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• Injured pitchers Chris Perez and Brett Myers were evaluated by doctors on Sunday. Francona said both hurlers received positive feedback, though he seemed more encouraged about Perez.

"He will begin throwing in about three days," Francona said about his closer. "[We're] going to give him a few more days down, but he got a real good examination."

As for Myers, "he's still not ready to throw," the manager said. "[It will be] probably more four to five days."

Perez has been sidelined since May 27 with mild tendinitis in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder. Myers, who's been on the 15-day disabled list since April 20, has right elbow tendinitis and a mild ulnar collateral ligament sprain.

• During the current homestand, Tribe starters Justin Masterson, Scott Kazmir, Corey Kluber and Jimenez have limited opponents to just two earned runs over 23 innings.

• The Indians entered Sunday with 69 home runs, the most they've had in the first 55 games of a season since going deep 70 times to begin 2007.

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