Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Reliever Rafael Perez (on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left lat) has advanced to throwing long toss at a distance of 120 feet in his recovery program. Cleveland is hopeful that he will be able to move to bullpen sessions within the next week or so.

• Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo entered Saturday riding an eight-game hitting streak, during which he has posted a .310 average with one home run, three RBIs and five runs scored, but he went hitless in the contest against the Red Sox.

• Entering Saturday, center fielder Michael Brantley was hitting .313 with a .333 on-base percentage in his past 17 games dating back to April 25. He hit .196 with a .274 on-base percentage in the first 12 games of the season prior to that stretch.