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• Indians catcher Yan Gomes threw out another would-be basestealer in Thursday's win over Arizona. Entering Friday, Gomes had cut down steal attempts at a rate of 33.3 percent (17-of-51), which ranked fourth in the American League and fifth in the Majors.

"He's been tremendous," Francona said of Gomes, who struggled defensively in the season's first few weeks. "He has not only reeled it in, he's been a force back there. That's part of how we thought we could be good. Having him back like that is realy helpful."

• It should not be too long before Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall finds his name on the AL batting leaderboard. In order to qualify for the batting race, a player must average 3.1 plate appearances per team game. Chisenhall, whose .352 average would lead the league, headed into Friday's game averaging 3.04 plate appearances in Cleveland's 79 games.

• McAllister, who could be an option to start for the Indians on Tuesday in the event that Masterson (right knee) needs more recovery time, had a strong outing at Triple-A on Thursday. Over 7 1/3 shutout innings, the righty scattered three hits, walked two and struck out six.

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