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• The Indians squared off against former American League Cy Young Award-winner Justin Verlander on Tuesday. Entering the game, past Cy Young recipients had gone a combined 4-8 with a 6.82 ERA (52 earned runs in 68 2/3 innings) in 12 games against Cleveland this season. Verlander gave up a run on Ryan Raburn's RBI groundout in the second inning.

• Monday night's game resulted in SportsTime Ohio's highest rating in six years, at 12.1. It was the No. 1 show of the night, beating "The Bachelorette" and "Under the Dome" locally.

• On Tuesday the Indians named High Class A Carolina outfielder Bryson Myles the organization's Player of the Week for July 29 to Aug. 5. Myles, 23, posted a .409 average with two doubles, one triple, three runs and three RBIs during that period and entered Tuesday riding a 17-game hitting streak.

• Double-A lefty Matt Packer, who was slated to start for the Aeros on Tuesday night, had allowed no more than two earned runs in 14 of his past 16 appearances, going 10-2 with a 2.04 ERA over that span. During that stretch he also had 82 strikeouts against 22 walks.

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