Indians pregame notes

Terry Francona held a team meeting following the Indians 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays yesterday.

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona is not one to usually call team meetings, but in light of Saturday's 5-0 loss to Toronto that sent the Indians to their seventh loss in the last nine games, he felt like there was a need in order to reassure his group that things were not as dire as they seem.

At 7-10 the Tribe has the same record as last year they are hitting 13 points lower. They come into today's game batting .239, which is 11th in the American League.

Said Francona of the meeting: "I think I know our guys well enough where you don't have to talk to them every day. I just felt like I want to help. I care about them and really like this team a lot. I just felt like maybe half reassuring and kind of explaining who we are and how we go about things. ... During a baseball season there's a lot of grinding that needs to be done. When it's not going perfect you grind the best you can. There's a balance there. It's just keep fighting."

NOT REASSURING STATS: The Indians have dropped the finale in their two previous home series and are 3-7 in day games. The 10 day games so far are second in the AL behind Minnesota (13). The Cubs and Cincinnati have each played 11 day games.

ON THE HILL: Carlos Carrasco tries to break a string 15 straight starts without a win today. The Tribe is 2-13 in those games. In that span Carrasco is 0-11 with a 8.35 ERA, allowing 69 earned runs in 73 2/3 innings pitched.

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