CLEVELAND: Manager Terry Francona was asked how he thought Cleveland would respond if the Indians won the World Series.
Of course, he has no way of knowing, but he said, “I hope I’m here to be a part of it. I have no aspirations to leave. As long as the people operating the team are in place, I never want to leave. The way I’ve been treated here is unbelievable. And I’ve been treated pretty well in other places.”
Francona isn’t making any promises about winning or making predictions when it might happen.
“I don’t mean to say that it’s easy,” he said. “But when they do it, it’s going to be very special.”
GETTING CLOSE — Asdrubal Cabrera (quad strain) took ground balls and batting practice Friday.
“He’s going to Baltimore with us,” Francona said, adding that if Cabrera has no setbacks he might be ready to play after the series with the Orioles, which ends Thursday.
However, there might be a rehab assignment in Cabrera’s future.
“He was adamant about not wanting to go on rehab, but then he said if we wanted him to go, he would,” Francona said.
At the moment, that decision is still pending.
TOP TEN SIGNEES — The Indians signed two more picks in this year’s draft.
Agreeing to terms was the Tribe’s third-round selection, right-hander Dace Kime, 21, who was 6-1 with a 2.99 ERA in 27 games (eight starts) at Louisville. Kime was previously selected in the eighth round out of Defiance (Ohio) High School in 2010.
Also signing was seventh-round pick Kenny Mathews, 19, a left-hander, who posted a 3-1 record and 1.23 ERA at Riverside (Calif.) City College. In 12 games (nine starts), he struck out 52 and walked two in 58⅓ innings.
FARM FACTS — T.J. House (1-7, 5.37 ERA) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings, as Columbus lost to Pawtucket 3-0. … Eric Haase hit his eighth and ninth home runs of the season and singled, driving in three runs, as Lake County defeated Dayton 11-3. Eric Gonzalez homered and doubled, driving in three runs. … Claudio Bautista had four RBI and four hits, including a double, as Lake County beat Batavia 14-2. Robel Garcia had three hits and two RBI.
— Sheldon Ocker