When Michael Brantley walked out of the Indians' clubhouse following Cleveland's final game this season, the left fielder did so with a protective boot on his right foot. It was apparent that the right ankle injury that plagued him over the past two months was still problematic.
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The Indians have some difficult roster decisions looming, but there is some comfort in the foundation that remains in place. While the club has some key players poised to hit free agency, the bulk of the American League Central champion's roster will stay intact for next year.
Mike Rosenbaum checks in on the Indians' Arizona Fall League participants, led by Francisco Mejia, who is getting work at third base.
The end goal was not achieved. After coming one victory short of a World Series triumph a year ago, the Indians envisioned a championship parade up E. 9th St. as the conclusion of this campaign. The Tribe fell short of that dream, providing a sour end to what had been a scintillating season.
What's the future of the Indians' infield? Does Jason Kipnis move back to second? Jose Ramirez back to third? Could Kipnis be on the trading block during the offseason?
Indians manager Terry Francona has spent the past 24 hours sifting through supportive text messages, shaking the hands of his players as they head home for the offseason and going over all that happened during his club's unexpected ouster from the postseason.
In some ways, losing Game 5 of this year's American League Division Series has already been harder for Terry Francona than losing Game 7 of last year's World Series.
Indians manager Terry Francona hopes to have his entire coaching staff back for the 2018 season, but the skipper knows that other opportunities may arise elsewhere for some of them.
The Indians will have all offseason to dissect what went wrong during the last three games of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, as they dropped the final three games and were eliminated by the Yankees.
The Indians made history with a 102-win regular season that included a 22-game winning streak. They needed a third win against the Yankees in October to keep their postseason hopes alive.
In the wake of the Tribe's stunning collapse against the Yankees in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, we can safely say the differences between 2016's near-triumphant postseason run and this season's disappointment, well, made a difference.
While most of the Indians' roster will return in 2018, there will be a handful of interesting decisions to be made in the offseason -- like what to do with impending free agents Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce.
Didi Gregorius homered twice, CC Sabathia rolled back the clock with nine strikeouts before turning it over to the bullpen in the fifth inning and the Yankees completed their historic comeback from a daunting deficit, advancing past the Indians with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.
For the Indians -- who finished the regular season as the AL's top seed, rattled off an AL-record 22-game winning streak and looked to avenge their World Series loss to the Cubs last season -- the loss in the first round of the postseason was clearly devastating. Despite their heartbreak, the Indians tipped their hats to the Yankees.
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In what could have been his final appearance in an Indians uniform, Bryan Shaw -- who will be a free agent this offseason -- delivered two strong innings of relief to keep the Tribe's hopes alive in Game 5 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.
The Indians had a deciding Game 5 on their home field with their best starter, an American League Cy Young favorite, on the mound. They couldn't have asked for a much better scenario.
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Manager Terry Francona addresses the media after the Indians' 5-2 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Division Series.
One Game 5 was set up on Wednesday. Another was settled. The Nationals shut out the Cubs, 5-0, at Wrigley Field, in Game 4 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. Later in the evening, the Yankees scored three early runs against Indians ace Corey Kluber and held on for a 5-2 victory at Progressive Field in Game 5 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.
The Yankees rode two homers from Didi Gregorius to beat the Indians, 5-2, on Wednesday and win the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. We were at the scene in and around Progressive Field.
Luis Severino struck out nine over seven strong innings, Aaron Judge mashed a two-run double and Gary Sanchez homered as the Yankees rolled to a 7-3 win over the Indians on Monday night in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.
The second-inning mound visit from Indians manager Terry Francona was to pull starter Trevor Bauer. But as long as Francona was out there, he was going to send a message to third baseman Giovanny Urshela, whose error earlier in the inning set up the Yankees' commanding four-run rally.
Pitching on three days' rest Monday night in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, with a chance to eliminate the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Trevor Bauer's best stuff deserted him during the Indians' 7-3 loss.
After a nightmarish first few innings Monday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, the Indians showed signs of life against the Yankees in the fourth inning when Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer to straightaway center field at Yankee Stadium. However, the Tribe fell, 7-3, as the Yankees forced a decisive Game 5 on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
Indians manager Terry Francona discusses Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees.
The Yankees beat the Indians, 7-3, on Monday to force a deciding Game 5 in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. We were at the scene in and around Yankee Stadium.
Here are five facts to know about each of Monday's playoff games.
It was the one that got away, as bad pitch selection hurt Indians' reliever Andrew Miller in Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, as he allowed a home run to Greg Bird that proved to be the difference.
While Indians manager Terry Francona is making marks on his lineup card and nervously gnawing on his gum wad, his mind is often working toward two primary goals: winning the game at hand and trying to gain an advantage in the one that follows. That was Francona's aim again in the eighth inning of Game 3 vs. the Yankees.
With the Yankees' season on the line, Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven brilliant innings and Greg Bird cracked a majestic home run off Andrew Miller, extending the Yankees' run for another day with a 1-0 victory over the Indians in Sunday's Game 3 of the ALDS presented by Doosan.