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• Left-handed reliever Rafael Perez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left lat muscle, began a long-toss throwing program this week. Righty Carlos Carrasco (on the 60-day DL while coming back from Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow) has initiated the early stages of mound throwing progression.

• Right-handers Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin each registered a quality start (at least six innings pitched with no more than three earned runs allowed) for the Indians in Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Cleveland entered Tuesday with 17 quality starts this season, trailing only the Angels (22), White Sox (19) and Rangers (19) in the American League.

• Entering Tuesday, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was hitting .408 (29-for-71) over his past 18 games. He had hit safely in seven consecutive games and in 16 of his past 18 contests. Cabrera's .356 average ranked fifth in the American League behind Derek Jeter (.397), David Ortiz (.380), Josh Hamilton (.376) and Ryan Sweeney (.368).