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CLEVELAND — There was new postseason gear awaiting the Indians when they arrived at Progressive Field for an intra-squad scrimmage, one of their last workouts before things get very real. The fresh swag included blue-and-red T-shirts emblazoned with “October Ready.” ″October Redemption” may have been more fitting. After falling short of a World Series title the past two postseasons with gut-wrenching defeats, the Indians enter the 2018 playoffs looking to finish the job and end baseball’s longest championship drought — now at 70 years. When the Indians open the AL Division Series on Friday in Houston with 20-game winner Corey Kluber facing Astros star Justin Verlander, those past fall failures won’t mean a thing to a Cleveland team that has had several weeks to get healthy and line up its pitching after coasting to a third straight Central title. But since blowing a 2-0 lead in last year’s Division Series to the New York Yankees, the Indians have been focused on getting their next swings on baseball’s biggest stage. This time, they want to make the most off them. By Tom Withers. SENT: 880 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-GOMES — Indians All-Star catcher Yan Gomes said he’ll “absolutely” play on Friday in Game 1 of Cleveland’s AL Division Series against Houston despite cutting his right thumb last weekend. Gomes got hurt when he accidentally connected with the bat of Royals outfielder Alex Gordon while trying to throw out a runner Saturday in Kansas City. Gomes received two stitches. By Tom Withers. SENT 160 words, photos.
— BBA--ALDS--INDIANS ROTATION — Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger will start Game 3 of the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros. Manager Terry Francona has announced that he’ll go with Clevinger when the best-of-five series returns to Progressive Field next week. Clevinger went 13-8 with a 3.02 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 32 starts during the regular season. By Tom Withers. SENT: 150 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is opening October by blasting the game’s so-called “unwritten rules.” MLB released an advertisement ahead of its postseason opener denouncing the anti-bat flip attitudes of many baseball traditionalists. “Don’t stop and stare. Don’t flip your bat. Respect the jersey,” says a narrator at the start. Meanwhile, the commercial shows Giancarlo Stanton admiring a lengthy home run, Carlos Correa tossing his bat, Mookie Betts flexing and Yasiel Puig wagging his tongue after a daring headfirst slide. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 320 words, photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels expects to interview five to eight candidates in his search for the team’s new manager. Daniels isn’t prepared to talk about a list of potential candidates to replace Jeff Banister, who was fired with 10 games left in the season. But the GM talked about some of the potential characteristics he was considering in the search. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BBA--RANGERS-MAZARA THUMB — Texas Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara won’t need surgery on his sprained right thumb after being examined by a hand specialist. SENT: 130 words.
AUSTIN, Texas — To see the progress in Texas, look no further than quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The Longhorns look like a Big 12 contender again and the sophomore is quietly putting together the kind of season that can earn a place in the school record book and wins games. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 730 words, photos.
Toronto opens the season against Montreal on Wednesday with no experience behind starter Frederik Andersen and backup Garret Sparks. The next in line for now is Kasimir Kaskisuo, who has a 20-14-1 record in 38 AHL games. “That’s the way it goes,” Babcock said, referring to the waiver system. “You’d love to have them all slip through, but they didn’t.” Two other players were claimed on a day NHL teams were required to set their 23-player rosters. The Washington Capitals added St. Louis forward Dmitrij Jaskin, the odd man out after the Blues restocked their forwards this offseason. Jaskin was St. Louis’ second-round pick in the 2011 draft and has 25 goals and 61 points in 266 games over six seasons. The Buffalo Sabres claimed left wing Remi Elie from Dallas. The 23-year-old Elie was the Stars’ second-round pick in the 2013 draft. He had six goals and 14 points in his first full season last year. He has seven goals and 21 points in 90 career NHL games. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 480 words.
BKL--WNBA PRESIDENT LEAVING
NEW YORK — Lisa Borders stepped down as WNBA president, the third executive to leave the league in six months. She will become the first president and CEO of Time’s Up — an organization dedicated to safe, fair and dignified work for women. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 580 words, photos.
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