"It's also much easier now because you have the division-strong schedule," Ausmus said Thursday. "You end up playing your division more often, and that's less travel because your division is usually closer to you."
Mechanical problems delayed the team's flight from Boston to Cleveland, forcing it to arrive mere hours before the series against the Indians began. Even with the travel woes on the road trip, Ausmus isn't complaining.
"I think the teams in the central part of the country definitely have an advantage travel-wise," he said.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.