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TORONTO It was easy to say that Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was a team win for Cleveland, after 17 players appeared in the 4-2 triumph over the Blue Jays on Monday night. To be sure, it was that, and full credit to what is clearly an excellent team.Its hard to measure teamwork sometimes in a sport that boils down to individual confrontations between pitcher and hitter. It does exist, though, and the concept of buying into a team concept starts with the manager. More than any in Javier Baez 2016 World Series Champions Jersey -game tactical moves, a managers job is about handling the clubhouse and being prepared for all situations.So, as much as Monday night was a testament to Clevelands talent, it also reflected on Terry Francona, because as odd as the situation was with Trevor Bauer opening up his drone-induced wound in the first inning, the manager had his team ready for this circumstance.MORE: Indians-Blue Jays stats, highlights, info from ALCS Game 3It hits on Tito preparing for any situation during the regular season, said Coco Crisp, whose catch on a Josh Donaldson liner with the tying runs on base in the seventh inning was the key moment in preventing a Toronto comeback. He had a bullpen day at the end of the season, maybe because of this, I dont know. Hes a good manager. So, when these situations do occur, people are prepared for them. You have Bauer with all that heart going out there, and you saw the blood dripping, and him not really wanting to come out, either. I have a lot of respect for that. So that situation ended up being a bullpen day today for us. They had experience doing it during the regular season and it paid off.There actually was more than one occasion when Cleveland used a parade of pitchers out of the bullpen. Once was actually in Toronto, on July 2 Anthony Rizzo Youth Cool Base Jersey , the day after a 19-inning game. But the most similar scenario to Monday was exactly one month earlier, on Sept. 17, when Tigers leadoff man Ian Kinsler hit a line drive that broke starter Carlos Carrascos hand.Jeff Manship, Kyle Crockett, Cody Anderson, Zach McAllister, Perci Garner, Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen and Andrew Miller combined to allow three hits over 10 shutout innings, and Jose Ramirez drove in the winning run with a single to drive in Jason Kipnis.MORE: 14 postseason oddities that you might not know aboutMonday night, Cleveland used Dan Otero after Bauer got hurt, then Manship, McAllister, Shaw, Allen and Miller. Joe Maddon Jersey And, once again, Kipnis scored the winning run, as he homered in the sixth inning, followed later that frame by an RBI single from Ramirez for insurance. Nobody threw more than 28 pitches, leaving the entire bullpen available to try for the sweep in Game 4 on Tuesday.The one with Carrasco was kind of the same situation (and) I honestly think that helped us prepare for a game like this today, Manship told Sporting News of Clevelands previous Johnny Wholestaff experiences. It didnt catch us off guard. Weve all done it before. When I was down there, they told me I was gonna be after Otero, so I could get my mind right and get ready and do what I needed to get done. Kyle Hendricks Jersey One of the things that has generated a bit of worry about Franconas management of his bullpen not that theres been much actual cause for concern is the idea that pitchers like to have definition in their lives, and routines to follow. But Miller clearly has embraced the role of answering the call whenever it comes, and Otero said that whenever the bullpen phone rings, hes ready for it to be his turn. Manship put it in an even more interesting way.MORE: Bizarre sports injuriesWe all know our roles, said the right-hander, who faced the top five batters in the Toronto order and allowed only a single to Jose Bautista. We know we could get called on at any point, and were all prepared for that, mentally. The middle relievers, we all know we could get called on at any point. You have your Shaw, Miller and Allen that are all interchangeable at the end, and then us middle-type guys, we kind of know we can go in after the first pitch. Ive always been in that mindset to be ready to go in after pitch 1. Im always kind of paying attention to it, so if anything happens, like an injury, Im ready to go.Clevelands pitchers all knew what the scenario was with Bauer coming into Monday, and that even though he felt good, there was a chance that his finger might not hold and then it didnt.That wasnt the way we drew it up, Francona said Javier Baez Jersey . But about our bullpen, thats one of the most amazing jobs Ive ever seen. I mean, starting with Otero to Manship to McAllister to Shaw, if anybody has a hiccup, we probably lose. And they all made pitches, and against some really good hitters. I dont think anybody ever thinks that we cant get it done, one way or another. I admit thats a little bit of a unique way to win a playoff game, but the alternative is to lose. I dont think anybody wants to do that.And with one more win, Cleveland will be on its way to the World Series, however many pitchers it takes.