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Bloody good game: Indians' pen puts Cleveland a win away from World Series

Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians (AFP Photo/ELSA)

When blood began dripping from Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer's pinkie, manager Terry Francona went to his first-aid cabinet using six relievers to patch together a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Cleveland now has a commanding 3-0 lead in the best of seven American League Championship Series. Bauer recorded just two outs in the first inning before he was removed after stitches to an injury split open.

When I went out there the first thing I saw was blood on the rubber. I figured that wasn't a real good sign that things were going well.

Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians manager

Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli homered for the Indians, unbeaten in six playoff games this year. They can complete their second consecutive series sweep on Tuesday, when Indians ace Corey Kluber is scheduled to start Game 4. Meantime, the hard-hitting Blue Jays have mustered only three runs in the series and have never led.

We felt like we had an opportunity with some of their lower-leverage guys coming out of the bullpen, but they've got good arms. It makes it tough when you're facing a different guy every inning, every at-bat.

Toronto outfielder Kevin Pillar
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Only three times in a League Championship Series (1985 Kansas City Royals, 1985 St. Louis Cardinals, 2004 Boston Red Sox) had teams fought back to erase such a deficit and move on to the World Series.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Blue Jays compete in Major League Baseball(MLB) as a member club of the American League(AL) East division.
The Blue Jays host the Cleveland Indians for Game 4 of the ALCS at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Toronto.

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How Trevor Bauer's gory finger led to Terry Francona's piece de resistance

This was a win with an ordinary score, 4-2, in a game that was anything but ordinary.
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