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• Center fielder Michael Brantley went 4-for-5 in Thursday's win, matching a career high for hits in one game. His average as Cleveland's No. 7 hitter jumped to .281 (9-for-32) in the process. Manager Manny Acta moved Brantley out of the leadoff spot after left fielder Johnny Damon joined the team earlier this month.

• With his win on Thursday, starter Derek Lowe (5-1) became the fifth pitcher in the American League to notch his fifth win. The others include Yankees lefty CC Sabathia (5-0), Rays righty James Shields (5-1), Rays lefty David Price (5-2) and Angels righty Jered Weaver (5-0). The 103 ground balls Lowe has induced are 10 more than any other pitcher in the Majors.

• Third baseman Jack Hannahan went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs on Thursday, improving his average with runners in scoring position to .440 (11-for-25). That is the second-best qualifying figure in the Majors, trailing only Seattle's Kyle Seager (.500).