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In­di­ans: The 24-year-old Ryan Mer­ritt made his lone big league start on Sept. 30, when the left-han­der held Kansas City to a run and three hits in five in­nings. “If you told me on the first day of the sea­son I would be pitch­ing in the ALCS I might have thought you were crazy,” Mer­ritt said. “To get this op­por­tu­nity is awesome. It feels good that the team trusts me.” Blue Jays: Marco Estrada al­lowed two runs in eight in­nings in Game 1 against Cleve­land.

in­jury-rid­dled ro­ta­tion — still lingers. In Game 5, Cleve­land will start Ryan Mer­ritt, who has pitched just 11 in­nings in the ma­jors, against Marco Estrada.

It was an emo­tional day all around at Rogers Cen­tre, where the home crowd had fallen silent watch­ing the sea­son slip­ping away be­cause of a slum­ber­ing of­fense that to­taled only three runs in the first three games of the se­ries.

“I thought we bat­tled pretty good to­day, with the bats,” Toronto man­ager John Gib­bons said. “Nat­u­rally, when you score, which we haven’t been do­ing, it al­ways looks good.”

Don­ald­son’s solo shot to left­cen­ter field off Corey Klu­ber in the third put the Blue Jays ahead for the first time all se­ries. Two

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