CLEVELAND -- The notebook is pretty full as we get set for Game Two of the division series at Jacobs Field, where it's sunny and in the mid-80s. Is this July or October? Anyway, here's a look at some of the pregame chatter:
---Good karma for Yankees fans? In the Bombers' last six trips to the division series, the LOSING team in Game One has won the series every time.
---Indians veteran Kenny Lofton is getting rewarded for his three-hit, four-RBI night in Game One with a start tonight against Andy Pettitte, even though he's just 4 for 29 in his career vs. the Yankees lefty.
"It allows us to break up the right-handers at the bottom of the lineup," Tribe manager Eric Wedge said in his office this afternoon. "We'll see what happens but the fact of the matter is that a guy who steps up like he did last night deserves to be in here."
Jason Michaels, 3 for 8 lifetime against Pettitte, is in right field instead of Franklin Gutierrez.
---Ex-Bison Ryan Garko is blogging for MLB.com and you can check out his posts here.
---If you want to read the transcripts of the pre- and postgame press conferences at the interview room podium, they're available here through ASAP Sports.
---The credential count for the series has exceeded 500. That's a huge number for a division series and it's largely because of the huge numbers of media covering the Yankees, both those from the New York City area and the dozens of representatives from Japan.
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