Friday marked the 31st straight game that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was in the lineup for the Indians. Over the 30 games heading into Friday's tilt against the White Sox, Cabrera hit .306 (34-for-111) with three home runs, 11 doubles, 15 runs, 16 RBIs and 17 walks.
"We're going to have to try to find a way to get him a day off," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Since he came back from the bereavement list [on April 24], he's played every game."
Indians center fielder Michael Brantley was out of the lineup on Friday, but manager Manny Acta said it was just a routine day off. Aaron Cunningham got the nod in center in place of Brantley. Acta noted that he wants to keep finding opportune times to give his regular players a day off every now and then.
The Indians entered Friday with a Major League-best 10-2 (.833 winning percentage) mark in one-run games. Over the past four seasons, Cleveland's 82-70 (.539) record in one-run games was the fifth-best showing in the Majors and the second-best mark in the American League. Tampa Bay led the AL with a 86-73 (.541) record in that span.
Indians radio play-by-play man Jim Rosenhaus will be joined by former Cleveland pitcher Scott Bailes in the booth for the Friday and Saturday games against the White Sox. Bailes, who pitched for the Tribe from 1986-89) is filling in for Tom Hamilton.