A look at what’s happening all around the majors Monday:
Trevor Bauer and the Indians take a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series into Game 3 at Toronto. 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 0 IN TORONTO
The Blue Jays totaled 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.
TAKE A BREAK
It’s workout time at Dodger Stadium, a day before the Cubs and Los Angeles resume the NL Championship Series. Rich Hill is set to pitch Game 3 for LA against Jake Arrieta. Hill has been bothered by blister trouble, and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in either of his two starts vs. Washington in the NLDS.
Injured Indians pitcher Danny Salazar threw what appeared to be a simulated game after Cleveland’s workout Sunday night in Toronto. The All-Star righty has been sidelined since Sept. 9 because of forearm trouble and isn’t on the roster for the ALCS. Salazar threw to hitters at Rogers Centre a day before Game 3. He was 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA during the regular season.
The Diamondbacks plan to formally introduce Mike Hazen as their general manager. The 40-year-old served as Boston’s GM this season. Hazen replaces Dave Stewart, who was fired along with manager Chip Hale a day after Arizona finished 69-93 — its fifth straight year out of the playoffs. Hazen graduated from Princeton and played two seasons in the minor leagues.