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• Indians closer Chris Perez enjoyed a strong showing in May. In the season's second month, Perez saved 10 games in as many chances, posting a 1.59 ERA over 11 1/3 innings in 12 appearances. The closer struck out 13, walked three and held hitters to a .143 average in the month of May.

• Based on a 600 at-bat season, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is on pace for 24 home runs, 33 stolen bases, 90 RBIs and 102 runs. The only Indians second baseman to achieve at least 20 homers, 30 stolen bases, 90 RBIs and 100 runs in a single season is Roberto Alomar (1999 and 2001).

• Indians pitchers finished May with a 4.77 ERA after posting a 4.10 ERA in April. Cleveland's rotation has gone 1-5 with an 11.89 ERA (37 earned runs in 28 innings) and 46 hits allowed over the team's past six games. In the 10 games prior to that stretch, Tribe starters went 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA (17 earned runs in 66 1/3 innings) and 50 hits allowed.