Smoke signals

• During batting practice on Friday, some of Cleveland's players were wearing bright orange shirts that said "JK Construction" on the front. On the back was the slogan: "I break it. You fix it." The shirts were poking fun at second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is no fan of an offensive slump.

Entering Friday, though, Kipnis had hit .323 with six extra-base hits and 12 runs scored over his past 15 games.

"The confidence is going to come with the success," Kipnis said. "The more you hit, the better you feel, the more confident you feel at the plate. When you start hitting the ball the other way, you stop trying to press, you stop trying to force the issue and just let it happen and go out and be the player you can be."

• Heading into Friday's game, Indians outfielder Chris Dickerson had churned out seven hits in his first 15 at-bats (.467 average) since being acquired from the Pirates in a trade on Monday. Dickerson matched a career high with three hits in Thursday's win over the Yankees and has scored four runs through four games with Cleveland.

• On Friday, the Indians signed catcher Gian Paul Gonzalez -- out of Discipulos De Cristo High School in Puerto Rico -- after taking him in the 20th round (608th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft last month. Cleveland has signed 30 of its 42 Draft selections.

• On Friday, Indians catcher George Kottaras was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals. Kottaras, who was designated for assignment on Monday, hit .286 with three home runs and four RBIs in 10 games as Cleveland's backup catcher.

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.