Smoke signals

• Indians right fielder David Murphy was one of the team's better hitters through the season's first two months, but he has slumped to the tune of a .190 average through 23 games in June. Entering Monday, Murphy was mired in a 1-for-42 skid that dated back to June 13. Within that showing was a career-worst 0-for-25 drought for the outfielder.

"I think you've got to look past the numbers sometimes," Francona said. "I just think you go through periods where you make some outs, you get pitched to difficult and then you hit some balls at people. That, generally, is what a slump is, or when a guy's going through a down period. He'll be fine."

• Francona noted that Indians utility man Ryan Raburn was feeling better after dealing with whiplash-like symptoms (stiff neck and headache) on Saturday and Sunday. Raburn was banged up on a diving catch to rob Seattle's Kyle Seager of an extra-base hit in the second inning of Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin's one-hit shutout on Saturday.

• Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall headed into Monday's game with a .350 batting average, but remained just shy of qualifying for the American League batting race. A player needs to average 3.1 plate appearances per team game and Chisenhall entered Monday averaging 3.01 PAs over Cleveland's 81 games.

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