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• The flag beyond the center-field wall at Progressive Field was at half mast on Friday in wake of the shooting in Colorado that claimed 12 lives.

• Center fielder Michael Brantley is third in the AL with a .408 batting average in July. His 1.243 OPS this month ranks second in the league.

• Just how close are the division and Wild Card races in the AL? Despite being just 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card, the Indians entered Friday's action with the 10th-best record in the league.