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The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 3 of the 2013 World Series on a walk-off Steven Wright Jersey , in the least traditional sense of the term.Cardinals runner Allen Craig got tied up with Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks on his way to the plate. Craig was the winning run, but he was thrown out...except he wasn't.Umpire Jim Joyce called obstruction on Middlebrooks, which meant Craig scored the winning run. Game over."Instinctively, it comes out. It just comes out: 'Obstruction,'" Joyce said after the fact, per's Jayson Stark.The Red Sox went on to win the series, 4-2. But it was a call that confused viewers, sparked debate and ushered in the era of instant replay.No. 8: The 1951 Giants Sign Stealing3 of 10Transcendental Graphics/Getty ImagesThe 1951 season will be remembered for one moment: the shot heard 'round the world.You know the story: The New York Giants engineer a furious comeback and ultimately defeat the rival Brooklyn Dodgers in a three-game series for the pennant on a home run by Bobby Thompson.Close your eyes and hear it: "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"Those same Giants would go on to lose in a six-game World Series against the Yankees.The untold story, however, involved the Giants stealing signs. The allegation has percolated since Thompson's iconic blast and was detailed by the Wall Street Journal's Joshua Harris Prager in 2001.Granted, the Giants' win over the Dodgers wasn't in the World Series, but it got them there. And who knows how much their (ahem) alleged malfeasance contributed to their deep run.No. 7: Kenny Rogers Ball-Doctoring Controversy4 of 10Jeff Roberson/Associated PressIn Game 2 of the 2006 World Series, Detroit Tigers left-hander Kenny Rogers twirled eight scoreless innings en route to a Tigers victory. Overall, he threw 23 spotless frames in the '06 postseason.But was his performance dirty?Questions immediately swirled around a mysterious substance on Rogers' hand."It was a big clump of dirt," Rogers told reporters at the time. "I didn't know it was there. They told me about [it], but it was no big deal."Others disputed that explanation."Somebody said they thought they saw pine tar on him," Cardinals second basemanAaron Milestold reporters.ESPN reported that "in starts against both the Yankees and Athletics [in the 2006 postseason], a similar-looking brown substance was spotted on Rogers' hand." Take a look for yourself.The Cardinals won the series in five games, but Rogers' Game 2 dominance will forever be in question.No. 6: Denkingers Blown Call5 of 10Rich Pilling/Getty ImagesIn 1985, the Cardinals led their World Series tussle with the Kansas City Royals, 3-2. In the bottom of the ninth in Game 6, St. Louis was up 1-0.Pinch hitter Jorge Orta hit a bouncer to the right side. He was clearly out鈥攂ut not according to umpire Don Denkinger.The Royals won the game and claimed the series 4-3, making this among the most notorious blown calls in history."If it happened now, they'd review it and overturn it," Denkinger reflected in 2014, per's Doug Miller. "Just like that."No. 5: Burkharts Ball-in-the-Hand Call6 of 10Anonymous/Associated PressIf there was ever an ironclad argument for instant replay, it came in Game 1 of the 1970 World Series.With the score tied 3-3, the Cincinnati Reds' Ty Cline hit a weak chopper in front of home that was just fair. Bernie Carbo broke for the plate Tyler Thornburg Jersey , representing the go-ahead run. Baltimore Orioles catcher Elrod Hendricks picked up the ball and slapped on the tag, and Carbo was called out by umpire Ken Burkhart.The problem? Hendricks tagged Carbo with his glove while clutching the ball in his other hand, and Carbo missed the plate.The Orioles won the game, 4-3, and the series, 4-1.Maybe the outcome would have been the same regardless. Then again, maybe not.No. 4: Reggie Jacksons Hip Check7 of 10Associated PressReggie Jackson is known as Mr. October because of his 18 career postseason home runs and pair of World Series MVP trophies.But he authored another, less noble Fall Classic moment.In the 1978 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers were up 2-1 in the series and 3-1 in Game 4. With runners at first and second, Lou Piniella hit a low liner that Dodgers shortstop Bill Russell fielded on a hop.Russell forced Jackson out at second and threw to first, but Jackson's hip got in the way, deflecting the throw and allowing the run to score.Was it intentional? You be the judge.Here's what we know: The Yankees won the game and the series.No. 3: Jon Lester Ball-Doctoring Controversy8 of 10David J. Phillip/Associated PressIn 2013, Jon Lester went 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA in the World Series as the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals in six games.Yet, his iconic output was tainted by accusations of ball doctoring.As's David Schoenfield reported at the time, "There appears to be some pretty strong evidence that in Game 1 of the World Series, [Lester]was applyingsomethingto his fingertips in his victory over the Cardinals, probably to help get a better grip on the ball in the 45-degree weather."Added Schoenfield: "You can see Lester wipe his fingertips inside his glove, where another photo reveals some sort of yellowish-green substance. I mean, it could just be a nervous tic and maybe an optical illusion of some sort. Right. And the Cubs will win the World Series next year."He was off by two years on his Cubs prediction. But his analysis on Lester is legitimate, if inconclusive.No. 2: 1994 Strike Cancellation9 of 10Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesThe 1994 season was shaping up to be a humdinger. The Montreal Expos were on track to make their second postseason appearance in 26 years of existence. San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Williams was in the midst of a credible chase for Roger Maris' single-season home run record.Then, it all came crashing down.A labor dispute between the MLB Players Association and baseball's owners led to a strike. Negotiations stalled. The World Series didn't happen.Technically, it wasn't the first time the Fall Classic was canceled. In 1904, the NL champion New York Giants refused to play the AL champion Boston Americans. At that point, however, the series was in its infancy.By 1994, it was a hallowed event. The strike and subsequent