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Indians get their 14th shutout win of the year in 3-0 victory over Rays; three takeaways

1. Kluber deals

Corey Kluber bounced back nicely from his loss against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

On Friday night, the reigning Cy Young winner went seven shutout innings and gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters.

After giving up a lead-off single to start the game to Joey Wendle and walking Matt Duffy, Kluber settled in and retired the next nine batters he faced. The only other hit he gave up came in the fourth inning on a single to Tommy Pham.

Kluber relied on his sinker the most, getting six swinging strikes and 11 called strikes in the 38 times he threw it.

In 14 home starts this season, Kluber now has a 9-3 record with a 2.09 ERA, the third-lowest home ERA in the American League behind Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell (1.06) and Trevor Bauer (1.87). Per STATS LLC, Kluber’s 1.94 ERA at home since the start of 2017 is the third-lowest by any Tribe pitcher over a two-season span.

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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