10/25 21:55 CDT The Latest: Miller escapes jam in 7th, Indians lead Cubs 3-0
The Latest: Miller escapes jam in 7th, Indians lead Cubs 3-0
CLEVELAND (AP) --- The Latest on the World Series (all times Eastern):
Andrew Miller has pitched out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the seventh
inning to protect Cleveland's 3-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1.
Indians ace Corey Kluber was lifted after Ben Zobrist's leadoff single. Miller,
the AL Championship Series MVP, walked Kyle Schwarber on a full count and gave
up a single to Javier Baez on an 0-2 pitch.
That loaded the bases, but pinch-hitter Willson Contreras flied out to shallow
center field and Addison Russell struck out on three pitches. David Ross also
struck out, and Miller pumped his fist as he bounced off the mound.
Kluber yielded four hits and walked none in six-plus innings. The 2014 AL Cy
Young Award winner fanned nine --- eight in the first three innings.
With rain in the Cleveland forecast Wednesday night, Major League Baseball has
moved up the start time for Game 2 by an hour.
The first pitch at Progressive Field is now scheduled for 7:08 p.m.
Trevor Bauer is slated to pitch for the Indians against Chicago Cubs
right-hander Jake Arrieta.
The lights at Progressive Field flickered during the bottom of the sixth inning
in Game 1.
Cubs reliever Pedro Strop was about to throw a pitch to Roberto Perez when
plate umpire Larry Vanover raised his arms and called timeout. A moment later,
the stadium was fully bright again and play resumed.
Perez struck out looking to end the inning.
Roberto Perez's second home run this postseason has given the Indians a 3-0
lead over the Cubs in Game 1.
The Cleveland catcher hit a solo shot that struck the railing above the wall in
left field with one out in the fourth.
The drive came after Cleveland ace Corey Kluber worked out of mild trouble in
the top of the inning.
Perez, who batted .183 with three homers in 61 games during the regular season,
has been starting in place of regular catcher Yan Gomes, who just returned from
Chicago designated hitter Kyle Schwarber has his first major league hit of 2016.
Schwarber doubled off Corey Kluber with two outs in the fourth. The young
slugger hadn't played since tearing two ligaments in his left knee on April 7.
He was ruled out for the year, but after a rapid recovery from surgery, the
Cubs put Schwarber on their World Series roster Tuesday.
He struck out in his first at-bat but smacked a double off the wall in right
field his next time up and strolled into second base.
Schwarber was stranded when Javier Baez flied out on the next pitch.
Indians ace Corey Kluber has set a World Series record with eight strikeouts
through the first three innings. Cleveland leads the Chicago Cubs 2-0 in Game 1.
The eight strikeouts also represent the most by an Indians hurler in a World
The Cubs had a chance to score in the second inning but couldn't do anything
after Ben Zobrist's leadoff double. Kyle Schwarber, added to the World Series
roster Tuesday, struck out swinging. Schwarber tore two knee ligaments in early
April and hadn't played in the majors since.
Indians ace Corey Kluber has five strikeouts through the first two innings.
The Cleveland Indians have jumped on top 2-0 in Game 1 with a two-out rally in
the first inning against a scuffling Jon Lester.
Francisco Lindor singled and stole second before Lester issued consecutive
walks to Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana. Jose Ramirez drove in the first run
with an infield single, a swinging bunt that produced a dribbler toward third
base and left the Cubs with no play.
Brandon Guyer, in the starting lineup because of his strong numbers against
left-handers, was hit by a pitch to force in another run. Nothing new for Guyer
--- he racked up 31 HBPs this season, most in the majors and twice as many as
anyone else in the American League.
Lonnie Chisenhall fouled out to end the inning, with 39-year-old Cubs catcher
David Ross making a nice play and getting a face full of padding on the net
between home plate and the dugout.
The two quick runs off Lester were one more than he allowed in his previous 21
World Series innings. The lefty entered 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in three Series
starts for Boston.
Dexter Fowler took a called third strike from Cleveland Indians ace Corey
Kluber leading off the game, becoming the first Chicago Cubs player to bat in
the World Series in 25,948 days.
Chicago had not played a Series game since Oct. 10, 1945, when Don Johnson hit
into a game-ending forceout against Detroit's Hal Newhouser in Game 7.
Cleveland is appearing in its first World Series since an 11-inning Game 7 loss
at the Florida Marlins in 1997.
As the Indians and Cubs got ready for first pitch, Cleveland celebrated its
first championship in 52 years next door.
The Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA Finals in June,
received their diamond rings and a banner was raised at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cavs superstar LeBron James addressed the sellout crowd, telling the fans "this
is for you." He also wished the Indians good luck as they try to win the World
Series for the first time since 1948.
