Inbox: Where should the Indians put Kipnis?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers questions from fans

Inbox: Where should the Indians put Kipnis?

What's the future of the Indians' infield? Does Jason Kipnis move back to second? Jose Ramirez back to third? Could Kipnis be on the trading block during the offseason?
-- Bill A., New York

I don't think there is a clear answer for this one right now. In a recent sit-down with Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations, he said that Kipnis' versatility to play either second base or the outfield will be factored into the team's offseason planning, but Cleveland does not have him locked into one position right now.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona, Antonetti reflect on postseason exit

Tribe's skipper, president appreciate regular-season success after ALDS defeat

Francona, Antonetti reflect on postseason exit

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona has spent the past 24 hours sifting through supportive text messages, shaking the hands of his players as they head home for the offseason and going over all that happened during his club's unexpected ouster from the postseason.

This season was supposed to end in World Series triumph. The Indians were supposed to be discussing the end of a 69-year championship drought, not dissecting the missteps of a Game 5 loss to the Yankees in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. There were a multitude of things that did not go Cleveland's way, including roster decisions that initiated negative chain reactions, but Francona still believes in the planning that took place.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Francona vows to come back stronger in '18

Indians skipper determined to rebound from early exit, health issues

Francona vows to come back stronger in '18

CLEVELAND -- In some ways, losing Game 5 of this year's American League Division Series has already been harder for Terry Francona than losing Game 7 of last year's World Series.

"When we lost last year, it was over, there was no more baseball," Francona said at Friday's post-mortem with reporters. "When we lose, I want everybody to lose, and that's not going to happen. So that's hard to swallow."

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Indians could lose in-demand coaches

Callaway, Alomar likely to be interviewed for managerial vacancies

Indians could lose in-demand coaches

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona hopes to have his entire coaching staff back for the 2018 season, but the skipper knows that other opportunities may arise elsewhere for some of them.

Even though every member of the coaching staff is under contract for next season, the Indians are not going to prevent any member of that group from moving on to a managerial position. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway, specifically, will likely garner interest from teams in search of a new skippeer. Per multiple sources, Callaway will interview for the Phillies' managerial vacancy late next week.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians left to mull over questions after loss

Tribe drops sixth consecutive close-out game dating back to 2016 World Series

Indians left to mull over questions after loss

CLEVELAND -- As the Yankees celebrated at the Progressive Field mound on Wednesday night, forming a mob scene in front of a stunned crowd, Jay Bruce looked on from the Indians' dugout. After a few moments, the outfielder turned, tossed his batting gloves to a fan and disappeared into a somber locker room.

For the 69th season in a row, the last page to the Tribe's fairy-tale script went missing.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians' exit shouldn't overshadow the journey

Plenty of great memories -- 102 wins, 22 in a row, historic pitching

Indians' exit shouldn't overshadow the journey

CLEVELAND -- The Indians made history with a 102-win regular season that included a 22-game winning streak. They needed a third win against the Yankees in October to keep their postseason hopes alive.

They couldn't stop the momentum the Yanks had built in the Bronx, and their hopes of another chance at the World Series ended early as a result. It was tough to find solace in the silence of a stunned clubhouse Wednesday night, but Andrew Miller thinks they'll find it soon.

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Anthony Castrovince

For Tribe, too much change not a good thing

ALDS loss magnifies difference between 2016 run, post-Streak club

For Tribe, too much change not a good thing

CLEVELAND -- The story of the 2016 Indians' postseason run was that the club rose above hardship -- the losses of Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Michael Brantley -- to reach extra innings of Game 7 of the World Series. And that story was mostly triumphant.

But in our rush to romanticize the adversity overcome, it was to overlook the benefits of those bad breaks. Terry Francona and the Tribe were painted into a corner and forced to maximize what they had. It was all about aggressive hooks with a depleted rotation and trust in a deep and healthy bullpen. Devoid of choices, the Indians followed the only path by which they could prevail. And it darn near won them a title nearly 70 years in the making.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians not ready to tackle uncertain future

Free agency, options could disrupt team's core for 2018

Indians not ready to tackle uncertain future

CLEVELAND -- They stood together talking quietly in a hallway outside the Indians' clubhouse. Josh Tomlin, the longest-tenured player in the organization, leaned against a wall. Michael Brantley, often described as the heart and soul of the team, kept his hands inside the pockets of his sweatshirt.

