Indians Take Control Over Yankees

The Cleveland Indians were red hot over the second half of the season and carried that momentum in to the ALDS.

The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians take the field in game two of their ALDS in a Friday MLB matchup.

The Indians were 42-9 in the regular season after acquiring Bruce in a trade with the Mets on August 9, and that included a 22-game win streak. "If we feel the need to hit, we can".

With few opportunities to make plays, it was tough to tell whether Jason Kipnis was a legitimate center fielder when he converted to the position at the end of the regular season.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is going with Ellsbury over Chase Headley because of his success in the past against Kluber, Cleveland's ace. "No words, honestly. I'm speechless".

What happened afterward. Francisco Lindor's grand slam off the right-field foul pole on a 1-0 hanging breaking ball by Chad Green that made it 8-7 Yankees. His curveball was in top form and NY just couldn't adjust accordingly, and Bauer himself exited to a well-deserved standing ovation with two outs in the seventh inning.

The Yankee offense, however, would have none of that.

The Yankees had established a five-run lead and appeared as though they were going to coast to a stunning victory over Corey Kluber, the likely 2017 Cy Young award victor. "To me, it's not about me wanting to pitch the first game or wanting to pitch the second game".

Instead, it'll be C.C. Sabathia that gets the call for NY.

For Game 2, the Cleveland Indians will send their 18-game victor Corey Kluber to the mound.

TV replays showed the ball slightly change direction - it appeared to hit the knob of Chisenhall's bat. And really, it's sort of the fault of the Yankees here.

"We'll see how it goes", he said. Bauer, though, regrouped by getting Gary Sanchez to bounce into a double play before he freezing Didi Gregorius for his sixth strikeout.

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Buffalo's 19-play drive, which lasted 11 minutes and 20 seconds, ended with a 24-yard field goal by Hauschka for a 17-10 lead. He had three interceptions in a 30-26 win at Detroit last week, including a pick-six, which led to 10 points for the Lions.

Thursday night, only four of the 23 batters Bauer faced reached base, and he faced only three over the minimum in recording 20 outs.

Girardi nodded and held up a finger, asking for time to make a decision.

If this postseason is as good as last year's, then everyone watching is in for a real treat.

What the heck do we know? I tried to go back. But I just want to do my part, man. As soon as it went out, it was just a lot of emotions.

Sale's evening (which ended after he'd allowed seven runs in five innings) could have been considerably more pleasant if not for Jose Altuve, the 5-foot-6-inch MVP frontrunner who became only the ninth player in postseason history to hit three home runs in a single game. No matter how well Bauer had been pitching, why not take your best shot in Game 1, right?

Five innings later, the Indians finally broke the tie.

Bruce recognized what he had done in creating every run for his team in a playoff game, but said he expects someone else to rise up on Friday.

Kluber wasn't himself. Not even close. Kluber has been overpowering this season, going 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA on his way to a likely second Cy Young win.

"I thought that was good, not only for getting an out, but I thought it was good for his confidence", manager Terry Francona said.

Encarnacion writhed in pain in the infield dirt before being helped off the field by Cleveland's training staff.

Francona kidded that he lent an assist to Bruce's home run.


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