--RHP Justin Masterson will try to extend his record to 6-0 Thursday when he starts against Tampa Bay. The difference between Masterson this year and Masterson last year, when he lost 13 games? "He's pitching ahead in the count more, and staying away from the big inning," manager Manny Acta said.
--1B Matt LaPorta is only hitting .265 overall this season, but he is hitting .340 at Progressive Field, where he was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI Wednesday. LaPorta is hitting .192 on the road.
--OF Grady Sizemore was not in the lineup Wednesday night. Sizemore, at his request, went for an MRI exam on his right knee, which he jammed on a slide into second base Tuesday. The Indians announced following Wednesday's game that the MRI showed no structural damage in the knee. Sizemore is listed as day-to-day with a right knee contusion.
--RHP Carlos Carrasco, as expected, was activated from the disabled list Wednesday. Carrasco started Wednesday night's game vs. Tampa Bay. He had been on the disabled list since April 28 because inflammation in his right elbow. Carrasco showed some rust, walking the first two batters he faced, and needing 100 pitches to get through five innings.
--To make room for RHP Carlos Carrasco on the roster, the Indians optioned RHP Frank Herrmann to Triple-A Columbus.
--OF Michael Brantley drew a bases-loaded walkoff-walk in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Indians' 5-4 win Tuesday night. Brantley was behind in the count to RHP Kyle Farnsworth 0-and-2, but worked the count to 3-and-2 before drawing ball four, which ended the game. "That was a terrific at bat by Michael," manager Manny Acta said. "He is mature beyond his years."
BY THE NUMBERS
April 2 -- The Indians' last home loss, prior to their 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay Wednesday night, which snapped the Indians' 14-game home winning streak.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's good news for us." -- Manager Manny Acta, on the results of an MRI exam on the right knee of OF Grady Sizemore, who did not play Wednesday.
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