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• 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.