The Toronto Blue Jays will face the Cleveland Indians in the A.L.C.S.
Cleveland beat Boston 4-3 Monday night to complete a three-game AL Division Series sweep.
The Indians victory puts them into the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2007. Cleveland’s win also served as a measure of revenge against the Red Sox. Cleveland led Boston 3-1 in the A.L.C.S. in 2007 before losing three in a row.
The Indians also blew a 2-0 lead against the Red Sox in the A.L.D.S in 1999.
Coco Crisp hit a two-run homerun in the sixth inning to put the Indians ahead for good.
Cleveland advances to face a Blue Jays team that has won six games in a row, including four in the post-season, and is undefeated in October.
Cleveland won the season series against Toronto this year 4-3.
The season series included a 19-inning game on Canada Day that Cleveland won 2-1.
The Blue Jays and Indians have never met in the playoffs before. The matchup sets up a reunion for Blue Jays President of Baseball Operations, Mark Shapiro, and Ross Atkins, the Blue Jays GM. Shapiro worked in the Indians organization since 1991 before he was hired last August to replace Paul Beeston.
Atkins was drafted by Cleveland in the 1995 draft in the 38th round, he played five seasons in their minor league organization before he was hired in 2001 as assistant director of player development. He was hired as Toronto’s general manager last December.
Last night, Toronto president Mark Shapiro texted his protege, Cleveland president Chris Antonetti, and said: "Your turn." Tribe-Jays ALCS.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 11, 2016
This is the Blue Jays second straight trip to the A.L.C.S. They lost in six games last year to the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
The extra time off will give the Blue Jays a chance to rest up. Francisco Liriano missed game three against Texas due to a mild concussion and was sent home from the team on Sunday after reporting not feeling well.
The team said he felt better on Monday but there’s no word if he’ll be able to suit up for the A.L.C.S. Liriano would need to receive the go-ahead from MLB’s doctor’s for that to happen.
Devon Travis missed the final two games of the Rangers series with a bone bruise in his right knee. The Blue Jays are hopeful the extra rest will allow him to play when the series begins in Cleveland on Friday.
Toronto hasn’t announced what it’s rotation will look like for the series.
Game 1 will be Friday night at 8 p.m. in Cleveland, game 2 will be Saturday in Cleveland before the series shifts to Toronto for games 3 and 4 next Monday and Tuesday.
If necessary, game 5 would be Wednesday in Toronto with games 6 and 7 in Cleveland next Thursday and Saturday.
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