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When this American League Division Series presented by Doosan progressed from Progressive Field, the math, the momentum, the magic — all of these things were assembled in obstruction of the Yankees. The Yanks had just given up Game 2 in epic fashion, and an Indians team that had not only completed a classic comeback but had won Women’s Personalized Minnesota Twins Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey  35 of its previous 39 baseball games needed only to go to the Big Apple and seal the deal.

But with that deal decidedly unsealed, and with the Yankees riding high after their Bronx rebirth, it’s impossible to know what to expect out of Game 5 tonight (8 ET, FS1) at Progressive Field. From Corey Kluber trying to avenge a rare misstep to CC Sabathia trying to eliminate his old club at the tail end of his Yankee contract to Edwin Encarnacion trying to boost the Tribe bats so soon after an awful ankle injury, there’s intrigue all over the place.

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When this American League Division Series presented by Doosan progressed from Progressive Field, the math, the momentum, the magic — all of these things were assembled in obstruction of the Yankees. The Yanks had just given up Game 2 in epic fashion, and an Indians team that had not only completed a classic comeback but had won 35 of its previous 39 baseball games needed only to go to the Big Apple and seal the deal.

But with that deal decidedly unsealed, and with the Yankees riding high after their Bronx rebirth, it’s imp http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey ossible to know what to expect out of Game 5 tonight (8 ET, FS1) at Progressive Field. From Corey Kluber trying to avenge a rare misstep to CC Sabathia trying to eliminate his old club at the tail end of his Yankee contract to Edwin Encarnacion trying to boost the Tribe bats so soon after an awful ankle injury, there’s intrigue all over the place.

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That’s what we love about it.

“We have a really exciting game that’s in front of us,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Kluber, a presumed AL Cy Young Award favorite in his prime, vs. Sabathia, a former AL Cy Young Award winner in his back pages, might look like a mismatch. But isn’t that what we thought going into Game 2, before Kluber got clobbered and Sabathia stepped up with 5 1/3 effective innings against his old squad?

“It will be a great matchup,” Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner said. “I feel great about our chances with CC on the mound. Every time he goes out, he’s a big-game pitcher and always has been.”

You might not be surprised to hear the Indians feel much the same about Kluber, who, notably, will be making this start on regular rest, as opposed to the extra rest he rode into his Game 2 clunker.

“What we’ve come to expect out of Corey is excellence,” right fielder Jay Bruce said. “I think he expects it out of himself. The other day, baseball happened. He didn’t throw eight shutout [innings] and strike out everyone like he usually does. But he’ll be ready to go, and I couldn’t ask for a better guy to be out on the mound.”

Without giving specifics, Kluber said he’s identified an issue that caused command problems in Game 2, and he’s been mentally prepping for Game 5 all along.

“You don’t want to be kind of caught with your pants down,” he said.

It might seem that returning home, where they’ll be wearing white pants, is advantage enough for the Indians. But did you know that home teams are just 13-17 in all Game 5 scenarios in the Division Series, including just a 6-14 mark over the past 15 seasons (including the Nationals losing to the Dodgers last year)? And returning home certainly didn’t do the Tribe any favors when it surrendered a 3-1 advantage in last year’s World Series against the Cubs.

So hey, you might look at it the other way and assume the Yankees will ride their good vibes from Games 3 and 4 right on into the AL Championship Series presented by Camping World against the Astros. But we have pretty recent evidence to suggest “vibes” are not exactly an accurate indicator of anything.

In other words, take everything you might assume about this game and toss it into Lake Erie.

In a winner-take-all situation, especially, anything goes. The Indians avoided using Andrew Miller in Game 4 and likewise the Yankees with Aroldis Chapman. It’s all hands on deck as both clubs try to get to the ALCS.

The Indians, clearly, need to get their lineup going. With Encarnacion unavailable for Games 3 a Customized Minnesota Twins Jersey nd 4 because of a sprained ankle sustained in Game 2, the short bench and the lack of big hits from a banged-up roster in which team MVP Jose Ramirez has struggled and Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) and Michael Brantley (ankle) still aren’t completely back to 100 percent has caught up to the club. Encarnacion did some running and took at-bats in a simulated game during Tuesda Custom Twins Jersey y’s workout.

“I think he’ll be OK,” Francona said.

The pressure is on a Tribe team that was the class of the AL this year and has spent all season awaiting its shot at redemption in the World Series. The Yankees, on the other hand, were unexpected entrants into October (relative to preseason prognostications, anyway) and seem to have been enlivened by the experience of  Personalized Twins Jersey fighting for their postseason lives in the AL Wild Card Game against the Twins, and when faced with 2-0 and 2-1 deficits in this ALDS.

“We know we’re facing a great pitcher,” Yanks manager Joe Girardi said. “But there’s a lot of confidence in that room, and they pick each other up, and they grind out at-bats, and pitchers pick each other up and make big pitches.”

The biggest pitches of this ALDS await. Strike all assumptions about this series. All that matters is what’s ahead.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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CLEVELAND — The Yankees understand that they were fortunate to catch Corey Kluber without his best stuff in Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, but as they prepare to face the Indians ace a second time, Joe Girardi sees no reason to shake up what has already worked.

With the ALDS shifting back to Progressive Field tonight, Girardi said on Tuesday that he anticipates putting out a similar batting order to the one that thumped Kluber for six earned runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings back in Game 2.

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With the ALDS shifting back to Progressive Field tonight, Girardi said on Tuesday that he anticipates putting out a similar batting order to the one that thumped Kluber for six earned runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings back in Game 2.

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“We’ve seen him extremely sharp,  http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey and I think we caught him on a night that he wasn’t sharp,” Girardi said. “So you hope that you catch him on another night that he isn’t sharp.”

The lone exception could be Jacoby Ellsbury, who served as the Yankees’ designated hitter in Game 2. Ellsbury struck out in his only at-bat against Kluber before the AL Cy Young Award frontrunner was knocked out. Chase Headley and Matt Holliday could also be options if Girardi chooses to make a change.