There will undoubtedly be more conversations in the days and weeks to come, but the realization that this could be the end of the line for several members of Cleveland's core was sinking in. After a 5-2 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night, sealing the Tribe's defeat in Game 5 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, players like Brantley, Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce were faced with uncertain futures sooner than anticipated.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe's storied season ends in heartbreak

Tribe's storied season ends in heartbreak

CLEVELAND -- The Yankees believed they had the right blend of talent not only to force the American League Division Series presented by Doosan back to Progressive Field, but to win it all. Having made good on that promise by knocking off the defending AL champion Indians, New York's improbable and exhilarating run at a 28th World Series title will now run through Houston.

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Tribe: Yankees 'played their butts off'

Tribe: Yankees 'played their butts off'

CLEVELAND -- For the Indians -- who finished the regular season as the American League's top seed, rattled off an AL-record 22-game winning streak and looked to avenge their World Series loss to the Cubs last season -- their loss in the first round of the postseason was clearly devastating. Despite their heartbreak after a 5-2 defeat in Game 5 of the AL Division Series presented by Doosan on Wednesday night, the Indians tipped their hats to the victorious Yankees.

"They played better than us, honestly," Cleveland right fielder Jay Bruce said. "There's really not much to say. They're a very good team. I think, really, the whole deal is they got to get to their bullpen with a lead before we did. That's just how it worked out [tonight]."

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Shaw grateful for Cleveland fans' support

Reliever tosses two strong innings in Game 5, hopes to return next season

Shaw grateful for Cleveland fans' support

CLEVELAND -- As Bryan Shaw walked off the mound and toward the dugout in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 5-2 loss to the Yankees at Progressive Field, the Indians reliever received an uncharacteristic strong ovation from the home crowd.

"I heard cheers," Shaw quipped after the game. "I wasn't sure if it was for [closer Cody Allen] coming in or me leaving."

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Kluber done in by two Gregorius homers

Indians' ace allows 3 runs in 3 2/3-inning start in Game 5 loss

Kluber done in by two Gregorius homers

CLEVELAND -- The Indians had a deciding Game 5 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan on their home field with their best starter, the AL Cy Young Award favorite, on the mound. They couldn't have asked for a much better scenario.

Whether Corey Kluber was at his best health was a subject for discussion in the moments after Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees ended the Tribe's postseason dream earlier than expected. But even at less than full strength, they wouldn't take anybody else with a World Series run on the line.

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ALDS Game 5 Francona postgame interview

ALDS Game 5 Francona postgame interview

Q. Tito, what was your message to your guys after this one?

TERRY FRANCONA: Oh, man. You know, whatever you say isn't going to make anybody feel better tonight, but we win together and we lost together. It was an honor to go through this year with these guys, and there's times it hurt, like tonight. But it's quite a group, and I feel like a better person for going through the year with these guys.

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DYK? Facts, figures from wild Wednesday

DYK? Facts, figures from wild Wednesday

One Game 5 was set up Wednesday. Another was settled.

Stephen Strasburg overcame an illness to stave off elimination, with help from a Michael A. Taylor grand slam, and the Nationals shut out the Cubs, 5-0, at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. Washington will try to advance to the NL Championship Series presented by Camping World for the first time in club history on Thursday at Nationals Park, with the Dodgers waiting in the wings.

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Yankees-Indians ALDS Game 5: In Real Life

Yankees-Indians ALDS Game 5: In Real Life

The Yankees rode two homers from Didi Gregorius to beat the Indians, 5-2, on Wednesday and win the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. We were at the scene in and around Progressive Field.

11:49 p.m. ET: Start spreading the news

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Indians can't cool Yanks' hot bats in G4 loss

Indians can't cool Yanks' hot bats in G4 loss

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have now faced the prospect of their season ending three times in a week, gaining confidence with each victory. These "Baby Bombers" have found a way to play their best with everything on the line, and now they believe that the Indians could be exactly where they want them.

Luis Severino struck out nine over seven strong innings, Aaron Judge mashed a two-run double and Gary Sanchez homered as the Yankees rolled to a 7-3 win in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

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Indians pay heavy price with 4 costly errors

Urshela's second-inning miscue sets up Yanks' big frame

Indians pay heavy price with 4 costly errors

NEW YORK -- The second-inning mound visit from Indians manager Terry Francona was to pull starter Trevor Bauer. But as long as Francona was out there, he was going to send a message to third baseman Giovanny Urshela, whose error earlier in the inning set up the Yankees' commanding four-run rally.

