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RHP Corey Kluber will start Friday's game against Kansas City. In two starts vs. the Royals this year, Kluber is 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA. In three career appearances vs. the Royals, Kluber is 1-0 with 6.48 ERA.
RHP Danny Salazar, in winning his major league debut Thursday, pitched six innings and struck out seven. That's the most strikeouts by an Indians pitcher in his major league debut since Luis Tiant struck out 11 Yankees on July 19, 1964. It was a spot start for Salazar, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus specifically to start this game. Following the game he packed his equipment bag and headed back to Columbus.
RHP Preston Guilmet was optioned to Triple-A Columbus when the Indians recalled RHP Danny Salazar from to start Thursday's game. Guilmet was promoted July 7 and made his major league debut Wednesday, pitching two-thirds of a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays.
RHP Chris Perez picked up his 11th save Thursday. Since being activated off the disabled list on June 27, Perez is 5-for-5 in save opportunities, with a 1.13 ERA.
SS Asdrubal Cabrera homered off R.A. Dickey in the first inning Thursday. In his career vs. Dickey, Cabrera is 3-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI.
INF Mark Reynolds was 0-for-3 Thursday as his dismal month of July continues. Reynolds, who hit .187 in June, is hitting .069 (2-for-26) in July.