Smoke signals

• Francona was encouraged by Tuesday's showing from first baseman Nick Swisher, who went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Cleveland's 10-3 win against the Dodgers. On Wednesday, though, Swisher (.197 average through 65 games) was back on the bench without the designated hitter in play under the National League format.

"I thought he swung the bat very well [on Tuesday]," Francona said. "Swish has gone through a really tough time. I don't think he's ever really gone through this for this extended amount of time before, so it's not the easiest thing. I totally understand that. And I've tried to explain it to him a little bit, we're not running away from him."

• Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett had a pair of doubles against the Indians on Tuesday night. Beckett became the first pitcher to have two doubles in a game against Cleveland since Aug. 25, 1963, when Boston's Bob Heffner achieved the feat. Beckett became the first pitcher to have at least two extra-base hits against the Indians in an Interleague game.

• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn received a scheduled day off from starting on Wednesday, when the Dodgers had lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound. Francona felt it was an opportune time to give Bourn some rest, considering Cleveland also has a team off-day on Thursday.

• Triple-A Columbus first baseman Jesus Aguilar and catcher Roberto Perez were named to the International All-Star team on Wednesday. It was also announced that Columbus manager Chris Tremie and pitching coach Tony Arnold would be included on the International League's All-Star coaching staff.

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.