Smoke signals

Smoke signals

Smoke signals
• Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner entered Thursday hitting .139 (5-for-36) with runners in scoring position this season. Hafner, who has hit .259 with a .397 on-base percentage through 33 games, used an RBI double in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 9-3 win over the Mariners to end an 0-for-25 slump with RISP.

"Somebody told me about it [a few] days ago," Hafner said of the slump. "I was pretty surprised when I heard it. Overall, I feel like I've been swinging the bat really well. It was good to get a hit there and break that up, but overall I feel good. I feel like I've been swinging the bat well."

• Indians manager Manny Acta and his ImpACTA Kids Foundation will award a pair of $2,500 scholarships to two qualifying Cleveland-area high school seniors this summer. The scholarships will be used toward their college educations. Visit the community page on Indians.com for more information. The submission deadline is June 11.

• Triple-A first baseman Matt LaPorta went 1-for-4 with his team-leading 11th home run of the season in a 6-2 win over Syracuse on Wednesday. LaPorta headed into Thursday ranked fifth in the International League with a .328 average, second in home runs and third in total bases (80).