Smoke signals

• Since returning from the 7-day DL last Friday, Carlos Santana is hitting .353. The Indians' versatile cleanup hitter possesses a .176 batting average on the season, but combats that with an on-base percentage that nearly doubles it (.340).

• Cleveland's offense has at least 10 hits in seven straight games heading into the series finale with the Royals on Wednesday.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.