Game times: 2016 World Series on FOX

Game times: 2016 World Series on FOX

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Tribe in World Series: Better relieve it!

Tribe in World Series: Better relieve it!

TORONTO -- This was not how the Indians would have imagined it. Then again, that fits this unbelievable, improbable season of theirs. Against all odds, defying all expectations in the wake of so many setbacks, this Indians team is going to the World Series. Believe it, Cleveland.

The circumstances surrounding the clinching game on Wednesday were as incredible and unfathomable as everything else has been for the Tribe. In a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, rookie Ryan Merritt -- with only one Major League start to his name -- blanked Toronto's lineup and lasted long enough for ALCS MVP Award winner Andrew Miller and Cleveland's bullpen to apply the clamp.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bats never got going for Blue Jays in ALCS

Powerhouse lineup limited to eight runs over five games by Indians

Bats never got going for Blue Jays in ALCS

TORONTO -- When the Blue Jays reported for Spring Training and star slugger after star slugger walked into the clubhouse, nobody could have predicted that a lack of offense would eventually lead to their downfall.

The question entering this season was whether the Blue Jays would have enough pitching to contend. Well, not only did they have enough depth in that department, they pieced together what turned out to be the American League's best starting rotation. The problem was that in the AL Championship Series against the Indians, the offense did not live up to its end of the bargain. A 3-0 defeat in Game 5 on Wednesday ended the Jays' season.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays enjoy another stepping stone in 2016

Back-to-back ALCS appearances leaves feeling of pride for Toronto

Blue Jays enjoy another stepping stone in 2016

TORONTO -- Anything short of a World Series is a disappointing result for a team deep in the heart of the postseason, but 2016 was another building block, and another memorable year for the Blue Jays' organization.

Toronto's postseason run officially came to an end on Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to Cleveland in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, marking the second consecutive season the Blue Jays were one of baseball's final four teams.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Blue Jays can take heart in Toronto baseball revival

Amazing two-year run has built winning culture, rabid fan base across Canada

Blue Jays can take heart in Toronto baseball revival

TORONTO -- They had not done what they believed they would do. They believed it until the very end. That's the thing the Toronto Blue Jays said over and over.

"I wanted to be getting on a plane to go to Cleveland," outfielder Jose Bautista said.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians party like it's 1997 after winning pennant

Cleveland will host Game 1 of the World Series for first time in its history

Indians party like it's 1997 after winning pennant

TORONTO -- They took turns passing the trophy around. A bottle in one hand and the hardware in the other, one by one, Cleveland's players savored their moment. They would stare at it, champagne dripping from the gold eagle that sits atop the black base, pausing for a moment before posing for photos.

In that brief personal moment, the players probably thought about all that had to happen for the Indians to reach this stage, for that trophy to be placed in their arms. Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, a victory that clinched the franchise's sixth AL pennant, gave the world a look at what has defined this Indians team all season long, and why it is now going to the World Series.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Disappointed Blue Jays wish Tribe well

Gibbons: 'Cleveland will be a great representative' for American League

Disappointed Blue Jays wish Tribe well

TORONTO -- Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro stood in front of reporters on Wednesday evening and smiled as he looked upon the group, wanting to make one thing clear.

"I'm going to give it a little time, and then go over and congratulate the Indians' organization," Shapiro said after Cleveland's 3-0 series-clinching victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. "Tell them I'm happy for them, and tell them to go out and win the World Series."

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Shapiro salutes Indians in bittersweet moment

Blue Jays exec congratulates club he left 11 months ago

Shapiro salutes Indians in bittersweet moment

TORONTO -- Mark Shapiro choked back tears as he searched for words. He wanted to say this just right, and he didn't want anyone to misconstrue his swirl of emotions.

Shapiro had just come from the visitors' clubhouse at Rogers Centre, where some of his closest friends were celebrating the Cleveland Indians winning the American League pennant.

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Anthony Castrovince

AL crown just the way Tito 'drew it up

Manager pushes right buttons in Indians' World Series run

AL crown just the way Tito 'drew it up

TORONTO -- The cigar smoke was filling up the visiting manager's clubhouse in the bowels of Rogers Centre, but the bag sitting on a shelf had been kept safe and dry from the champagne-spraying madness taking place just a few yards down the hall.

