• Right-hander Justin Masterson -- who strained a left oblique muscle in his Sept. 2 start against Baltimore -- continued his throwing schedule Friday, throwing on flat ground for the second consecutive day.
"He threw again today and will be [inactive] tomorrow," Francona said. "Then we'll ramp it up again Sunday. So there will be a natural progression, and you can't rush it. We'll just go according to plan."
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thursday night marked the third occasion this season on which the Indians scored 14 runs in the first five innings of a game, also accomplishing the feat in a 19-6 win against the Astros on April 20, as well as in a 19-10 victory over the White Sox on June 28.
• The Indians' nine-game win streak against the White Sox entering Friday matched the longest active win streak of a Major League team against a single opponent, tying the Nationals (vs. the Mariners), D-backs (vs. the Astros), Angels (vs. the Tigers) and Rays (vs. the Twins).
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.