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Cleveland Indians shave heads in support of Mike Aviles’ daughter

Jason Kipnis said the Cleveland Indians shaved their heads in support of teammate Mike Aviles’ daughter, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Jason Kipnis said the Cleveland Indians shaved their heads in support of teammate Mike Aviles’ daughter, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. AP

If the Cleveland Indians look a little more clean-cut lately, there’s a good reason for it.

Indians players have shaved their heads in support of teammate Mike Aviles’ daughter, Adriana, 4, who was diagnosed with leukemia a few weeks ago.

“It’s a team thing,” second baseman Jason Kipnis told Cleveland.com. “It started with Mike’s daughter because of what she’s going through. Unfortunately, she’s going to be losing her hair soon from chemotherapy and we all wanted to join in.”

Aviles, who played for the Royals during 2008-2011, returned May 18 after missing eight games to be with Adriana after she was diagnosed.

“Mike is one of the best clubhouse guys there is in this entire league,” Kipnis said. “He’s been a great person and a great teammate. I think all the guys have done a good job of stepping up to make him feel welcomed and back at home and that nothing has changed.

“Numerous guys have told him that if he needs anything at anytime that they’ll be there for him. I think baseball has been a good distraction for him.”

Aviles has two other daughters, Adriana’s twin sister Maiya, and Kyla.

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