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CLE@MIN: Kluber strikes out seven over five innings

Their starter for Tuesday's game was scratched with trade winds swirling and then traded within hours after that, so the White Sox obviously have a few distractions as they take on the Indians this week.

With the non-waiver Trade Deadline coming at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the White Sox already know veteran starter Jake Peavy won't be with them for the game at Progressive Field, his start bumped for a second straight day -- this time by a trade to the Red Sox announced late Tuesday night.

With all the speculation and change in the air for the White Sox, the Indians -- winners of six straight and surging in the American League Central race -- aren't going to be shy about trying to take advantage of the situation.

"Our hope is that you catch a team in the middle of that, where maybe they are distracted. I don't know if they are or not," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That would help us. And if that's the case, we'll take it. Because I've been on both sides, and you can have a pitcher coming, a pitcher going. In the confusion, you got a game to play, and you got to find a starter. So, I hope that helps us."

So far, the Indians have two victories in two games with all the uncertainty surrounding the White Sox, including a comeback victory Tuesday night.

A day after trading Peavy, the White Sox announced Wednesday that left-hander Jose Quintana will make his originally scheduled start. Peavy was dealt to the Red Sox in a three-way deal also involving the Tigers that brought the White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia and three other Minor Leaguers.

Quintana will be meeting Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber, who, as he enters his 18th start of the season, is on a roll, going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last four outings. He has allowed just 18 hits and six runs (five earned), with nine walks and 28 strikeouts in his last 25 innings.

Two starts earlier, Kluber left early with tightness in his hip. But he pitched six innings last outing against the Rangers for a no-decision, and said he came out of that one feeling fine.

"It didn't really affect me too much tonight," Kluber said. "Hopefully, it's in the past."

White Sox: Rios exits early
Alex Rios, whose name has been attached to trade rumors about as much as Peavy, came out of Tuesday's game after hitting a foul ball off his left foot, replaced by Casper Wells. Rios was diagnosed with a contusion.

Before the game, rumors of the Yankees being involved in pursuing him emerged, but Rios was simply ready for the rumors to end.

"It would be nice for this to be all over, you know?" Rios said.

• Adam Dunn had a pair of hits, including a two-run double, on Tuesday, but he remains tied with Cal Ripken Jr. for 43rd place on the all-time home run list with 431.

Indians: Rzepczynski on his way
The Indians picked up a left-handed reliever Tuesday, and were awaiting the arrival of Marc Rzepczynski before determining his role with the club. As of Tuesday night, they'd made room for him on the 40-man roster but had not made a move to open up a 25-man spot. According to a source, following Tuesday's game, the Tribe optioned right-hander Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus, creating an opening on the 25-man roster.

• Despite a bit of a down night from Scott Kazmir on Tuesday, the Tribe rotation remains impressive over the last few weeks. The starting staff enters Wednesday's game with an 8-2 record and 2.08 ERA over the last 18 games.

Worth noting
• After Tuesday's outcome, the Indians lead the 19-game season series, 9-2. Following the final two games of this series, the two teams won't meet again until September, with four at Chicago and two at Cleveland.

• The White Sox, in a stretch of 14 straight within the division, are now 12-26 within the AL Central, while the Indians are 25-20. Comments