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“I can guarantee you that eight of the nine guys that we had in there are going to be in there,” Girardi said. “As far as the DH, there’s just some things I’m going to continue to look at and make a decision. I have not made a decision on that spot. But the other eight are going to be the same.”

Ellsbury (0-for-4) and Headley (0-for-10)  Personalized Twins Jersey are both hitless in the ALDS, while Holliday is still waiting for his first opportunity to see the field. Ellsbury is 5-for-20 (.250) in his career against Kluber, while Headley is 1-for-14 (.071). Holliday is 0-for-1.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm4: Girardi discusses evening the series

“You kind of look at the quality of at-bats that guys have had during the course of a season, a couple of seasons off of Kluber, how they’re swinging now,” Girardi said. “You look at Matt Holliday, [who] hasn’t played in eight days. That’s kind of difficult. So it’s just trying to measure and trying to predict what type of stuff Kluber is going to have tomorrow, which isn’t easy to do.”

All hands on deck

Girardi said that he expects his entire pitching staff to be available for Game 5, save for Luis Severino. That  Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey includes closer Aroldis Chapman, whom Girardi said he believes will be available for two innings if necessary.

“I don’t think you can really say, ‘Well, this is how we’re going to do it,’ because the game determines how you’re going to do it,” Girardi said. “Everyone should be available. The only guy that I probably wouldn’t use would be Sevy.”

Video: CLE@NYY Gm3: Chapman’s velocity in Game 3 save

Wild thing

Dellin Betances has been fighting command issues for the better part of the season’s second half, but he said that he did not believe his ineffectiv Women’s Personalized Minnesota Twins Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey e outing in Game 4 represented a step backward. Betances threw eight of 12 pitches out of the strike zone before yielding to Tommy Kahnle, who recorded the final six outs to seal the Yanks’ 7-3 win.

“Honestly, I was probably a little too amped up, but I wouldn’t say it’s a step backwards,” Betances said. “I’ve been feeling good. Let’s just put this one behind me. We won the game. I’ll try to help the team in Cleveland.”

Girardi said that he looked at it as a one-game blip for Betances, and that there is a “good chance” the Yankees would need to call on him in Game 5.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm 4: Joe Girardi discusses Betances, Kahnle

“We’ve seen some pretty tight games in the four that we’ve had,” Girardi said.

Two thumbs up

Girardi said that he hadn’t reflected upon the Yankees’ unlikely push back to Cleveland before the their flight touched down in Ohio. Rather, Girardi said he spent that time watching “Megan Leavey,” a 2017 movie about a Marine corporal’s relationship with a combat dog. Kate Mara plays the title character.

“It’s an outstanding movie, if you haven’t seen it,” Girardi said. “And I know I’m not a movie critic. I do like movies. I don’t see a ton of them, but I think it’s outstanding and it’s a little bit emotional, too.”

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.


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In Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, the Yankees accomplished something no team had done since early May — hit Indians ace Corey Kluber hard and knock him out early.

The Tribe still rallied to win that game and grab a 2-0 lead in the series, but after the Yanks responded with a pair of victories in their home ballpark, it all comes down to tonight’s decisive Game 5 at Progressive Field.

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In Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, the Yankees accomplished something no team had done since early May — hit Indians ace Corey Kluber hard and knock him out early.

The Tribe still rallie Women’s Personalized Minnesota Twins Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey d to win tha Customized Minnesota Twins Jersey t game and grab a 2-0 lead in the series, but after the Yanks responded with a pair of victories in their home ballpark, it all comes down to tonight’s decisive Game 5 at Progressive Field.

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Now the Yankees must solve Kluber o Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey nce again. Their best chance to do so might be the man who struck the first big blow in Game 2 — catcher Gary Sanchez.

While the Yankees scored six runs over 2 2/3 innings against Kluber on Friday — thanks in part to Sanchez’s two-run homer in the first — the AL Cy Young Award contender allowed only five earned runs over 33 innings against them in four starts over the past two regular seasons. Including postseason play, all current Yanks have combined to bat .184/.231/.313 in 173 plate appearances against Kluber.

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In that context, Sanchez stands out from the crowd. Of eight Yankees who have faced Kluber at least 10 times, he is the only one with an OPS of even .650. Against Kluber, Sanchez is 4-for-11 (.364) with a double, two homers and a 1.364 OPS.

A small sample of results from a specific batter-pitcher matchup can be wildly misleading, but Statcast™ provides some more weight by showing that Sanchez has legitimately hit Kluber hard.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm4: Sanchez on Severino, 7-3 win

In 2017, Sanchez and Jose Abreu of the White Sox — a division foe who faced Kluber in five different games — are the only players to barrel three balls against Kluber. A barrel is a batted ball whose ideal combination of exit velocity and launch angle produces a minimum expected batting average of .500 and expected slugging percentage of 1.500.

On Aug. 3, Sanchez crushed a Kluber cutter at 109.3 mph, over the left-center-field wall at Progressive Field, a blast projected to travel 427 feet. It’s the fourth-hardest homer Kluber surrendered all year.

On Aug. 28 at Yankee Stadium, Sanchez connected against Kluber with a 105.9-mph exit velocity and 37-degree launch angle. It’s a combination that has produced a homer 65 percent of the time, but this one turned into a long  http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey out to dead center field.

Then, in the first inning of Game 2 at Cleveland, following an Aaron Judge walk, Sanchez got ahead of Kluber, 3-1, before ripping a 103.6-mph shot that cleared the wall in center field.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Sanchez opens scoring with two-run homer

“We were out there giving it everything we had,” Sanchez said after Game 2. “We were not swinging at bad pitches. We were swinging at good pitches to hit. We had good results doing that.”

Sanchez later added a single against Kluber, and on Monday he smacked another homer, this one off reliever Bryan Shaw. That was Sanchez’s eighth batted ball of the postseason to reach Statcast™’s 95-mph baseline for hard contact, which tied him with teammate Starlin Castro for first in the Majors entering Tuesday.

That makes him the player to watch as the Yankees look to overcome Kluber tonight and advance to the AL Championship Series presented by Camping World.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.


