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Terry Francona has used Andrew Miller masterfully in the playoffs -- but the part of the story that doesn't get enough attention is that Francona wouldn't be able to do it without Cody Allen.

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The Indians pitchers have been ridiculously good

The Indians' pitching staff has already taken down two good hitting teams: the Red Sox and the Blue Jays. In Game 1 of the World Series, they were at it again, this time shutting down the Chicago Cubs.


Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

How loose is Joe Maddon before Game 3? He just dead-panned "Michael Scott" from The Office when asked who is the biggest influence on his managerial style.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon jokes that the biggest influence on his managerial leadership style: "Probably Michael Scott." Yes, the guy from "The Office!"

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Joe Maddon on his walk to the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years: "One of the groups that makes video games could definitely make a video game of walking down Clark Street"

Pedro Gomez MLB 

Game 3 in a few hours.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Cubs' Game 3 lineup against Cleveland's Josh Tomlin. But when we will see Kyle Schwarber?

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Party at Napoli's shirts have made it to Wrigley, where the Indians relievers may (or may not) be giving directions to join the party.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs Game 4 starter John Lackey can be endearingly irascible, but he's as sentimental as anyone when it comes to pitching in this moment, saying, "This is why you play the game. This is why I'm still playing at this stage of my career at this age. I'm trying to win championships and trying to be a part of something special."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Puerto Rican Pride! ¡Orgullo boricua!

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

After some Cubs warmed up by tossing the football around, it's the Indians' turn to get loose with a little pregame fun on the field at Wrigley.


David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The World Series seems like a strange time to start experimenting, but that's essentially what Terry Francona and Joe Maddon are both doing. Carlos Santana will play left field for the first time all season (he played four innings there in 2012) while Jason Heyward continues to sit because of his struggles at the plate. In his place will again be Jorge Soler ... who hasn't had a hit since September 15.

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

There is a strong wind currently blowing out to left field. Game temperature is expected to be 63 degrees.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

¡Venezuela lista para la Serie Mundial!

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Word passed to Cubs staff is that the wind will blow out tonight, at about 20 mph. Great conditions for hitters.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

2:50 pm CT: The Sports Corner, across from Wrigley Field, hits capacity. 500 people paid $50 each to watch game there tonight

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It's getting busy outside Wrigley already. More security than I've ever seen here which is to be expected. We are still more than 4 hours from first pitch,

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Indians lineup with leadoff man Carlos Santana in left field.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

First goat spotting at Wrigley. Owner: "Tips for the goat, folks, it ain't cheap to send a 'kid' to college."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

¡Llegó el gran día!

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Last time Wrigley Field hosted a World Series game, it was also home to the Chicago Bears. Today, Matt Szczur is running routes on the field prior to Game 3.