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• Indians right-hander Corey Kluber piled up 10 strikeouts and just one walk in Saturday's win over the Yankees. Kluber is only the 19th pitcher (36 times) in the past century to have at least six games in a season with a double-digit strikeout showing and no more than one walk. Kluber is the only pitcher in team history with more than four such games in one year.

• Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who has been dealing with some leg soreness, remained in the lineup as the designated hitter for the third game in a row on Sunday. The injury has not hindered Brantley in the batter's box, where he has hit at a .429 clip (18-for-42) in his past 11 games.

• Outfielder prospect Carlos Moncrief went 2-for-4 with a home run in Triple-A Columbus' 5-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. On the season, Moncrief has hit .276/.328/.441 with 11 home runs, 41 extra-base hits, 56 runs and 59 RBIs in 112 games for the Clippers.

• With his fifth-inning free pass on Sunday, Indians first baseman Carlos Santana reached 400 career walks, becoming the 22nd player in Major League history to achieve that milestone in his first five seasons. Dating back to 1914, Santana is the 19th-fastest player to reach 400 walks, doing so in 606 career games.

• On Sunday, the Indians released right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann, who was signed by the organization as a non-drafted free agent in 2005 and posted a 4.26 ERA in 95 career games for Cleveland. The 30-year-old Herrmann missed all of 2013 due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and had a 6.37 ERA in 28 games for Triple-A Columbus this year.

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