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CLEVELAND — CC Sabathia stood in front of a throng of reporters by the visiting clubhouse showers at Progressive Field late Friday night. The Yankees had just blown an 8-3 lead after Sabathia exited, putting them in an intimidating 0-2 hole in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. The clubhouse was hushed and sullen. Reporter after reporter asked the same question.

Could they really win three straight games against this Indians team?

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Could they really win three straight games against this Indians team?

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Sabathia didn’t hesitate. After all, this Yankees team — which has now played three elimination games in a week — has been incredibly resilient. The lefty was confident, assured even, that night as he rei Personalized Twins Jersey terated over and over that the Yanks had what it takes to turn the tables on the Tribe.

“Just knowing these guys and the way we responded all year, this is a team that I felt like every time, whether it’s in a game or coming up through the season, we had tough times or backs against the wall, I felt like we responded really well,” Sabathia said. “So I didn’t see why we couldn’t go home and play well and end up back here.”

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That scenario — as unlikely as it was in the wee hours of Friday night — is exactly what has unfolded. The Yankees, winners of two straight in the Bronx, have forced a winner-take-all Game 5, and for the first time in a week, they seem to have the momentum going their way.

And there isn’t a better guy to send to the mound in a big moment than Sabathia. He is what manager Joe Girardi calls “all heart and mental toughness,” pitching with a bulky brace on his left knee, which at times looked as though it would end the 37-year-old’s career. He is the Yanks’ stopper, going 9-0 with a 1. Men’s Authentic Customized Minnesota Twins Home White Baseball Jersey Cheap 71 ERA in the regular season when taking the mound after a loss.

And now Sabathia could be the guy to send New York to its first AL Championship Series since 2012.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm5: Sabathia on Yanks’ confidence in Game 5

“[I’ve] just always been confident in my ability to get people out, no matter what the stuff was,” Sabathia said, when asked if he thought the days of pitching in such big games were behind him. “Being able to come out and have a good season makes me confident. But I never really thought about that, pitching the big games or anything like that. I just felt like if I got to the spot, then I could show up.”

Sabathia credits age and maturity for his ability to not let big moments — particularly on the road — get to him. In seven career AL Division Series, he is 6-0 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 games (nine starts). He’s coming off a solid performance in Custom Twins Jersey  Game 2 in which he went 5 1/3 innings and struck out five, with four of the whiffs on his devastating slider. He held Cleveland to four runs (two earned) in a no-decision with his exit — after just 77 pitches — a hotly debated topic.

“I love it. I don’t like it, I love it,” outfielder Brett Gardner said Monday of the way Sabathia has pitched lately. “He’s a big-game pitcher. … We all live for this. We all live for moments like tonight — Game 5, with all of it on the line. I know CC is looking forward to it. We are looking forward to playing behind him.”

Sabathia got the nod over starter Sonny Gray, and he will be pitching on regular rest following Tuesday’s off-day. The big lefty is coming off a 14-5 season in which he made 27 starts. He allowed 61 earned runs over 148 2/3 innings for a 3.69 ERA, and the Yankees went 19-8 in his starts. He has reinvented himself from a power arm to a pitcher, a guy who relies on experience and feel as much as a still-impressive repertoire.

“You see a lot of pitchers out there that have logged innings, and they’ve changed their mechanics and things. He’s always had such a pretty arm swing, and he’s got such a nice feel for the ball. He can manipulate the ball a lot,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Sabathia, who is 9-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 20 career postseason games (19 starts).

“He doesn’t have the power that he did, which I think is natural. But he’s got a really good feel for pitching. We’re going to have to lay off the breaking ball that’s the strike-to-ball breaking ball. … CC’s been doing this a long time, and if you don’t make him stay in the zone, he will exploit that.”

Tonight’s outing has the added emotion of potentially being Sabathia’s final start in pinstripes. While he has stated that he wants to pitch in 2018 if healthy, Sabathia is a free agent at the end of the year. But that’s a conversation for another day. For now, the veteran just wants to savor the moment of getting the ball in Game 5 in a city that he holds near and dear. Cleveland is the organization that drafted him, the place where three of his children were born and where he learned to become a man.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm5: Sabathia on pitching in Cleveland

Now it will be the place Sabathia has to go through to extend an improbable 2017.

“It’s a helluva lot of fun to be in it [rather] than to be sitting on the side. I’m just glad I get the opportunity to participate and not have to watch,” Sabathia said. “Because watching these games, you’ll get an ulcer. But pitching in them is a lot more fun.”

Brittany Ghiroli has worked for MLB.com since 2010.


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CLEVELAND — The plot has thickened in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, and we go into Game 5 between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field eager to know the outcome.

One of these teams is going to move on to face the Astros in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. Will the Yankees become just the eighth team in 57 tries to storm back from a 2-0 hole and win the best-of-five Division Series, extending the misery of a Tribe team that coughed up the last three games of last year’s World Series? Or will the Indians, with the help of the presumed favorite for the AL Cy Young Award, regroup from their Bronx bummer and get back to the ALCS stage?

CLEVELAND — The plot has thickened in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, and we go into Game 5 between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field eager to know the outcome.

One of these teams is going to move on to face the Astros in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World. Will the Yankees become just the eighth team in 57 tries to storm back from a 2-0 hole and win the best-of-five Division Series, extending the misery of a Tribe team that coughed up the last three games of last year’s World Series? Or will the Indians, with the help of the presumed favorite for the AL Cy Young Award, regroup from their Bronx bummer and get back to the ALCS stage?

:: ALDS schedule and coverage ::

With Corey Kluber set to oppose CC Sabathia in this series’ final chapter, here are some key plot points.

1. Is the Klubot operational?
Reporters asked Kluber if he has identified the issue with his Game 2 start.

“Mmm hmm,” he said.

They asked him if he’s healthy.

“Mmm hmm,” he said.

They asked again if his only issue was command.

“Mmm hmm,” he said.

