On the field: The Indians' Kenny Lofton is standing center stage after the first three games of the World Series. He had three hits and walked three times last night -- including two intentional walks, measures of his incredible play in this series -- and scored three runs. In the series, Lofton is batting .417 (5-for-12) with six runs scored.
In the dugout: Both managers used their closers extensively, trying to win what they both considered a pivotal game. Cleveland's Jose Mesa pitched three innings, and Mark Wohlers pitched 2 2/3 innings. Wohlers said he would be ready to pitch in Game 4, but Indians manager Mike Hargrove said he's not sure how much Mesa can pitch tonight. "Maybe an inning," Hargrove said.
In the clubhouse: "I couldn't be prouder of our team for the way we fought back. When we were down 4-1, I don't think many
people gave us a chance to come back. I still like our position [in the series]. We're up, 2-1, with two hot pitchers [Steve Avery and Greg Maddux]." -- Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones.