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• Before Saturday night's game, Indians reliever Tony Sipp had been dominant against left-handed hitters. The southpaw had allowed only five hits in 38 at-bats against lefties, an average of just .132 against him.

But Sipp (0-2, 6.86 ERA) gave up back-to-back hits to lefties on Saturday against the Twins, including a two-run homer to Joe Mauer in the seventh inning.

"We just have to continue to match him up," Acta said. "We're going to have to continue to bring him along and continue to throw him out there because he's been very good for us for the last couple of years and we need him."

• Michael Brantley's single in the sixth inning on Sunday extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Over that stretch, Brantley has hit at a .370 (17-for-46) clip. Brantley's streak is the longest by an Indians batter since Trevor Crowe hit safely in 13 straight games in Sept. of 2010.

• Reliever Scott Barnes pitched a perfect ninth inning on Saturday night, his second straight outing without allowing a hit since being called up from Triple-A Columbus last Wednesday.

Quote to note
"It's Triple-A. It's different than the big leagues. So we'll see what happens up here."
--LaPorta, on his success with Triple-A Columbus