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Smoke signals

• Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, who had dealt with a right wrist injury over the past four games, exited Sunday's regular-season finale in the ninth inning with a left calf injury. After the Tribe's 5-1 win over the Twins, Bourn said he did not feel the injury was serious. He will be re-evaluated prior to Wednesday's American League Wild Card Game in Cleveland.

• Twins manager Ron Gardenhire led his team to six division titles in his first nine years at the helm in Minnesota. Over the past three seasons, Gardenhire (998-946 in 12 seasons) has suffered at least 95 losses for the rebuilding Twins. Francona was disappointed to hear that Gardenhire is considered to be on the hot seat.

"I think he's one of the better managers in the game," Francona said. "I think if you ask every manager, they'd say the same thing. And I've known him for a long time, so I hope that's not the case. I know, for a long time, I've respected the way they've run things. They've been very consistent in their approach from the Minor Leagues up."

• Indians veteran Jason Giambi was on the bench for Sunday's game in Minnesota after leaving with a left forearm cramp in the sixth inning on Saturday. The 42-year-old Giambi experienced tightness in his arm, but is only considered day to day. Francona said he did not expect Giambi to need much recovery time.

• The Indians became only the sixth team since 1900 to end a season with a winning streak of at least 10 games. The list included the 1971 Orioles (11), 1970 Orioles (11), 1960 Yankees (15), 1937 Pirates (10) and 1915 White Sox (11). Cleveland also became the first team since the 1943 Cardinals to have seven series sweeps of at least four games in a single season.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.