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CHICAGO -- Jason Kipnis remembered re-enacting a World Series home run in his backyard, about 20 miles north of Wrigley Field, perhaps driving a softball or an acorn off a tree. Kyle Connor Jersey .And then he sent a three-run shot soaring about 10 rows up in the right-field bleachers of the Friendly Confines on Saturday night.It went a lot farther than that one, too, in my mind, he said. You cant draw this up. Everyone makes that situation, T-ball in the backyard or Wiffle Ball, and I actually got to live it. You can imagine what kind of high Im feeling right now.Kipnis helped beat the team he rooted for as a child and moved the Cleveland Indians within a win of their first World Series title since 1948. His seventh-inning homer off Travis Wood broke open the game, helping the Indians rout the Cubs 7-2 for a 3-1 Series lead.His home run quieted Wrigley Field fans. In his backyard in suburban Northbrook, supporters were more boisterous.The crowd went nuts -- the crowd as in my mom probably sitting on a chair, my dad pitching or something like that, he recalled. But a little different atmosphere.A two-time All-Star at age 29, Kipnis is in his fifth season as Clevelands starting second baseman. Nicknamed Dirtbag for his frequently soiled uniforms, he exemplifies the Indians Cleveland-against-the-world attitude. Even in droughts, the Indians headed into the World Series one-upped by the Cubs, whose last title was in 1908.Were one win away. Thats the special part, Kipnis said. But this is a fun night for me. Its not an ending yet, we got one more to get, and it will probably be the hardest victory of the year.Kipnis reached down and lined a cutter 403 feet from home plate. He had three hits, doubling in the third inning and scoring to give Cleveland a 3-1 lead. He raised his Series average to .294.The big hit there for me was Kipnis homer, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. That really made the game awkward.Kipnis joined Jimmie Foxx (1929) and Babe Ruth (1932) as the only players to hit three-run Series homers against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He became the first second baseman to homer in all three postseason rounds following tiebreaking drives against Boston in the Division Series opener and versus Toronto in Game 3 of the Championship Series.Last weekend, Kipnis watched on television as the Cubs won the National League for the first time since 1945. Some of his friends were at Wrigley, and Kipnis said he felt choked up.On Thursdays off night, he got to have dinner with his family. He reveled at playing a World Series game with my family in the stands, friends in the stands.Probably cant say the words that were going into my mind. Kids are watching this channel, he said in the postgame interview room, a low-ceilinged medieval-looking chamber not far from Wrigleys cramped visitors clubhouse.Its just excitement. I had a lot of joy in playing this game, he said, and to be put into a situation like this and actually have something happen like that is, for lack of a better term, its a dream come true. Cheap Adidas Jets Jerseys .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. Cheap Jets Jerseys China . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. http:///...or-hellebuyck-jersey . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says he has considered asking centre fielder B.J. Upton to work out his struggles in a minor league assignment. Upton, signed to the biggest contract in franchise history at five years, $75.25 million, has a .146 batting average, 109 points below his seven-year career mark with Tampa Bay. Gonzalez indicated that Upton has enough service time in the majors to refuse an assignment if he disagrees with the move. Andrew Copp Jersey. Gonzalez has spoken with Upton about his absence from the lineup, but not about an assignment in the minors. Upton is hitless in the Braves past seven games. He was out of the lineup Friday for the second straight night. Jason Heyward made his second start this year in centre as Atlanta hosted the Washington Nationals. ' ' '