Aug 20, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Zach Walters (6) hits a home run in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Factory Lines: Zach Walters, T.J. House, Nick Swisher, Bill Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Johnny Manziel

Zach Walters hit another home run–his third with the Indians–as the early returns on the shortstop/second baseman indicate the Tribe stole him from the Washington Nationals.

It may be a little overzealous to call it a steal right now, but it looks like the Indians acquired a player who is still getting better, especially when it comes to his slugging numbers.

T.J. House was excellent through 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball as the Tribe beat the Twins, 5-0. It was his his first victory since July 5. He improved to 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA.

• The Indians will try and go four games over the .500 mark for the first time this season when they wrap up against the Twins this afternoon at 1:10 p.m.

Nick Swisher will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgeries on both knees. His 208 batting average is second worst in the American League among qualified hitters, as is his .608 OPS.

He is owed $30 million over the next two seasons.

• Grantland’s Bill Simmons and Rembert Browne visited Cleveland and attended the National Sports Collectors Convention last month. The duo offer a hilarious view of the ‘The National’ and the cast of characters and memorabilia for sale.TheUnit

Like Simmons, I attended The National and found myself constantly perplexed by the sports oil painting market. However, these pieces of memorabilia were just getting in the way of my one true goal: make Randy Johnson smile. In our awkward 10 seconds together, it happened. Thanks Unit.

• Johhny Manziel faced the press for the first time after losing the Browns’ quarterback competition. The rookie “was verbally defiant about his decision from the off-season. He stated ‘it’s the off-season’ emphasizing that he took it off and will in the future…” via Dawg Pound Daily.

• Kyrie Irving was perfect during team USA’s romp over the Dominican Republic Wednesday night. Oh yeah, he was breaking ankles, too.

• League Park is reopening this weekend, as reported by the Factory yesterday. The former home of the Indians is known as the place Babe Ruth slugged his 500th home run, but it was also the setting for Tris Speaker‘s and Nap Lajoie‘s 3,000th hits.

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