A quick switch by Terry Francona: Josh Tomlin for Trevor Bauer

Oct 16, 2016, 01:09

Trevor Bauer will start Game 3 instead of Game 2 after he cut his pinkie working on one of his drones.

The team had to change plans because Bauer cut his pinky repairing his drone and needed stitches.

Instead of pitching Saturday's Game 2, Bauer will start Game 3 on Monday in Toronto.

RHP Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14) and RHP Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48) are the Game 1 pitchers in the evening affair. Things happen. I wish it wouldn't have, but like I said, it wasn't done maliciously, it wasn't done by being silly. "I'll be on normal rest". We have to win four games anyway.

The regular season stats are important, but as we keep stating, playoff baseball is in its own world.

Bauer made his postseason debut in the AL Division Series opener and pitched into the fifth inning against Boston. Neither of the right-handers has pitched in the postseason. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day.

"The guys who were in here before me said he was extremely remorseful, like he felt really, really bad", Francona said.

The Blue Jays added infielder Ryan Goins to their ALCS roster as an insurance against Travis not being able to play and probably didn't think they were going to have to make the switch this soon. You've got to throw quality strikes right out the get-go, and then make sure you stay ahead.

Francona used his bullpen masterfully against the Red Sox, bringing in left-hander Andrew Miller earlier and relying on late-inning stalwarts Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen. He was 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings. For all his problems with allowing home runs, he gave up 18 at home, along with 18 on the road.

Francona, who lost top-flight starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to injuries late in the regular season, said he isn't upset with Bauer.

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