Trevor Bauer could start on Saturday for the Indians

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Scott Kazmir was supposed to start on Saturday for the Indians, but an abdominal strain has thrown that in serious doubt.  A possible solution? Go with the kid:

That, as you can see, is based on the Columbus Clippers’ rotation, which does not include Bauer at the moment even though Bauer was sent down to Triple-A before spring training ended.

Which, hey, good for the Indians. Bad for me since I have Clippers Opening Day tickets. Home opener, that is, which is actually game 8 for the team. Which means I will be “treated” to a Dice-K start. But such is the price of progress. And living in a minor league town.

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.