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TORONTO -- Before the Cleveland Indians could even consider giving the ball to Andrew Miller, their bullpen faced a daunting task in the very first inning.After Trevor Bauers bloody exit , these remarkable relievers had to stitch together almost an entire game against the Toronto Blue Jays.Four outs apiece for Dan Otero and Jeff Manship. Three for Zach McAllister. Five each for winner Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen.After all that, Cleveland finally turned to Miller, who was overpowering again in closing out a 4-2 victory that moved the Indians within one win of their first pennant since 1997.If anybody has a hiccup, we probably lose, manager Terry Francona said Monday night after his team took a 3-0 lead in the AL Championship Series. They all made pitches against some really good hitters.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.In the bullpens most impressive feat yet this October, six relievers combined for 25 outs and 128 pitches while limiting Toronto to two runs and seven hits. Miller got four outs for the save.The bullpen was unbelievable, Bauer said. Co-MVP to everybody.Indians ace Corey Kluber is scheduled to start Game 4 on short rest after Bauers drone-related finger injury created more upheaval in a rotation thats been short-handed all postseason. Bauer faced four batters before getting pulled when his stitched-up right pinkie began dripping blood.Enter those stingy relievers, who pitched the Indians to a Division Series sweep over Boston and have them on the verge of another. Cleveland is one win from its sixth World Series appearance.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 theyve got good arms, Toronto outfielder Kevin Pillar said. It makes it tough when youre facing a different guy every inning, every at-bat.Kipnis led off the sixth with a home run to right-center field for a 3-2 edge, and Jose Ramirez added an RBI single. Suddenly, the Indians were just a few outs from being able to turn the game over to Allen and Miller.They appeared in that order, yet another instance in which Francona maneuvered his bullpen unencumbered by rigid roles.It was all hands on deck, Miller said.Allen, who usually closes, entered in the seventh with a runner on and nobody out. A two-out walk to Jose Bautista put the potential tying run on, but Josh Donaldsons liner to left field stayed up long enough for Coco Crisp to make a sliding catch .Miller fanned three of five batters, giving him 20 strikeouts in nine playoff innings this year. The lanky left-hander has allowed five hits over 17 1/3 scoreless innings in his postseason career.Tito did a masterful job running that bullpen today, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. They shut us down.Cleveland has won nine straight dating to the regular season.Napoli entered 2 for 18 this postseason and in an 0-for-25 slump against right-handers dating to the regular season. He opened the scoring with an RBI double off righty Marcus Stroman in the first -- Napolis long fly popped out of Bautistas glove before both the ball and Bautista bounced off the right-field wall.Bauer made it through only 21 pitches. Hed been pushed back two days to Game 3 after cutting his finger last week repairing one of the drones he enjoys flying as a hobby. He received 10 stitches and tried to pitch, but couldnt make it far without blood dripping from his hand.Trevor got a little leak, Kipnis said. A couple of us had seen the wound kind of inside and knew it was a possibility of happening. He can deal with the pain, but its getting something like that to close up. Its hard to do in a short amount of time.Its yet another injury problem for a Cleveland team that couldnt include ailing starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar on its ALCS roster.Even with the Indians up 3-0, their rotation for the rest of this series isnt a sure thing. Kluber is set to come back for Game 4 (and presumably a potential Game 7) on short rest, and lightly used rookie Ryan Merritt is lined up for Game 5.Michael Saunders homered early for Toronto. Ezequiel Carrera tripled leading off the fifth and scored on Ryan Goins grounder to tie it 2-all.Kipnis answered with a home run, his first hit of the series.Stroman took the loss after allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings.Weve still got one more to get there, and its going to be tough, Kipnis said. We know these guys. Just kind of like the Boston series -- we dont want to wait around for them to figure it out. We want to get to them now.BLOOD WORKFrancona was Curt Schillings manager with Boston during the famous bloody-sock game against the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS.TRAINERS ROOMFrancona said Salazar (forearm) was progressing well after throwing to hitters Sunday night.MILLER TIMEMiller has struck out 20 of 33 batters in these playoffs and 30 of 60 in his postseason career.EXTRA EFFORTCleveland relievers have pitched at least 7 1/3 innings five times since Aug. 18, with the Indians winning four of those games.UP NEXTKluber has never started on three days rest in his major league career, but Francona said before Mondays game that was the plan for Game 4 if Bauer had problems with his finger. Toronto will start AL ERA leader Aaron Sanchez, who allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings against Texas in Game 3 of the ALDS. Cheap Jerseys Free Shpping . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. Cheap Jerseys From China . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Cheap Jerseys Online . -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit doesnt want to forget what happened down the stretch last year.The third-year sophomore plans to use the painful memory of last seasons collapse -- the Gators dropped their final three games in lopsided fashion -- as motivation this time around.The fact that we do have that is going to help us go forward, Sherit said.The 10th-ranked Gators (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) might need it. Florida has the toughest part of its schedule ahead, a daunting November slate that begins Saturday at Arkansas (5-3, 1-3) and includes road games against No. 15 LSU and No. 19 Florida State. Throw in Senior Day against rapidly improving South Carolina and Florida could be set up for another fall slide.The Gators insist it wont happen.We definitely have a stretch coming up, defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. said. But I feel like the leadership on this team is a little bit different then it was last year. I just feel like the cohesiveness between everybody is just ... were all in a good place right now.Florida was in a good position last November, too.The season started to unravel against Vanderbilt, though. The Gators needed a shanked punt and a late field goal to eke out a 9-7 victory. Two weeks later, they had to go to overtime to stave off Florida Atlantic. The struggles were just beginning, too.Florida scored just two offensive touchdowns in losses to Florida State, Alabama and Michigan. Yes, those were some of the better teams in the country; the Tide won the national championship. But Florida was outscored 97-24 in those games and hardly looked interested in playing the Wolverines in the Citrus Bowl.Thats something that we keep in the back of our minds, center Cam Dillard said. You want to startt the season strong and finish strong.dddddddddddd Thats what we preach all offseason, finishing. Thats what were going to try to do throughout the remainder of the season, finish.Beating the Razorbacks certainly would be a good start.Florida is 9-0 against Arkansas since the former Southwest Conference member entered the SEC in 1992 and has won all three meetings in Fayetteville.The Gators also have won three straight since a second-half debacle at Tennessee, but showed as many offensive flaws as defensive strengths while beating Vanderbilt, Missouri and Georgia. McElwain has come to his players defense this week, quite possibly trying to convince them theyre talent matches their lofty ranking.Theres something about having confidence in yourself, Sherit said. Something Coach Mac talks about a lot is were a good team and some guys dont realize how good we are, how good we can be.The Gators can clinch the Eastern Division and a berth in the SEC title game by winning two of their remaining three league games. That should provide plenty of motivation down the stretch. Not enduring a repeat of last season -- or what happened against Tennessee six weeks ago -- also should be a huge incentive.Every Saturday is a brand new event, McElwain said. I like where our guys are at as far as taking care of business. I think that second half of that one ball game down in Knoxville, Im telling you, it was an eye-opener for guys. And to make you realize that youve got to play with energy every single snap and you cant let the past affect the future. Well see what we learn.---More AP college football: Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jersyes Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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