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A healthy and productive Grady Sizemore could be what the
Cleveland Indians need to get back on track.

Coming off a solid offensive performance, Sizemore hopes to help
the Indians conclude a six-game road trip at .500 Wednesday night
against the Toronto Blue Jays.

After going 0 for 12 with seven strikeouts in his first three
games since coming off the disabled list last week, Sizemore was 2
for 4 with two RBIs in Tuesday’s 6-3 win at Toronto (28-27).

The victory was the second in seven games for the Indians
(32-20), who still have the best record in the AL.

“When you’re struggling for four or five games, you want to stop
it there,” Sizemore said. “You don’t want it to go for 10 or

The three-time All-Star missed the first 14 games of the season
while recovering from left knee surgery, then almost three weeks
with a right knee injury. Sizemore is batting .255 with six homers
and 13 RBIs in 22 games, but .318 his last five versus Toronto.

Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had three hits for the
Indians, who scored half as many runs Tuesday as they did in their
previous six contests.

“Hopefully we’re getting on track and getting ready to go,”
winning pitcher Mitch Talbot said.

Scheduled Indians starter Josh Tomlin (6-2, 2.74 ERA) had one
bad inning when he served up a pair of two-run homers in the second
for the only runs he gave up over six innings of a 5-0 loss at
Tampa Bay on Friday.

It was the first time in 10 starts Tomlin allowed more than
three runs. The 10 home runs he has given up this season equal his
total in 12 starts last year.

“When you’re around the zone like that, and guys know, they can
take their swings on you,” Tomlin told the Indians’ official
website. “I have to do a better job of getting pitches down in the

The right-hander allowed only a home run to Jose Molina and
three other hits in 5 1-3 innings but did not factor in the
decision of a 2-1 win at Toronto on July 31.

Toronto slugger Jose Bautista is 0 for 2 with a walk against
Tomlin, but batting .455 his last six games versus Cleveland after
going 3 for 5 on Tuesday. He’s hit .480 (12 for 25) with six RBIs
his last six contests overall.

Now that their four-game winning streak has ended, the Blue Jays
hope Kyle Drabek (3-3, 4.16) can give them a chance for a series
win when he makes his first appearance against the Indians.

Despite walking 14 batters over his last three starts, Drabek is
1-1 with a 2.75 ERA during that span. He allowed two runs, three
hits and five walks in 6 2-3 innings, but did not factor in the
decision of a 4-2 win over the White Sox on Friday.

“He’s got the ability to win, and he’s got the tenacity to pitch
through tight spots, avoiding a crooked number,” manager John
Farrell told the Blue Jays’ official website. “To me, it’s a
trademark of a winner. “That’s something you can’t teach.”

Cleveland has won seven of nine against Toronto.