Red-hot J-Ram, Lindor make Indians history – MLB.com

CLEVELAND — The Yankees have seen plenty of Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez — MLB’s home run leader heading into Thursday night. But New York ran up against another powerful slugger in the opener at Progressive Field, as Jose Ramirez belted his 28th blast of the season to tie Martinez for the Major League lead.

In the fifth inning, Ramirez launched his fourth home run in the last three games, a game-tying shot off Luis Severino, but the All-Star’s efforts weren’t enough for the Indians, who were held hitless by the Yankees’ bullpen over the final four innings in a 7-4 loss.

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CLEVELAND — The Yankees have seen plenty of Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez — MLB’s home run leader heading into Thursday night. But New York ran up against another powerful slugger in the opener at Progressive Field, as Jose Ramirez belted his 28th blast of the season to tie Martinez for the Major League lead.

In the fifth inning, Ramirez launched his fourth home run in the last three games, a game-tying shot off Luis Severino, but the All-Star’s efforts weren’t enough for the Indians, who were held hitless by the Yankees’ bullpen over the final four innings in a 7-4 loss.

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“Josey did what he’s always done,” Tribe shortstop and fellow All-Star Francisco Lindor said. “We just tried to get a good pitch and drive the ball.”

Ramirez’s solo shot gave him the record for most home runs by an Indians player in the first half, surpassing Albert Belle’s 27 in 1996. Belle, a five-time All-Star, went on to hit 48 blasts that year.

“I knew he was going to be a good hitter,” Lindor said, smirking. “To hit home runs like that, not sure. But I

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