CINCINNATI -- It was only one inning, but newly-acquired reliever Esmil Rogers made quite a first impression with the Indians.
Rogers -- acquired for cash in a trade with the Rockies on Tuesday -- worked a clean eighth inning during Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out two batters and showed impressive velocity with a fastball clocked as high as 97 mph.
"That's a live arm," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I've seen him in the past throw even harder than that before. The whole game knows he has a live arm. It's about him being consistent and taking advantage of opportunities and running away with it."
The Indians are hoping that a change of scenery will benefit the 26-year-old Rogers, who posted an 8.06 ERA with 29 strikeouts and 18 walks in 23 appearances for Colorado before being shipped off to Cleveland. For the time being, Rogers is filling a long-relief role out of the Tribe's bullpen, which currently has eight relievers.
In his Indians debut, Rogers needed just 11 pitches to breeze through Ryan Hanigan, Kristopher Negron and Chris Heisey. The righty hit 97 mph with his heater twice, and had five other fastballs clock in at 96 mph. Rogers also threw four sliders, which ranged between 83-85 mph.
Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who was a teammate of Rogers' in Colorado before also being traded to the Tribe, believes the reliever can help Cleveland.
"He's very talented," Jimenez said. "He's a guy that out of the bullpen is going to be throwing 96 all the way to 99 consistently. He has a curve, slider, changeup. He has everything to be successful."
Rogers pitched again in Thursday's series finale, allowing an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings, striking out two and allowing one hit.
Accardo happy for former roommate Cain
CINCINNATI -- The baseball world witnessed and celebrated history when Giants pitcher Matt Cain spun a perfect game against the Astros on Wednesday night. Indians reliever Jeremy Accardo was watching an old friend.
Accardo and Cain were Minor League roommates during their days together coming up through San Francisco's farm system. They were teammates at High Class A San Jose and Double-A Norwich in 2004 and both played for Triple-A Fresno in 2005.
Accardo and Cain each broke in with the Giants during the 2005 season as well.
"I'm just happy for him," Accardo said on Thursday morning. "It couldn't happen to a better person or a more deserving person. Numbers-wise, he's one of the best pitchers in the game year in and year out."
Cain's masterful performance on Wednesday marked only the 22nd perfect game in baseball history. The Giants' right-hander struck out 14 in the outing, which Accardo viewed as just another example of how Cain has grown as a pitcher over the years.
"When we were coming up," Accardo said, "Cain and I, and a lot of the guys at the same time, we were hard throwers. Eventually, you kind of lose that velocity, but you also learn the knowledge of actually pitching and being able to miss barrels and getting people out.
"The way he approaches the batters, he makes the plate get bigger. It's sinking, it's backdoor, all that stuff. He's just lights out."
Quote to note
"I think I retired two guys in a row at one point. I was on a roll."
--Indians starter Derek Lowe, joking about his inconsistent start on Wednesday
• In the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Reds, Indians infielder Jose Lopez crushed a 100-mph fastball from closer Aroldis Chapman for a solo home run. Given that he was behind in the count, 1-2, Lopez was looking for Chapman's well-documented heater all the way.
"In that situation, I knew he was going to want to throw 100 or 101," Lopez said. "Everyone in the ballpark wants to go, 'Oooooh.' I've got a short swing. I didn't want to try to do too much with 100 mph. Short swing. Quick."
• Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan (on the 15-day disabled list due to lower back and left calf injuries) was scheduled to make a Minor League rehab appearance for Low Class A Lake County on Thursday. Tribe manager Manny Acta said the ballclub wants to have Hannahan play nine innings in consecutive games before determining his next step.
• Cleveland center fielder Michael Brantley entered Thursday's game riding a career-best 20-game hitting streak. During that stretch, Brantley has hit .346 (27-for-78) with five extra-base hits, 11 runs and 15 RBIs. Brantley's run is the longest for an Indians hitter since Casey Blake's 26-game hitting streak in 2007.