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Indians have exercised the 2019 and 2020 options for Manager Terry Francona.

Added 11/04/16 11:03 am (EST)   Source
Although Francona left a lot to be desired in Game 7 of the World Series, the job he has done in Cleveland can not be overstated, and he'll be locked in through the year 2020. Francona has a .545 career winning percentage with the Indians and made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Indians have the core to be a contender for years to come.
Clayton Richard Headshot

Richard (2-3) lasted just 3.1 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Added 1:11 am (EST)
Richard became predictable after falling behind in the count on many occasions, allowing at least three men to reach and yielding at least one run in each inning save for the third. He has been extremely hittable in each of his last three outings, allowing a whopping 26 base knocks in 16.1 innings pitched as his ERA has risen to 4.45. Richard has clearly regressed after a strong start to the season, but he will look to get back on track Sunday against a scuffling Giants offense.
Silvino Bracho Headshot

Bracho was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

Added 1:04 am (EST)
With Shelby Miller being placed on the disabled list Monday, the Diamondbacks promoted Bracho to provide an additional arm in their bullpen. The 24-year-old made two appearances with the big-league club, in which he surrendered three runs over 1.1 innings pitched. Bracho will return to Reno where he'll continue to be utilized as organizational pitching depth.
Patrick Corbin Headshot

Corbin (2-3) allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks across seven strong innings in Tuesday's win over the Padres. He struck out nine.

Added 1:01 am (EST)
Corbin came through with his best outing of the season in many regards, completing seven frames for the first time while registering a season high in strikeouts en route to his fourth straight quality start. He also topped the 100-pitch mark for the first time this season and appears to be nearing top form after a substandard 2016 campaign. Corbin will carry a tidy 3.10 ERA into a challenging matchup with the Rockies at home on Sunday.
Brandon Crawford Headshot

Crawford exited Tuesday's game against the Dodgers early after appearing to tweak his groin while running to first base, NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.

Added 1:00 am (EST)
Crawford exited the game after coming up a bit gimpy while running to first. Following his departure, he was able to run sprints on the side of the field so it appears that the injury was nothing overly serious. The shortstop was already planning to miss the next two games as he takes time off on the bereavement list, so he'll have time to heal up. Until further information becomes available, he'll be considered day-to-day.
Justin Upton Headshot

Upton went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, a walk and three RBI in a 19-9 romp over the Mariners on Tuesday.

Added 12:54 am (EST)
He's off to a good start, but fantasy owners are surely feeling leery of Upton, who's well known to run both red hot and ice cold. That volatility can make owning him awfully tough in head-to-head formats, but if you can roll with the punches and absorb some iffy batting average, the stats are always there at the end of the year.
James McCann Headshot

McCann went 2-for-5 with a homer, a walk and four RBI in a 19-9 win against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Added 12:33 am (EST)
The power's been flowing steadily for McCann -- this was his fifth homer already -- but he's still only hitting .178. He has only three non-homer hits, all singles, in 45 at-bats. However, McCann's batting eye has looked good (9:10 BB:K), and his BABIP luck has been as atrocious as that would imply. He should absolutely be owned in two-catcher leagues.
Tyler Collins Headshot

Collins went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two runs in Tuesday's 19-9 upending of the Mariners.

Added 12:29 am (EST)
Collins seems to be settling into the two-hole, at least when the Tigers face right-handers, but his fantasy upside remains highly questionable. The 26-year-old outfielder has never been a particularly exciting hitter at any level.
Jim Adduci Headshot

Adduci went 3-for-6 with a double, a triple and a run in Tuesday's 19-9 win over the Mariners.

Added 12:09 am (EST)
After getting called up and going 3-for-4 on Sunday, Adduci's encore has him off to a great start in the majors this year. That said, this is a 31-year-old career minor leaguer whose minimal MLB experience has been mostly brutal, so there's no reason to go chasing after him in fantasy yet.
Álex Ávila Headshot

Avila went 3-for-5 with a homer, a walk and three runs against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Added 12:07 am (EST)
With that nice piece of the Tigers' 19-run outburst, Avila's now hitting a stunning .407 with four homers over his first 27 at-bats. That's new ground for the veteran backstop, who's started picking up work at first base this year; he started at first and hit sixth Tuesday. This outburst can't be ignored, but Avila should still be approached with caution because we haven't seen him do anything remotely like this since 2011.
Ian Kinsler Headshot

Kinsler went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and four runs against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Added 12:03 am (EST)
He was just one piece of the pie, as the Tigers ran up 19 runs against Seattle pitching. Things have been a bit slow for him in the early going, but this single game raised his batting average from .217 to .262, and Kinsler's now scored 16 runs in 18 games with an even 14:14 BB:K. It looks like he's in for another productive season atop Detroit's batting order.
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