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Indians Friday News & Notes: Rotation key to Tribe's second half

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Trevor Bauer leads the Tribe into the second half, but how will the rest of the rotation stack up in the home stretch?

Will you ever be what we thought you were?
Will you ever be what we thought you were?
Jason Miller

The All-Star break is over, and the AL has once again asserted its dominance in the most meaningful game of the season. After a four-day break for 24 of the 25 men on the Indians roster, it's time to get back into the swing of things. Here's what's going on as baseball activity resumes:

Indians news & notes

Masty's road back to the majors

Finally ready to face competition on his level, Justin Masterson will make a rehab start for the AAA Columbus Clippers on Sunday. Nursing a sore right knee, Masterson will not be on a limited pitch count as he works his way back to the majors. On the DL since July 8 - his first career DL stint - the big Jamaican is pleased with his progress and is ready to get back to "pounding the zone."

Rotation, rotation, rotation

The Tribe's rotation has been a bit of a revolving door this season, and the only thing that's certain is what's happening this weekend. Emerging star Trevor Bauer will take the hill against Detroit tonight, Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister will start a twin bill on Saturday, and Josh Tomlin will go on Sunday. But where does Danny Salazar fit in the mix? He had a promising outing on Thursday night, and Zach Mesisel thinks the young fireballer could be a key component as the Indians settle on a set of five "regulars" in the second half.

All-Star fallout

Terry Francona was alike a proud papa bird watching Michael Brantley out in the field, getting "emotional" when the Tribe's lone All-Star came to bat in Tuesday's game. Speaking of emotions, Jesus Aguilar has come a long way as a prospect and was honored to represent the Indians in the AAA All-Star game.

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