Smoke signals

Smoke signals

• Center fielder Michael Bourn, who is on the 15-day disabled list, went 0-for-3, manned center field and logged seven innings in a Minor League rehab game with Double-A Akron on Thursday. Francona indicated that Bourn was feeling good and he was scheduled to play seven innings again for Akron on Friday.

• All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, who ran hard into the center-field wall at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night, said he was feeling fine on Friday. To help give Brantley's legs some rest, Francona gave the center fielder a day as the team's DH for the opener of the three-game weekend set against the Yankees.

• Francona gave Lonnie Chisenhall a day off from starting on Friday, because the manager felt the third baseman has looked fatigued of late. Since Chisenhall was batting .393 with a 1.057 OPS on June 11, he has hit just .198 (33-for-167) with a .595 OPS through 45 games.

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