Indians’ October dance begins

Terry Francona

Forget about Cleveland not scoring any runs in the 2013 American League Wild Card Game. Forget about Kenny Lofton being held up at third, and Cleveland blowing a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series in 2007. Forget about the 116-win Mariners and Jose Mesa and Tom Glavine and David Justice. Forget about Willie Mays’ catch.

At least for tonight.

At 8 p.m ET tonight, the Indians will open the AL Division Series against the Red Sox. Of course it’s the Red Sox, given all the playoff history between the clubs, and with manager Terry Francona now at the helm. This isn’t a one-and-done October tease. Cleveland is promised at least three games — two at home for starters — and maybe more, if the old Cuyahoga curses don’t stir with the autumn breeze.

Good or bad, these Indians will create new memories for their fans. The Tribe is hoping to follow the Cavs’ lead, righting some of the wrongs of Cleveland past. That quest begins tonight, with starter Trevor Bauer on the mound at Progressive Field.

“It’s a big responsibility,” Bauer said. “Something you grow up dreaming about doing, especially against a team as storied as the Red Sox, as good as the Red Sox are. It should be a lot of fun, I’m really looking forward to it.”

As you gear up for tonight’s game, here are stories from the past several days to catch you up on all the and coverage:

And from the season’s final week…

Stay tuned for more…






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