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• The struggling Asdrubal Cabrera had a big night Thursday, when he went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles. He had two hits in a game for the first time since July 30, two RBIs for the first time since July 24 and two doubles for the first time since May 22.

"For us to get where we want, we certainly need him to be right in the middle of it," Francona said of his current cleanup hitter. "With his switch-hitting ability, his baseball acumen ... it's good when he's in the middle of stuff."

• Bryson Myles, an outfielder with Class A Advanced Carolina, is riding a 20-game hitting streak. It's the second-longest streak in the Carolina League this season and 10th longest mark across the Minor Leagues. Myles' batting average has risen from .242 to .295 during the stretch, which began on July 15.

• The Indians will honor the 200 members of the Cleveland chapter of Our Children Making Change during Sunday's series finale against the Angels. The 200 area youth raised $20,000 for four charities: Autism Speaks, Juvenile Diabetes, Fiona's Friends (to assist a young girl undergoing a liver transplant) and West Side Catholic Charities. The kids will present the money raised Sunday at Progressive Field and are invited to stay for the game.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for
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