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• The Indians will likely make a handful of additions on Monday, when Major League rosters expand from 25 players to a maximum of 40 players. With Triple-A Columbus heading to the International League playoffs, that could delay the promotion of some players Cleveland has in mind for September.

"We'll try to balance that," Francona said on Thursday. "Obviously, you always put the Major League club first. We don't ever want to come up short on pitching, but we also think that there's some good that comes from those guys playing under those circumstances."

• Utility man Ryan Raburn, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist injury, went 0-for-3 with a walk with Double-A Akron on Wednesday. Raburn (eligible for activation on Tuesday) has gone 1-for-17 in four rehab games between Triple-A and Double-A. He and designated hitter Jason Giambi (DL with left knee issue) continued their respective rehabs with Akron on Thursday.

• With a 3-1 win over Great Lakes on Wednesday, low Class A Lake County improved to 35-28 in the second half, clinching a spot in the Midwest League playoffs. In the win, first-base prospect Nellie Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, giving him 83 RBIs for the Captains.

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