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• The Indians will announce their 25-man roster for the AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday morning, and would then be allowed to alter it in the event that the team advances to the AL Division Series. Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti did not tip his hand on the roster's makeup.

"There actually are a number of tough decisions," Antonetti said. "There are a lot of guys deserving of being on the roster [Wednesday]. Obviously, the Wild Card one-game format is different than the traditional longer postseason series. So there are different ways you can configure it."

• If he had his way, Antonetti said the Wild Card round would not be a one-game playoff. The general manager said he would prefer it to be a best-of-three series, and mentioned one scenario that would include a doubleheader at one site and a third game, if necessary, the following day.

"It's exciting for the fans," Antonetti said of the current one-game format. "If I had my preference, it would probably be a little bit of a different structure, and there are some creative ideas that have been discussed. But, it is what it is, so we're excited to be playing tomorrow."

• Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis ended the season with 30 stolen bases, marking the second straight year he has swiped at least 30 for the Tribe. Kipnis is the first Indians player to have back-to-back 30-steal seasons since Grady Sizemore did so in 2007-08. The previous infielder to accomplish that feat was Roberto Alomar in three straight seasons from 1999-2001.

• Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes, who assumed the bulk of the playing time behind the plate in the second half, ended the season ranked second among big league catchers (minimum 275 plate appearances) in slugging percentage (.491), and third in average (.298) and OPS (.837). The Indians posted a 49-30 in games Gomes started at catcher.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. Mark Emery is an associate reporter for
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