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Indians shut Corey Kluber down for a week

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The Indians are going to shut ace Corey Kluber down for the next week after giving him an injection in his right knee.

Kluber has an 5.03 ERA over his last six starts and the Indians say it’s the knee that is bugging him, leading to his mechanics being messed up. That week shutdown — which straddles the All-Star break — really does nothing more than (a) push his next start back a bit without him missing a full turn; and (b) keeps him from pitching in the All-Star Game. He is expected to be back in time for the club’s fourth game after the break on July 23 against the Pirates.

Kluber being shut down opens up a position on the AL All-Star team, and that position has been given to Blake Snell, who before this was considered the biggest snub of the Midsummer Classic. He is a snub no more.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.