Smoke signals

• Cleveland has been buzzing over the past several days with reports and rumors that NBA superstar LeBron James might leave the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Count Indians manager Terry Francona among those hoping King James comes back to Northeast Ohio.

"That would be really cool," Francona said with a smile. "I would love it. I just think that I would plan my trips back to Cleveland a little more frequent if [the Cavs] were home. I was in Miami a couple years ago. ... I went and bought a ticket to a game, just so I could watch him play. It was worth it."

• Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall entered Wednesday's game one plate appearance short of the required pace (3.1 PA's per team game) to qualify for the batting race. As of Tuesday, Chisenhall's .332 average would rank third in the American League, trailing Houston's Jose Altuve (.341) and Texas' Adrian Beltre (.333).

• A yellow Brazil soccer jersey was hanging outside Yan Gomes' locker on Wednesday, one day after Brazil took a 7-1 loss to Germany on the chin in the semifinals of the World Cup. Gomes, who is the first Brazilian-born player to reach the big leagues, was not about to put the jersey away.

"That was tough," Gomes said. "But I'm not going to stop supporting them. I'm still Brazilian."

• The Indians' 5-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday earned SportsTime Ohio's eighth-highest rating (8.1 HH) of the year. That game was the No. 1 rated program of the day, beating out the next closest prime-time program by 45 percent. Tribe ratings are up 13 percent this season from a year ago.

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