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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Cleveland Indians expect manager Terry Francona to return for the 2021 season after he missed 47 games this season due to health reasons. Team president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the 61-year Francona is back home in Arizona resting and recovering. Francona was hospitalized this season after undergoing surgery for a gastrointestinal issue and then dealing with blood clotting complications.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Indians' Francona underwent surgeries during health scare

Oct. 7, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona's mind briefly wandered to a life without baseball while he battled through a major health scare. Retirement stared him in the face. “Some days when I was extremely frustrated, the thought crossed my mind,” the Indians manager said. “When it was hard to...

Cleveland Indians' Josh Naylor, right, and Franmil Reyes watch from the dugout after the Indians lost 10-9 to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series, early Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Indians enter offseason of major decisions, uncertainty

Oct. 6, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A short, stressful 2020 season that ended two games into the playoffs is being followed by an equally harrowing offseason for the Cleveland Indians. They're in a “daunting” financial situation, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Manager Terry Francona's health remains a...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Cleveland Indians expect manager Terry Francona to return for the 2021 season after he missed 47 games this season due to health reasons. Team president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the 61-year Francona is back home in Arizona resting and recovering. Francona was hospitalized this season after undergoing surgery for a gastrointestinal issue and then dealing with blood clotting complications.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Indians expect manager Terry Francona back for 2021 season

Oct. 6, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians expect manager Terry Francona to return for the 2021 season after he missed 48 games in 2020 due to health reasons. President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that the 61-year Francona is back home in Arizona resting and recovering. Francona was...

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of Game 2 of a National League wild-card baseball series MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)/The Orange County Register via AP)

Pitchers already experiencing both extremes this postseason

Oct. 2, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

Trevor Bauer took the mound for Cincinnati's playoff opener and produced a line never before seen in the postseason — 12 strikeouts, no walks and no runs allowed in 7 2/3 two-hit innings. The Reds and Atlanta Braves struck out 37 times — no playoff game had ever stayed scoreless for so long. Then,...

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi spends a few moments alone on the mound after the 2020 season ended as the Twins lost the American League wild-card series to the Houston Astros, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Astros beat them 3-1 in Game 2, Odorizzi did not pitch in the series. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Over in a hurry: A couple bad days end MLB seasons

Oct. 2, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

Joey Votto was at a bit of a loss to describe what had happened to the Reds. Two games, 22 innings and zero runs: Just like that, Cincinnati and its faltering offense had been eliminated from the MLB playoffs by the Atlanta Braves. “There's so few opportunities to show your true selves in a two-game...

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor (12) exits the batting cage before Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Indians' early October exit could be followed by Lindor's

Oct. 1, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — As Francisco Lindor played in the longest nine-inning game in history, a nearly five-hour endurance test that ended in an empty stadium on October's first morning, he considered it may have been his last game with Cleveland. “It crossed my mind,” he said. He wasn't alone. And...

Ex-Tigers hurler Denny McLain selling off sports memorabilia

Oct. 1, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit Tigers pitching ace and two-time Cy Young award winner Denny McLain wants to part with baseball bats, pennants, trading cards and a few thousand other pieces of sports memorabilia. They will be sold during an estate sale at McLain's Wixom home, northwest of Detroit. The...

New York Yankees' Gio Urshela (29) and Mike Ford celebrate after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians 10-9 in Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series, early Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Yanks sweep Indians 10-9 in draining game, meet Rays in ALDS

Oct. 1, 2020 3:46 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — It took the New York Yankees nearly five hours on the field, carried them from Wednesday to Thursday and September into October to complete the sweep. They stumbled into the 2020 postseason. They're standing tall now. DJ LeMahieu's tiebreaking single in the ninth inning off closer Brad...

Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates driving in the game-winning run against the Cincinnati Reds in the 13th inning during Game 1 of a National League wild-card baseball series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves won 1-0. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

September Madness: MLB stages 8 playoff games in 1 day

Oct. 1, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

Shortly after noon in Atlanta, Nick Senzel of the Cincinnati Reds slapped the first pitch from Max Fried to right field for a single, beginning a day of baseball unlike any that had come before. Eight postseason games, all starting in a span of around 10 hours. “This is like September Madness,”...

The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after eliminating the Toronto Blue Jays during Game 2 of an American League wild-card baseball series Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Renfroe slam helps Rays sweep young Blue Jays in 1st round

Oct. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays gathered in front of their dugout and posed for a celebratory team picture they're hoping will not be the last they take this postseason. Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam and the top-seeded Rays won a postseason series for the first time in 12 years,...