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Smoke signals

• After starting in right field on Thursday, Ryan Raburn left the game before the fifth inning because of lower leg cramping. Raburn, whose status is considered day to day, doubled in the fourth and scored on a two-bagger by Michael Bourn. Drew Stubbs filled Raburn's spot in right.

• After Tribe players got wind of pitching prospect Trevor Bauer's Indians-themed rap, "Gutter to the Grail," on Wednesday, Mark Reynolds decided to use the song as his walk-up music against the Reds. Naturally, Reynolds launched a first-pitch home run in his first at-bat and rounded the bases with Bauer's rap blasting through Progressive Field.

"I mean, it's cool," Reynolds said on Thursday. "It takes [guts] to do that kind of stuff. Not too many people can rap, let alone come up with those kind of lyrics. I think it's pretty neat."

• Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera appeared to limp into second base on his double in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Reds. Indians manager Terry Francona said Cabrera (in the starting lineup on Thursday) has continued to be bothered off and on with the right quad issue that flared up in late April.

"He's been feeling it for a couple weeks, so we keep an eye on him," Francona said. "I check with him after to make sure he's OK, because we always have [Mike] Aviles, who we can fire in there if we need to. ... He's pretty good about communicating about that."

• Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was hitting .340 (17-for-50) with four home runs and 12 RBIs through 12 games for Triple-A Columbus since being sent down by the Indians on May 13. Chisenhall had 10 strikeouts and six walks, and Francona said reports have been encouraging about his bat speed and strike-zone discipline.

"[He's been] a little inconsistent, but it's getting better," Francona said. "That's what we want. I think the biggest thing was for him to be able to take a deep breath. He probably needed that."

• Indians sinkerballer Justin Masterson (8-3, 3.07 ERA) held the Reds to one earned run over six innings Wednesday, marking the sixth time this year that he has logged at least six frames with no more than one earned run allowed. Masterson is one of five Major League starters to have at least six such starts this season. The others: Clayton Kershaw (seven), Felix Hernandez (seven), Matt Harvey (six) and Patrick Corbin (six).

• Indians backup catcher Lou Marson, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder issue, went 1-for-3 in six innings of Minor League game with Double-A Akron on Wednesday. Marson was slated for an off-day Thursday, with the goal of joining Triple-A Columbus Friday to continue his rehab assignment.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. Mark Emery is an associate reporter for
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