Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Kipnis had a rough start to Friday's game. He was hit in the back of the head while trying to steal second, and then took a hit from Minnesota's Ryan Doumit as he completed a double play. But Kipnis blasted his first career grand slam in the fourth inning.

"It just woke me up and got me going a little bit," Kipnis said.

• Entering Saturday, Chisenhall had two home runs in his first 13 at-bats this season. He hit a two-run homer in the second inning on Friday night.

"That's a little ahead of my pace," Chisenhall said. "I'm not a big homer guy. I'd love to keep it going, though."

• Former Indians infielder Carlos Baerga and outfielder Albert Belle are in Cleveland for the weekend series against the Twins. Both players made appearances on Sports Time Ohio's television broadcast Friday night, and Baerga bobbleheads will be given out Saturday night. Belle played for the Indians from 1989-96 and Baerga was with the Tribe from 1990-96. Baerga threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game against the Twins.

• Acta admitted it would have been a tough call to send Mets pitcher Johan Santana back out for the ninth inning to complete his no-hit bid Friday night if he was the team's manager, given Santana's injury history.

"But from a common-sense standpoint, you've got to give the guy a shot to throw the no-hitter," Acta said. "History is there. How many guys throw a no-hitter in this game? You gotta let the guy go."

Quote to note
"I tell people I'm no longer a prospect."
--Indians pitcher Derek Lowe, who turned 39 on Friday.