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• Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who has been dealing with general leg soreness, was slotted into the lineup on Saturday as the designated hitter for the second straight game. Francona said he would wait until Sunday to decide whether to give Brantley a third game at DH.

"I just think it'll do him some good," Francona said of the rest. "He's played a lot of baseball. It seems like he's on base two or three times a game, and he's stealing, going first to third, running down everything in center field. I just think it'd be really good for him."

• Left-hander Nick Hagadone turned in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief on Friday, giving him a 1.84 ERA through 18 appearances this season. Entering Saturday, Hagadone had a 0.73 ERA with a .146 opponents' batting average in his last 13 games (12 1/3 innings).

"He is trying to earn more innings when the game's on the line," Francona said. "I think he's been really good. ... He's handling things, and it's pretty exciting, because he's so durable. He's not a matchup lefty. You can bring him in and, when he's pitching well, leave him in."

• In the first inning of Friday's 10-6 loss, second baseman Jason Kipnis used his glove to flip the ball to Ramirez, but the relay sailed wildly beyond the bag for an error that allowed a run to score. Francona said Kipnis' decision was the right one.

"I know that those always look bad," Francona said. "I don't know how else he could've got the ball there. You can't eat it. That's the second time it kind of stuck in his glove. The way the play ends, you're like, 'Oh boy.' But I don't know if he had another play."

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