. He is 0-4 with a 6.10 ERA pitching to Roberto Perez.

Gomes, who is rehabbing ahead of schedule, is expected back in about four weeks.


Indians P Corey Kluber's dismal start to season continues


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber once again had a tough day on the mound in Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Royals. 

Kluber went 5 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. Four of those runs came early in the first inning. Kluber did strike out seven batters, though he gave up seven hits and two walks. He now holds a 5.04 ERA for the season. 

Kluber has yet to win a game and is 0-5 this season. 

Kluber's next start is projected for May 13 against the Cardinals. 


Indians' Corey Kluber, Roberto Perez still learning to work together


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Indians starter Corey Kluber hasn't looked like the pitcher that won last season's Cy Young Award. Part of the reason may be the other half of the battery.

Catcher Yan Gomes has been on the disabled list with a knee injury, and Kluber is still adjusting to work with Roberto Perez

"There's obviously a difference," Kluber said, per MLB.com. "Whether it be myself with Yan, or somebody that gets traded, for example, there's always a period where you've got to work to know what each other wants to do. I think that's normal for any player to go through. It's not just Roberto and myself."

"There's no secret how comfortable Klubes and Gomer were," manager Terry Francona said. "That was a pretty special relationship that you want. ... When a guy like Gomes goes down, you don't have a Gomes sitting on the bench. I think we're pretty fortunate where we are, but they're not going to have that same sync. It's impossible." 


The Corey Kluber of 2014 still missing Saturday for Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Forget about Waldo. Where's Corey Kluber?

The Kluber that won the American League Cy Young Award for the Indians last season is missing. He has been replaced by a guy who continued to struggle Saturday against Toronto and fell to 0-4 on the year.

Kluber performed decently early in the year and could have sued his hitters for non-support. But his most recent performance in which he gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings continued a string of uncharacteristically bad outings.

"I think the biggest thing is probably just needing to sequence a little better," Kluber said. "I'm not doing that good of a job of keeping guys honest. For the most part, guys are kind of hanging out over the plate and when they're doing that, you kind of eliminate one half of the plate, so when you do make a mistake it's kind of magnified.

The right-hander gave up a run-scoring double to Edwin Encarnacion in the first, then collapsed in the middle innings. He allowed a game-tying home run to Russell Martin in the fourth, two-run single to Jose Bautista in the fifth and two baserunners in the sixth before his merciful removal.

Kluber, whose ERA has skyrocketed from 2.49 to 4.62 over the last three starts, has surrendered 31 hits in his last 17 1/3 innings pitched. He will attempt to find himself Friday against Minnesota.


Indians starter Corey Kluber falls to 0-3 with loss on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Indians starter Corey Kluber (0-3) gave up six runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings on Monday to take the loss against the Royals.

Kluber struck out five in the contest and notched his 500th for his career. Kluber reached the milestone in his 80th game with the Indians, the second fastest to do so in franchise history (Herb Score, 68 games).

"He's one of the best pitchers in the game, if not the best pitcher in the game," Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who went 4 for 5 in the game, said. "We came away with a win against a great pitcher."

Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, will look for his first win of the season Saturday against the Blue Jays.


Indians ace Corey Kluber collapses late in Windy City defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber had pitched well in three previous starts this season, but the meager Indians offense prevented him from winning.

Well, the team was blanked again Wednesday with its ace on the mound, this time against the host White Sox. The difference was that Kluber was battered, especially in the middle innings before being removed.

"For me, I can only focus on going out there and trying to prevent the other team from scoring," Kluber said to MLB.com. "Once you start letting other stuff get to you or creep in your mind, it takes away from what you're trying to do. My job is not to worry about things other than me trying to prevent them from scoring. I didn't do that well enough today."

Kluber was hanging tough through five, yielding only a solo home run to Jose Abreu and run-scoring double play grounder. But he allowed six hits and two wild pitches thereafter while retiring just three batters. He finished having surrendered six runs on a career-high 13 hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

He will try again for his first victory of the season Monday against Kansas City.


Indians starter Corey Kluber gets no decision despite eight strong innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Indians starter Corey Kluber threw eight strong innings on Friday, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out eight in a no decision against the Twins.

Kluber gave up both runs in the sixth inning when Chriss Herrmann singled in a run and then came around to score on a wild pitch.

Kluber's next start is scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago against the White Sox.

Indians will add Danny Salazar into weekend rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) The Indians announced their rotation plans for their three-game weekend series against the Twins starting on Friday. Corey Kluber will square off against Mike Pelfrey, followed by Danny Salazar, who will be recalled from the minors to face Phil Hughes on Saturday. Southpaw T.J. House will close out the series against Trevor May, per MLB.com.

Twins' Vargas, Plouffe have good track record vs. Indians' Kluber


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) When the Twins and Indians open a three-game series Friday, Cleveland will be sending ace Corey Kluber to the mound. Twins DH Kennys Vargas and third baseman Trevor Plouffe have fairly good history against the 2014 AL Cy Young award winner.

Vargas went 4 for 11 (.364) with one double, one home run and two RBI against Kluber last season, while Plouffe is batting .360 (9 for 25) with one double, two home runs and seven RBI in his career against Kluber.

Kluber is 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA in 10 career starts against the Twins. He went 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts against the AL Central foe last season and is 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA in five starts at Target Field.


Indians pitcher Corey Kluber strikes out 10, finishes with no decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber went 6 1/3 innings Saturday, allowing two runs on seven hits, including one home run, in Cleveland's 9-6 loss to the Tigers.

Kluber continued to roll through hitters, adding 10 strikeouts to his totals. After giving up two runs in the first inning, Kluber settled in and allowed just three hits the rest of the way. He will look for his first win of the season Saturday against the Twins.


