Kearns hopes rest improves results
CLEVELAND -- Austin Kearns was sputtering a bit heading into the All-Star break, but he's hoping the two-run homer he hit on Friday night is a sign of things to come in the second half.The Indians have to hope so, too, if they're going to shop Kearns before the Trade Deadline. Kearns was in an 18-for-91 funk in his last 25 games of the first half. Over that span, he notched just two extra-base hits, a pair of doubles. He looked more like his old self, the guy who became a prominent producer in the middle of the Tribe order, on Friday night. "Getting your breaks can always help," Kearns said. "As I'm getting a little older, that becomes more apparent. I was a little tired late in the first half. It's ways good to get a break and get your legs under you."
Asdrubal Cabrera (fractured right forearm), playing DH, went 0-for-2 with a run scored and two walks in his second rehab game at Double-A Akron. Cabrera is 4-for-12 with two doubles and two RBIs in four Minor League games thus far. He'll likely get around 30 at-bats before rejoining the Tribe. ... Right-hander Rob Bryson, one of the players acquired in the 2008 CC Sabathia trade, has notched 38 strikeouts in 20 innings at Class A Kinston. ... Triple-A Columbus third baseman Jared Goedert has a 12-game hitting streak and has homered 16 times in 35 games with the Clippers. ... For more on the Tribe, visit the CastroTurf blog (http://castrovince.mlblogs.com).