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• Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was in the lineup on Tuesday after sitting the previous two games due to the opposition starting a left-hander. Entering Tuesday, Chisenhall was batting just .087 against lefties, dropping his career average to .198 against them. Manager Terry Francona believes that Chisenhall will eventually be able to start on an everyday basis no matter who is on the mound.

"I sure hope so," Francona said. "That's exactly what we want. And I know it's hard, because sometimes, when you don't face them, or you face them sparingly, [it's tough]. But the time will come. I would be willing to bet. The time will come. You watch."

• Closer Chris Perez, who is on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from an injury to his right shoulder, was scheduled to throw one inning for Class A (short season) Mahoning Valley on Tuesday night. Barring any setbacks, it will likely serve as Perez's final Minor League rehab outing before he is activated.

• On Tuesday the Indians named Class A (low) Lake County right-hander Dylan Baker the organization's Minor League Player of the Week for June 19-25. During that span, Baker made one start, holding Dayton to two unearned runs over seven innings. He struck out six, walked none and scattered five hits in the win.

• The Indians signed right-hander Jordan Milbrath -- their 35th-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft earlier this month -- on Tuesday. Milbrath was taken out of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Cleveland has now signed 21 of its 39 Draft picks, including each of the selections in the first nine rounds.

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