Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Russ Canzler, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Friday, batted sixth and was the DH on Saturday. Manager Manny Acta said Canzler will also get playing time at first base. Canzler -- acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay in January -- has hit .265 with 22 home runs and 79 RBIs in 130 games for Columbus. He spent three games with Tampa Bay in September 2011.

• Outfielder Thomas Neal learned he was coming to the big leagues for the first time Friday night after Double-A Akron clinched the Eastern League's Western Division with a win over Richmond. After his teammates celebrated on the field, Neal got the word from manager Chris Tremie and coach Rouglas Odor.

Neal had a 6.a.m flight from Richmond, Va. to Philadelphia and then flew into Cleveland around noon.

"I got about an hour of sleep," he said. "I was up until about 3 a.m. making phone calls and packing."

Neal, who will play left and right field for the Indians, hit .314 with 12 homers, 24 doubles and 51 RBIs in 117 games for Akron.