Smoke signals

• Indians right fielder Drew Stubbs was out of the starting lineup on Saturday for the first time since April 14. Francona said it was a scheduled day off for Stubbs, who would likely return to the lineup on Sunday. Center fielder Michael Bourn, who returned from the disabled list on Friday, will "most likely" be out of the lineup Sunday, according to Francona.

"He has played every day," Francona said of Stubbs. "I've been looking for a day to give him a day off, especially with a day game [Sunday]. He'll probably come back and play center [on Sunday]. So this, to me, looked like a nice night to do it. And I tried to thicken our lineup [with lefties] as much as we can to make [Tigers ace Justin] Verlander work for every out he has to get."

• Francona noted that Indians right-hander Brett Myers (on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury) threw off the mound in a bullpen session on Saturday. Myers is scheduled to throw off a mound again during the team's upcoming road series in Philadelphia (Tuesday-Wednesday). Reliever Vinnie Pestano (right elbow tendonitis) is slated to resume a throwing program on Sunday in Cleveland.

• Through 33 games this season, the Indians have been on both sides of plenty of blowouts. The average score in Cleveland's 18 wins was 7.3-2.3 and the average score in the club's 15 losses was 2.4-6.6. The Tribe had an identical 18-15 record through 33 games last season.

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