Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• The Indians hosted a pair of new members of the Ohio football community. Recently drafted Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson and first-year Ohio State coach Urban Meyer were on the field hours before Monday night's game against the Reds. Meyer and his son threw out the first pitches for the game.

• Left-handed reliever Rafael Perez continues to rehab his injured left lat. There is still no timetable for his return, though Acta said Monday he does expect Perez to pitch this season.

• Russ Canzler, an infielder at Triple-A Columbus, was named the International League Player of the Week on Monday. Canzler hit .381 (8-for-21) with three home runs and 13 RBIs in seven games last week.

• Acta said he believes last week's incident involving Indians pitcher Derek Lowe and Reds manager Dusty Baker is in the past.

"It's not as big of a deal as has been made," Acta said. "To me, it's yesterday's paper. I just want Derek to go out there and give us an opportunity to win the ballgame."

Lowe, who started Monday, took exception to Baker ordering pitcher Mat Latos to throw inside to him last week in Cincinnati. Baker and Lowe's animosity toward one another stems from an incident that happened when Lowe was a pitcher for the Dodgers.

• The Indians entered Monday's game just 4-8 in Interleague Play this season. Their 11-7 record in Interleague games last season was among the best in the league.