Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Rays' Anderson recalls his frigid three-inning World Series save

CLEVELAND — Rays TV analyst Brian Anderson wasn't throwing nearly the heat in his 1997 World Series appearance as Aroldis Chapman was Sunday in joining him and Madison Bumgarner as the only pitchers with eight-out-plus postseason wild-card era saves.

"Coldest game in World Series history," Anderson said Monday of Game 4 of the Indians-Marlins matchup. "It was 38 degrees, wind chill was 17-19. And because I hail from northern Ohio, I said to myself I wasn't wearing sleeves. No sleeves at all."

The Indians led 7-3 when Anderson took over in the seventh for Jaret Wright. He worked three one-hit innings as they won 10-3, though they lost an extra-inning Game 7.

"Glad I was able to do that and kind of backdoor myself into a save, the save that's not really a save," Anderson said from his suburban Cleveland home. "It counts, but it wasn't quite like Chapman did (Sunday) night or Andrew Miller, coming in doing what he's been doing."

LINING UP: With the DH back in play, manager Joe Maddon said the Cubs are "very excited" to have Kyle Schwarber in the lineup tonight, and the feeling is mutual. "Any way I can try to help out the team, I'm looking forward to that," Schwarber said. … Indians RHP Josh Tomlin said the challenge of working on short rest for the second time in his career should be mitigated by throwing only 58 pitches in his last start. … Willson Contreras will catch for the Cubs tonight, Maddon said. … The Indians expect RF Lonnie Chisenhall to be at full strength after stomach issues limited him to late pinch-hitting duties Sunday.

MISCELLANY: Temperatures are expected to be unseasonably warm today, with highs in the high 60s through the game. … Sunday's game had strong TV ratings, averaging 15.3 percent of homes in major markets for Fox, beating NBC's Sunday Night Football, which averaged an 11.6.

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