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• The Indians didn't make a roster move on Thursday, but that doesn't mean one isn't coming soon. Cleveland still has shortstop Juan Diaz on the roster, even though starter Asdrubal Cabrera has returned from injury. "We haven't made any of those decisions," manager Manny Acta said when asked about calling up a right-handed hitter. "We're looking through different scenarios."

• Former Indians reliever Jairo Asencio, designated for assignment last week when starter Josh Tomlin came off the disabled list, was claimed by the Cubs on Friday. Asencio had a 5.96 ERA in 18 appearances for Cleveland this season.

• Starting pitcher Derek Lowe turned 39 on Friday. He last pitched on his birthday in 2006, when he pitched six innings of shutout baseball for the Dodgers and earned the win. He entered Friday's game with a 1-1 record when pitching on his birthday. Lowe also lost a 9-5 game with the Dodgers against the Cubs in 2005.

• Second baseman Jason Kipnis stole two bases on Wednesday against the Royals, giving him nine consecutive successful steal attempts dating back to April 24.