Smoke signals

• After the first inning of the Indians' 12-3 win on Thursday at Fenway Park, the Red Sox showed a tribute video for Francona, who was Boston's manager from 2004-11. Also shown in the video from Cleveland were third-base coach Brad Mills, bullpen coach Kevin Cash, starter Justin Masterson, infielder Mike Aviles and relievers Matt Albers and Rich Hill. They each spent time with the Red Sox.

"I was honored," Francona said, "and I was also thrilled that they showed Cashy, Mike Aviles, Matt, Rich Hill and then Millsy standing next to me. He's maybe my best friend in life. So, to share that was pretty awesome."

• Starter Zach McAllister has logged at least five innings with three earned runs or fewer allowed in 11 consecutive starts, dating back to last season. That is tied with Josh Tomlin (11, Sept. 24, 2010-May 23, 2011) and CC Sabathia (11, July 19-Sept. 8, 2007, and Aug. 23, 2002-April 12, 2003) for the longest such streak by a Cleveland pitcher going back to 1990. Buddy Black had 16 such outings in a row from Aug. 23, 1989-May 18, 1990.

• Left-hander Scott Barnes logged three shutout innings to finish Thursday's 12-3 win over the Red Sox, earning a save in the process. It marked the first three-inning save for a Tribe pitcher since Luis Vizcaino did it May 27, 2009. Barnes and Vizcaino are the only Cleveland relievers in the past 22 years to have a save consisting of three innings, four strikeouts and no walks.

• Starter Brett Myers, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 20 due to a right elbow injury, is scheduled to make his third Minor League rehab start at a yet unknown affiliate on Monday. Myers has posted a 3.68 ERA with two strikeouts and five walks in 7 1/3 innings through two Double-A rehab outings.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.