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• Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan hasn't been the same hitter since coming off the disabled list June 15. Entering Saturday, Hannahan was hitting just .178 (8-for-45) with one RBI in 15 games since returning from a calf strain. Manager Manny Acta, though, said he isn't worried.

"I'm satisfied with the way he's swinging the bat," Acta said. "We have to take a step back and understand that Jack is not gonna turn into, all of a sudden, a batting champ over here. As long as he plays his good defense and gives his good at-bats, we're going to be fine with him."

• The Indians put the leadoff man on in each of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings on Friday night, but they scored only one run. Jason Kipnis can't figure out why the team is so inconsistent with runners in scoring position.

"We can't let them off the hook when we get runners on," Kipnis said. "We're kind of hot or cold, all or nothing."

• Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo has reached base safely via a hit or walk to lead off the Indians' half of the first inning in 22 of his 48 starts batting first (seven singles, five doubles, two triples, four home runs, four walks).