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• With two straight shutout victories entering Monday's series opener, the Indians have 14 shutouts this season, the highest mark in the Majors. That total is Cleveland's best since 1976, when the Tribe blanked its opponents 17 times. Eleven of the Indians' shutouts this season have come at Progressive Field, setting a new record for the ballpark. Since 1916, the only Indians team to tally more shutouts at home was the championship club of 1948, which had 14 home shutouts.

• Pitching for Triple-A Columbus, No. 6 prospect Danny Salazar struck out 11 in just five innings on Sunday. Salazar was one strikeout shy of matching his professional high of 12, which he accomplished on May 2 with Double-A Akron.

• Mike Aviles' eighth-inning blast in Sunday's win gave the Tribe a season-high eight straight games with at least one homer.

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