CLEVELAND: Now that the Detroit Tigers have acquired closer Jose Veras from the Houston Astros, what will the Indians do to counter the move? Or is that the wrong question?
‘‘I think Chris has a real good grasp of who we are and where we’re going,’’ manager Terry Francona said of General Manager Chris Antonetti. ‘‘I don’t think that [Tigers’ acquisition] will have anything to do with what we want to do and how we want to get there.’’
Veras, 32, is 0-4 with 19 saves and a 2.93 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 14 walks in 43 innings.
The Astros acquired 19-year-old Class A outfielder Danry Vasquez, who was batting .281 at West Michigan in the Midwest League (same as Lake County).
In 2009, Veras pitched in the Tribe bullpen, posting a 1-2 record and 4.38 ERA in 22 appearances.
IN THE KNOW — Francona knows there’s a trading deadline, but since it’s not part of his game preparation, he’s not fully informed.
Asked if trade talk is a distraction to his players, Francona said, ‘‘Carlos [Santana] asked me something, not about that. But I thought the [deadline] was the 25th, so it can’t be much of a distraction.’’
The actual day is Wednesday. Maybe Francona was thinking about Christmas.
MILESTONE — When the Indians scored in the second inning Monday night, it marked the 16th consecutive game in which the Tribe had scored first, a franchise record.
The previous record was 15, achieved in July 1906.
ONGOING — Heading into Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, the Tribe had hit a home run in eight consecutive games, a season best.
FARM FACTS — Danny Salazar threw five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and one walk, while striking out 11, as Columbus lost 4-1 to Durham. … Cody Anderson (8-3, 2.43 ERA) delivered five shutout innings, allowing three hits and four walks, as Carolina defeated Wilmington 1-0. … LeVon Washington tripled, singled twice and drove in a run in Lake County’s 5-4 win over Great Lakes. Joe Sever doubled, singled and had one RBI. … Nellie Rodriguez had two hits, including a double, and two RBI in Mahoning Valley’s 7-6 win over Williamsport.
— Sheldon Ocker