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• Tribe starter Josh Tomlin has averaged 5.22 strikeouts per nine innings over his Major League career. Since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012, however, the right-hander has fanned 30 through 32 1/3 innings this season -- a rate of 8.35 strikeouts per nine innings. Driving much of the success, his manager says, is sound command and a strong curveball.

"His breaking ball has been really good," Francona said. "He's buckled some people with some breaking balls with two strikes. I think his location has just been phenomenal. When he's going good, he follows the glove. He's easy to catch, he's easy to umpire, because he just follows the glove."

•Right-hander Zach McAllister is set to make his first rehab start on Wednesday with low Class-A Lake County. McAllister, who threw a bullpen session Sunday, has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 22 with a sore back.

• On Tuesday, the Indians named Double-A Akron right-hander Joe Colon the organization's Minor League player of the week for May 26-June 1. The 24-year-old Colon spun his first career shutout May 26, allowing just three hits and one walk, and followed it up with six innings of two-run ball Sunday. He is 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA.

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.