Smoke signals

• With no designated hitter in use at Dodger Stadium, Francona sat Santana and gave Nick Swisher the nod at first base. Swisher (.192 average through 64 games) was on the bench in the previous three games with no DH on this road trip, but Francona did not want to have him out of the lineup for the entire series in Los Angeles.

"I didn't want Swish to go four days in a row with the day off [Thursday] not playing," Francona said. "You kind of have a responsibility to kind of keep everybody hopefully going in the right direction, so you try to pick spots where you think it makes the most sense and do it."

• The Indians plan on honoring radio man Tom Hamilton's 25 years behind the mic during a pregame ceremony on Aug. 1. Throughout the game against the Rangers, many of Hamilton's memorable calls will be played at Progressive Field. The Indians will also have postgame fireworks that night. On Aug. 2, Cleveland will unveil its statue of Jim Thome, the franchise's all-time home run leader.

• On Tuesday, the Indians named Triple-A Columbus catcher Roberto Perez the organization's Minor League player of the week for the period of June 23-29. During that span, Perez hit .316 (6-for-19) with one home run, one double, three RBIs and a .918 OPS in five games. In his past eight games, the catcher has hit .357 with eight RBIs and a 1.139 OPS.

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