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They don’t call this guy the Klubot for nothing, folks. And that’s why it was so  Men’s Authentic Customized Minnesota Twins Home White Baseball Jersey Cheap strange to see him surrender six runs on seven hits with two homers over just 2 2/3 innings in Game 2. But one thing we’ve learned about Kluber in his career is that he’s extraordinary at putting these kinds of clunkers on the back burner. He has only had seven starts since 2014 in which he has allowed at least six earned runs, and, in the outings that immediately followed, he has posted a combined 1.68 ERA (10 earned runs over 53 2/3 innings).

Said Kluber: “I think it’s just identifying when things go wrong and trying to address what you need to do to correct them and then going about using those four days — or whatever it is — to address them and try to get things back on track.”

Video: NYY@CLE Gm5: Kluber on World Series experience

2. Can Sabathia stomp on Cleveland’s heart?
Indians fans watched Sabathia grow from a 20-year-old rookie with inspiring raw stuff in 2001 to a bona fide AL Cy Young winner in ’07. But Sabathia is the first to admit that, in his biggest October opportunity with the club in the fall of ’07, he put too much pressure on himself. CC simply didn’t have his “A” game in the Tribe’s seven-game loss in the ALCS. The following year — his free-agent walk year — his early-season struggles were a major factor in the slow start that eventually led the Indians to trade him to the Brewers in July.

So as great as he was in his prime, Sabathia has a bit of a tortured legacy here. He was terrific in Game 2 of this ALDS, and, if he can come through with another pristine performance in a Yankee clincher, it would be quite the full-circle story.

“I’ve pitched here a lot,” Sabathia said. “Played here parts of almost eight years. So I’m very familiar with the city, a lot of the fans. A lot of who I am as an adult, as a male, as an adult man, Cleveland kind of shaped that. Three of my kids were born here. I have a lot of history in the city. So it will be a lot of fun to be able to take the [ball] in Game 5 and hopefully get a win.”

Video: NYY@CLE Gm5: Sabathia on confidence, Game 5 start

3. Will Aaron Judge be the executioner?
Judge had a historic rookie season and a huge homer in the AL Wild Card Game win over the Twins. But he had done absolutely nothing at the plate in this series until his two-run double off a Trevor Bauer f Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey astball in Game 4. Generally, the Indians have succeeded against him with a breaking ball-heavy approach, and it has led to a 1-for-15 showing with 12 strikeouts and four walks.

So far, Judge’s biggest moment in this series came with his glo Custom Twins Jersey ve (robbing Francisco Lindor of a home run in Game 3) and not his bat. Can that possibly remain the case?

Video: Must C Catch: Judge rises to rob Lindor of a homer

4. Who will be the skipper scapegoat?
Every fall, it’s the same. The leaves change colors, the air gets crisper and the pitchforks come out for postseason managers. That’s happening all over the Major League landscape this October, but in this series, they could be particularly pointed. After all, while the Yankees have stormed back from a 2-0 deficit after Joe Girardi’s famous flub, there would, in the event of a Game 5 loss, still be reason to say the non-challenge of the Lonnie Chisenhall hit-by-pitch in the sixth inning of Game 2 cost the Yanks this series.

Girardi got emotional in the wake of Game 4 when talking about how the mood had changed since the aftermath of Game 2.

“It’s not just caring about myself,” Girardi said. “It’s caring about everyone else that is involved, and that is wrapped up in the Yankee baseball. You know, whether it’s the fans, the front office, the owner, the players, the trainers, the support staff, the coaches, I really care. And, you know, we’ve gotten it back to 2-2, and we got a shot now.”

Video: NYY@CLE Gm 5: Girardi on his team’s momentum

Indians manager Terry Francona, meanwhile, has obviously earned the benefit of the doubt in his managerial career. But the curious decisions with regard to the pitching alignment (despite a supposed overload of starting options, the Indians used Baue http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey r on short rest in Game 4) are sure to be major talking points in Northeast Ohio if the Indians don’t get this done.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm5: Francona on team’s mindset in every game

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.


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CLEVELAND — The roster may be identical to the group that dragged their suitcases to the Progressive Field exits in the early-morning hours over the weekend, but these Yankees are not the same team that fell into an 0-2 hole in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

CLEVELAND — The roster may be identical to the group that dragged their suitcases to the Progressive Field exits in the early-morning hours over the weekend, but these Yankees are not the same team that fell into an 0-2 hole in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

:: ALDS schedule and coverage ::

Having played and won three elimination games in a week, the Yanks believe momentum is on their side. As they prepare for tonight’s decisive Game 5, the resilience that the Yankees showed in keeping the Indians from celebrating in the Bronx promises to pay dividends not only this month, but for years to come.

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“I think the belief that a lot of our young players and the e Women’s Personalized Minnesota Twins Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey nergy that they bring every day is part of that,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve been through a lot of this during the course of the season. I think most teams are going to go through those types of things, and I think it’s helped everyone involved.”

It started with Masahiro Tanaka‘s dominant seven innings in Game 3, which the right-hander called “probably the biggest win that I have gotten since I came here.” The idea of pitching under the brightest lights dazzled Tanaka, part of the reason that he selected the Yankees as his destination, and he delivered on that promise with a seven-strikeout effort.

On a night when one run made the difference, Tanaka allowed none. Greg Bird‘s left-handed stroke produced the snapshot of Game 3, a majestic seventh-inning home run into the second deck in right field. That landed one inning after Aaron Judge‘s 6-foot-7 frame saved two runs at the wall, his leap denying Francisco Lindor‘s bid for a Yankee Stadium special.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm3: Tanaka dazzles over seven scoreless

“I think that game was huge for us, for our pitching staff to just show that they can do their thing, and they bounced back and did that,” Bird said. “So all around, a helluva game. I mean, the play Judgy made, and just the Custom Twins Jersey  game Masa pitched after the loss the ot Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey her day is huge.”

Video: Must C Catch: Judge rises to rob Lindor of a homer

Judge and Gary Sanchez have become young stars thanks to their exceptional offense, but the duo’s defense stole the show in Game 3. Sanchez sacrificed his body throughout Tanaka’s effort, with the most meaningful blocks coming after Jason Kipnis‘ one-out triple in the fourth inning. With Sanchez’s help, Tanaka used a lethal splitter to strike out Jose Ramirez and Jay Bruce.

