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GLENDALE http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager never really wanted to know what the next step was in his rehab process after the young Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop had the kind of elbow surgery more common for pitchers, then hip surgery as well last season.“I never wanted to look forward because I never wanted to get antsy, ‘Oh why are we not doing this yet?'” Seager said Friday. “I just never knew when something was going to happen, so what I did that day was what I did that day.”With the two-time defending NL champion Dodgers getting ready for their first full-squad workout Tuesday, and the regular season opener six weeks away, even Seager knows what comes next. While excited about getting back in games at some point soon, he is still trying to maintain some sense of that stay-in-the-day mentality.Manager Dave Roberts said the target date for Seager remains opening day, but the real goal is to get him fully healthy. The Dodgers don’t want to get overanxious with their two-time All-Star and the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year who turns 25 in April.“I like the way he’s thinking,” Roberts said. “There’s a natural healing and rehab process that’s got to take place. So he’ll be ready when he’s ready. … Wherever it takes us when he’s healthy, that’s the goal. We’re going to need him all year long.”Seager still needs to throw across the infield and take some live batting practice to get a better idea of when he might get into some games. But he expects to be able to do everything else he needs to do at the start of spring training. The regular season opener is March 28 against Arizona.The Dodgers no longer have Manny Machado, who filled in as their shortstop through the second half of last season and the World Series after being acquired from Baltimore in a deadline deal last July. The four-time All-Star was still unsigned in free agency.Seager said Machado’s presence never really created any doubt about his own future with the Dodgers, adding that every player wants elite teammates.And Roberts never felt he had to speak with Seager about that.“Manny was here to fill a hole,” Roberts said. “But Corey was always going to be our short-term and long-term plan. So I didn’t feel the need that we had to have to conversation.”In his two-plus major league seasons, Seager is a .302 hitter with 54 homers and 179 RBIs. He played only 26 games last year before Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in early May. While still out for that, he had a left hip issue addressed with an arthroscopic procedure three months later.Seager went into last season with a sore elbow and knowing it could be a problem, but that didn’t make it any easier when he had to have the surgery.“When it happens, it still takes its toll on you,” he said.Since he was already out after the elbow surgery, Seager also took care of that bothersome hip.“I don’t want to go through 12 months of rehab and then something flare up after that,” he said. “I knew I was going to be out a while Pete Rose Jersey , and I just wanted to make sure everything was fine.”Recovering from the arthroscopic surgery on his hip was a bit more trying since he was on crutches and always had rely on someone else’s help — he couldn’t lift his own leg into or out of bed. After the elbow surgery, he could at least move around without any help and use his left arm to do things.But the recovery time worked out well, with his throwing program starting only about a month late.“Which I was totally fine with,” Seager said. “If anything, I was almost glad. … That whole extra month of strength was a big difference.” CLEVELAND (AP) — With ski googles perched on his head, Michael Brantley stood in the middle of Cleveland’s rocking clubhouse just a few from a bin overflowing with dozens of empty beer and champagne bottles.The party was in full swing on Saturday. So were the Indians.And as he watched his teammates target each other with foamy fluids, Brantley wanted to cherish an AL Central championship that seemed preordained.“I’m savoring every moment of this,” Brantley said after the Indians won their third straight division title on Saturday. “This never gets old to me. This is a lot of hard work that this group has put in to get to this point. It’s all well-deserved, well-earned, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”Unchallenged for months, the Indians scored 11 runs in the first two innings and rolled to a 15-0 rout over the Detroit Tigers, who made four errors, managed only two hits and proved to be no match for the Indians since April.Neither were the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox or Kansas City Royals, who have spent the last three seasons staring up in the standings at the Indians.Francisco Lindor and Brantley connected for back-to-back homers in the first inning off Michael Fulmer (3-12), Jose Ramirez had three hits and the Indians became the first team this year to clinch a division championship.It’s the initial step toward an October when Cleveland will try to win its first World Series since 1948 — the longest drought in the majors. After so many close calls, the Indians believe this is their year.“It’s really nice,” Lindor said. “We understand we still have a long way to go. We had an idea we were going to be in the postseason for a week now, but still, it feels good to celebrate http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , give that little teaser to all the guys, like, ‘This is what could happen if you continue to win.'”Cleveland’s current three-year reign in the Central is the club’s longest since winning five straight from 1995-99.Mike Clevinger (12-8) allowed one hit in six innings, and Yonder Alonso added a two-run homer as Cleveland’s offense awakened from a late-season slump.The lone blemish for the Indians was an injury to designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, who rolled his right ankle while rounding second base in the fourth. But Encarnacion looked fine afterward as he Ramirez, Lindor and others took turns soaking each other in celebration.The Indians removed any suspense about whether they would clinch by scoring six times in the first, the outburst triggered by the shots from Lindor and Brantley off Fulmer, who was pulled after five pitches because of knee inflammation.Lindor’s 35th homer was also the All-Star’s eighth leading off, breaking the club record he shared with Grady Sizemore (2008). Brantley followed with his 16th homer and the rout was on.Cleveland’s clinching had been a foregone conclusion.The Indians were expected to win one of baseball’s least competitive divisions and did so with ease. They moved into first on April 21, took a double-digit lead for good on Aug. 8 and pulled away. But while the standings show a runaway, the Indians, who have had their eyes on the upcoming postseason since blowing a 2-0 lead to the Yankees in the 2017 Division Series, have had their share of adversity.There have been injuries, personal setbacks and a serious health scare that fortunately ended up being only that.While it appeared easy, it was anything but.“It’s a tough division,” said reliever Cody Allen. “You’re talking about the Detroit Tigers, who we saw for years put together unbelievable teams and Kansas City for two years in a row put together unbelievable clubs. So, we’ve had to grind.”For manager Terry Francona, the chance to watch his players revel in their success was bigger than any of the team’s 83 wins so far this season. This is their reward.“I want the guys to enjoy it, too John Kruk Jersey , because sometimes they’re young and they think they’re going to do it all the time, and you don’t,” he said. “So, enjoy the heck out of it. We’ll let ’em blow off some steam tonight and we’ll probably have a little bit of a different lineup tomorrow.”FAREWELL, FRIENDVictor Martinez was overcome with emotion during a pregame ceremony to celebrate his years with the Indians. Detroit’s DH plans to retire following his 18th season, ending a career that began with Cleveland in 2002.“It’s like my mom says, ‘We’ll always have that team in your heart,'” said Martinez, who spent nearly eight seasons with the Indians.Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire and Francona have been on both sides with Martinez.“He’s one of the reasons why I’m working for the Detroit Tigers now, instead of the old team I used to work for,” said Gardenhire, who managed Minnesota from 2002-14. “When he was here he killed us. We couldn’t get him out.”Francona called Martinez “one of the nicest guys in the game and one of the most professional hitters, great teammate.”FULMER HURTFulmer exited after giving up the homers to Lindor and Brantley with a right knee injury he sustained while stepping off the mound on a Lindor bunt attempt.“None of his pitches after that had any life, like they normally do,” catcher James McCann said. “That’s why I called Gardy. He begged to stay in the game, but his health is more important than anything.”Fulmer left the clubhouse without speaking to reporters.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: CF JaCoby Jones left with right shoulder tightness in the fourth after crashing into the center-field wall and diving for a blooper.UP NEXTIndians rookie Shane Bieber starts the series finale looking for his 11th win. Bieber’s the first Cleveland rookie to post double-digit wins since Mitch Talbot’s 10 in 2010. Francisco Liriano starts for Detroit.

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