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Follow live: Kluber dominating Cubs with eight K's in three innings

Cleveland gave Corey Kluber the lead in the first inning. He has done the rest, setting a World Series record by striking out eight of nine Cubs batters he has faced.

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Corey Kluber already has 8 strikeouts through 3 innings. The Indians have only had 2 different pitchers with 10+ K in a postseason start: Charles Nagy (12 in 1996 ALDS Game 4 vs BAL), and Bartolo Colón (11 K in 1999 ALDS Game 1 vs BOS and 10 K in 2001 ALDS Game 1 vs SEA).


Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Remarkable. Corey Kluber just did something he has never done during any regular-season game: Strike out eight batters in his first three innings' work. And he did it in the World Series. Filthy stuff.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James is up to 12 assists, the most he's ever had on opening night. His previous high in a season opener was 9 in his NBA debut in 2003. He also has 17 points and 8 rebounds, needing two more boards for a triple-double.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Last week, Andrew Miller said he thinks Corey Kluber and Jon Lester are mirror images, from their clean mechanics to mound demeanor/competitiveness. Watching them tonight, you see what Miller means. "I even told my wife this, I can't get past it," he said. "Other than the fact that one is left-handed and the other one is right-handed, I don't think there's a better comp in baseball."


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Addison Russell & Francisco Lindor are both 22 years old. According to Elias this is the first WS game ever with 2 shortstops age 22 or younger

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Jon Lester had given up one run in the World Series in his career (3 starts). He gave up 2 in a span of 4 pitches last inning.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

If you look at overall Series strategy, winning Game 1 with Corey Kluber going deep into the game could be huge. It would allow Terry Francona to potentially unleash Andrew Miller for multiple innings in Game 2. An important second for Kluber as he leaves Ben Zobrist stranded after Zobrist led off with a double.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

If Kyle Schwarber is going to play hero tonight. It will have to come later. His first AB ended like his previous three career at-bats against Corey Kluber -- with a strikeout.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James (12 pts, 7 reb, 7 ast) is more than halfway to a triple-double but the Cavs lead the Knicks by just 3 at halftime thanks to some dismal 3-point shooting. Cleveland is just 4-for-21 from beyond the arc, including an 0-for-3 mark by James, who spent the summer working on his jumper.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Francisco Lindor has been the Indians' MVPP (Most Valuable Position Player) this whole postseason. He started the inning with his two-out single and stolen base and then came around to score.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs fans break into an ear-splitting cheer after the arena shows the Indians taking a 1-0 lead over the Cubs on the Jumbotron.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The crowd in Quicken Loans Arena just got as loud as it has all night -- not because of Kiss Cam, but because the Indians scored. The Cavs fans are now chanting "Let's Go Tribe."

Paul Lukas ESPN.com 

Indians starter Corey Kluber must be superstitious about keeping the same cap. You can see the outline where the Postseason patch was removed and replaced by the World Series patch.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony picks up his third foul while shoving Kevin Love late in the second quarter. Knicks went on a 16-5 run to cut into Cleveland's lead with Anthony on the court. It will be interesting to see if Hornacek pulls Anthony here and how momentum is impacted over the final 2:43 of the quarter.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

This is interesting and pretty funny: Cavs coaches are letting their players watch the highlights and interviews from their championship season being played on the Jumbotron during a timeout. Obviously, teams usually talk strategy with coaches during these breaks.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

During a timeout in Quicken Loans Arena, they put the World Series score up on the video board, drawing a huge cheer from the crowd even though the Cubs and Indians are still scoreless.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are 8-2 this season when the game time temp is 50 or below. The Indians are 2-7 in such conditions. It's 50 degrees at Game time for Game 1. (ESPN Stats)

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

More Craig Sager love. And it's awesome.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks looked pretty dejected walking off the floor after that LeBron James dunk in transition. Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony have combined for seven turnovers. Not the start that Jeff Hornacek was hoping for.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks struggled when Cleveland ran pick and rolls late in the first quarter. One example: Cavs screened for LeBron James on their final possession of the quarter and Willy Hernangomez took a step away from Kevin Love to help. James fed Love for an open 3. Cavs up 10 after 12 minutes.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Who's ready for Game #1 of the World Series?

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It electric at Progressive Field on a huge night for Cleveland, but there are plenty of Cubs fans in the ballpark tonight as well.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

¡Aquí vamos!

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James had a triple-double in Game 7 of the Finals and he's on track for one early tonight. He has 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as the Cavs lead the Knicks late in the first quarter.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

So, let's get this thing started, and find out if the Indians will win their first World Series since 1948, or the Cubs Chicago's second this millennium.