The Cleveland Indians have set their pitching rotation for their upcoming series with the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend. Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS are set for Friday and Saturday at Progressive Field.
"[Cory] Kluber will throw in game one, then [Trevor] Bauer in Game two and [Josh] Tomlin in Game three. [Mike] Clevinger is penciled in to throw Game 4," said manager Terry Francona.
Francona has beaten odds all season and says neither he nor the players take anything for granted.
"Any experience we get is good. Everything they do they're going to learn from and grow," added Francona. "This isn't rocket science and we're not reinventing the wheel either -- I think its our responsibility to take what our guys do well and maximize it."
Maximize is just what they did in Boston. The Indians swept the Red Sox in three games.
"I love what we're doing. I really enjoy, after the celebration, after about a half-hour I went back to the hotel and was like what's next? I I enjoy the what's next part," Francona said.
The Blue Jays won three of seven meetings with the Indians in the regular season. Four of those games, including all three in an August series at Cleveland, were decided by one run.
"It still comes down to being able to cover your nine innings and if it doesn't reach you can't do something like that," Francona stated.
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