CHICAGO (AP) — Slugger Kris Bryant was back in the Chicago Cubs‘ lineup after missing two games because of a bruised left wrist.The 2016 NL MVP was batting sixth and playing left field Bryan Holaday Jersey , with David Bote at third base for Friday’s afternoon game against St. Louis. Bryant was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh’s Chris Archer on Tuesday.He has had two stints on the disabled list this season because of left shoulder inflammation. The 26-year-old Bryant is batting .276 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs in 98 games, and manager Joe Maddon sees no reason why he can’t be a major contributor in the postseason.“I don’t think the hand’s (an issue),” Maddon said. “I think the shoulder’s been rested a couple days. Yeah, I think he can be effective.”The Cubs began the day leading second-place Milwaukee by a game in the NL Central. They are headed to the playoffs for a franchise-record fourth straight year.Maddon wasn’t sure if reliever Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) will pitch this weekend. He still feels some discomfort on the landing throwing off the mound.The Cubs are missing their two relievers with the most saves this season. Closer Brandon Morrow, who has 22 saves, has been on the disabled list since July 19 because of an elbow injury and was shut down for the rest of the season last week. Strop, who has 13, has been sidelined since Sept. 13, when he was hurt running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington.Chicago activated catcher Bobby Wilson, who was acquired Aug. 30 from Minnesota on Friday. The Twins placed him on the 10-day disabled list Aug. 24 because of a sprained right ankle.Wilson hit .178 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 47 games for Minnesota this season. CLEVELAND — Trying to stay interested in a division race they have all but officially won http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey , the Cleveland Indians will play the finale of a nine-game homestand Wednesday afternoon when they host the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. The two teams have split the first two games of their three-game series.Cleveland’s lead in the Central Division is 14 1/2 games over the Minnesota Twins. The challenge for the Indians is to not lose their edge as they play out the regular season in which not much is on the line.Article continues below ...Manager Terry Francona said he will give selected players some days off. Left fielder Michael Brantley didn’t play Tuesday, and third baseman Jose Ramirez will not play Wednesday.“This doesn’t change how we play the game. We’re still trying to win,” Francona said. “But I’m going to keep an eye on the guys with a lot of at-bats.”Francona admits he’s walking a fine line during the last month of the regular season.“Once the (regular) season is over, you’ve got to re-create your momentum (for the postseason), regardless of how you played (in the last month),” he said. “Momentum can leave you in a hurry, or you can start your own momentum.”The goal for the Indians is to finish strong, and get injured players Trevor Bauer, Andrew Miller and Josh Donaldson off the disabled list.“We want to get everyone healthy,” Francona said. “The hope is in a couple of weeks we’ll have our team together and they’ll be able to play together for some games (before the start of the postseason).”One player who will be a key during the postseason will be pitching for Cleveland on Wednesday when Corey Kluber makes his 29th start.Kluber (17-7 Justin Bour Jersey , 2.80) is in contention for his third Cy Young Award, and he has pitched well recently, going 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last seven starts.Kluber leads the league in innings pitched and is tied for the lead in wins and complete games. He is fifth in ERA, and in the top 10 in strikeouts and opponents’ batting average.In his last start, a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay on Aug. 31, Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.In three starts against Kansas City this year, Kluber is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA. His last start against the Royals was a 7-1 loss on Aug. 25. In that game, he gave up five runs and nine hits http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey , with six strikeouts and two walks. Kluber is 11-7 with a 3.09 ERA in 23 career starts against Kansas City.The Royals on Wednesday will start right-hander Brad Keller (7-5, 3.26), who in three career appearances (one start) against Cleveland is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA.Keller’s last start was a 9-2 win over Baltimore on Aug. 31 in which he pitched eight innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.In his last start against Cleveland, on Aug. 24, Keller had no decision in a 5-4 Kansas City win. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs and six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.The Royals on Tuesday recalled pitchers Glenn Sparkman and Jerry Vasto from Triple-A Omaha, catcher Meibrys Viloria from Class A Wilmington and reinstated pitcher Eric Skoglund from the disabled list.The Indians selected the contracts of outfielder Brandon Barnes and infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A Columbus.