One hour after his club got 11 singles

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One hour after his club got 11 singles to back Chuck Finley's seven strong innings in a 7-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Manuel held a meeting with the players.

"It's not going to be a butt-chewing meeting," Manuel said. "Since Monday is an off-day, I thought now would be a good time to do it.

"There are some family things we want to talk about."

The Indians "family" has not exactly feuded, but has not had a fun-loving clubhouse, either. Especially during a recent 6-15 slide that put the five-time defending AL Central champions 1012 games behind the Chicago White Sox.

Cleveland scored a total of seven runs during its four-game slide, but got its offense back on track Sunday.

"That's what we've been looking for," said Omar Vizquel, who was 2-for-4. "We used the hit-and-run, set things up. We used to do that all the time and we need to start doing it again."

The Indians hit eight singles in the first three innings to take a 5-0 lead against Joe Mays (4-10).

"They didn't hit all those balls hard, but every one found a hole," Mays said. "They were a little more selective at bat. They laid off pitches on the corners and hit some the other way, trying to make contact."

Finley (7-5) allowed one run and six hits, struck out six, walked one and got nine groundouts.

"That's why Cleveland got him _ to stop losing streaks," Twins manager Tom Kelly said. "He just shut us down."

The left-hander had a two-hit shutout until the sixth. Jay Canizaro led off with a double off the wall in left and one out later, Midre Cummings hit an RBI single past Finley.

"I thought getting one run was good because he was dominating," Denny Hocking said after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. "People say the Indians are struggling, but with Finley out there like that, they always will have a chance."

Vizquel, back in his usual No. 2 spot in the Indians' order after being dropped to ninth Saturday, hit a two-run single. Enrique Wilson had a pair of RBI singles.

The Indians' first three batters all hit singles, with Ricky Ledee's line drive to right scoring Roberto Alomar for a 1-0 lead. Jim Thome followed with a sacrifice fly.

Richie Sexson's two-out single sent Ledee to third, and Wilson's opposite-field single to left made it 3-0.

In the third, Thome and Sexson drew one-out walks. Wilson and Kenny Lofton hit run-scoring singles.

Vizquel's two-out single off reliever Travis Miller made it 7-1 in the sixth.

Justin Speier replaced Finley and pitched two hitless innings.

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