Ross, Lester help Cubs stay alive in World Series

The Indians are still only one win away from their first World Series victory since 1948 despite losing 3-2 Sunday against the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 at Wrigley Field. He's a pretty strong guy. Tomlin will start with three days' rest for just the second time in his Major League Baseball career, and even though he threw only 58 pitches on Friday night, he admits his preparation will change a little bit because of working on short rest.

First, the characters: Ben Zobrist, the Cubs' versatile 35-year-old veteran who now plays left field and bats fourth, and Kris Bryant, the Cubs' supremely talented 23-year-old third baseman, who hits second.

But Maddon also notes the rare skills of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, Indians relievers who have been able to go multiple innings consistently, a rare feat. "Hopefully, we can get out there and win Game 6, because you never know what can happen in a Game 7".

The teams had alternated victories in the first five games and the Red Sox had won Game 5, setting themselves up for a possible Series-clinching win in Game 6, for their first title in 28 years. If the Indians can get one more under the radar performance from Ramirez, they may finally put this series on ice.

"Even getting to (this) juncture definitely is going to stand out for many years", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

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"There's one guy in particular I want to sing my ass for and he's No. 3 behind the plate". I had a conversation with Jake in spring training in Mesa the first time I saw him. "But our main focus right now is to try to win this thing so we can have a parade". In fact, if the Cubs do come back and win this series, the irony would be a bit spooky for Cleveland sports fans. "The good part is he knows what he feels like now, compared to last season at this time".

And with the designated hitter coming back into play in Cleveland, they'll get a full game's worth of at-bats from hitting sensation Schwarber. In Game 2, he had a pair of RBI singles. Carlos Santana will switch back with Mike Napoli as DH, who sat out Game Four.

Through a friend who is neighbors with the Cubs player, Waltrip's son, Nicholas, received a bat Russell once used in a game and an autographed poster. The odds are certainly against them.

Other Cubs fans say the Indians shouldn't be concerned with a parade and school cancelling with two games left in the World Series. If he's back to his slugging ways and can jump-start the Cubs' attack, winning two more games suddenly seems much more realistic. "We went out there in Game 5 and took care of business".

"We're writing our own history", Chicago shortstop Addison Russell said. He was an All-Star in 1995, when the Tribe advanced to the postseason for the first time in 41 years. "Why can't we do that now?"

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