Indians vs. Blue Jays 2016 live stream

Mike Napoli homered and hit an RBI double, the Cleveland bullpen was stellar from the first inning on, and the Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Monday night to take a three-games-to-none stranglehold in the American League Championship Series. The Indians held on to a 4-2 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays, putting them up 3-0 in the best of seven series.

Bauer's early exit will mean that Corey Kluber, Cleveland's victor in game one, will get the start on Tuesday on just three days rest.

With Bauer's drone maintenance mishap leaving his finger a bloody mess and his status going forward questionable, Cleveland's rotation is down to Kluber, Josh Tomlin (who would start either Game 5 on three days' rest or Game 6 on five days' rest) and rookie Ryan Merritt, who was slated as the Game 4 starter for a few fleeting hours Monday before all hell broke loose.

The Tribe lost starter Trevor Bauer after just four batters when his stitched up pinkie finger broke open and began bleeding.

There were two main questions coming into the night: could Trevor Bauer, the Cleveland starter, manage to stay in the game with a pinky finger on his throwing hand that had been gruesomely injured in an accident on Friday morning?

Enter those stingy relievers, who pitched the Indians to a Division Series sweep over Boston and have them on the verge of another.

"I wouldn't mind getting some bats against that guy", he said. We know these guys. "My thinking was if we can get to their bullpen that early - just like during the season, you want to get to teams' bullpen".

At a raucous Rogers Centre, Bauer gave a sarcastic tip of the cap as he was pulled after 21 pitches.

"When I went out there, I mean - first thing I saw was blood on the rubber", said Francona. Cleveland is up 2-0 over Toronto in the series.

"They stepped up, their bullpen", said Toronto manager John Gibbons.

The Cleveland Indians are just a win away from a trip to the World Series. We just haven't been able to come up with a big hit, it's that simple.

It's yet another injury problem for a Cleveland team that couldn't include ailing starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar on its ALCS roster.

No telling whether Bauer's bloody cleats and baseball will end up in the Hall of Fame, like Schilling's sock. He had three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings, giving him 13 K's in the series.

The Cleveland Indians have faced a season's worth of adversity with their rotation in the last month and somehow have continued to prosper. Anyone who doesn't need to be in the area is asked to avoid it. Police are also asking fans to use transit or carpool to get to the game.

"I debated", Gibbons said prior to Toronto's do-or-die Game 4 Tuesday against Cleveland.

Toronto tied it up again in the bottom of the fifth when a Ryan Goins' ground out led to an RBI. Kluber didn't even bat (an eye) because we wanted to talk to him first because it's fine for us to be organized but if he's not ready to do it or if it's going to bother him, that doesn't help. Bautista went 1 for 3 with a walk and a single, and Carrera had two hits. The Blue Jays will counter with Aaron Sanchez, arguably their best pitcher on the year.