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Indians News and Notes: "Smiling Assassin" Francisco Lindor shoots down Toronto in Game 1

Morning News and Notes, Saturday, October 15, 2016

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What do you call Francisco Lindor? Most of the great nicknames are taken. He can't be The Kid - the obvious nickname. There's nothing that presents itself that would be a play on his name. After last night, I propose "The Smiling Assassin." He's a cool customer who will kill you with his glove as well as his bat. Doesn't matter - you're still dead. He makes the ridiculous look easy. Last night, he timed up Marco Estrada, a feat that baffled most of his teammates, and stuck a dagger in the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cleveland 2 - Toronto 0

Recaps

Francisco Lindor's two-run home run leads Indians over Blue Jays - Let's Go Tribe - ...and Corey Kluber overcomes countless 0-2 hits to pitch six strong innings.

Indians defeat Blue Jays in Game 1 of ALCS | MLB.com - The Tribe's October formula -- solid starting pitching and shutdown relief -- worked again on Friday night in a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

Cleveland Indians go boom behind Kluber, Lindor to beat Jays, 2-0, in Game 1 of ALCS | cleveland.com - The resilient Indians, shaking off a rogue drone attack that felled Game 2 starter Trevor Bauer, continued to roll through the postseason on Friday night at Progressive Field.

The Smiling Assassin

Francisco Lindor, just a kid on Christmas morning, provides the energy and the muscle for Cleveland Indians | cleveland.com - He was like a little kid on Christmas morning, racing down the steps and making a beeline for the tree.

Francisco Lindor lifts Indians in ALCS Game 1 | MLB.com - There was Corey Kluber, still in the standard-issue October hoodie and Indians cap, his famously robotic responses coming out of a mouth that barely moves. And there was Francisco Lindor, black fedora, dangling necklace, sharp street clothes, smiling wide and looking like an extra in a Michael Jackson video from before he was born.

Klubot

Corey Kluber recovers early in ALCS Game 1 | MLB.com - The traffic wouldn't let up, but neither would Corey Kluber. Cleveland's gritty ace was relentless, forging forward no matter the mess around him, and bringing the Indians -- and their fervent following -- with him.

Kluber bobs, weaves and punches out Blue Jays -- Bud Shaw's Sports Spin | cleveland.com - Friday felt like a game the Indians had to win. And so they did, this time in large part because Kluber bobbed and weaved and punched out the Blue Jays long enough for Francisco Lindor to hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

From the Great White North

Cleveland Indians name and mascot facing Canadian court challenge | Globalnews.ca - The Cleveland Indians faced growing pressure in Canada on Friday to ditch their name and mascot, including a court challenge. Douglas Cardinal, a prominent aboriginal architect, has filed an application with Ontario’s superior court demanding the team’s name and logo not be used in the province, said a statement issued Friday.

Shapiro: Indians' Chief Wahoo logo 'personally bothered me' - Sportsnet.ca - As a Cleveland Indians executive, Mark Shapiro says he was "personally bothered" by the team’s Chief Wahoo logo. But he says the people of Cleveland thought differently. So he worked on building up the American League baseball franchise’s other logo, a simple C.

Blue Jays fan gives ALCS ticket to Cleveland boy injured in barbershop shooting | cleveland.com - A Toronto woman is giving her tickets to the first game of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field Friday night  to a young Cleveland boy recently wounded in a shooting.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Devon Travis ‘felt great’ until his injured knee gave out again in Game 1 | National Post - It is not a sure thing Major League Baseball will allow the Blue Jays to replace him on the roster if he cannot play

Toronto Blue Jays’ bats quiet, offer Marco Estrada no support in ALCS Game 1 | National Post - There were lots of baserunners early for the Blue Jays and Cleveland delivered the one decisive blow

Indians pitcher Kluber too much for Jays to handle | SIMMONS | Baseball | Sports - Josh Donaldson couldn’t get the kind of read he needed on the line drive off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion.