The World Series returns to Wrigley for Game 3 between the Cubs, Indians

Players prepare for the next World Series game.
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The World Series is tied 1-1 after the first two games in Cleveland, and on Friday the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will kick off their three-game stay at Wrigley Field in the first championship game in the park in 71 years.

The Indians are putting the steady Josh Tomlin on the mound in the hopes of depriving the Cubs of opportunities to get on base, with relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen also fresh for Game 3. While the Indians face long odds, they'll get a break as Cubs sluggger Kyle Schwarber will be limited to pinch-hitting, as he has yet to be medically cleared to take his place in the outfield. Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks will be on the mound for the Cubs.

If you're the superstitious type, the Cubs might have a little magic on their side, too: "For the Cubs, it's been 108 years [since they won the World Series]," WTHR writes. "It's a powerful number for the Cubs. Consider this. There are 108 stitches in a baseball. The foul poles at Wrigley Field are 108 meters from home plate. The last two Cubs to the Hall of Fame were Ron Santo and Andre Dawson, numbers 10 and eight."

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at TheWeek.com. She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.