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Damon goes hitless in debut

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--OF Johnny Damon made his first start in an Indians uniform Wednesday night. Damon, hitting leadoff and playing left field, was 0-for-3 with a walk, then left the game in the sixth inning due to "general cramping." Said manager Manny Acta: "He was cramping up all over his body. He was very amped up and it was a very humid day. We didn't want to take any chances. We feel he'll be OK to play tomorrow."

--OF Shin-Soo Choo was in the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since April 24. He missed six games with a tight hamstring. Choo normally hits third in the lineup, but he hit sixth Wednesday. Manager Manny Acta said he moved Choo down in the lineup because he had missed six games and probably will need some time to get his timing back.

--DH Travis Hafner's home run in the ninth inning Wednesday was his 191st home run as a member of the Indians. That moves him past Rocky Colavito (190) and into ninth place on the team's all-time list, one behind Al Rosen (192), who is eighth on that list.

--3B Jack Hannahan's two-out double with runners at first and second in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie Wednesday night vs. the White Sox. The hit also improved Hannahan's American League-leading batting average with two-outs and runners in scoring position to .615 (8-for-13). "He continues to be huge for us in the clutch," said manager Manny Acta.

--RHP Chris Perez pitched a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to pick up his eighth save, tying him for the American League lead. The Indians' bullpen is on a roll. Over the last six games Indians relievers have combined to pitch 15 2/3 scoreless innings while holding opposing batters to a .045 batting average (4-for-44).

BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Number of home runs DH Travis Hafner needs to pass Al Rosen (192) for eighth place on the Indians' all-time list.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's important, even if it is early. I'd rather be here than 10 games back and saying it's still early." -- Manager Manny Acta, when asked the significance of being in first place at this point in the season.

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