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• With left-hander Jon Lester slated to start for the Red Sox on Saturday, Francona stacked his lineup with right-handers. The only pure left-handed hitter in the Tribe's batting order was left fielder Michael Brantley, who was in the eighth slot. Regulars Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis were given a day off from starting.

• Cleveland entered Saturday ranked fourth in the American League with 161 walks, and catcher Carlos Santana ranked second in the AL with 30 free passes drawn. Kipnis (4.32), Santana (4.30) and Mark Reynolds (4.27) ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the AL in pitches seen per plate appearance.

• The Indians stole three bases in Friday's loss in Boston, giving the Tribe 27 stolen bases in its last 32 games. That is the third-most steals in the Majors over that span. Cleveland has posted a 16-8 record this season when it has at least one stolen bases in a game.

• Left-hander David Huff, who was designated for assignment by the Indians on Thursday, was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Saturday. Huff was selected 39th overall in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft by Cleveland.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.