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• The Indians sent catcher Luke Carlin to Triple-A Columbus on Friday. Carlin was designated for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Esmil Rogers, who the Indians acquired in a trade with Colorado.

• Center fielder Michael Brantley entered Friday's game against the Pirates with a career-best 21-game hitting streak. The streak is the longest in the Majors this season, and the longest for an Indians hitter since Casey Blake hit safely in 26 straight games in 2007.

• Cleveland entered Friday's game just 3-6 in Interleague Play this season. The Indians went 11-7 against National League teams last year.

• Shin-Soo Choo's two home runs against the Reds on Thursday were his first homers since May 24 against Detroit. Choo led off that game with a shot off Tigers ace Justin Verlander.