Smoke signals

Smoke signals

Smoke signals
• In the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Reds, Indians infielder Jose Lopez crushed a 100-mph fastball from closer Aroldis Chapman for a solo home run. Given that he was behind in the count, 1-2, Lopez was looking for Chapman's well-documented heater all the way.

"In that situation, I knew he was going to want to throw 100 or 101," Lopez said. "Everyone in the ballpark wants to go, 'Oooooh.' I've got a short swing. I didn't want to try to do too much with 100 mph. Short swing. Quick."

• Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan (on the 15-day disabled list due to lower back and left calf injuries) was scheduled to make a Minor League rehab appearance for Low Class A Lake County on Thursday. Tribe manager Manny Acta said the ballclub wants to have Hannahan play nine innings in consecutive games before determining his next step.

• Cleveland center fielder Michael Brantley entered Thursday's game riding a career-best 20-game hitting streak. During that stretch, Brantley has hit .346 (27-for-78) with five extra-base hits, 11 runs and 15 RBIs. Brantley's run is the longest for an Indians hitter since Casey Blake's 26-game hitting streak in 2007.