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Cleveland too strong for Toronto in MLB

Cleveland have moved to 3-0 in their American League playoffs series after a 4-2 win over Toronto.
Cleveland too strong for Toronto in MLB
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Cleveland have moved to within one win of a berth in Major League Baseball's World Series after beating Toronto 4-2 in game three of the American League playoffs.

The victory on Monday (Tuesday AEDT) gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli homered, and Cleveland's bullpen pulled off its most impressive feat yet in these American League playoffs, taking over after Trevor Bauer's first-inning exit and holding off the Blue Jays to put the Indians within reach of their first pennant since 1997.

Six relievers combined for 25 outs and 128 pitches, limiting Toronto to two runs and seven hits.

Unbeaten in six playoff games this year, Cleveland can complete their second consecutive sweep on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).

Indians ace Corey Kluber is expected to start game four on short rest after Bauer's drone-related finger injury created more upheaval in a rotation that's been short-handed all post-season. Bauer faced only four batters before being pulled after his right pinkie began dripping blood.

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