“Every time I’m back there, every pitch that hits the dirt, I’m trying to block it,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “Like I’ve said before, I’m not going to block them all. But tonight, I had good results blocking the ball.”

Judge has gone just 1-for-15 with 12 strikeouts in the ALDS, but his one hit was a big one — a two-run, two-out double off of Trevor Bauer that gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead early in Game 4.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm4: Judge smashes a two-run double to left

“It felt good,” Judge said. “I’m not getting those mistakes. When they throw it over the middle of the plate, I’ve got to do damage, and I haven’t been able to do that. It’s been a grind, but we keep winning, and that’s what is most important.”

 Personalized Twins Jersey While Luis Severino dealt in a terrific bounceback from his disastrous start in the AL Wild Card Game, that inning produced a series of cheers from the sellout crowd. For a moment, Todd Frazier said that he was transported back to 1995, when he was a 9-year-old in the bleachers for New York’s classic 15-inning Game 2 ALDS win over the Mariners.

“I can picture myself in the stands right now, cheering the team on every pitch, every at-bat,” Frazier said. “I know the feeling of both. Now http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Minnesota-Twins-Jersey  it’s pretty cool, to be honest with you.”

The New Jersey native was impacting Game 4 with both his bat and his legs. Frazier’s double opened the scoring off Bauer, and he gambled in the fifth inning for an important insurance run, tagging up on a shallow fly ball to Kipnis in center field.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm4: Frazier advances, then scores on sac fly

“He hasn’t played there a lot, so why not take the chance?” Frazier said. “He could have easily thrown me out. Why not take the chance, up three runs? Maybe if it’s closer, [third-base coach Joe Espada] holds me there. I took it upon myself, went and got the run in. It was a big run, too.”

There have also been considerable contributions from Aaron Hicks, who missed most of the second half due to a pair of oblique injuries. After Hicks’ three-run homer in Game 2 knocked Kluber out, the switch-hitter laced a run-scoring single in Game 4 that helped advance the attack while providing Girardi with what he believes is his best defensive outfield.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm4: Hicks hits an RBI single to right-center

Though the Yankees’ bullpen has not been perfect — even after Girardi didn’t challenge the Lonnie Chisenhall hit-by-pitch in Game 2, nothing forced Chad Green and David Robertson to give up homers to Lindor and Bruce, respectively — the relievers have been a strength in evening  Customized Minnesota Twins Jersey the series.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm3: Chapman fans four, earns save in win

Aroldis Chapman extinguished the Indians with a sweaty five-out save in Game 3, striking out four, and Tommy Kahnle — “the goofball of the team,” as Frazier called him — savored his most meaningful outing as a Yankee to date by locking down the final six outs of the Game 4 victory.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm4: Kahnle K’s Chisenhall, records the save

“We never got down,” Kahnle said. “We always knew that we had the fight in us, and that’s what we’re going to keep doing — keep battling and try to keep winning.”

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.


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CLEVELAND — The 308 minutes of play, the 405 pitches and the multitude of unforeseen stories and wild momentum swings that played out Friday night at Progressive Field in front of 37,681 fans who swiveled back and forth between bewildered and beatific before finally settling on exhaustedly elated can ultimately be distilled down to a single word:

October.

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CLEVELAND — The 308 minutes of play, the 405 pitches and the multitude of unforeseen stories and wild momentum swings that played out Friday night at Progressive Field in front of 37,681 fans who swiveled back and forth between bewildered and beatific before finally settling on exhaustedly elated can ultimately be distilled down to a single word:

October.

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How did the Indians — who won Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, 9-8, on Yan Gomes‘ ground-ball single down the third-base line in the bottom of the 13th — come back from a seemingly suffocating five-run hole in the sixth after one of their best hitters, Edwin Encarnacion, exited in the first inning with what looked like an awful right ankle injury, and after their ace, Corey Kluber, was uncharacteristically socked?

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October.

How did the Yankees nearly escape the unfortunate and possibly inescapable 0-2 series hole in which they now reside by clobbering Kluber, the presumed AL Cy Young Award winner who had posted a 1.62 ERA in his past 23 starts, a 1.15 ERA in his past five starts against New York, a 1.81 ERA in 16 starts at Progressive Field and a 1.83 ERA in last year’s postseason?

October.

How did Kluber get outpitched by the Yanks’ erstwhile ace CC Sabathia, a 37-year-old with diminished stuff and a bad right knee who had contemplated retirement as recently as August yet delivered 5 1/3 effective innings?

October.

How did the Indians, with one swing of the bat from their inimitably energetic young shortstop Francisco Lindor, turn a lopsided loss into a late-inning thriller against one of the best relievers in the Majors in Chad Green?

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October.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Chisenhall HBP, Lindor belts grand slam

How did the eighth inning, which was famously Joba Chamberlain and the Yankees’ “bug a boo” in this building in Game 2 of the ALDS a decade ago, again come to bite the Yanks — this time thanks to an epic game-tying homer from Jay Bruce?

October.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Bruce hits game-tying solo homer in 8th

And why will this game live on in the hearts, minds and either late-night sweats or goosebumpy glories of those who played it and those who witnessed it?

Because it happened in October.

Not that baseball ever rates as especially easy to project, and not that a game with these exact same plot points wouldn’t mount a spot in our memories even if it took place on a less atmospheric weeknight in late April. But strike up these scenes in front of a packed park that’s living, dying, moaning, groaning, expressing their exhilaration and exasperation with rousing roars one moment and stunned silence the next, and you’ve got… say it with me now…

October.

“It was,” Tribe manager Terry Francona said, “an honor to be a part of this game.”

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This was October baseball taken to its kinetic, frenetic, ludicrous, humorous, exhausting, accosting, arresting and cresting extremes. There were so many moments — too many to touch on here — that will cause the Indians to pinch themselves and the Yankees to kick themselves. Because in October, you can’t have the glory without the gory.

