CLEVELAND, Ohio — Game 1 of the AL Championship Series against Toronto kicks off tonight in Cleveland.
The Indians are encouraging all fans to #RockRed Tribe gear throughout the ALCS to help maintain the Indians’ home-field advantage against the Blue Jays.
The Indians were 53-28 at Progressive Field this season, second best in baseball and won two straight against Boston last weekend.
First pitch is set for 8 p.m. Indians Hall of Famer Andre “Thunder” Thornton will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Pregame festivities include Tom Hamilton as emcee, Budweiser activation and Cleveland students manning the American flag on the field during the National Anthem.
Corey Kluber will start.
Manager Terry Francona says he’ll follow with Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin in Games 2 and 3. Mike Clevinger will likely start Game 4 but will pitch only a few innings.
Kluber pitched seven shutout innings in his postseason debut last week against the Boston Red Sox.
He was pitching on 10 days’ rest after suffering a strained quadriceps on Sept. 26. The former Cy Young winner showed no ill effects from the injury in limiting the AL East champions to three hits.
Kluber went 18-9 during the regular season, bouncing back from a 16-loss season in 2015.
Francona has had to adjust his rotation for weeks after losing starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to injuries.