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• Francona said injured starter Zach McAllister will throw off the mound Friday at Progressive Field in some capacity, with the best-case scenario being McAllister facing hitters from Class A Lake County.

• Entering play Wednesday, Tribe relievers had stranded 87 of 107 inherited runners (81.3 percent), the second best mark in MLB.

• In addition to his hot hitting, Brantley also has a .990 fielding percentage (one error in 96 chances) and leads the Majors with six outfield assists.

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for
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