Terry Francona has options in left field for Indians

Indians left fielder Rajai Davis, left, and center fielder Tyler Naquin nearly collide as Davis catches a fly ball in the bottom of the fifth inning of World Series Game 4 on Oct. 29.
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Once again, Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona is torn on what to do in left field.

Carlos Santana isn’t an option for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday at Cleveland.

Francona was forced to start Santana, his regular designated hitter, twice in left at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where Cleveland had to play under National League rules. Santana more than held his own in Games 3 and 5.

“I was really proud of him,” Francona said of Santana, who had played only four innings in left in his career before Game 5. “He’s come a long way. ... I’ll be glad that we can DH somebody, though.”


Francona was trying Monday to decide whether to play Coco Crisp or Rajai Davis in left for Game 6 against Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta. Davis had two hits and stole three bases in Game 5. Francona said he’s leaning toward Crisp.

Look for Contreras

Rookie catcher Willson Contreras is set to start for Chicago with Arrieta on the mound.

David Ross, a 39-year-old in his final big league season, started Games 1 and 5 along with pitcher Jon Lester. Contreras started Games 2, 3 and 4. “Willson’s done a great job. He caught Jake well in Cleveland a couple days ago,” Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said.


Contreras is hitting .071 (one for 14) in the series, and Ross is one for four. Lester could enter a Game 7 in relief.

Outfielder recovering

Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall should be available for Game 6 after being stricken with a stomach bug Sunday.

Chisenhall was sent back to the team hotel before Game 5 after complaining about not feeling good. Francona said Chisenhall was able to make it back to the stadium before the first pitch and could have entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Sunday night’s 3-2 loss if the pitcher’s spot had come up.


Chisenhall is just one for 13 in the series.

NBA game time changed

The NBA has moved up the start time for Tuesday night’s Cleveland Cavaliers game because of the World Series. The game against Houston at Quicken Loans Arena will now begin an hour earlier at 6 p.m. Cleveland time.

The league champion Cavaliers requested the change to avoid an extended overlap with Game 6, which starts at 8 p.m. (5 p.m. PDT) at neighboring Progressive Field.



Eddie Robinson, the last living member from Cleveland’s 1948 World Series title team, will be at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. Robinson, 95, is making the trip from Fort Worth. ...

Many Chicago fans apparently were planning trips to Cleveland for Game 6. A StubHub spokesman said Monday that about 27% of the tickets being sold on the site for Tuesday went to credit cards associated with Illinois ZIP codes.

The Cubs and Indians square off on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the World Series from Cleveland.