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• On Thursday, the Indians signed Kent State University infielder Nick Hamilton, who was selected by the Tribe in the 35th round of the First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. With the signing of Hamilton, who is the son of Indians radio broadcaster Tom Hamilton, Cleveland has now signed 19 of its 40 Draft selections.

• The Orioles have altered their rotation and will feature lefty Dana Eveland as Saturday's starter against the Indians. Cleveland will face three southpaws in the four-game series in Baltimore. The Tribe entered Thursday with a 6-16 record against lefty starters and were tied for last in the Majors with a .216 team batting average against left-handers.

• The Indians headed into Thursday ranked sixth in the American League with a .323 team on-base percentage. Cleveland was tied for fifth in the league with an average of 3.88 pitches seen per plate appearance.