Indians first-round Draft pick Tyler Naquin likely won't make it to the Major League club for several years. But Naquin, an outfielder from Texas A&M, has played for the Indians before. Naquin's first T-ball team as a kid was called the Cleveland Indians, and Naquin said he still has the hat he wore for that team.
Brantley said he didn't think much about his hitting streak while it was going. There were certainly no superstitions. Brantley used different bats, batting gloves and cleats throughout the streak.
"I did absolutely nothing the same," he said.
Entering Sunday, closer Chris Perez had converted 21 consecutive saves since blowing one on Opening Day. Perez is tied with Bob Wickman and Doug Jones for the fourth-longest save streak in Indians history. Jose Mesa owns the team record, covering 38 straight in 1995.
The Indians signed third-round Draft pick Kieran Lovegrove on Sunday. Lovegrove, a high school pitcher from Mission Viejo, Calif., went 6-3 with a 1.58 ERA in his senior season. Cleveland has now signed its top three picks.
First baseman Casey Kotchman's solo home run on Saturday was only his second homer since May 14. The left-handed hitting Kotchman has five home runs and 22 RBIs this season.
Quote to note
"Every team's gonna go through it. We're not always gonna have timely hitting."
--Indians center fielder Michael Brantley, on the team's recent struggles with runners in scoring position. Cleveland entered Sunday's game just 2-for-33 in its last four games in RBI situations.