For the sake of our sanity, let’s just jump right to the sixth, when it all seemed settled with the Yankees ahead, 8-3, and Encarnacion and his sprained and twisted ankle on his way to an MRI. Green hit Lonnie Chisenhall with a pitch to load ’em up. Except he wasn’t hit. The ball hit the knob of Chisenhall’s bat and went into the glove of catcher Gary Sanchez, so it should have been an inning-ending out. But Yanks skipper Joe Girardi, who was already going to face postgame scrutiny for yanking Sabathia earlier in the inning, didn’t challenge it.

“By  Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap the time we got the super slow-mo [replay],” Girardi said, “we are beyond a minute. It was way too late. They tell us we have the 30 seconds … And probably being the catcher I am, I think about rhythm for the pitcher and not taking him out of his rhythm.”

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Girardi on not challenging the HBP

If Green’s rhythm wasn’t already rattled by the Tribe’s presence on the basepaths, it was completely erased by what Lindor did one pitch later. He swung at a 1-0 slider and sent it arcing high in the sky, smacking the right-field foul pole two-thirds of the way up and setting off a soiree.

“Just stay fair,” Lindor thought. “I started blowing on it a little bit.”

Two innings later, it was Bruce, the Indians’ $3.7 million gift from owner Paul Dolan, who keeps on giving. David Robertson‘s sick stuff had looked untouchable for the previous four outs, but Bruce touched and torched a 3-1 cutter for the leadoff shot into the bleacher seats that knotted it up at 8.

There was other stuff. Crazy stuff.

Austin Jackson reached on a two-base error when Aroldis Chapman‘s wayward throw to first was touched by a credentialed photographer in the pit. Didn’t affect the outcome, but yeah Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Stitched Home White Baseball Jersey , it was one of those nights. Todd Frazier was given the gift of a two-base error when replacement third baseman Erik Gonzalez airmailed his throw above that same photographer, only see it regifted when  http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Milwaukee-Brewers-Jersey pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes wandered off the bag and got picked off second base by Gomes’ almost inhuman 1.88-second pop time in the 11th. The defensive play of the game.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Statcast™ measures Gomes’ pickoff in 11th

A couple six-out outings from the closers and a shutdown showing from starter-turned-reliever Josh Tomlin later, it was the bottom of the 13th, when Jackson drew a leadoff walk off Dellin Betances and stole second. Gomes pulled back a bunt attempt and fought off Betances for a fittingly fatiguing 10-pitch at-bat. Foul, foul, foul, foul,  Custom Brewers Jersey foul. And then, finally, the finisher.

“That’s what you call October baseball right there,” Gomes said.

Darn right. Even sans midges, this was the game with everything you could want and nothing you could expect. It was a “crowd stands up for the Lindor slam in the sixth then literally does not sit down for nearly three hours” kinda night.

It was October. And it was unforgettable.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.


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CLEVELAND — A pair of extra-inning replay reviews added some serious drama — and momentum — for the Indians in Friday’s 9-8 win over the Yankees in 13 innings in Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. Cleveland leads 2-0 in the series.

With the score tied at 8, the Yankees’ Todd Frazier reached second base to start the 11th inning after a throwing error by Indians third baseman Erik Gonzalez. Frazier was replaced by pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes, who lasted just one pitch before T Customized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey ribe catcher Yan Gom Custom Brewers Jersey esthe eventual walk-off hero — came up firing to nab Torreyes at second. 

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CLEVELAND — A pair of extra-inning replay reviews added some serious drama — and momentum — for the Indians in Friday’s 9-8 win over the Yankees in 13 innings in Game 2 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. Cleveland leads 2-0 in the series.

With the score tied at 8, the Yankees’ Todd Frazier reached second base to start the 11th inning after a throwing error by Indians third baseman Erik Gonzalez. Frazier was replaced by pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes, who lasted just one pitch before Tribe catcher Yan Gomesthe eventual walk-off hero — came up firing to nab Torreyes at second. 

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At first, Torreyes thought he had snuck in under Francisco Lindor‘s impressive slap tag, with second-base umpire Brian O’Nora ruling that he was safe.

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“For some reason, I felt like it was quicker than when I normally tag the runners,” Lindor said. “And as soon as I tagged him, I just felt Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap  like it was — it was pretty close. It was just a tough angle for Brian at second base. He couldn’t really see it. He just called what he thought he saw. I tagged him in the back, the shoulder/back area, so I can see why he called safe. But I’m glad we’ve got replay.”

Lindor’s slam lifts Tribe

The on-field call, challenged by Cleveland manager Terry Francona, was overturned in a key momentum swing. For Gomes, the 1.88-second pop time was his fastest to second base all year. That, coupled with Lindor’s tag and a 80.4 mph throw, was just enough to catch Torreyes for a huge first out.

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Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Torreyes reflects on costly pickoff play

“The plan right there was for our player [Brett Gardner] to bunt and me to go to third,” Torreyes said through a translator. “I was trying to be aggressive there. I wanted to make sure that I had a good lead. I tried to get back, I did everything  Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey I could to get back as fast as I could. But I couldn’t make it.”

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Todd Frazier reaches second on error

Gardner squaring around to bunt is what prompted Gomes to throw to Lindor.

“Any time somebody fake bunts or something, we’re always trying to pick behind,” Gomes said. “Lindor seemed like he was going to be pretty close, and then when you see th Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Stitched Home White Baseball Jersey em get the challenge call going, you’re getting excited about it. It was a big play in that inning. Glad we got it done.”

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Gomes on picking off Torreyes in 11th

Prior to that, in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Indians took second base on an odd play that involved a working photographer. With two outs, Tribe outfielder Austin Jackson hit a dribbler back to the third-base side of the mound off Yanks closer Aroldis Chapman. The lefty came running off the mound and fielded the ball, but he fell down as he threw across his body in a wild throw that skipped past first baseman Greg Bird to the camera well.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Jackson singles, reaches second on error

A photographer put up his hand and deflected the ball, which ended the play and gave Jackson a free pass to second. Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out to challenge the on-field ruling, which was confirmed as a ball out of play. Chapman then intentionally walked Gomes, before retiring Gonzalez on a flyout to send the game to the 11th.

