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• Francona gave the nod to utility men Mike Aviles (third base) and Ryan Raburn (right field) for Sunday's game against the Twins. That pushed Bourn and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to the bench.

"I think our team can be really productive when we use everybody," Francona said. "I feel very fortunate with the bench we have. We have a really usable, productive bench. You can maximize your 25-man roster. That's a real help."

• Entering Sunday's game in Minnesota, Cleveland's pitching staff had not allowed a home run in 76 consecutive innings, covering eight games. It marked the longest such streak by an Indians pitching staff since a 96-inning homerless stretch from July 11-24, 1992.

• Dating back to July 7, the Indians starting rotation carried a 4-0 record with a 1.96 ERA heading into Sunday's action. Over 59 1/3 innings, the Tribe's starters had given up just 13 earned runs and held hitters to a .190 batting average.

• Indians outfielder Michael Brantley entered Sunday tied for the American League lead among left fielders with eight assists. The last Indians left fielder with at least eight assists in an entire season was Albert Belle in 1994.

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