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• The Indians signed left-handed pitcher JC Romero to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Romero, a 36-year-old veteran, was released by the Cardinals on May 14. He had a 10.13 ERA in 11 appearances for St. Louis this season.

• Jack Hannahan has struggled at the plate since returning from the disabled list on June 15, but he's starting to show signs of breaking out of his slump. Hannahan hit a double, home run and drove in three runs in his last three games entering Saturday, after knocking in only two runs in his first 21 games after returning from the disabled list.

"It's good to see him have some success," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Success breeds confidence, and it's good to see him do that."

• Cleveland was just 10-16 against the American League East entering Saturday night's game against the Orioles. The Indians are at the tail end of a 15-game stretch against AL East opponents.

• Entering Saturday, the Indians remained three games out of first place in the AL Central after the White Sox fell to the Tigers on Friday night. Cleveland is in third place in the division, 2 1/2 games behind Detroit for second.