ALCS Game 1 will feature the Indians’ Corey Kluber against the Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada

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The Indians and Blue Jays have officially announced their starters for Game 1 of the ALCS in Cleveland, which starts on Friday at 8:00 PM EDT. The Indians will send out Corey Kluber while the Blue Jays will counter with Marco Estrada.

The Indians, in fact, announced their starters for the first four games: Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin, and Mike Clevinger. The Indians’ Twitter account notes that Clevinger’s Game 4 start will hinge on whether or not he’s been used out of the bullpen in the first three games.

For the Jays, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that Aaron Sanchez is likely to start Game 4, but the club hasn’t finalized that yet.

Kluber pitched seven shutout innings in his first career postseason start last Friday, holding the Red Sox to three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 104 pitches in Game 2 of the ALDS.

Estrada pitched into the ninth inning against the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS, yielding a lone run on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts on 98 pitches.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.