Indians manager Terry Francona would not say whether Andrew Miller is going to be available for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Miller delivered 46 pitches through two shaky but scoreless innings in the Indians' Game 1 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday. "I think when you have a lead, you try to win," said Francona. "We won tonight." The last reliever to throw 46-plus pitches in a World Series game and then make an appearance the next day was Keith Foulke in 2004 with the Red Sox. Foulke's manager that year? Terry Francona.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirms that Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine is the top candidate to become the Twins' next GM.
The report came first from LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, though Wilson tweeted late Tuesday that it's "premature to call [the] hire official." Derek Falvey was named the Twins' new president of baseball operations in late September, at the ripe age of 33. Levine, 44, would work under Falvey. There should be something more concrete from the Twins after the conclusion of the World Series.
Cody Allen worked a scoreless ninth inning in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Cubs.
Allen probably wasn't needed with Cleveland leading 6-0 at home, but manager Terry Francona decided to trot him out there anyway and the right-hander struck out the side to work around a Willson Contreras double. Andrew Miller threw a total of 46 pitches between the seventh and eighth on Tuesday, so Allen may have to carry a heavier load in Game 2. Allen finished his Game 1 appearance at 17 pitches -- 11 for strikes.
Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Schwarber looked completely overmatched in his first at-bat, but he drove a Corey Kluber pitch off the right field wall in the top of the fourth and drew an impressive walk against lefty reliever Andrew Miller in the top of the seventh. Schwarber hadn't played in a major league game since tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee on April 7. Cubs manager Joe Maddon can feel good about running the big man back out there as his designated hitter in Game 2.
Roberto Perez homered twice Tuesday in the Indians' World Series Game 1 defeat of the Cubs.
The first was a solo shot off Jon Lester in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead and the second was a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth that put the game out of reach. Perez, known more for his defense than his bat, finished the night 2-for-4 with four RBI. It was the first two-homer game by a catcher in the World Series since Gary Carter in 1986. Perez slugged just three total home runs during the regular season.