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• Indians catcher Yan Gomes returned to the starting lineup Monday after spending the previous two games on the bench with neck stiffness. Entering Monday's game against the Reds, Gomes was hitting .400 (24-for-60) with three homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.095 OPS in his past 18 games for Cleveland.

• Brantley's walk-off home run Sunday marked the 75th walk-off shot in Progressive Field history (1994-present), representing the most of any ballpark in that time period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brantley also became the first Indians player to have at least two extra-inning walk-off shots in the same season since Jim Thome had three in 2001.

• Cleveland headed into Monday's meeting with the Reds with the Major League's second-best run differential (+25) in the second half. Only the Padres (+29) ranked better in baseball. The Indians' ranked third in both the Majors and American League with 80 runs scored since the All-Star break.

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