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THE FRENCH FRYER with Steve French

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    Indians' skipper Terry Francona does a lot of things very well.  You can't argue with winning three World Series, or getting the Tribe to the post-season in 2013, or having a pretty average roster in first place right now.  Tito is great managing a clubhouse and egos, and he's creative with a bullpen...now.  But as a game-day manager I think he gets about a "C."   The Indians aren't scoring these days (there's an understatement).  It's part of the game, but the Tribe is facing many lefties.  That means Rajai Davis leads off, and he's been bad.  And it means Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall don't play, being left-hand hitters.  I get the by-the-book numbers, but c'mon.  Those two fester on the bench, they can't be worse than Davis or Brandon Guyer.  Sometimes gotta let lefty hit lefty.  It's not sound baseball judgement, but that's out the window as we head to September.

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