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• Nick Swisher, the Indians' newest father, will come off the paternity list and join the team by Thursday, when the Tribe begins a four-game series in Boston. Swisher and his wife, JoAnna, welcomed a daughter to the world on Tuesday.

Swisher was supposed to be recognized for his $25,000 donation to the FBI Citizens Academy Foundation prior to Wednesday's game, but the birth of his baby girl pushed the ceremony back to Thursday, May 30. On that day, the child identification kits that Swisher funded will be distributed outside Section 155 at Progressive Field.

• Injured starter Brett Myers made a rehab appearance on Wednesday with Double-A Akron. In 4 1/3 innings, he allowed two hits and three earned runs. He walked four, struck out two, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.

Myers is on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. In four starts with the Indians this season, Myers is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA.

• Dating back to the second game of the April 28 doubleheader in Kansas City, the Indians' starting rotation is 13-5 with a 3.29 ERA. During that span, a stretch of 23 games, the staff's ERA has fallen from 5.72 to 4.37. Cleveland's starters have held opponents to three runs or fewer in 19 of those outings and the team is 18-5 over that period.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.