cancellation irreparably damaged the sport. You could argue '94 was the year baseball ceased to be our national pastime.Undeniably, it was the biggest scandal since...No. 1: The Black Sox Scandal10 of 10Transcendental Graphics/Getty ImagesSimply put, there will never be a World Series controversy as bad as the Black Sox scandal.You know the story: In 1919 , a contingent of Chicago White Sox players got in bed with a bunch of shady gamblers and agreed to throw the Fall Classic.The series was a sham. The Cincinnati Reds ended up with the mother of all pyrrhic victories. Eight White Sox players implicated in the scheme were banned from the game for life by then-Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, including "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.To cite a possibly apocryphal quote from a young boy reported by Charley Owens of the Chicago Daily News, "Say it ain't so, Joe." All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians are very familiar with the postseason hole they’re currently stuck in. They saw one just like it last October — from above.At least they know it can be scaled.But Cleveland’s climb in this AL Division Series seems much steeper than just the 2-0 deficit they’re facing after dropping the first two games in Houston. The defending World Series champion Astros have shown their exceptional pitching and extraordinary depth while outplaying the swing-and-miss Indians in every facet of the game.“They’ve played pretty much perfect baseball to this point,” Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson said following Saturday’s 3-1 loss. “We have had a couple mistakes the first couple games, and now, it’s our time to respond.”Or another Cleveland baseball season will end before the leaves change colors.Houston’s in complete control heading into Monday’s Game 3.Astros aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole dominated Cleveland’s hitters in Games 1 and 2 as Houston’s pitchers combined on consecutive three-hitters. The Astros piled up 24 strikeouts against one of the league’s most balanced lineups, which is batting a combined .100 in this ALDS. The Indians’ offense was so anemic Saturday that they didn’t have a single at-bat with a runner in scoring position.If not for Francisco Lindor’s solo homer, Cleveland would have been blanked.The Indians returned to Progressive Field on Sunday for an optional workout, and Cleveland’s players seemed relaxed despite their perilous postseason predicament.“We’re OK,” manager Terry Francona said. “I’d rather be up 2-0 than down 2-0. But it’s still the first one to get to three. And I’d rather have a chance than no chance. I mean, I understand that the odds start to go not in your favor. But been on both sides of this, and come back and had people come back on us.“So rather than spend a ton of time thinking about all that, we need to figure out a way to beat them, because the first two games, they’ve really kind of had their way with us. We need to change that.”Francona will tweak his lineup for Game 3. With left-hander Dallas Keuchel starting for Houston, Francona will add two right-handed hitters: right fielder Brandon Guyer and Yandy Diaz, who will replace Edwin Encarnacion as the DH. Encarnacion will move to first base, replacing Yonder Alonso.As bleak as things appear for the three-time AL Central champions, who will give Mike Clevinger his first postseason start with the season on the line, only have to look back to last October for inspiration. As painful as that might be.The Indians jumped out to what appeared to be a commanding 2-0 lead in the ALDS before New York stormed back and won three straight to advance, denying Cleveland a return trip to the World Series and extending the club’s title drought to 70 years.The Yankees paved the comeback trail. It’s up to the Indians to follow it.“It might be a little unfortunate that we know it can be done,” said usually reliable reliever Andrew Miller, who replaced starter Carlos Carrasco in the sixth inning and gave up Marwin Gonzalez’s go-ahead, two-run double in Game 2. “We certainly have a day to regroup. That’s how I’m looking at it. I have a day to regroup, and then, I’ll be in. Ready to succeed in the same spot. We aren’t giving up just yet.”History isn’t on Cleveland’s side, either. Of the teams to take a 2-0 lead at home in 2-2-1 format Roger Clemens Jersey , 24 of 27 have gone on to win the series.The Astros, though, are Cleveland’s biggest problem.Despite trailing 1-0 in Game 2 and having little success against Carrasco, Houston put together a rally that began innocently with star second baseman Jose Altuve reaching on an infield dribbler after he nearly fell on his face trying to exit the batter’s box. Carrasco then walked Alex Bregman before getting Yuli Gurriel on a fly to left.That’s when Terry Francona turned to Miller, an October supernova two years ago when he nearly carried Cleveland to a World Series title. But the left-hander’s second pitch was pounded into the right-field corner, where Melky Cabrera struggled to corral it as Altuve scored easily and Bregman slid home just ahead of a relay throw.The Astros’ lead was just 2-1, but with Cleveland’s bats dormant, it felt like 12-1.Francona didn’t second-guess his decision to bring in Miller, but the left-hander’s struggles this season might make him re-consider using him again. Cleveland has no margin for error, and Francona, who guided Boston to a 3-0 comeback in the 2004 ALCS, knows the Astros have few flaws.“Part of why they’re good is, obviously, their pitching, but they always push,” he said. “They continue to push. And they put heat on you all the time. They’ve got a very good ball club, and part of — like we’ve been talking about it since the day before the series — they continue to push, and they either run you in the mistake or hit the ball out of the ballpark. They have a lot of ways to beat you.”The Astros would have every reason to feel confident, but they’re not looking past the Indians.“With the lineup that they have over there, the staff that they have, a lot can happen and a lot can happen quick,” Astros leadoff man George Springer said. “We saw it before when New York was down two and they came back on us there and won all three in New York and all that stuff. So it’s never over till it is. But for us, it’s just go out, play our game, and just stay in our dugout.”

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