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• Francona has used first baseman Nick Swisher as a designated hitter for his first three games back in the lineup for Cleveland. Francona feels it is the right approach for now, considering Swisher was recently shelved with a left knee injury.

"We'll definitely get him back into playing some first," Francona said. "He's been taking ground balls every day. I think it'll allow him to not just come back and get beat down. We want to keep him all year and let him be healthy. I think this is a good way to do it."

• Indians starter Justin Masterson, who lasted just two innings and 59 pitches in a loss Friday, threw off the mound in a bullpen session Sunday. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Masterson displayed a more aggressive approach in the workout and the pitcher will look to carry that over into his next outing.

• Right-hander Danny Salazar, who was placed on the Minor League disabled list June 4 due to a right triceps injury, has been activated by Triple-A Columbus. Salazar went 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in 12 2/3 innings at Triple-A before landing on the DL.

• Outfield prospect Tyler Naquin (selected by the Tribe in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft) extended his hitting streak with Double-A Akron to 16 games Saturday. Naquin has hit safely in 24 of his past 25 games and has hit .441 (30-for-68) during the 16-game streak.

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