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• The Indians signed free-agent infielder Paddy Matera on Wednesday and assigned him to Class A Advanced Carolina. In 40 games with the Independent Camden Riversharks this year, the 25-year-old Matera hit .304 with six home runs and 18 RBIs. He has experience at second base, shortstop and third base.

• Indians starter Brett Myers (out since April 20 with a right elbow injury) has not resumed throwing since being shut down on May 22. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff is heading back to Cleveland on Thursday's team off-day to follow up with Myers, who might be cleared to begin a throwing program later this week.

• Heading into Wednesday's game in New York, the Indians' starting staff had posted an 8.10 ERA (15 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings) in the team's past three games (all losses). Prior to that rough stretch, Cleveland's rotation posted a 0.78 ERA (two earned runs in 23 innings) in the previous four games.

• The Indians squared off against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia (a former American League Cy Young Award winner) on Wednesday. Entering the game, former Cy winners were a combined 2-7 with an 8.29 ERA in nine starts against Cleveland this season.

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