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• If the Indians exercise the 2013 club option ($5.75 million) for pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, his contract will also include a mutual option ($8 million) for 2014. The '14 option was originally a club option, but was renegotiated after Jimenez was traded from Colorado to Cleveland last season.

• Indians center fielder Michael Brantley was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup against the Rangers due to left pectoral muscle soreness. Ezequiel Carrera replaced Brantley in center field and hit leadoff for the Tribe.

• Akron (Cleveland's Double-A affiliate) defeated Trenton, 7-5, on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Eastern League championship. First baseman Jesus Aguilar contributed a two-run home run. The series will resume on Friday in Trenton, N.J.

• If the Indians exercise the 2013 club option ($5.75 million) for pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, his contract will also include a mutual option ($8 million) for 2014. The '14 option was originally a club option, but was renegotiated after Jimenez was traded from Colorado to Cleveland last season.

• Indians center fielder Michael Brantley was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup against the Rangers due to left pectoral muscle soreness. Ezequiel Carrera replaced Brantley in center field and hit leadoff for the Tribe.

• Akron (Cleveland's Double-A affiliate) defeated Trenton, 7-5, on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Eastern League championship. First baseman Jesus Aguilar contributed a two-run home run. The series will resume on Friday in Trenton, N.J.