Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Designated hitter Travis Hafner was out of the lineup for the third consecutive game Wednesday with back stiffness. Manager Manny Acta said Tuesday that Hafner would likely need more tests if he was not ready on Wednesday.

• Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera entered Wednesday hitting .358 (19-for-56) with three doubles and three RBIs over his past 14 games. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks on Tuesday.

• Setup man Vinnie Pestano extended his scoreless streak to 19 innings with another solid eighth-inning performance Tuesday night against the Twins. Pestano entered Wednesday with the third-longest scoreless streak in the Majors behind Tampa Bay's Fernando Rodney (22 innings) and J.P. Howell (20 innings).