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• On Sunday, the Indians acquired right-hander Duke von Schamann from the Dodgers in exchange for lefty Colt Hynes, who was designated for assignment on March 30. Cleveland has assigned von Schamann to Double-A Akron. In three professional seasons, the righty has gone 18-11 with a 3.93 ERA in 43 games (37 starts).

• Indians starters Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister, Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco have combined for a 6.75 ERA, 2.14 WHIP and 1.42 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 2/3 innings in their first starts of the season. Francona said it is way too early in the season to draw much of a conclusion from those results.

"It's been one time through the rotation," Francona said. "Everybody has started one game. I wish everybody that started one game had worked ahead in every count and didn't give up any runs. That's not the way the game is. There's travel, there's weather, there's [the] human element. Now, they'll get their second time through. Obviously, we want to get better as we go."

• Entering Sunday, Cleveland's pitching had allowed eight of its 19 total runs in the first inning. The staff as a whole has a 14.40 ERA in the first inning, compared to a 2.08 ERA (nine earned runs in 39 innings) from the second inning on.

• Saturday's loss to the Twins snapped Cleveland's seven-game winning streak against Minnesota, dating back to last season. Since the start of the 2013 campaign, the Indians were 14-7 against the Twins, heading into Sunday's game.

• Through the first five games, the Indians have scored 13 of their 19 runs in the seventh inning or later. Cleveland has scored eight runs in the ninth inning, collecting at least one in the final frame in four of the first five games.

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