As the infielders lingered around the mound for the pitching change, Francona gave Urshela a pat on the chest to let him know he still had faith in him.

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Yanks' adjustments lead to early exit for Bauer

After dominating series opener, NY jumps on righty's curve in Game 4

Yanks' adjustments lead to early exit for Bauer

NEW YORK -- Their backs to the wall again Monday night, the Yankees needed to get to Trevor Bauer. They got him early, then rode the wave to a series-evening 7-3 win in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, forcing a winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Four days ago, the Indians right-hander had held the Yankees hitless for 5 1/3 innings and shut them out for 6 2/3 in the series opener in Cleveland; now, in Game 4, he took the mound in the Bronx with a chance to send them home. But with Bauer pitching on short rest, the Yanks scored four times to chase him in the second inning. And when the Bronx Bombers go up early in their home park -- especially in a playoff game, with a raucous crowd packed into a sold-out stadium -- they're a tough team to beat.

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Santana's 2-run shot not enough for Indians

ALDS heads back to Cleveland for decisive Game 5

Santana's 2-run shot not enough for Indians

NEW YORK -- After a nightmarish first few innings Monday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, the Indians showed signs of life against the Yankees in the fourth inning when Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer to straightaway center field at Yankee Stadium. However, the Tribe fell, 7-3, as the Yanks forced a decisive Game 5 on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Santana's first extra-base hit of the series completed a two-out rally that broke up the dominance of Yankees starter Luis Severino, who retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced before Jay Bruce worked out of an 0-2 count by fouling off three two-strike pitches en route to a nine-pitch, two-out walk.

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ALDS Game 4: Francona postgame interview

ALDS Game 4: Francona postgame interview

Q. Tito, what did you think of Bauer overall?
TERRY FRANCONA: Overall, it didn't work out very well. I thought he came out of the chute with real good stuff. Velocity was the same or better than the other day and had a real good breaking ball off the bat.

In the second, when we gave up the four, he threw a lot of pitches in the inning and I thought he was starting to go to his breaking ball too much. It looked to me like they started to hunt it, like they knew he was going to throw it and he left a couple up and those are the ones that hurt him.

Q. Tito, Gio is usually so reliable at third. We saw you at one point pat him on the chest. What did you think of what you saw in the plays?
TERRY FRANCONA: The first ball was a hooking live drive that attacked his shin. The next one, you know, he looked at second, but Jose was playing so far in the hole and he just didn't move his feet. He threw it high. Very unlike him. But, you know, the whole night, we made it hard on ourselves to win. We kept trying, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot.

We can't not finish plays or, you know, not make plays. It just makes it really difficult.

Game Date Results Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 5 CLE 4, NYY 0 Watch
Gm 2 Oct. 6 CLE 9, NYY 8 (13) Watch
Gm 3 Oct. 8 NYY 1, CLE 0 Watch
Gm 4 Oct. 9 NYY 7, CLE 3 Watch
Gm 5 Oct. 11 NYY 5, CLE 2 Watch


Q. Terry, you've been in this position before as a manager, before this and with this team last year in a winner-take-all elimination game, what's the next day or so going to be like for you guys? What do you say to the guys to get ready for Wednesday night?
TERRY FRANCONA: We'll have an optional workout tomorrow. Some guys need treatment. The relievers need to stretch their arms and stuff. Some guys will hit, some guys need rest. And we'll start getting excited for the game. We have the big plane going home, so that will be nice.

Q. Terry, you used a lot of relievers tonight. One only went an inning and two-thirds. Do you anticipate everybody being ready for Game 5?
TERRY FRANCONA: That's why we did it the way we did. Tried to manage it the best we could. You get to a point where you certainly aren't going to match up anymore, but we're trying to keep the game where we had a chance to win, and we were trying not to overuse people.

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Indians-Yankees ALDS Game 4: In Real Life

Indians-Yankees ALDS Game 4: In Real Life

The Yankees beat the Indians, 7-3, on Monday to force a deciding Game 5 in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. We were at the scene in and around Yankee Stadium.

