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St. Louis Cardinals' John Axford throws during the sixth inning of Game 1 the World Series against the Boston Red Sox last year in Boston. Axford signed a one-year deal to pitch for the Cleveland Indians this season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana throws to first to get Cincinnati Reds' Xavier Paul after a force at home in the sixth inning of a game last season in Cleveland. Santana spent the offseason working out as a third baseman. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez throws against the New York Yankees on Opening Day at Progressive Field last year. Jimenez is still available as a free agent. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Josh Outman throws to the plate during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, July 11, 2013 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
CLEVELAND: Indians manager Terry Francona often says momentum in baseball is only up to the next day’s opposing starting pitcher. And on Wednesday, the Indians faced a brick wall in the form of Stephen Strasburg and lost to the Washington Nationals 4-1.