TORONTO - The Cleveland Indians look to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven ALCS tonight as they battle the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Read Matt Florjancic's in-game updates below:
11:32 p.m.-CLEVELAND INDIANS TAKE 3-0 ALCS LEAD WITH GAME 3 WIN OVER TORONTO BLUE JAYS
TORONTO -- So often in any postseason competition, it is all hands on deck just to make it to the next day, and the Cleveland Indians personified that against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre Monday night.
With starting pitcher Trevor Bauer able to go just two-thirds of an inning because of a laceration on his right pinkie finger, the Indians used six pitchers out of the bullpen, and they combined to strike out eight batters in a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.
With the win over the Blue Jays, the Indians hold a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and are just one victory away from clinching their first World Series berth since 1997.
Although the pitching staff limited the Blue Jays to just two earned runs over 8.1 innings of work, they got some help from the offense, particularly first baseman Mike Napoli, who went two for three with two runs scored and a pair of RBI in the win, Cleveland’s sixth straight this postseason.
10:06 p.m.-INDIANS RETAKE, ADD ONTO LEAD
TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians retook and added onto their lead over the Toronto Blue Jays with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre.
The Indians plated two runs in the sixth inning, and took a 4-2 lead over the Blue Jays.
Second baseman Jason Kipnis got things rolling for the Indians when he smashed a 2-2 pitch from Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman into Cleveland’s bullpen in right field. The 421-foot blast was Kipnis’ second of the postseason and first of the ALCS.
After shortstop Francisco Lindor struck out swinging for the second time in the game, first baseman Mike Napoli drew a walk that chased Stroman from the game. Then, on a pitch in the dirt from reliever Joe Biagini, Napoli moved into scoring position.
On Biagini’s next pitch, third baseman Jose Ramirez looped a single into short right field, and that brought around Napoli for the Indians’ fourth run of the game.
9:18 p.m.-MIKE NAPOLI CRUSHES HOME RUN, GIVES INDIANS LEAD
TORONTO -- For the second time tonight, a hit off of the bat of first baseman Mike Napoli has given the Cleveland Indians a lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre.
Down in the count, 0-1, after taking a called strike on the first pitch of the inning, Napoli belted an offering from Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman 428 feet and over the wall in center field for a home run. Napoli’s first home run this postseason gave the Indians a 2-1 lead over the Blue Jays.
Napoli had just three hits in 18 previous at-bats this postseason before Monday’s game.
8:56 p.m.-BLUE JAYS DRAW EVEN WITH INDIANS
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays needed just three pitches and one swing of the bat in the bottom of the second inning to draw even with the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre Monday night.
With the count even at 1-1 against Indians reliever Dan Otero, Blue Jays designated hitter Michael Saunders dropped the barrel of the bat on the ball and drove it over the wall in left field for his first home run of the postseason, and Toronto’s first round-tripper of the ALCS.
Saunders’ blast tied the score at 1-1.
8:30 p.m.-BAUER DOESN’T MAKE IT OUT OF FIRST INNING
TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians were hopeful starting pitcher Trevor Bauer could pitch less than a week after lacerating his right pinkie finger in an accident with his drone, but the opposite proved to be true in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Monday night.
Shown on the television broadcast with one man on base and two out, Bauer was using his jersey and pants to try and stop the bleeding, but when Blue Jays manager John Gibbons walked to home plate to talk with the umpire, a conversation ensued and lasted several minutes.
The Indians’ medical staff attempted to stop the bleeding, but could not get that done, which forced Indians manager Terry Francona to pull Bauer from the game with two on and two out in the bottom of the first inning.
Bauer struck out Blue Jay lead-off hitter Jose Bautista, and after a walk to third baseman Josh Donaldson, he got first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to line out to center field for the second out of the inning. But after walking shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, he could go no farther.
In relief, Dan Otero got catcher Russell Martin to ground out to second baseman Jason Kipnis, which stranded both Donaldson and Tulowitzki.
Bauer threw just 21 pitches in the game, including only nine for strikes.
8:15 p.m.-INDIANS TAKE 1-0 LEAD IN GAME 3
TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians wasted little time in building a lead against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre Monday night.
In their first at-bat, the Indians pushed across a run and took a 1-0 lead before the Blue Jays even came to the plate for the first time.
Designated hitter Carlos Santana drew a lead-off walk on just five pitches from Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman, and after second baseman Jason Kipnis and shortstop Francisco Lindor lined out and struck out swinging, respectively, first baseman Mike Napoli stepped into the batter’s box.
Hitting just .111 in his previous five playoff games, Napoli smashed a pitch to deep right field. The ball caromed off the glove of Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, and as Napoli was hustling to second, Santana sprinted all the way around from first to plate the Indians’ first run of the game.
You can also get tweets from WKYC Channel 3's Dave Chudowsky, Matt Florjancic, and Barry Wolf from Toronto below: