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Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians, October 2, 2012: Fan Preview

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With just two games remaining this season eyes are focusing not on what the Indians will do on the field but all that will transpire when the season draws to a close. First and foremost is the need for a permanent skipper to lead the team next season. Fan favorite Sandy Alomar Jr. is leading the team in the final games, however that may only be on a temporary basis.

The two public candidates for the job are Alomar and former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Fans are torn between a favorite from the Indians' glory days in Alomar and a proven winner with historical ties to the organization in Francona. Both have plenty of upside and bring different tools to the organization.

In addition to a new manager, the Indians will have to reassemble a team in a weak free agent market and with a farm system that is admittedly not in top-form. Changes will likely be made via trades, with favorites such as Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Perez potentially playing their last game in a Tribe uniform these next couple of days.

With both the Indians and the Chicago White Sox eliminated from the playoffs these final two games will still be played with passion, however the outcome will mean nothing more than pride at the end of the day. Baseball is almost over in Cleveland with the countdown to spring training ready to start up again.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

Justin Masterson (11-15, 5.03 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against Chicago's Jake Peavy (11-12, 3.37 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 67-93 record and in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 36-43 when playing at home and have won five of their last 10 games.

Chicago comes into the matchup with an 84-76 record and in second place in the American League Central. They are 39-40 when playing on the road and have won three of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 10-6 in favor of the White Sox.

Where to watch or listen:

In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.

Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).

The batting statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .287 batting average, Carlos Santana- 18 home runs, Carlos Santana- 76 runs batted in.

Chicago: Alex Rios- .304 batting average, Adam Dunn- 41 home runs, Adam Dunn- 96 runs batted in.

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Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Indians fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados.

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