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Corey Kluber allowed three runs and walked four over seven innings in a loss against the Twins on Wednesday. It marked only the second time in 13 outings that the right-hander allowed at least three runs. Prior to Wednesday, Kluber had gone 6-0 with a 1.31 ERA in his previous eight starts and 7-1 with a 1.19 ERA in his previous 10 turns.

"He was fighting his mechanics a little bit," Francona said. "He was throwing across his body. It just wasn't quite Kluber-esque. Saying that, he gets through seven innings and gives up a ground ball down the third-base line for the last two runs. If that's the worst of Corey, we're in pretty good shape."

• Dating back to Aug. 10, when Walters was promoted from Triple-A Columbus, he has led the Indians in home runs (four) and was tied for the team lead in RBIs (six). All four of Walters' home runs either gave Cleveland a lead (three) or tied a game (one). Entering Friday, seven of Walters' 15 hits (46.7 percent) in the Majors this season have been homers.

• Triple-A Columbus outfielder James Ramsey, who was acquired from the Cardinals in the July 30 trade that sent Justin Masterson to St. Louis, went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs on Thursday. Through 19 games with Columbus, Ramsey has hit .284 with two homers, nine extra-base hits and 11 RBIs.

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