Cleveland Indians, sans Tito, will host New York Yankees in playoff opener

Terry Francona will not return for the postseason.

Cleveland Indians, sans Tito, will host New York Yankees in playoff opener
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Source: Charlie Riedel)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - After beating Pittsburgh 8-6 on Sunday, and then watching the Chicago Cubs hold on to beat the Chicago White Sox 10-8, the Indians earned the fourth seed in the American League playoffs. The New York Yankees will be at Progressive Field on Tuesday to play Game 1 of the best-of-three Wild Card series. The entire series will be played in Cleveland.

Here is the schedule for the Indians and Yankees below.

The Indians will not have Terry Francona back in the dugout for that series, or any series this postseason. “Tito continues his recovery but is not yet physically able to manage the team,” said Indians President Chris Antonetti. The Tribe’s beloved 61-year old manager has not managed since Aug. 16. After dealing with gastrointestinal issues since Spring Training, Francona had a procedure to address the issue and a blood clotting problem.

Sandy Alomar Jr. will continue his role as acting manager for however long the Indians remain in the playoffs.

Shane Bieber will take the mound against Gerrit Cole on Tuesday night.

The Indians and Yankees last met in the playoffs in 2017, the Yankees won the last three games of that series to move on to the ALCS.

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