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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 1:00 am

baseball roundup

Bauer gets ball for Indians in Game 1

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND – Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer – not ace Corey Kluber – will start Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Thursday.

Manager Terry Francona has elected to go with Bauer so he can start Kluber in Game 2 and then again in Game 5 if necessary. Kluber went 18-4 this season and likely will win his second Cy Young Award. He went 5-0 with a 0.84 ERA in six September starts.

“I think on a number of reasons it makes good sense,” Francona said Tuesday as the Indians awaited the winner of the Twins-Yankees wild-card game. “Not that you go into a game thinking you're going to lose, but if you do, you have your ace coming back. The biggest thing was keeping him on his 5-day (schedule). That was really important to Kluber. That was really the only way we could do it.

“Again, you don't want to put the cart ahead of the horse, but if you're fortunate enough to win in four, you have your ace ready for the next series.”

Astros, Red Sox pick starters

Houston will start Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against Chris Sale and Boston on Thursday.

Manager A.J. Hinch announced the decision Tuesday on SiriusXM radio, adding that left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who won the AL Cy Young in 2015, will start Game 2 on Friday against Drew Pomeranz.

Jeter takes control

Back in the ballgame, Derek Jeter says he'll learn on the job as he tries to lead the Miami Marlins out of the wilderness.

How Jeter expects to get there remains a secret, even after his first public comments about the Marlins since beginning his pursuit of the team nearly a year ago. The rookie owner declined to discuss his plans, and whether they include Giancarlo Stanton, Don Mattingly or even the home run sculpture at Marlins Park.

“You're trying to get me to tell you what I'm going to do?” Jeter said. “Some things you keep private. But yeah, we do have to rebuild.”

Jeter and new principal owner Bruce Sherman held a 30-minute news conference Tuesday to discuss their investment group's $1.2 billion purchase of the Marlins. Jeter shed no light on an anticipated roster shake-up following the team's eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors, but said he'll rely heavily this offseason on president of baseball operations Michael Hill.

Other news

Seattle will not bring back bench coach Tim Bogar and first base coach Casey Candaele next season. Manny Acta will now take over for Bogar and Scott Brosius will move to third base coach. Chris Prieto will be first base coach. ... 

The Mets said longtime pitching coach Dan Warthen will not return in that role next year. ... 

St. Louis pitching coach Derek Lilliquist and bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley will not return to the team's coaching staff next season. ... 

Toronto will decline its mutual option on Jose Bautista, making the six-time All-Star a free agent. ... 

Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy underwent surgery to remove loose debris in his pitching elbow. ... 

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had the top-selling jersey in baseball this season, followed by a pair of Chicago Cubs stars. Judge beat out Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.