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Indians News and Notes: Postseason Game Day Edition #1

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Morning News and Notes, Thursday, October 6, 2016

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

It's game day, happy campers, and it's time to break out the lucky hat, T-shirt, or other apparel because tonight it's Game On! Need new apparel? The team shop is ready. Going to the game? The Rapid will be open late to get  you home. The Red Sox, the Indians' recent postseason nemesis, stand in the way. Here is some light reading to pass the time.

Rosters announced

Indians announce ALDS roster | MLB.com - A week ago, the assumption remained that Indians catcher Yan Gomes was done for the season. On Wednesday, Cleveland announced that Gomes will be a part of its roster for the American League Division Series against the Red Sox.

Starting pitching

Trevor Bauer ready to pitch playoff opener for Cleveland Indians - "I think he’s been waiting for this his whole life," Indians manager Terry Francona said Oct. 5 before his team went through a workout at Progressive Field. "I don’t think anybody has trepidation about letting Trevor pitch Game 1."

Cleveland Indians 'undisputed ace' Corey Kluber pushes it as his first postseason start approaches | cleveland.com - "It's the first time in the last three years that [Kluber] has had any kind of breather during the season," said Tribe pitching coach Mickey Callaway. "The ball is coming out of his hand great. His leg feels fine. His mechanics looked good."

Hitting

Cleveland Indians' slumping Mike Napoli says he'll be ready for ALDS opener Thursday | cleveland.com - "When it's time to go, I'll be ready," said Napoli.

Managers

Here's what makes Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona successful in the clubhouse | cleveland.com
"I used to ask a lot of questions, but I really, really thought that being myself was the best approach," said Francona. "Players see through you if you're not yourself, and I didn't think there was anything wrong with players knowing that you cared about them."

Buckley: John Farrell still may have something to prove | Boston Herald
"Well, here we are." Here, as in the Division Series? That’d be great for the Twins, Rockies, Mariners, Diamondbacks and the rest of an MLB waiting room filled with franchises in search of better days. But times have changed with the Red Sox.

Baserunning

Elite baserunning key to Indians' success | MLB.com - The Tribe led the AL in stolen bases (134), stolen-base success rate (81 percent) and FanGraphs' all-encompassing Baserunning metric (17.1).

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