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• Zach McAllister allowed three runs over six innings with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. The right-hander has posted a 2.21 ERA, 21 strikeouts and just two walks in his three outings since coming off the disabled list on June 18.

"His last game was pretty good," Francona said. "He threw the ball well."

• Brantley may only have 10 stolen bases entering Friday, but he also has not been caught stealing. And when it comes to the outfielder's aggressiveness on the basepaths, quality over quantity is a trend the team will take every time.

"Having speed on the bases is helpful, especially going first to third. But stealing bases at a bad rate doesn't help you as much as it may appear," Francona said.

• The Indians are 88-74 all-time when playing on the Fourth of July and have won six of their last 10 contests on that date, according to STATS LLC. The club's .543 winning percentage on Independence Day ranks sixth-best in the AL.

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