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• Indians catcher Yan Gomes threw out a pair of would-be basestealers in Friday's loss to the Tigers, increasing his caught-stealing rate to 33 percent (16-of-48). Gomes also entered Saturday with no errors in his past 34 games (286 total chances) compared to nine errors in his first 29 games (249 chances).

"The first [few] weeks was really tough on him," Francona said. "We came out of camp, and for whatever reason, he wasn't throwing very well. It started to wear on him, I think, a little bit, because he cares so much. And now, he's back to being that force and it's a nice feeling."

• Entering Saturday, Cleveland's Carlos Santana was hitting .333 (20-for-60) with five homers, 15 RBIs, 16 walks and a 1.137 OPS over his past 18 games, dating back to May 22. During that period, Santana's OPS ranked second in the Majors to only the Angels' Mike Trout (1.262), among hitters with at least 75 plate appearances.

• On Saturday, the Indians announced that they had signed left-hander Sam Hentges, who was selected in the fourth round of the First-Year Player Draft earlier this month out of Mounds View High School (Minn.). Cleveland has now signed 26 of its 42 selections, including 13 of the club's first 15 picks.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.