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    March 9, 2019 7:39 AM GMT

    CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber is back at the top of the Indians make-it-up-as-they-go rotation. Air Max Shop Nederland .Cleveland will start its ace in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, one of the few certainties Indians manager Terry Francona has as his team plays for a spot in the World Series.Trevor Bauer, who started the opener of the division series against Boston, will pitch Game 2 and Josh Tomlin will take the mound for Game 3 in Toronto on Sunday. After that, Francona has penciled in Mike Clevinger for Game 4, but that plan could change depending on what happens in the first three games.The uncertainty is nothing new to Francona, who has been forced to juggle his rotation for weeks after losing starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to injuries.Franconas decision to send out Kluber first was expected after the right-hander showed no signs of a late-season quadriceps injury and pitched seven shutout innings in Game 2 against the Red Sox. Kluber limited baseballs highest-scoring team to three hits and ended any concerns about him not being himself in his first postseason.The Indians will need Kluber and the rest of their staff to be on when they face the wild-card Blue Jays, who battered Texas in their division series by hitting eight homers and scoring 22 runs.Theyre good, Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway?said. Theyre excellent. Their whole roster is pretty good, as far as swinging the bat. Weve got to make pitches from Pitch 1. Theyre a little bit different makeup than Boston. Theyre not going to sit around and take a first-pitch strike. You cant just groove a first pitch to them. Youve got to throw quality strikes right out the get-go, and then make sure you stay ahead. Thats going to be the challenge, making sure you throw quality strikes early and see what happens after that.Kluber, who will face Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada in the opener, went 18-9 during the regular season, bouncing back from a 16-loss season in 2015. He was 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays.While Francona has had to mix and match with his starters, he wont have Salazar on the ALCS roster.The Indians sent the right-hander to Arizona to build up stamina in hopes that he might be able to return for this series after being sidelined since early September with forearm tightness. But Francona said the 11-game winner is not ready, and the Indians dont want to rush him back.Hes doing pretty good, Francona said. Hes not back yet where hes throwing all his pitches or letting it go 100 percent. I think if we ask him to do that, he might be reaching right now. Weve been pretty vocal about the first priority is getting him back healthy. I think this proves it. We wouldnt do that to somebody.The loss of Salazar was compounded when Carrasco broke his right hand when he was hit by a line drive on Sept 17. Francona has had to be creative with his bullpen, using eight relievers to complete the game in which Carrasco got hurt.Theres not much our bullpen hasnt experienced throughout the course of the year, team president Chris Antonetti said. Weve had all different types of games, from the extra-inning game in Toronto to the game when Carlos left after two pitches. So, theres not too much our guys havent handled and I think theyre prepared and ready to go pitch when its their turn, whenever Tito calls upon them.Francona used his bullpen masterfully against the Red Sox, bringing in left-hander Andrew Miller earlier and relying on late-inning stalwarts Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen.The manager will likely take a similar approach into the series with Toronto.At this point, he doesnt have much choice. Nike Air Max Outlet Nederland . The lawyers filed a 33-page amended complaint Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, expanding on the suit originally filed Oct. 3 in New York Supreme Court. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz last week refused to compel Selig to testify in the grievance, and Rodriguez then walked out of the hearing without testifying. Nike Air Max Uitverkoop .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. . - Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic has broken a shutout record that was only three months old in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ATHENS, Ga. -- Defensive back Maurice Smith has started his acclimation to Georgia a day after the Southeastern Conference cleared his transfer from Alabama as a graduate student.Smith was assigned a No. 2 jersey and was with the Bulldogs for Saturdays scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. Coach Kirby Smart, the former Alabama defensive coordinator, said Smiths new teammates were receptive and excited to have him.Smart says Smith is comfortable with the Georgia system but added that eeverything is not the same. Air Max Schoenen Sale. .Smart says hell review the tape of the scrimmage before grading the play of quarterbacks Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Eason.Tailback Nick Chubb continued his comeback from major surgery on his left knee as he participated in the scrimmage.---AP college football website: ' ' '