What to Watch for in Game 2 of the World Series

World Series Game 1 Progressive Field wide shot

Kluber, who went 18-9 this year, excelled striking out eight Cubs in the first three innings - a record in the World Series.

"It's not that there's less importance on a regular-season game, but it's nearly like you have that extra level of intensity or focus", Kluber said of pitching in the postseason. Due to threat of rain, Wednesday's game will start at 7 p.m. ET (2300 GMT), an hour earlier than originally scheduled. Miller has thrown 20 scoreless innings in postseason play, including 13 2/3 innings with 24 strikeouts this year. In the third, Kluber surrounded a single with three more strikeouts. His hand uncontrollably gushed blood and ended the 25-year-old fireballer's start after 21 pitches and two-thirds of one inning.

"So I think it's a good idea", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

"I'll pitch whenever [Francona] asks me to", Kluber said. "I'm not disappointed by any means other than the fact we did not win". Kluber, a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young award, joins an elite list of starters the Cubs have battled in the playoffs, including Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill. "And they've learned a few things over the week, also, that will help".

All-everything Javier Baez and pitcher Jon Lester shared the NLCS MVP. He had trouble working out of the stretch and walked Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana to load the bases. But any number of factors could keep Miller from pitching, and Francona is happy to have a 1-0 series lead in his pocket. "He doesn't even have to get a hit to validate his spot behind the plate". "It was about the walks prior to that that really hurt us".

"I think his ball was moving too much today", said Perez, Cleveland's catcher.

Coming into Tuesday night's Game 1, the Cubs lineup had managed only four hits in 44 career at-bats against Kluber - with no home runs and one RBI.

So while Cleveland became the nexus of the North American sporting universe on Tuesday, Marlins Man was elsewhere - turning blocking on Twitter into a competitive sport. By the time he got the final out of the first, Cleveland had doubled that total. Judging by the size of the crowd, it looked like every single Clevelander turned out for the championship parade. He's only going to get better.

The Dodgers don't know what to expect out of starters Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who were limited to a combined 11 games because of injury.

Broyles had a front row seat when the Indians beat the Boston Braves in 1948 for a World Series title.

But Francona warns that Cleveland, which had its first sports title since 1964 when the NBA Cavaliers won the crown last June, craves an end to baseball misery with its own special passion.

After receiving his ring, LeBron James, recently seen passionately cheering for the Indians during the Major League Baseball postseason, spoke to the crowd. "None of us. Anybody in this building, anybody in this community, anybody in this state, anybody that has got any ties to Cleveland and northeast Ohio". He might wind up making a major impact on the rest of the Series with what he didn't do.

The Cleveland Clinic says at least five babies born Tuesday at its Fairview Hospital were dressed in World Series onesies.

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