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Jackson doesn't miss a beat in return from DL

Francona impressed with veteran's consistency following rehab stints
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CLEVELAND -- Indians outfielder Austin Jackson has made an immediate impact in each of the team's two games since he was activated from the disabled list before Tuesday's 11-7 extra-innings victory over the Angels at Progressive Field.

Jackson -- who returned to the Tribe after missing nearly a month with a left quad strain -- was inserted right back into the lineup after his DL stint ended, and the veteran outfielder responded well. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, Jackson went 5-for-8 (.625) with five singles, three runs scored, one walk and one RBI.

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CLEVELAND -- Indians outfielder Austin Jackson has made an immediate impact in each of the team's two games since he was activated from the disabled list before Tuesday's 11-7 extra-innings victory over the Angels at Progressive Field.

Jackson -- who returned to the Tribe after missing nearly a month with a left quad strain -- was inserted right back into the lineup after his DL stint ended, and the veteran outfielder responded well. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, Jackson went 5-for-8 (.625) with five singles, three runs scored, one walk and one RBI.

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"Anything I can do to stay healthy and stay out on the field for the team, I'm going to do my best at that," Jackson said. "It's just a matter of preparation, each and every day, staying on top of all the stuff in the training room, and making sure I'm ready to go when I'm in there."

In his first two games back from the injury, Jackson and the Indians have gone 2-0 and have scored 21 runs to extend their winning streak to six games.

"It's real nice [to be back]," Jackson said. "I just want to do my best to contribute any way I can. It's a contagious lineup lately, and it seems like we keep the line rolling and guys are having good at-bats."

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The Indians added Jackson to their roster over the offseason after he only played in 54 games with the White Sox last season, when he underwent season-ending surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus. Jackson has been on the DL on two separate occasions this season, with the other time coming as a result of a hyperextended left big toe he sustained in May.

In 39 games with Cleveland, Jackson -- predominantly playing right and center field -- has hit .327 with three homers, nine doubles, one triple, 16 RBIs and a .912 OPS.

Despite the time he has missed, Jackson has impressed Indians manager Terry Francona with his play when healthy.

"Austin Jackson came back, looks like he's in midseason form," Francona said. "That's the second time now when he's gone back from the Minor Leagues on his rehab, he's done it correctly and he's ready to play when he comes back."

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Kluber meets with veterans
As a part of the Carhartt "Strikeouts for Vets" campaign this year, Indians ace Corey Kluber and Carhartt hosted local U.S. veterans before Wednesday's game at Progressive Field.

During batting practice, Kluber met with the veterans on the field. The Tribe starter chatted with the service members, signed memorabilia and took pictures with each veteran before one of the individuals threw out the ceremonial first pitch on behalf of Helmets to Hardhats, a nonprofit organization that helps military service members transition back into civilian life.

Kluber is one of the five participating pitchers in the campaign this season, along with Chris Sale, Jacob deGrom, Felix Hernandez, and Michael Fulmer. For each strikeout recorded by these starters this season, Carhartt is donating $100 to Helmets to Hardhats.

Kluber has definitely done his part, as he has punched out 149 batters this season, 108 of which have come over his past 10 starts. Kluber has recorded double-digit strikeouts in nine of his 16 starts this season. Most recently, the right-hander struck out a season-high 14 in Sunday's 8-1 win over the Blue Jays.

William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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