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ALCS Game 5 GameThread: Clevelanders @ Jays

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

I'm having a great time in Toronto. Yesterday's game was much more fun than Monday's.

It's both Jose Bautista and J.A. Happ's birthday today. A win would be a present we all could enjoy.

A couple of lineup changes, Upton and Barney are in, Saunders and Goins are out, with the lefty starting against us.

I'll admit I thought it was a terrible decision on Francona's part to start Kluber on short rest yesterday. They only needed one win, why not plan for Kluber on normal rest. Instead they start him on short rest, and when they lose, their rotation is a mess. It seemed like they were acting like they were down 3-0 and needed the win.

If you are at the game, or even not at the game, but in Toronto, we are going to go to Town Crier again after the game tonight. Thanks to everyone that met us there yesterday.

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - 1B Jose Bautista - RF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Francisco Lindor - SS Edwin Encarnacion - 1B
Mike Napoli - DH Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Jose Ramirez - 3B Russell Martin - C
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Melvin Upton Jr. - DH
Coco Crisp - LF Ezequiel Carrera - LF
Tyler Naquin - CF Kevin Pillar - CF
Roberto Perez - C Darwin Barney - 2B
Ryan Merritt - LHP Marco Estrada - RHP

Reminder, regular season GameThread rules still stand. No GIF til the game is over, no arguing with the Mods and no being terrible.