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• While center fielder Michael Bourn was on the disabled list, left fielder Michael Brantley shifted to center against left-handed starters, opening the door for more playing time for utility man Ryan Raburn. Now that Bourn is back, Francona said he will continue to find ways to keep Raburn consistently in the lineup.

"Early on, I don't think Bourny is probably going to play 10 in a row," Francona said. "Raburn is going to get a lot of at-bats. Whether it's left field, right field, maybe even a game at first, he's going to get a lot of at-bats."

• In the second tilt of a doubleheader with Double-A Akron on Wednesday, Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi went 0-for-2 with one walk and one strikeout in his latest rehab game. The 43-year-old Giambi (fractured rib) could be activated from the 15-day disabled list as early as Friday, when Cleveland begins a seven-game homestand.

• Heading into Wednesday's game with the Tigers, Indians outfielder David Murphy was batting .391 (9-for-23) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBIs over his previous seven games. Murphy was also hitting .500 (5-for-10) with runners in scoring position and .438 (7-for-16) with runners on base for the season.

• To help commemorate the 20th season in Jacobs/Progressive Field's history, the Indians have created a website that includes facts, articles, videos and more. Fans can check it out at

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