Francona impressed with Indians' chemistry

PHILADELPHIA -- Indians manager Terry Francona has liked what he has seen from his team since the first day of Spring Training. For a manager that has always remained on an even keel, he's not one to overemphasize a good or bad start and not one to put too much into a strong stretch of games.

With that said, the Indians entered Tuesday night's game at Citizens Bank Park just a half-game behind Detroit in the American League Central race, and they are looking like a long-term threat. That's the kind of attention a team that has won 13 of 16 can expect, even if they fall off that pace a bit.

"I don't think because [we had] a slow start [11-13 in April], that doesn't mean we're not jelling," Francona said. "That's when you recognize they do care about each other. It's when things aren't going right that chemistry and caring about each other comes into play.

"You don't get too carried away. ... You show up every day and play the game the way we are playing it."

Michael Radano is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.