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• As expected, center fielder Michael Bourn was in the starting lineup at leadoff for Wednesday's Wild Card Game after exiting Sunday's regular-season finale with an injury to his left leg. Cleveland ran Bourn through multiple agility and baserunning tests during Tuesday's workout.

"He did really well," Francona said. "If he can pass [Tuesday's workout], he can do anything. We ran him through everything -- full speed, turns, bases, outfield. He's good to go."

• Francona is thrilled that the Pirates not only hosted the National League Wild Card Game but that they advanced to the NL Division Series after defeating the Reds. Francona was raised in New Brighton, Pa., northwest of Pittsburgh.

"I grew up 30 miles from Three Rivers [Stadium], now it's PNC [Park]," he said. "Unless we're playing them, I'm a big fan of what they're doing, because I grew up there. I knew every lineup, from Manny Sanguillen to Willie Stargell to Dave Parker. I was thrilled. I thought it was really neat."

• Francona chose to go with the left-handed-hitting Lonnie Chisenhall at third base against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb on Wednesday, leaving right-handed utility man Mike Aviles on the bench. Aviles is 0-for-7 in his career against Cobb, and Chisenhall had a .583 slugging percentage against righties in September.

• The Indians claimed right-hander Tyler Cloyd off waivers from the Phillies on Wednesday and designated lefty Clay Rapada for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Cloyd went 4-9 with a 5.98 ERA in 19 games with the Phillies between 2012 and 2013. In 2012 he went 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 26 Minor League starts between Double-A and Triple-A in Philadelphia's farm system.

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