Indians' T.J. House to make season debut Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Indians pitcher T.J. House will make his season debut Sunday, MLB.com reports.

House was initially announced as the probable starter for Saturday, but ace Corey Kluber will make his second start of the season Saturday before House takes the mound Sunday.


Indians P Corey Kluber strikes out seven in loss to Astros


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber struck out seven in the team's 2-0 loss against the Astros on Opening Day.

"I started off well," Kluber said, per MLB.com. "I felt like maybe a little bit, as it got later in the game, I lost my fastball command just a little bit and didn't quite locate some two-strike pitches like I would've wanted to. But, in general, overall, I felt pretty good."

Kluber, 28, gave up three hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched with two walks on 102 pitches. 


Indians confirm five-year extension for pitcher Corey Kluber


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Indians and pitcher Corey Kluber made their five-year contract extension official Sunday, the team announced. The deal will keep Kluber in Cleveland through the 2019 season and is worth $38.5 million with club options for 2020 and 2021, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Kluber posted an 18-9 record with a 2.44 ERA and 262 strikeouts in 2014, leading to the Cy Young Award.


Indians, pitcher Corey Kluber agree to five-year contract extension


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Indians and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber have agreed to a five-year contract extension, which includes two option years, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal, which is set to pay Kluber $38.5 million guaranteed, is complete pending a physical.

Kluber signed a one-year agreement during the offseason to avoid arbitration with the intentions of signing a long-term deal. The details of the contract have yet to be released.

Kluber posted an 18-9 record with a 2.44 ERA and 262 strikeouts in 2014, leading to the Cy Young Award.


Agent: Contract negotiations for Indians' Kluber progressing slow


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Indians and pitcher Corey Kluber are still pushing to get a deal done before the regular season begins Monday, according to Cleveland.com.

Kluber's agent, BB Abbott, is in discussions with Cleveland for a multi-year deal, but talks are moving slowly.

"It's slow going, but I'm encouraged," said Abbott on Saturday. "We continue to talk and try to find a middle ground. The conversations have been cordial."

Kluber is scheduled to start Cleveland's opener Monday against the Astros. He signed a one-year, $601,000 deal this offseason to avoid arbitration.


Indians GM: Corey Kluber extension talks will end on Opening Day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters that contract negotiations with reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber will probably end when the season opens on Monday, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Kluber, tabbed as Cleveland's Opening Day starter, finished Cactus League play with a 3.86 ERA and 25:5 K:BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings. He went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269:51 K:BB ratio in 235 2/3 innings last season.


Indians line up rotation, Zach McAllister to pitch home opener


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona has set the rotation for the first week of the season, with Zach McAllister slated to serve as the No. 4 starter and pitch the team's home opener next Friday against the Tigers, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Corey Kluber draws the Opening Day assignment Monday against the Astros after winning the AL Cy Young award in 2014. He'll be followed by Carlos Carrasco Tuesday and Trevor Bauer Wednesday. McAllister will then face the Tigers Friday, with T.J. House taking the mound Saturday and Kluber pitching Sunday.


Indians' Corey Kluber allows three runs in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber surrendered three earned runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 5-2 loss to the Giants.

Kluber was able to hold the Giants scoreless through three innings before he allowed one run in the fourth and two in the fifth. He closes the spring with a 3.86 ERA and 25:5 K:BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings. Kluber will square off with the Astros Monday on Opening Day.

"It's exciting for me personally that next time out there will be when it counts," Kluber said. "I'm happy with where I'm at both physically and mentally. I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to it."


Indians pitcher Corey Kluber reaches seventh inning in start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber threw 107 pitches Friday in his outing against the Diamondbacks. Kluber, the AL Cy Young award winner in 2014, reached the seventh inning, but was pulled before recording an out.

"I felt good," Kluber said to MLB.com. "I feel like I'm getting stronger each time out. I was able to get the pitch count up to where I wanted to today. For the most part, I executed pretty well."

Kluber allowed six hits with nine strikeouts in the outing.

"He wanted to get out there pretty good," manager Terry Francona said of Kluber's high pitch count. "So, the next outing, if he wanted, if he feels like scaling it back, he can. But, he feels like he's ready. I thought he did a really good job. He's in such good shape. Most guys, when they get out to that point, they're kind of pushing to get through it. He's strong."


Corey Kluber, Indians not close in extension talks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Corey Kluber's representatives and the Indians met in Goodyear last week, but don't appear close to finding common ground on a long-term deal, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Tuesday.

"The lines of communication between myself and the Indians are and will continue to be open," said Kluber's agent B.B. Abbott, who declined to comment on the face-to-face meetings he had with the club.

Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young winner, was tabbed Cleveland's Opening Day starter after going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269:51 K:BB ratio in 235 2/3 innings last season.


Indians ace Corey Kluber gets in rhythm in start Sunday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Despite giving up a pair of home runs, Indians starter Corey Kluber said his start Sunday against the Dodgers was his best of the spring, per MLB.com. 

Kluber allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six batters and walking one, with two solo homers doing all of the damage. 

"That feeling that I've been looking for on a consistent basis came today," Kluber said.


Indians pitcher Corey Kluber struggles in outing Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Indians Opening Day starter Corey Kluber struggled to find a rhythm in Tuesday's outing against the Reds. Kluber surrendered two solo home runs and wasn't feeling quite right on the mound, reports MLB.com.

"I was rushing to the plate a little bit," Kluber said. "Maybe it was the little extra intensity or whatnot, but I just wasn't quite staying over the rubber and giving myself time to catch up. The last inning, I made that adjustment and obviously the results were there."

Kluber finished with four innings pitched, allowing three runs and four strikeouts.