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• The Indians released sinkerballer Derek Lowe on Friday after he cleared waivers. Lowe, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Braves, was designated for assignment on Aug. 2. He went 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts this year, but the veteran was 2-9 with an 8.28 ERA in his final 13 outings.

• Right-hander Roberto Hernandez was slated to start for Triple-A Columbus on Friday night in what will likely be his last Minor League rehab outing. Barring any setbacks, the team expects to activate Hernandez from the restricted list and add him to the rotation next week, said Acta.

• Left-hander Rafael Perez is scheduled to resume his Minor League rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Columbus. Perez (on the 60-day disabled list due to a left lat strain) was recently shut down for a brief period after complaining of shoulder soreness.

• Setup man Vinnie Pestano's clean eighth inning on Thursday upped his scoreless-innings streak to 21 frames. That marks the longest run by a Tribe reliever since Paul Assenmacher turned in 23 1/3 scoreless innings in 1997. Pestano is currently tied with Rafael Betancourt (2007) for the club's single-season holds (31) record.

• The Indians released sinkerballer Derek Lowe on Friday after he cleared waivers. Lowe, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Braves, was designated for assignment on Aug. 2. He went 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts this year, but the veteran was 2-9 with an 8.28 ERA in his final 13 outings.

• Right-hander Roberto Hernandez was slated to start for Triple-A Columbus on Friday night in what will likely be his last Minor League rehab outing. Barring any setbacks, the team expects to activate Hernandez from the restricted list and add him to the rotation next week, said Acta.

• Left-hander Rafael Perez is scheduled to resume his Minor League rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Columbus. Perez (on the 60-day disabled list due to a left lat strain) was recently shut down for a brief period after complaining of shoulder soreness.

• Setup man Vinnie Pestano's clean eighth inning on Thursday upped his scoreless-innings streak to 21 frames. That marks the longest run by a Tribe reliever since Paul Assenmacher turned in 23 1/3 scoreless innings in 1997. Pestano is currently tied with Rafael Betancourt (2007) for the club's single-season holds (31) record.