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Blue Jays back home for Game 3 of ALCS

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Oct 17th, 2016

The Toronto Blue Jays are back home Monday night for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against Cleveland.

Thousands of baseball fans are expected to flood the streets of Toronto. It’s the first time Cleveland will play the Blue Jays in a playoff game in Toronto.

The Jays are 0-2 in the seven game series after scoring just one run during the first two away games. Part of the reason for the lack of offence has been Andrew Miller, Cleveland’s dominant reliever who’s been virtually unhittable.

Trevor Bauer will take the lead on the mound on Monday. Bauer had been scheduled to start Game 2, but was pushed back after he said he cut the pinkie on his right hand while fixing a drone. Bauer, who needed stitches to close the wound, is a self-described “nerd” and big “Star Wars” fan who studied mechanical engineering in college and enjoys playing around with the flying objects.

Marcus Stroman will start for the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays totalled one run over Games 1 and 2, and of their 10 hits, just one came against the Indians’ bullpen. Jose Bautista is 0 for 6, Edwin Encarnacion 2 for 7, Troy Tulowitzki 1 for 8 and Russell Martin 1 for 7. Toronto was fourth in the majors in home runs during the regular season got off to a powerful start in the playoffs, but hasn’t hit one in 27 innings, since the first inning of Game 3 in their AL Division Series against Texas.

Road Closures

  • Blue Jays Way will have a partial road closure, for southbound traffic, from Front Street West to Navy Wharf
  • Bremner Boulevard will have a partial road closure, for eastbound traffic, from Spadina Avenue to Rees Street
  • Bremner Boulevard will have a full road closure, for eastbound traffic, from Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street
  • Bremner Boulevard will have a full road closure, for westbound traffic, from Lower Simcoe Street to Navy Wharf
  • Rees Street will have a full road closure, for northbound traffic, from Lakeshore Blvd to Bremner Blvd

 

Toronto police are asking people to do the following:

  • utilize public transit
  • car-pool where possible
  • consider avoiding the area of the Rogers Centre, if not attending the game
  • extend courtesy to all while travelling
  • give yourself lots of extra time

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