10:59 p.m. ET: Shipping off to Cleveland

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DYK? Facts, figures from Monday's games

DYK? Facts, figures from Monday's games

It was a busy day for playoff action with four games on the schedule Monday. Both the Astros and Dodgers punched their tickets to the League Championship Series by finishing off the Red Sox and D-backs, respectively.

The Cubs, meanwhile, gained a 2-1 edge over the Nationals with a come-from-behind win in Chicago, and the Yankees won in the Bronx to even their series against the defending American League champion Indians.

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One bad pitch: Miller laments Bird's homer

Tribe reliever allows rare long ball to a left-handed hitter

One bad pitch: Miller laments Bird's homer

NEW YORK -- The way Andrew Miller saw it, his logic was sound. A 1-1 fastball, running away after two sliders -- that should lock up a left-handed hitter. Maybe it's put in play weakly, maybe it's missed, maybe it's taken. At the very least, it would set up the rest of the at-bat, the type of late-game postseason at-bats Miller is used to winning.

So even after Miller's seventh-inning fastball leaked out over the middle of the plate, then shot off Greg Bird's bat and into the right-field bleachers, sending Cleveland to a tense 1-0 loss in Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, the lefty pledged to learn from his first career postseason defeat.

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Tito forces Yanks to use Chapman for 5 outs

Tribe's skipper hopes outing could affect New York's 'pen in Game 4

Tito forces Yanks to use Chapman for 5 outs

NEW YORK -- While Indians manager Terry Francona is making marks on his lineup card and nervously gnawing on his gum wad, his mind is often working toward two primary goals: winning the game at hand and trying to gain an advantage in the one that follows. That was Francona's aim again in the eighth inning on Sunday night.

Francona's maneuvering in the latter stages of a 1-0 loss to the Yankees, who trimmed the Tribe's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five American League Division Series presented by Doosan, did not swing the game's momentum how he hoped. What the manager did accomplish, however, was forcing the Yanks to hand the ball to closer Aroldis Chapman for what turned into an exhausting five-out save.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller falters after Carrasco duels in Game 3

Miller falters after Carrasco duels in Game 3

NEW YORK -- With the season on the line, Masahiro Tanaka delivered what he called his most important win as a Major Leaguer and Greg Bird cracked a majestic home run off Andrew Miller, extending the Yankees' hopes for another day with a 1-0 victory over the Indians in Sunday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

Bird's second homer of the series, a towering drive into the second deck in right field, provided some desperately needed support behind Tanaka's dominant outing. With the Indians flailing regularly at his lethal splitter, Tanaka blanked Cleveland's formidable offense on three hits through seven frames, issuing one walk with seven strikeouts over a 92-pitch effort.

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Cookie on target against Yankees in Game 3

Carrasco strikes out seven over 5 2/3 shutout frames

Cookie on target against Yankees in Game 3

NEW YORK -- Carlos Carrasco will be the overlooked half of the pitchers' duel that occurred Sunday night at Yankee Stadium in Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, thanks to Masahiro Tanaka's victory. But Carrasco gave the Indians a chance in his postseason debut.

"Both teams played well," Carrasco said after his no-decision in a 1-0 Indians loss. "It's not frustrating for anyone. In the end, there's only one team that's going to win. They played good baseball, and tomorrow's another day, another game."

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Judge uses his reach to deny Lindor of HR

Yankees' 6-foot-7 phenom keeps Game 3 scoreless in 6th

Judge uses his reach to deny Lindor of HR

NEW YORK -- Two nights after disaster struck the Yankees in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, Francisco Lindor came to the plate in same inning of a tense, scoreless Game 3 on Sunday night with Roberto Perez on first base and one out.

The Indians' shortstop, who crushed a key grand slam in Game 2, appeared to have dealt the Yankees another blow, sending a high drive to right field on a 1-1 pitch from Yanks starter Masahiro Tanaka that backed right fielder Aaron Judge to the wall.

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Oct. 8 Francona, Bauer postgame interview

Oct. 8 Francona, Bauer postgame interview

Q. Tito, just first of all, what can you say about the effort Carlos gave you, especially given the way Tanaka was pitching as well?

TERRY FRANCONA: I thought he was tremendous. He came out, looked like he was using the adrenaline to his advantage, throwing a nice, crisp fastball and real good offspeed. That's two of the better starting performers you're going to see, because Tanaka was -- unfortunately, that was one of the better games we've seen all year.

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