Terry Francona rummaged around in that bag and pulled out his iPhone.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DYK: Facts and figures from ALCS Game 5

DYK: Facts and figures from ALCS Game 5

The Indians punched their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in Toronto. The Tribe has won seven of its first eight playoff games -- sweeping the Red Sox in the AL Division Series before besting the Jays in five games -- and is now advancing to the World Series for the sixth time in franchise history.

It's Cleveland's first appearance in the Fall Classic since 1997, when it lost to the Marlins in seven games. The Tribe hasn't won the World Series since 1948, a 67-year title drought. If not for the Cubs, the Indians would own the longest title drought in the Major Leagues. Cleveland is 2-3 in its five World Series appearances.

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David Adler, Chad Thornburg and Ben Weinrib are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Title town? Cleveland fans toast ALCS win

Indians eye chance at city's second 2016 championship

Title town? Cleveland fans toast ALCS win

CLEVELAND -- Every out was drawing thunderous applause, and by the time the Indians clinched a World Series berth with their 3-0 win on Wednesday over the Blue Jays, fans across Cleveland could not hold in their excitement.

The win has Cleveland within reach of a second major sports crown this year, following the Cavaliers' NBA title in June that broke the city's 52-year championship drought. This is the first appearance for the Indians in a World Series since 1997, and they haven't won since 1948.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians welcome break before Fall Classic

Club will celebrate AL title, then rest before hosting Game 1 on Tuesday

Indians welcome break before Fall Classic

TORONTO -- They'll have five full days to string up the bunting at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, preparing Progressive Field and its surrounding area to host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Until then, the Indians plan on enjoying every second of their American League Championship Series afterglow.

Sometimes, clinching a postseason series early can be viewed as a negative, forcing a club to wait around before it can advance to the next round. That was not the case as the Indians celebrated their ALCS-clinching 3-0 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday, looking ahead to giving their batteries a much-needed charge as they await the Cubs or Dodgers. It'll be the first time Cleveland starts a World Series at home.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Relieve-Miller band keeps on rockin'

Allen and Shaw, along with Perez behind plate, excel for Indians

Relieve-Miller band keeps on rockin'

TORONTO -- In some alternate universe, the American League Championship Series might have turned when Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made that slow amble out of the dugout in Game 3, alerting home-plate umpire Brian Gorman to the blood that was rapidly staining Trevor Bauer's right pants leg.

It did not, as the Indians' very capable bullpen soaked up 25 outs and pushed the Blue Jays to the brink of elimination, then sent them home two days later with a 3-0 victory in Wednesday's Game 5. No matter what happens in the World Series, the Indians' bullpen use this October will be talked about for years to come.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crisp homers in third straight Tribe clincher

Waiver trade pickup thrilled to head to Fall Classic with original club

Crisp homers in third straight Tribe clincher

TORONTO -- Much praise has been bestowed upon the World Series-bound Indians for their actions ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline. They landed the grand prize, after all, in American League Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller, and any discussion about their wheeling and dealing has to start with him. Coco Crisp surely deserves a mention, though.

Crisp arrived after Miller, and just before the less-heralded postseason roster deadline on Aug. 31 as a last-minute addendum to an Indians club that was planning for a postseason without outfielder Abraham Almonte, who was deemed ineligible for the playoffs as part of his punishment after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

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Jane Lee has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bautista, Encarnacion forever part of Blue Jays

Slugging duo may have played last game with Toronto, but both left a mark

Bautista, Encarnacion forever part of Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have seen it all during their time with the Blue Jays. The half-empty stadium that turned into Toronto's hottest ticket. The last-place finishes that eventually became an American League East title. The return of meaningful baseball to the Great White North.

