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Red Sox defeat Braves 4-0

John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox notched their season-high third straight victory, 4-0 over the Atlanta Braves.

MLB: Kansas City 8, Cleveland 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Alcides Escobar capped a third-inning uprising with an RBI triple and finished with three RBI Tuesday in the Kansas City Royals' 8-3 win over Cleveland.

MLB: Cleveland 3, Detroit 2

CLEVELAND, July 24 (UPI) -- Aaron Cunningham's suicide squeeze bunt in the seventh inning scored Lou Marson with a the go-ahead run Tuesday, enabling Cleveland to edge Detroit 3-2.

MLB: Cleveland 12, Los Angeles Angels 3

CLEVELAND, July 4 (UPI) -- Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman each hit a three-run homer and the Cleveland Indians banged out 15 hits Wednesday in a 12-3 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Cleveland 7, Baltimore 2

BALTIMORE, June 28 (UPI) -- Home runs by Johnny Damon, Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera accounted for all the Cleveland runs Thursday in the Indians' 7-2 decision over Baltimore.

MLB: Cleveland 8, Cincinnati 1

CLEVELAND, June 20 (UPI) -- Justin Masterson gave up three hits in a complete-game effort Wednesday and Cleveland backed him up with a five-run fourth inning to down Cincinnati 8-1.

MLB: Cleveland 4, St. Louis 1

ST. LOUIS, June 10 (UPI) -- Jason Kipnis belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning Sunday, elevating the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 interleague victory over St. Louis.

MLB: Cleveland 6, St. Louis 2

ST. LOUIS, June 8 (UPI) -- Josh Tomlin took a shutout into the seventh inning Friday and Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer in the Cleveland Indians' 6-2 decision over St. Louis.

MLB: Cleveland 9, Detroit 6

DETROIT, June 6 (UPI) -- Home runs by Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman accounted for five runs Wednesday, powering the Cleveland Indians past Detroit 9-6.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 12, Cleveland 6

CHICAGO, May 27 (UPI) -- Chicago's Paul Konerko homered and drove in four runs to lead a 15-hit attack Sunday that powered the White Sox to a 12-6 sweep of Cleveland.

MLB: Boston 7, Cleveland 5

BOSTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Alfredo Aceves retired the final two batters in the ninth with the potential tying runs on base Friday, preserving Boston's wild 7-5 victory over Cleveland.

MLB: Cleveland 6, Texas 3

CLEVELAND, May 4 (UPI) -- A sixth-inning sacrifice fly by Travis Hafner put Cleveland in front for good Friday and the Indians went on to down Texas 6-3.

MLB: Cleveland 7, Chicago White Sox 5

CHICAGO, May 3 (UPI) -- Jason Kipnis staked Cleveland to the lead with a triple, homer and four RBI Thursday and the Indians held on to down the Chicago White Sox 7-5.

Indians sign Damon to minor-league deal

CLEVELAND, April 17 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday they have signed veteran outfielder Johnny Damon to a minor league contract.

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New York Yankees' Johnny Damon gets ready to bat before the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago on August 2, 2009. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Johnny David Damon (born November 5, 1973), is an American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter with the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. From 2000–2008, he was third among active players in runs (1,008) and seventh in hits (1,590) and stolen bases (392). He is currently second among active leaders in triples (100), five behind Carl Crawford. He is also sixth among active players in career hits with over 2,500.

Damon was born in Fort Riley, an army base in Kansas. His mother, Yome, is from Thailand and his father, Jimmy, is American of European descent. They met while his father, a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army, was stationed in Thailand. Damon spent much of his early childhood as an "army brat," moving to several bases from Okinawa, Japan, to West Germany before his father left the Army and settled the family in the Orlando area while Damon was still a pre-schooler.

Damon was a quiet child, largely on account of a fluency disorder. "My thoughts just raced ahead of my tongue," says Damon of his problem then. "I’d sing songs as therapy, and I got better, but I just kept quiet most of the time." He played in Dr. Phillips Little League as a child. Damon attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida when during his senior year in 1992, he was rated the top high school prospect in the country by Baseball America, was named to USA Today's High School All-America team, and was the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year. Damon also played football in high school, once getting hit by Warren Sapp and sustaining the first concussion in his life.

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