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Why Corey Kluber won’t pitch Game 1 vs. Yankees

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber has been relieved already.

The Indians will open the playoffs with their ace on hold.

Instead of starting their Cy Young favorite in Game 1 of the AL Division series, the defending league champions will pitch Trevor Bauer on Thursday against the Yankees.

Kluber, who has been baseball’s most dominant pitcher for months, is scheduled to start Game 2. Manager Terry Francona said part of his decision to go with the rubber-armed Bauer in the opener is so he can use his best pitcher — Kluber — in a potential Game 5.

“I think on a number of reasons it makes good sense,” Francona said. “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 [schedule]. That was really important to Kluber.”

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/10/04/why-corey-kluber-wont-pitch-game-1-vs-yankees/

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