In a lot of ways, Bautista and Encarnacion were the ones who helped put this sport back on the map in Toronto. Within the span of eight years, the Blue Jays went from being regular-season fodder for the Yankees and Red Sox to legitimate contenders and then division champions. They have been big-time players, playing in what turned out to be a big-time market.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ALCS MVP Miller stars among 'pen pals

Dominant lefty strikes out 14 over 7 2/3 scoreless frames in 'extreme' performance

ALCS MVP Miller stars among 'pen pals

TORONTO -- In the lead-up to October, Terry Francona would tell anybody who would listen that, to get through the postseason, you need to have a guy who does something "extreme."

Andrew Miller, your all-too-obvious American League Championship Series MVP in the wake of the Indians' clinching 3-0 victory over the Blue Jays in Game 5 on Wednesday, would certainly qualify.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Entering with high hopes, Estrada just solid for 6

Blue Jays righty allows three runs (two earned) in Game 5 loss to Indians

Entering with high hopes, Estrada just solid for 6

TORONTO -- Marco Estrada set the bar high as he approached his critical start for the Blue Jays in Wednesday's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, saying that he expected to pitch deep into the game and keep the Indians from celebrating on the turf at Rogers Centre.

Known for stepping up in big games, Estrada was outdueled by rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt and three Cleveland relievers, surrendering three runs (two earned) over six innings in a season-ending 3-0 loss.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe powers up in G5, secures Series trip

Lindor scores on early error; Santana, Crisp belt solo shots

Tribe powers up in G5, secures Series trip

TORONTO -- Earning a World Series berth with a 3-0 win in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, the Indians struck early against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada at Rogers Centre.

Estrada retired each of the first two batters he faced, but Francisco Lindor kept the first inning alive with a base hit to left, setting up Mike Napoli's two-bagger off the wall in left field. Ezequiel Carrera's mishandling of the ball easily allowed Lindor to score.

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Jane Lee has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Relieveland! Title not without Merritt

Tribe rookie undeterred by Game 5 stage, delivers scoreless start

Relieveland! Title not without Merritt

TORONTO -- Ryan Merritt sprinted out of the visitors' dugout at Rogers Centre and was the first Indians player on the field. The pitcher ran across the turf, jumped over the first-base chalk line and plucked the baseball from the mound dirt before getting ready for some warmup tosses.

That display at the start of the third inning Wednesday made one thing very clear: Even with a trip to the World Series on the line, Merritt was not overwhelmed. The small-town kid from Texas was eager and ready to take on Toronto's lineup, and his name will now be remembered for decades by Tribe fans after the Indians' 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Status uncertain: Bauer set for another checkup

Indians hope lacerated pinkie will heal enough for World Series start

Status uncertain: Bauer set for another checkup

TORONTO -- The Indians continue to monitor the laceration on Trevor Bauer's right pinkie finger, but there remains little clarity about his potential availability.

Prior to Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, which Cleveland won, 3-0, to advance to the World Series, Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Dr. Thomas Graham -- a renowned hand specialist -- is scheduled to re-examine Bauer's stitched-up finger in Toronto. Francona's hope was that Bauer might be available out of the bullpen if the ALCS extended to six or seven games, and that the pitcher would then be able to start again in the World Series.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ALCS Game 5 starting lineups: Indians vs. Blue Jays

ALCS Game 5 starting lineups: Indians vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr. was moved into the Blue Jays' starting lineup for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series this afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Upton gets the start at designated hitter in place of Michael Saunders as Toronto will go with its typical lineup against lefties. Rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt will start for Cleveland in another win-or-go-home scenario for the Blue Jays as Toronto trails 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Dodgers lefties sending Cubs' offense south

Hill, Kershaw combined for 13 scoreless innings in Games 2 and 3

Stats of the Day: Dodgers lefties sending Cubs' offense south

Here are three interesting items from League Championship Series play on Tuesday …

• Southpaw Rich Hill (six innings, two hits allowed) and three Dodgers relievers combined on a four-hitter with 10 K's, as Los Angeles blanked Chicago, 6-0, and took a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.

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Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookies rule LCS today as Urias, Merritt take mound

Indians can close out ALCS; Dodgers eye 3-1 NLCS lead

Rookies rule LCS today as Urias, Merritt take mound

Neither Ryan Merritt nor Julio Urias has much experience at the Major League level, but both rookie left-handers will have tough assignments when they take the mound today.

