Cleveland: The Indians haven’t hit a home run for 10 games. The last Tribe homer was hit by Carlos Santana in the fifth inning against the Mariners on April 17 at Safeco Field.
“We hit home runs in nine straight games [to start the season],” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “This is just the way the game evens out. We’re going to hit another home run. When you have such a long season, everything goes in cycles.”
The last time the Tribe went without a homer for 10 or more consecutive games was April 10-27, 1983, when the streak lasted 14 games.
STOPPING THE SKID — In his final at-bat Friday night, Shelley Duncan snapped an 0-for-11 streak that included nine strikeouts.
“A week or so ago, he was laying off some of those pitches,” Acta said, “The last few games, he’s been a little overaggressive. If they’re not pitching to him, he should walk; that’s what he was doing before, when he was doing well.”
CHOO UPDATE — Shin-Soo Choo will test his hamstring today under the supervision of head trainer Lonnie Soloff.
“Choo will run with Lonnie tomorrow,” Acta said. “He would have done it today, except for the weather. Tomorrow, he will run the bases and do some agility drills.”
Acta added that Choo would not have been available to pinch hit on Saturday.
LEFTOVER NUGGET — Justin Masterson’s upgraded performance against the Angels on Friday night included overcoming one of his biggest hurdles: retiring left-handed batters consistently.
“He had a very good sinker to the point that left-handers were 1-for-12,” Acta said.
FARM FACTS — Matt LaPorta doubled and hit his sixth homer of the year, driving in three runs, as Columbus defeated Pawtucket 4-1. Zach McAllister (2-1, 3.00 ERA) gave up one run and three hits, walking none in seven innings. … Anthony Gallas homered, doubled and singled, driving in two runs, but Carolina lost 7-2 to Salem. … Elvis Araujo (0-4, 2.49 ERA) gave up two runs and seven hits in 5? innings, but Lake County lost 3-0 to Peoria.
— Sheldon Ocker