• When the season started, Francona had switch-hitting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the lineup's second spot, sandwiched between lefties Bourn and Kipnis. In 16 of the past 19 games, Francona has altered his thinking, moving Kipnis into the No. 2 slot and Cabrera into the third hole.
"I think Cabby all along was more comfortable hitting third," Francona said of Cabrera. "But I was a little stubborn, because I didn't want the lefties hitting back-to-back. ... Early in Spring Training, [Cabrera] said, 'I'll hit wherever you put me,' but I think that's the place he's most comfortable."
• The Indians rotation has been on a roll over the past 11 games, going 9-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings, entering Friday. In that span of games, Cleveland's starting staff has ranked first in the American League in wins and ERA, second in innings pitched and third in strikeouts.
"I think they're just pounding the zone," Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "If you pound the zone and get ahead, you're going to have success. The stuff has always been there for all of them. They just have to go out there and do it -- pound the zone."
• There a video of Detroit's Prince Fielder -- son of former Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder -- taking batting practice on the big league field before a Tigers game back in 1996. Francona, who was a third-base coach for Detroit that year, was the person throwing pitches to the youngster.
"I remember he didn't pick up the balls," Francona said with a laugh. "I said, 'Hey, man. I don't care how far you hit them. You've got to pick up the balls.' We had a good laugh about that last spring. ... I remember just thinking that no 12-year-old should be able to hit a ball that far."
• Francona said he will monitor the workload of Bourn over the next week. Bourn was in the lineup as Cleveland's leadoff man and center fielder against Detroit on Friday after missing more than three weeks with a right index finger injury.
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