CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer moved a little closer to pitching

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    in the postseason Carlos Baerga Jersey , throwing 40 pitches off the mound inside an empty Progressive Field on Saturday.It was a positive step in the All-Star right-hander’s recovery from a broken leg that has kept him out of the rotation for more than a month.Bauer has been sidelined since Aug. 11 with a stress fracture in his right leg, which happened when he was struck by a line drive in Chicago. Earlier this week, he completed a bullpen session in Tampa and followed it with a workout that was closely monitored by team president Chris Antonetti, pitching coach Carl Williams and team trainers.“Felt good,” Bauer said afterward. “Mechanics were a little out of sequence, but I haven’t really been on a mound a whole lot in a month and a half. I expect those will come back pretty quickly. Physically it felt good.”Bauer said it was difficult to replicate game conditions, but he did all he could to mimic competing against major league hitters in a loud ballpark.“There’s no adrenaline in a bullpen session,” he said. “As much as you try to compete with yourself or trick yourself mentally or whatever, it’s just not there. So hopefully I can face hitters next Yonder Alonso Jersey , get some people out here talking and yelling at some hitters, stuff like that, try to get the adrenaline up.“That’d be nice.”The Indians think it would be nice if they could count on Bauer in October. The 27-year-old was having his best season and had moved into Cy Young consideration when he was nailed by a line drive hit by Chicago’s Jose Abreu.Bauer remains miffed about the course of his season. Now, though, his focus is getting back and helping anyway he can — whether it’s starting or in relief.There’s not much time left in the regular season and Bauer doesn’t know what the Indians have planned for him before the playoffs begin.“I pitch when they tell me to pitch,” he said. “I feel confident that I’ll be able to compete and help us win in whatever role that is. I come into spring training ready to throw 5-6-7 innings. So, I’ll make that point clear.”Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will throw his next bullpen session on Tuesday, and it’s possible he’ll do it with a batter at the plate — to help simulate game situations.“I know Trev wanted to feel like it was Game 7 today,” Francona said. “It’s about impossible.” The opener of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates was as tight as could be http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-ramirez-jersey , yet left the clubs in opposing spots going into the second game Tuesday at PNC Park.In the teams’ first meeting of the season, Atlanta got a feel-good 1-0 win behind five scoreless innings from Bryse Wilson in the right-hander’s major league debut. He was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start and help the rotation to be a little fresher with everyone being moved back a day.The Braves (69-55), who were able to put a four-game weekend sweep by Colorado in the rear-view mirror, moved a game up on Philadelphia in the National League East.Article continues below …“Big,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of winning a close game after the losing streak. “Because there were a couple others it seemed like we were an out away from winning, probably three out of the (previous) four. You go through it. It happens, and (the win Monday) was big.”The Pirates (63-63), meanwhile, fell back to .500 Bradley Zimmer Jersey , six games out of a wild-card spot. They had won two in a row but have three 1-0 losses in their past five games.Pittsburgh has scored just five runs in those five games, wasting some strong pitching performances as they have allowed one run in each of the five games.“I think we’d all like to score runs,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “From that standpoint, guys are up their battling.”A couple of things add both injury and insult to the Pirates’ lot lately.Monday starter Chris Archer left after four innings because of left leg pain stemming from the third inning, when he corkscrewed awkwardly while striking out at the plate.Pittsburgh already was without second baseman Josh Harrison, who has a sore hamstring he got running to first Sunday. Center fielder Starling Marte was benched Monday for lacking hustle twice on the base paths and drawing boos from the home fans Sunday, although Marte was used as a pinch-hitter in the ninth Monday. He grounded out.“I just encouraged him (about) effort. It’s always about effort,” Hurdle said of his huddle with Marte about his benching.Atlanta’s Kevin Gausman (7-9, 4.22 ERA) http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-guyer-jersey , who originally was expected to start Monday, now will go Tuesday. He will face Pittsburgh right-hander Ivan Nova (7-7, 4.26 ERA).Gausman is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA against Pittsburgh. In 10 2/3 innings against the Pirates last year with Baltimore, he gave up 10 runs.This season, he has won two starts in a row and three in his past four, giving up eight runs and six walks, with 17 strikeouts. That includes going 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA since he joined the Braves from Baltimore.Nova has won three of his past four decisions and five of his past seven, but was victimized by a seemingly contagious lack of run support his last time out during a four-game series against the Cubs when Pittsburgh scored just five runs.On Thursday, the only run Nova gave up came on a solo home run in 6 2/3 innings Erik Gonzalez Jersey , along with seven hits, three strikeouts and — for the 11th time this season — no walks, but Pittsburgh lost 1-0.“I thought he pitched a really good game,” Hurdle said of Nova. “He used his complete arsenal.”Nova’s lifetime numbers against the Braves are strong: 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts.

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