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Indians send Matt LaPorta to Triple-A

Updated: August 31, 2011, 3:48 PM ET
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CLEVELAND -- Manager Manny Acta said the Cleveland Indians' demotion of first baseman Matt LaPorta to the minors Tuesday is a case of roster numbers.

LaPorta's mediocre production numbers didn't help.

Batting .238 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 97 games, LaPorta was optioned to Triple-A Columbus when the Indians recalled right-hander Jeanmar Gomez to start the second game of a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics.

"With all of the injuries, first base is the ...

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