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• Over his past seven outings, Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has gone 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings, lowering his season ERA to 5.57 from 11.25. On Monday, he took a no-decision after limiting the Reds to two runs over seven innings. It was a solid bounce-back start after giving up six runs in four innings against Detroit on Wednesday.

"I was thrilled," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's been good. You know what? I think it's to the point where when he doesn't have a good outing, it's not like last year. Pitchers have bad outings. His stuff is good and he's backing it up. When he takes the mound, we're confident in him. That's really good. I'm proud of him."

• Prior to Tuesday night's game against the Reds, the Indians had played 10 day games (start time of 3 p.m. or earlier) in their past 16 contests. Cleveland has posted a 6-4 record in those games

"It feels like we're the Chicago Cubs," Indians first baseman Nick Swisher quipped.

• Francona noted that right-hander Brett Myers, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 20, had his right elbow re-examined on Monday in Cleveland. Myers will be shut down from throwing for another five to seven days before being re-evaluated again prior to resuming a throwing program.

• Cleveland's bullpen was charged with a loss in three straight games heading into Tuesday's contest in Cincinnati. The three-game losing streak comes after the group opened the year with an 8-0 ledger. During the Indians' four-game losing streak, the relief corps had a 16.88 ERA.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.
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