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CLE@BOS: McAllister strong over five to earn the win

After missing more than seven weeks of the season with a right middle finger sprain, Zach McAllister will finally return to his spot in Cleveland's starting rotation.

The Indians are going to activate McAllister from the disabled list on Tuesday, when he'll make his first start since June 2. Seattle -- which won Monday's series opener, 2-1 -- is scheduled to throw Erasmo Ramirez.

"That'll be fun," Tribe manager Terry Francona said of getting McAllister back. "He's worked so hard and he's been so diligent. We're excited. He's definitely a big part of our future. The fact that he came through this so well, because this wasn't something to mess around with, he did a really good job with it."

McAllister has posted a 4-5 record and 3.43 ERA in 11 outings this season. During his most recent start, he avoided throwing breaking balls because they irritated his finger injury and wound up losing to Tampa Bay. Before that defeat, McAllister had strung together 12 consecutive starts that featured at least five innings on his part and no more than three earned runs by his opponent.

It will take a strong effort from McAllister to slow down the Mariners, who have won seven straight games. Though Seattle scored just twice in Monday's win, the club is still averaging 6.1 runs per game in July.

"I think it's about where we are because of what they've done lately. Playing ballclubs and winning series, even fighting through tough losses and giving ourselves a chance to win games that sometimes we don't win," manager Eric Wedge said. "Like I've always said, it's always going to be more about what we do versus who we're playing and I think we've proven that. Once you get into early, mid-July, every game counts and it's really game-on the rest of the way."

Indians: Swisher homers from No. 2 slot
• Nick Swisher batted second in Cleveland's lineup on Monday for the first time this year. He went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the first inning, while striking out once. Over the prior 34 games, Swisher had hit just .198 with a .584 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. The switch-hitter has a .242 batting average on the season.

"I think this has a chance to help Swish get moving in the right direction," Francona said of Swisher, who normally batted fourth before. "I feel like, to be honest with you, we could leave Swisher where he is. He's going to get hot, because he's a good hitter. I think this has a chance to help him and help us. Swish is going to hit. He's got a track record."

• Since McAllister was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 8 (retroactive to June 3), Carlos Carrasco made five starts while Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar each appeared once. Combined, their efforts produced a 1-3 record, 7.96 ERA and 48 hits allowed across 31 2/3 innings.

By far, Salazar achieved the most success, beginning his Major League debut on July 11 with five no-hit innings against Toronto. Salazar allowed two hits and a run during his sixth and final inning, but he came away with the win, something neither Carrasco nor Bauer had done during McAllister's absence.

Overall, Cleveland went 3-4 during those seven games. In addition to winning Salazar's debut, the Tribe took both ends of a June 28 doubleheader in Chicago despite a pair of poor showings from Bauer and Carrasco.

Mariners: Ramirez expected to be recalled Tuesday
• Like Cleveland, the Mariners will also make a roster move to accommodate their Tuesday starter. Ramirez, 23, made his lone start for Seattle this season on July 11, when the Red Sox tagged him for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

A day later, he was optioned to Class A (short-season) Everett in order to pitch during the All-Star break and maintain regular rest between outings. Seattle will recall Ramirez to pitch against Cleveland on Tuesday.

"Just keep him going and make sure he'd stay in his routine for the most part," manager Eric Wedge said after Ramirez's recent demotion. "We'll get him back here after the break."

Since making his Major League debut last year, Ramirez is 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA across 17 games (nine starts).

• Seattle won Monday's contest without the leadership of Wedge, who was taken to a local hospital before the game as a precautionary measure after experiencing a "dizzy spell" during batting practice. Bench coach Robby Thompson took over for Wedge, who should be back Tuesday.

• Though Tom Wilhelmsen allowed a double to Michael Brantley and issued a walk to Jason Giambi, the closer notched his 22nd save of the year by preserving a ninth-inning lead on Monday.

Worth noting
• Kendrys Morales' fourth-inning homer off Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday marked the first home run surrendered by Tribe pitchers in 88 innings. Mike Zunino's solo shot an inning later provided the decisive run.

• When Cleveland hosted the Mariners on May 17-20, the Tribe swept a four-game series while outscoring Seattle, 27-15. Comments