LeBron James was busy raising a championship banner at Quicken Loans Arena on
Tuesday night, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star made sure to take care of the
hometown guys across the street at Progressive Field.
James sent each member of the Indians wireless headphones ahead of Game 1 of
the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. The Indians repaid James by having
shortstop Francisco Lindor sign a jersey and send it back to the Cavaliers.
The Indians are trying to put an end to Cleveland's championship drought, which
is at a daunting 128 days since James and the Cavs beat Golden State in Game 7
of the NBA Finals.
An auction house says memorabilia of Yankees great Yogi Berra sold for $493,855
during an online auction, including $159,720 for his 1953 World Series
Steiner Sports said Tuesday that Berra's 1972 Hall of Fame induction ring sold
for $90,000, a game-worn 1961 World Series jersey for $71,874 and his Hall
induction plaque for $36,300. In all, 81 Berra lots were sold.
The catcher died in September 2015.
The auction ran from Sept. 13 through Monday. Prices include commission.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis' sprained left ankle won't keep him out of
Game 1 against the Cubs.
Kipnis, who injured his ankle in the postgame celebration following Game 5 of
the AL Championship Series in Toronto, ran the bases better than expected on
Monday, and the Indians aren't concerned his injury will be an issue.
Indians manager Terry Francona says he's considering playing Carlos Santana in
left field at Chicago's Wrigley Field, where Cleveland will not have the
designated hitter for Games 3-5 against the Cubs.
Santana took fly balls in left the past few days, and Francona said the first
baseman/DH is willing to play the outfield. Francona said the biggest
hesitation in making the move is that Santana has played only one career game
The weather is clear for Tuesday night's World Series opener and a game-time
temperature of about 50 degrees is forecast, but there is a chance of rain
during Game 2 on Wednesday night.
The Weather Channel predicted a 25 percent chance of rain for the start of Game
2, with the percentage increasing to 55 percent by 10 p.m. and 80 percent by 11
The Weather Channel also predicted the wind will be blowing out at Chicago's
Wrigley Field at 10-20 mph for Game 3 on Friday night. The network said the
daytime highs in Chicago are expected to be at least in the mid-60s on Friday
and close to 70 on Saturday.
When the Series last was at Wrigley in 1945, TWC said the high temperature
ranged from 74 degrees on Oct. 7 to 51 the following day.
Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber is starting the World Series opener against
the Cleveland Indians at designated hitter.
Schwarber is batting fifth in Game 1 against Cleveland starter Corey Kluber.
Here's the Cubs' lineup: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B,
Ben Zobrist LF, Schwarber DH, Javier Baez 2B, Chris Coghlan RF, Addison Russell
SS and David Ross C.
Here's the Indians' lineup: Rajai Davis CF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor
SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Carlos Santana DH, Jose Ramirez 3B, Brandon Guyer LF,
Lonnie Chisenhall RF and Roberto Perez C.
One start made Ryan Merritt a postseason hero, but he's hardly a household name.
The Indians rookie pitcher walked to work virtually unrecognized Tuesday before
Game 5 of the World Series against the Cubs. Wearing a backpack, the
left-hander, who pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings against Toronto in the ALCS,
blended into the crowd as he made his way to Progressive Field.
Indians outfielder Coco Crisp attracted more attention. He was happy to pose
for selfies and sign autographs as he headed to the ballpark.
Crisp is in his second stint with the Indians, who acquired him from Oakland in
an August trade. The 36-year-old switch-hitter is savoring his second World
Series, this time with the team he started with.
Crisp says: "It's like a dream come true."
Danny Salazar has made the Cleveland Indians' World Series roster.
The right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since Sept. 9 because of forearm
tightness, but after some rehab and rest, the Indians think he's ready to help
them against the Chicago Cubs.
It's possible that Salazar, who was picked for his first All-Star team this
season, will start Game 4. He might also pitch in relief if rookie Ryan Merritt
starts at Wrigley Field. Merritt emerged as an unlikely postseason hero when he
pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against
Salazar pitched a three-inning simulated game on Sunday night, the final hurdle
for him to be cleared.
Kyle Schwarber has been added to the Chicago Cubs' World Series roster and
could start Tuesday night's opener against the Cleveland Indians at designated
The 23-year-old, sidelined after tearing two knee ligaments on April 7, was
included Tuesday on the Cubs' 25-man roster. Left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny
Schwarber was expected to miss the rest of 2016 following knee surgery but was
cleared medically to resume playing on Oct. 17. He played a pair of games in
the Arizona Fall League and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
As a rookie, Schwarber hit .246 with 16 homers and 43 RBIs in 69 games.
Cleveland also made one change, including Danny Salazar in place of Cody
Anderson in a swap of right-handed pitchers.