Here's to a great week!
Indians 3, Red Sox 1
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The good guys finished the season with a win and their third straight winning season. While 81-80 is far from amazing, it's still a respectable finish for a team that struggled to a 10-19 start.
Danny Salazar earned his 14th win, allowing just one run over 5 1/3 innings, while Cody Allen picked up his 34th save. Lonnie Chisenhall, Giovanny Urshela, and Jesus Aguilar all had two hits for the Tribe.
Indians honor president Mark Shapiro (Meisel)
The Tribe's outgoing president caught ceremonial first pitches from his kids before Sunday's game at Progressive Field. Shapiro has worked in the club's front office for nearly 25 years and now heads off to Toronto to be the Blue Jays team president and CEO.
Carlos Santana played through back issues this year (Bastian)
Throughout the season Santana asked manager Terry Francona to not let on about the first baseman's back issues. Santana finished the year with 19 home runs, 85 RBIs, 107 walks, and a 110 wRC+.
Trevor Bauer trying to figure out how to enjoy life (Meisel)
Bauer described his season as a "big step in the right direction," but is heading into the offseason with an open mindset and few things on his schedule. From Bauer:
"I'm trying to figure out how to enjoy life," the hurler said. "I think if I knew what I enjoy, I'd do it more. I guess I have to figure out what it is first and figure out how to do it more. It's kind of a weird thing. I'll obviously still be doing training and stuff," Bauer said, "but how much and when and where and all of that stuff, I haven't really decided yet. I honestly don't really know at this point. I have to figure out all of that."
Around the League
Wild Card matchups set (Stephen)
Houston will be heading to New York to take on the Yankees on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to play Kansas City. Over in the National League, Pittsburgh will host the Chicago Cubs, with the winner heading to St.Louis to take on the Cardinals.
Ichiro gets his wish; pitches in MLB game (Sherman)
Ichiro gave up two doubles and a run, but did show off a dirty slider.
ICHRIO IS OUT THERE THROWING SLIDERS pic.twitter.com/CpZ0qO1Oiv— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) October 4, 2015