Smoke signals

• The Indians' win on Friday was the franchise's 9,000th victory. They trail only the Yankees (9,899) and Red Sox (9,134) for most wins by an American League team.

• Francona said Friday's acquisition of Russell Branyan revolves around providing depth for Triple-A Columbus. The 14-year veteran is unlikely to contribute at the big league level "unless something happens," said Francona. "I think [General Manager] Chris [Antonetti] was really honest with him about that."

• Jason Giambi and Ryan Raburn received days off Friday on their rehab stints at Double-A Akron. Both are expected to play Saturday. Giambi is eligible to return from the disabled list on Sept. 1, while Rayburn can come off on Sept. 2.

• Cleveland donned 1974 throwback uniforms for Retro Night at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. The Tribe wore bright red tops with "Indians" on the front, with black and white trim.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.