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Q. Joe, with a loss that tough and such extraordinary circumstances, with the replay, such an unusual thing, do you feel like there needs to be any air clearing with the team as opposed to a normal, tough loss?

JOE GIRARDI: No. I believe our team will be ready to go tomorrow. And that’s who this team is. Obviously, we checked the temperature of our players last night. Obviously, I take responsibility for everything, and I feel horrible about it.

Q. Joe, with a loss that tough and such extraordinary circumstances, with the replay, such an unusual thing, do you feel like there needs to be any air clearing with the team as opposed to a normal, tough loss?

JOE GIRARDI: No. I believe our team will be ready to go tomorrow. And that’s who this team is. Obviously, we checked the temperature of our players last night. Obviously, I take responsibility for everything, and I feel horrible about it.

Does it change the complexion of the game? Yeah, it sure could have. Do we know that for sure? No. But I’ve always taken responsibilities for loss and I take them hard, too.

So the guys know that. We’ve had our backs, each other’s backs all year long. We’ll continue to have it and we’ll go out and play hard tomorrow and go out and try to win one game.

Q. You said you took their temperature last night.

JOE GIRARDI: Well, you just kind of see, you know, my coaches do it too. It’s a tough loss. It’s a tough situation. It really is. We had an 8-3 lead and we weren’t able to hold it. And it’s frustrating.

I felt I kind of used the formula I had been using the last two or three months. And last night, it doesn’t work. So I take responsibility for that. I mean, that’s just who I am, and I did it as a player. And whenever we lose, I take it hard, and this one was really hard.

Q. Joe, when you say you feel horrible about it, having slept on it, do you now think that it was a mistake not to challenge the call?

JOE GIRARDI: Yeah. I mean, I think you can second guess yourself. But here’s the process that I go through. Brett Weber has been so good at what he does that when he tells me that something’s not inconclusive, I believe him, because he’s been so good.

Now, knowing that I had two challenges, in hindsight, yeah, I wish I would have challenged it. But he never — he never got that video clip that — he never got that angle. He never got that super slow-mo. And, yeah, I should have challenged it, now that I think about it.

But here’s the thing. If it isn’t overturned and we’re wrong and then Chad struggles after that, do you feel like I screwed him up? You know, those are the things that you have to go through.

Now, I wish I would have challenged it.

Q. But knowing how good Brett Weber is at his job, that overrode what Gary told you?

JOE GIRARDI: Well, there’s a lot of players that tell you to challenge things a lot of times. That’s the one thing we don’t get caught up, when a player tells you to challenge something, because it’s not always the case. And Brett has the video of it and that’s what we go by.

Q. Would it be fair to interpret that as a lack of trust in Gary?

JOE GIRARDI: No, no, no. I mean, how many times have you seen a player, say check, check, check, and it ends up being the call that they called?

Again, I screwed up. And it’s hard. It’s a hard day for me. But I got to move forward and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.

Q. Joe, you had mentioned that you guys had been very good with the video review stuff with Brett and the connection with you. Just how the chain of command works with that, as soon as that play happens, Brett looks at whatever he’s got in front of him  Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Stitched Home White Baseball Jersey and he gives you a yes or a no?

JOE GIRARDI: Basically, yes.

Q. So, in this case, he just said no because —

JOE GIRARDI: He felt that the ball changed directions and there’s nothing saying that it didn’t hit his hand.

Q. Joe, you talked about disrupting the rhythm of the pitcher. Yet when y Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap ou guys have mound visits, you can argue that that disrupts the pitcher, too.

JOE GIRARDI: Correct.

Q. What is the difference in your mind? Is there a difference?

JOE GIRARDI: Well, I think a lot of times, when you have a mound visit, in a sense, you’re going to try to get him back in rhythm, to get him to throw strikes or whatever they’re doing. Or you see a hitter he hasn’t faced, in a sense.

So Larry had made a mound visit, I think, before. And sometimes it can take two or three minutes, you know. That’s the difference to me.

Q. Joe, if Gary was a more experienced catcher, might you have —

JOE GIRARDI: No. It would have been the same. Any time a player tells me to check something, I don’t automatically check it. I just, you know, Brett — Gardy got hit in the foot, I don’t know, maybe a week ago and he kind of went like that. We checked on video to make sure that there was evidence that he was hit in the foot.

And that’s the one thing that you have to be careful about is players telling — if you just challenge as soon as a player tells you to challenge, you might be wrong.

Q. Joe, you said you felt horribly. How does Brett feel?

JOE GIRARDI: Oh, I know he feels bad, too. You know, we really care. Again, I take full responsibility. It’s not Brett’s fault. It’s my fault.

Q. Joe, in this case, we got it in you, you don’t make believe, like you don’t trust him. And when it’s happening, you don’t challenge the play, but when it does happen, Robertson, it wasn’t read that way, you don’t bring it over and take over for Green?

JOE GIRARDI: Say that again about the Robertson and Green.

Q. Robertson, it was in red, so you can bring —

JOE GIRARDI: No, Greeny had had success against Lindor and thrown well against Lindor and that’s why I left him in there.

Q. Yeah, but that was only two times. This guy, being so —

JOE GIRARDI: You know, I have a formula. You know, we’ve kind of had a formula, who’s going to face which guys, who are comfortable doing it.

Again, I used the formula the other day. It worked. I used it yesterday, it didn’t work. That’s part of my job, right?

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Q. What about the trust between you and Gary at this moment? Did he say you don’t trust me when I tell you something?

JOE GIRARDI: It has nothing to do with me trusting a player. It’s having video evidence to make sure the call will be overturned before you use it. I mean, there’s a lot of times that there are calls that I trust my player, and it’s not overturned, and I still think the player’s right.

It has nothing to do with trust. It’s having — that’s why we have the replay, so you have conclusive evidence to change something. It has nothing to do with trust.

Q. Can you talk about your expectations with Masahiro tomorrow? Obviously, this is the biggest start of his career.

JOE GIRARDI: We need him to pitch like he pitched the other day, where he was — I think he had 15 strikeouts in the game. This is a team that’s going to grind out at-bats, and he needs to grind out at-bats with them.

