Must C Collision: Marson denies Jennings at the dish

CLEVELAND -- Injuries are putting a damper on catcher Lou Marson's season, as the catcher has been restricted to only three games for the Indians in 2013.

First, it was a neck strain that landed Marson on the 15-day disabled list. And now he's on it again -- this time with right shoulder inflammation. He's participating in a throwing program, but has "no clue" when he'll return.

"It's definitely frustrating," Marson said. "I know what it is and kind of what I have to do. Hopefully, I can get on the field soon."

Marson said he often experiences shoulder problems at the beginning of the year. "The more I throw, the better I feel," he said.

After coming off the DL on April 24, he was back on it April 28. In three games, Marson is 0-for-3 with two walks. He's also played three games with Triple-A Columbus, where he's 1-for-8 with a walk and four strikeouts.

Marson has only been able to watch as the Indians ascended to first place in the American League Central.

"It's great that we're winning," Marson said, "but you always want to be a part of it and contribute."

Raburn relishing platoon role for Tribe

SEA@CLE: Raburn crushes a three-run homer

CLEVELAND -- Ryan Raburn knows he's not going to play every day. And he's OK with that.

Raburn, 32, signed with the Indians in January after spending his entire career in the Tigers organization. He said he was aware his new role would not involve a regular spot in the lineup when he signed with a division rival.

"It's going great," Raburn said. "It's not something I haven't ever done before. It's not an easy task, but it's definitely something that I believe is giving me the ability to stay around and give me some time in the big leagues."

In Monday's series finale against Seattle, Raburn got the start, hitting eighth and playing right field. That's where he's been for the majority of his starts, though he has also appeared in left field and at second base for the Tribe.

And Raburn made his presence felt in his first at-bat of the 10-8 extra-inning win, as he crushed a three-run homer to left to get the Indians on the board.

"Anytime I'm in the lineup, I'm amped," Raburn said. "I love playing this game. I love playing with this team. I look forward to every moment I get a chance to go out there and try to help the ballclub."

In 27 games this season, Raburn is batting .299 (26-for-87) with six doubles, five home runs and 14 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .358 and he's slugging .540.

Much of that production came between April 29 and May 5, a period in which Raburn was named the American League Player of the Week. In five games, he hit .591 (13-for-22) with four of his home runs and nine of his RBIs.

The honor was one of Raburn's career highlights. Between that and the Indians' hot play, he seems to be enjoying his first year in Cleveland. Any frustration that a lack of playing time might cause hasn't gotten to him.

"Once you start getting frustrated about it, that's when you're not going to be able to succeed," Raburn said. "I think the biggest part is just accepting it. But in the back of your mind, you're still knowing you want to play every day. I think that's the drive that keeps you doing what you've got to do."

Brantley gets tips from dad, a former big leaguer

SEA@CLE: Brantley bashes a three-run homer to center

CLEVELAND -- After Michael Brantley smoked a 93 mph pitch from Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for a three-run homer in Sunday's 6-0 win, he rounded the bases, high-fived his teammates and pointed to somebody in the stands.

That person was his father, former Major Leaguer Mickey Brantley. The elder Brantley played outfield for the Mariners from 1986-89 and came to Cleveland to help his son and watch him in person.

"He did a great job of just kind of working with my swing," Michael Brantley said on Sunday. "We were breaking down film last night. So I just wanted to tell him that we did it right."

In Monday's 10-8 extra-inning win over Seattle, Brantley went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs. In 42 games this season, Brantley is hitting .306 (48-for-157) with six doubles, a triple and two homers. He's driven in 20 runs and scored 22.

Tribe manager Terry Francona moved Brantley up to third in the order against Hernandez. In previous meetings with the Seattle hurler, Brantley went 6-for-17 (.353) with a double and two RBIs.

"There's not a lot of maintenance to his swing," Francona said. "I'm not saying he doesn't work at it -- he works hard -- but there's not a lot of moving parts. So I think he is able to get to good pitchers."

Smoke signals

• With Brantley's four-RBI effort on Sunday, the Indians have had eight individual performances with at least four RBIs this season. Detroit, the only team in baseball to have more, has done it 10 times. For Cleveland, Mark Reynolds has three such games while Mike Aviles, Jason Giambi, Jason Kipnis, Ryan Raburn and Brantley have one apiece.

Yan Gomes joined that group in Monday's win, as he hit a three-run homer and a solo shot.

• Dating back to the second game of the April 28 doubleheader in Kansas City, the Tribe's starting rotation, entering Monday, has gone 13-4 with a 2.98 ERA. Indians starters have allowed three runs or fewer in 18 of the 21 games during that stretch, and the team is 17-4.

• Cleveland is 10-1 against the American League West this season. The lone loss came at Houston on April 19.

• The Indians announced during Monday's game that injured starter Brett Myers will make his second rehab start on Wednesday for Double-A Akron. Myers -- who's on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis and a mild UCL sprain -- is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA with Cleveland this season.

Quote to note

"This team, we battle every day. Whether we score 10 runs or two runs, we're battling every day and we're working every pitcher that we face. This team just grinds it out. But I think the biggest thing is we're just having fun, man. We're just going out and playing the game, not putting pressure on ourselves and just enjoying the game. And right now, the wins are taking care of themselves. We're just out there playing hard and just doing whatever we can every day." -- Ryan Raburn on the team's recent play.