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• By starting both games on either side of the All-Star break, Bauer became the first Indians pitcher to start consecutive games for the club since 1981, when Bert Blyleven did so on June 10 and Aug. 10 (before and after a strike). The last Cleveland pitcher to start the last game of the first half and the first game of the second half was Wayne Garland in 1977.

• All-Star Michael Brantley collected four hits and a stolen base in Friday's 9-3 win over the Tigers, marking the second time this season the outfielder has hit those marks in a game. The last Indians batter to have two such games in the same season was Shin-Soo Choo in 2009. Roberto Alomar (2001) was the last Cleveland hitter to accomplish the feat at least three times in one year.

• Bauer is the only pitcher this season to have at least three strikeouts against Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, who entered Saturday with more walks (33) than strikeouts (25). Bauer and Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie are the only pitchers this season to strike out Martinez swinging at least twice.

• The Indians recalled right-hander Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. McAllister, who was optioned back to the Minors after the game, served as Cleveland's 26th player for the twin bill and pitched 5 1/3 innings, striking out six and allowing one run in the 5-2 win in the nightcap.

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