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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:12 AM

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

The Associated Press

 

ARLINGTON, Texas — Corey Kluber allowed one run over eight innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 Tuesday night to snap an 8-game losing streak.

The Indians also ended a 12-game road losing streak.

Mark Reynolds had RBI single in the fourth off Derek Holland (5-3) that put Cleveland ahead to stay. Drew Stubbs added a 2-run single in the fifth and scored on a single by Nick Swisher, who had only two hits his previous 28 at-bats.

Kluber (4-4) went to Coppell High School, which is less than 25 miles from Rangers Ballpark. The right-hander struck out three with three walks and benefited from three double plays.

Lefty Holland, who pitched a season-low 4 1/3 innings, was 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his previous seven starts.

McDonald back with Indians nearly 9 years later: John McDonald is back with the Indians nearly nine years after playing his last game for his first major-league team.

McDonald made his first appearance for the Indians since Oct. 2, 2004, when he entered Tuesday night’s game at Texas, taking over at third base for Mark Reynolds in the eighth inning. Cleveland reacquired the 38-year-old utility infielder the previous day.

“It was a lot of fun when I was here and it’s good to be wearing these colors again and have a Wahoo on,” McDonald said before the game. “You never know where baseball is going to take you. … I didn’t think I was going to get a chance to wear it again as a player.”

With shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the DL with a right quadriceps strain and expected to be out another 2-4 weeks, the Indians got McDonald from Pittsburgh in a trade Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

McDonald was a 12th-round pick by the Indians in the 1996 draft and made his major-league debut in 1999. He played for Toronto, Detroit, Arizona and Pittsburgh since leaving Cleveland after the 2004 season.

Pittsburgh recalled McDonald from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis and activated him from the 15-day DL before sending him to Cleveland. The infielder had been on the DL since May 15 with lower back and right elbow inflammation. He played in 16 games for the Pirates and was only 2-for-31 (.065). He has hit .237 in 970 career games before Tuesday.

McDonald said he hurt his back taking extra swings but is healthy now. He added the arm feels good, too.

To make room on its 25-man roster, Cleveland optioned infielder Juan Diaz to Triple-A Columbus. The Indians initially made room on their 40-man roster Monday by moving right-hander Brett Myers to the 60-day DL. Myers has been on the DL since April 20 with tendinitis and a mild ligament sprain in his right elbow.

There are no current players who were also with the Indians when McDonald was last there. But Cleveland bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. was one of his teammates.

As for his role, McDonald can play second base, shortstop or third.

 

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