Q. Joe, considering how long the game went last night and how many pitchers you had to use, how compromised is your bull pen tomorrow?

JOE GIRARDI: That’s I’ll have to see. After a day off, we’ll have to see. My guess is Dellin won’t be available and I’ll have to check with the other guys.

Q. Joe, who is catching tomorrow?

JOE GIRARDI: I mean, probably going to go with Sanchez.

Q. Joe, I know it’s one game at a time thing, but how hard is it not to have that backs-to-the-wall mentality and take it just one game at a time?

JOE GIRARDI: Well, I don’t think that’s always the worst mentality to have. I don’t.

I think sometimes that can be a good mentality to have. So we will preach to them, just win one game. Win one game tomorrow and let’s see where we’re at and we’ll go from there.

Q. Any chance Holliday plays tomorrow?

JOE GIRARD Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey I: We’ll continue to look at things and we’ll see.

Q. You’ve got to win three straight now against a team that’s gone, I think, 34-4. What is the added challenge against a team that’s on that much of a roll?

JOE GIRARDI: We know they’re really good. We knew that going in, they’re really good. The way I look at it, you have to win one in a row.

Q. I know you have to try to have a short memory with these type of decisions that you make. Where does this one kind of sit as one that’s going to bother you for a little while? I mean, it seems like it got a lot of attention, obviously, and it was a big part of the game. Is this going to be one of those that is going to stick and it’s going to be harder to get past?

JOE GIRARDI: Let’s just see what happens tomorrow and as we move forward. That will probably determine the severity of it.

Q. Joe, how does the injury to Edwin Encarnacion change the way that you maybe attack the Cleveland lineup?

JOE GIRARDI: Obviously, he’s a very productive hitter and he’s been a productive home run hitter for a long, long time. He hits right handers and left-handers. We’re probably going to see Brantley tomorrow, who is a very good hitter in his own right.

So, yeah, it’s going to change their lineup, but they’re putting in a very good hitter to replace him, I’m sure.

Q. Tanaka has had varying degrees of success, depending on how much rest he has. Has he done anything to alter his preparation, given how much time off he’s had?

JOE GIRARDI: Yeah. He does his side work. He does what he needs to do in between, and he was in there working today, which is normal for him if we are off on a day before he pitches. He comes in and does his stuff.

Q. Joe, when you say you have a formula, going with Green and then going with Robertson, how malleable do you consider that formula on a nightly basis? Just reading CC’s body language and then reading Green’s body language?

JOE GIRARDI: I think you watch how guys are doing. And I think that at times, when CC’s got in trouble, his pitch count has gotten up there a little bit, and we get somewhat concerned and we know that and we’ve looked at that.

We looked at — you know, I looked at it in the scenario, we needed two more outs in the sixth inning, right? I knew at some point he was possibly going to use Chisenhall. So I knew he had three right handers in a row. He could only pinch-hit for one of them, so I looked at that saying that Green was going to get two right handers for sure, at some point.

And that’s what I looked at. Now, if I wait one more hitter, the guy makes an out, maybe do I leave CC in still? Maybe. If he gets a hit, then it’s maybe only one-hitter that he sees that’s right-handed and there’s two outs to get.

Q. Obviously, it’s only two games, but do you see Judge and Gregorius pressing at all in the post season here against the Indians?

JOE GIRARDI: No, I don’t necessarily think so. It’s two g Custom Brewers Jersey ames. I think that’s the key point there. I mean, if you look at the game they had against Minnesota, it was tremendous, and that was an elimination game. There was as much pressure in that game as the first two of these, obviously. So I don’t think so.

Q. Joe, just to clarify in my own mind, you had the two challenges. So the down side —

JOE GIRARDI: I screwed up.

Q. Let me finish the question. The downside was upsetting the pitcher’s rhythm. You weren’t worried about losing the challenge, right?

JOE GIRARDI: No, you worry about wasting the challenge because — I understand that, but you don’t know what’s going to happen in the next two and two-thirds innings. You don’t. So very seldom have I ever wasted a challenge when it wasn’t conclusive. That’s just what I’ve done, you know. Maybe that’s the wrong way. But that’s the way I’ve been. And we’ve been successful with our challenge system.

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CLEVELAND — If there is a silver lining to be had in the Yankees’ heartbreaking 9-8, 13-inning Game 2 loss to the Indians on Friday in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, it is this: They knocked around ace Corey Kluber. They also proved they could hang with one of the best offenses in baseball.

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Both Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks homered off Kluber, a leading AL Cy Young Award candidate, chasing the Tribe’s starter from the game after just 2 2/3 innings to mark his shortest outing since May 9, 2016, against the Astros.

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The Yankees will have their backs against the wall in a win-or-go-home Game 3 on Sunday back at Yankee Stadium. And maybe these are moments they can lean on.

“We were out there giving it everything we had,” said Sanchez, who got the scoring started with a two-run first-inning homer. “We were not swinging at bad pitches. We were swinging at good pitches to hit. We had good results doing that tonight.”

Sanchez, who homered on Kluber’s 15th pitch, sent the ball out to center field with an exit velocity of 103.6 mph, a launch angle of 23 degrees and a projected distance of 406 feet, according to Statcast™. Kluber needed 38 pitches to get out of the first inning.

While Sanchez’s blast gave New York its first lead of the series, the Yanks rallied back after Cleveland answered with three runs to take the lead. Starlin Castro collected the first of three consecutive two-out hits in the third, lacing an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 3. Greg Bird followed with another hit before Hicks clobbered a curveball for a towering blast to make it 6-3 and end Kluber’s night. The righty tie Men’s Authentic Customized Milwaukee Brewers Flex Base Alternate White Baseball Jersey d a season high by allowing six earned runs on seven hits.

B Men’s Authentic Custom Milwaukee Brewers Road Gray Baseball Jersey Cheap ut in the end, the Yankees’ offense had nothing to show for its efforts as the Indians’ late heroics erased all of the runs they produced off Kluber.

“Yeah, it’s tough any way you cut it,” said Bird, who hit a two-run homer off Mike Clevinger in the fifth inning. “We really have to bounce back.”

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