Indians manager Manny Acta moved second baseman Jason Kipnis into the leadoff spot on Friday and he responded by going 2-for-5 with a double. It marked Kipnis' first multi-hit game since July 23. Acta said Saturday that Kipnis will remain in the leadoff spot for the time being.
"We don't have a timetable for it," Acta said. "It's not like three, four or five days. If things stand the way they are right now, he'll stay there."
Entering Saturday, the Indians' pitching staff had an 8.44 ERA (55 earned runs in 58 2/3 innings) over the team's seven-game losing streak. Dating back to 1918, Cleveland has had 46 losing streaks of seven or more games. The only streak that included a higher ERA than the current slide was a seven-game skid from June 14-21, 1930 (9.00 ERA).
Indians catcher Carlos Santana headed into Saturday's tilt with the Tigers having reached base via a hit or walk in 25 of 27 games since July 1. Over his past 16 games, Santana had hit at a .308 (16-for-52) clip with six home runs, six doubles and 16 RBIs.
Left-hander Chris Seddon will be called up from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday to start against Detroit in the finale of this three-game set. Following Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Tigers, Cleveland designated reliever Jeremy Accardo for assignment to clear a spot on the roster for Seddon.