CLEVELAND -- The Indians finalized their division series roster this morning and there weren't too many surprises. The most notable ex-Bison inclusion was that of left-hander Aaron Laffey, who the Tribe put on the 25-man list with the idea it could use him out of the bullpen either in long relief or in a situation where a double play is in order because Laffey is a groundball pitcher.
Josh Barfield and Trot Nixon made the roster as reserves off the bench, with Nixon's left-handed bat apparently getting the edge over Ben Francisco. David Dellucci did not make the list as well, as he has been stymied by a torn hamstring since June.
New rules this year allow teams to make injury replacements during a series (either a position player for a position player or a pitcher for a pitcher). So the Tribe will be bringing Francisco, Dellucci, Luis Rivas, Jeremy Sowers and Cliff Lee to New York in case that happens.
The Yankees announced their roster yesterday and the biggest news is that they have no left-handed relievers as Joe Torre opted for rookie Ross Ohlendorf over lefty specialist Ron Villone. Let's see how that plays out in a tight spot against Cleveland batters like Grady Sizemore or Travis Hafner.