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Report: Indians interested in acquiring Cubs' Garza

CLEVELAND -- Matt Garza's string of dominating performances has reportedly captured the Tribe's attention.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Cleveland is among the handful of teams that are actively talking to the Cubs about acquiring Garza. The right-handed hurler is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last four starts. Garza has 28 strikeouts and eight walks during the 30 innings of that span.

On the season, Garza is 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA across nine starts. In 57 1/3 innings, he's issued 52 strikeouts and 19 walks (one intentional).

If the Indians traded for Garza, he'd join a rotation that entered Friday with a 30-32 record and 4.48 ERA, which ranks 11th in the American League. Of players likely to wind up with new teams before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Garza is the "belle of the ball" in Olney's eyes.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for
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