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• In the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over the Angels, Smith had a pitch to Erick Aybar incorrectly register at 136 mph on an Angel Stadium scoreboard radar gun. On Wednesday, Smith had a sense of humor about his otherworldly radar reading.

"You have to throw it from your hip. It's all about the whip," Smith deadpanned. "Once a year, I can break that out. I try to save it for important situations."

• Indians starter Corey Kluber (on the disabled list with a sprained right middle finger) continued his throwing program on Wednesday, working up to around 180 feet with tape on his injured digit. After that session, Kluber threw without the tape up to a distance of 90 feet. Kluber will rest on Thursday before resuming throwing on Friday in Cleveland.

• Utility man Ryan Raburn, who has been in the starting lineup in just three of the team's past 14 games, said his sore right calf felt improved on Wednesday. Raburn (available as a pinch-hitter, according to Francona) said he has been dealing with the issue off and on for the past few months.

• Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs provided the decisive blow on Tuesday night when he delivered a two-run home run in the 14th inning. It marked the latest home run by a Cleveland hitter since Manny Ramirez belted a three-run homer in the 17th inning against Seattle on July 30, 1998.

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