Merritt's Indians couldn't finish off an American League Championship Series sweep of the Blue Jays on Tuesday, falling, 5-1, in Game 4. Cleveland now has one more chance to close out the series at a hostile Rogers Centre before the festivities would shift back to Progressive Field. On the line is the Tribe's first World Series berth since 1997.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sanchez steps up in biggest start of career

Blue Jays right-hander holds Indians to one run on two hits in Game 4

Sanchez steps up in biggest start of career

TORONTO -- With his team facing elimination, Aaron Sanchez gave the Blue Jays exactly what they needed in their 5-1 victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Indians on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

Sanchez -- making his lone start of the series and second career postseason start -- became just the second pitcher in franchise history to throw at least six innings and allow two hits or fewer in a postseason start, joining Dave Stieb, who did so in the 1985 ALCS.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe pays for walking to get to Encarnacion

Slugger hits two-run single to give Blue Jays insurance runs in Game 4 win

Tribe pays for walking to get to Encarnacion

TORONTO -- For the second time in the 2016 postseason, Edwin Encarnacion delivered a huge hit for the Blue Jays in a must-win game, helping his team earn a 5-1 win in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

The "circumstances," to use a term from earlier in the series, seemed to swing Toronto's way after a rare questionable decision by Cleveland manager Terry Francona, whose team had a chance to sweep the ALCS.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Game 4 'pen usage a balancing act for Tito

If not for key error, relievers could have had better outcome while Miller, Allen rested

Game 4 'pen usage a balancing act for Tito

TORONTO -- Bryan Shaw grabbed the bouncing baseball with his bare right hand, turned his head to find first base and felt he had plenty of time. Where the Indians reliever went wrong was regaining his balance, as evidenced by the ball that was soon bouncing into foul ground down the right-field line.

Throughout this American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays, and in the postseason as a whole, Cleveland had been fundamentally sound and powered by its bullpen. In a 5-1 loss in Game 4 on Tuesday, both elements escaped the Tribe and delayed the Indians' opportunity to punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time in nearly two decades.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Return to defensive excellence key for Tribe

Indians deviated from norm with multiple misplays in Game 4 loss

Return to defensive excellence key for Tribe

The Indians took their first loss of the postseason, a 5-1 defeat against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, in part because of an uncharacteristically poor defensive showing.

If the Tribe hopes to clinch a World Series berth -- it currently leads the American League Championship Series, 3-1, and was the only team in the Major Leagues not to lose four straight games this year -- Cleveland would do well to shore up its defense.

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Richard Justice

Happy Jays are here again, and there's still a chance

Toronto faces 3 more potential elimination games, but hope abounds after big win

Happy Jays are here again, and there's still a chance

TORONTO -- This is what great players do, and Josh Donaldson certainly is one of those. This is what really good teams do, and the Toronto Blue Jays are that.

The Blue Jays do not go quietly. They do not give in. Toronto certainly did not give up. Who knows where things go from here after the Jays beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, in an elimination game on Tuesday.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe can't grab Blue Jays' well-placed 'blooper'

Tulowitzki's fourth-inning run on Carrera's soft single proves decisive

Tribe can't grab Blue Jays' well-placed 'blooper'

TORONTO -- The fourth-inning flare to center field didn't feel like a hit off the bat to Ezequiel Carrera, nor did it look like one to Corey Kluber. Yet it wound up representing the deciding run in Tuesday's Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

Carrera's soft one-out bloop bounced in front of Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, chasing home Troy Tulowitzki from second base with the Blue Jays' second run in a 5-1 victory at Rogers Centre that promised Toronto at least one more tomorrow.

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Anthony Castrovince

Rookie Merritt unfazed by Game 5 magnitude

In just second career start, lefty can punch Tribe's World Series ticket

Rookie Merritt unfazed by Game 5 magnitude

TORONTO -- They joke in the Indians' clubhouse about the things that would come out of Ryan Merritt's mouth if the club advanced to the World Series against, say, a certain team from the North Side of Chicago.

"What's the World Series?"

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.