Francona: Sitting Naquin in Game 7 is 'not a punishment' - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Francona: Sitting Naquin in Game 7 is 'not a punishment'

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The Indians announced their starting line-up for Game 7 of the World Series Wednesday, with Rajai Davis taking the place of Tyler Naquin at center field.

Naquin flubbed a catch in the first inning of Game 6 putting the Indians down 3-0. 

Indians manager Terry Francona says he isn't punishing Naquin by sitting him in Game 7.

Francona said he feels Naquin is "pressing a little bit. During the regular season you might kind of let him get through it, but with one game left and with (Corey) Kluber pitching, we're trying to put a premium on catching the ball."

With the prospect of facing lefties Aroldis Chapman and Jon Lester late in Game 7, Francona also wanted to have the right-handed hitting Davis in the lineup.

"You can tell he's pressing," Francona said of Naquin, who is batting .143 in the Series. "It's not punishment. It's trying to win."

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