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Indians notebook: Terry Francona enjoys winning streak but sees room for improvement

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CLEVELAND: Indians manager Terry Francona is pleased about the Tribe’s eight-game winning streak, but the extended period of winning has not blurred his senses.

“I think we can improve,” he said. “We’re still making some mistakes. But our guys are resilient, and our guys keep playing.”

END OF SLUMP? — Mark Reynolds lined a single to center in his first at-bat and flied out to center in his second, before striking out twice.

So is the slump-ridden Reynolds beginning to come out of his three-month skid?

“It’s been a tough stretch for him,” Francona said. “But I think he’s doing better and getting that hit was big. If he gets hot, it would be big for us, and I think he’s going to get hot.”

NO SALE — Even after losing to the Tribe on Thursday, Chris Sale had a 2.92 ERA to go with his 6-11 record.

The Indians have beaten up on him three times this year, Sale going 0-3 with a 9.81 ERA.

Sale’s problem is obvious: no run support. For the season, he is receiving fewer than 2½ runs per game.

OTHER STUFF — The Indians have swept the White twice in four-game sets. ... The Tribe is 12 games over .500 for the first time since June 2, 2011. ... The club has won 11 in a row at home. ... Ryan Raburn has hit 16 home runs for his career against the White Sox.

FARM FACTS — T.J. House (4-10, 4.69 ERA) gave up two runs and six hits in six inning in Columbus’ 3-2 win over Buffalo in Class AAA. Vinnie Pestano pitched one scoreless inning, walking one and striking out one. ... Jorge Martinez homered and singled in Lake County’s 4-3 loss to Fort Wayne. ... Luis Lugo threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, as Mahoning Valley lost to Aberdeen 2-0 in Class A. ... Ivan Castillo doubled and singled, and Clint Frazier doubled and had one RBI, as the Arizona League Indians defeated the Brewers 5-4.

— Sheldon Ocker


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