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Cleveland Indians in ALCS: 2007 and now

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CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Indians are set to play the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, beginning Friday.

But it’s been nine years since the Tribe made it this far in the playoffs. In  2007, Cleveland faced Boston in the ALCS. At that time, Progressive Field was still The Jake.

The Indians led the series 3-1 before the tides turned in Game 4. The Red Sox, led by manager Terry Francona, won three straight to go to the World Series, where they swept the Colorado Rockies.

This was the 2007 ALCS Game 1 starting lineup for the Tribe:

Grady Sizemore CF
Asdrubal Cabrera 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Victor Martinez C
Ryan Garko 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Kenny Lofton LF
Franklin Gutierrez RF
Casey Blake 3B

CC Sabathia P

Eric Wedge Manager

Here’s what the Indians starting lineup could look like for this year’s ALCS Game 1:

Carlos Santana, DH
Jason Kipnis 2B
Francisco Lindor SS
Mike Napoli 1B
Jose Ramirez 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall RF
Coco Crisp LF
Tyler Naquin CF
Roberto Perez C

Trevor Bauer P (The Indians have not released their starting rotation for the series)

Terry Francona Manager

Progressive Field