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New York Yankees get Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber in Game 2

Instead, during Game 1 of the ALDS at Progressive Field on Thursday evening, the Yankees watched Bruce nearly singlehandedly power the Indians' offense to a victory.

As the night wore on, Cleveland worked more counts, moved up repeatedly on wild pitches, and were able to stretch their lead against a exhausted Yankees bullpen. With two games to go, starter Drew Pomeranz was on the bump looking for his 17 victory of the year.

When it comes to clinching the division this weekend the Red Sox and everybody within the organization knew that they had to win. The Astros will start Justin Verlander in Game 1 against Chris Sale, the favorite to win the American League Cy Young. But really, the link between these two teams is Curt Schilling, who helped the Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Championship and the Red Sox to the 2004 and 2007 World Championships. He leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.346), was second in base hits (204), was fourth in WAR (7.56), sixth in runs scored (112) and ninth in OPS (.957).

Rookie Aaron Judge was held to an 0-for-4 performance for the NY Yankees.

My Sox bias may be clouding my judgment, but with Sale being able to pitch twice, the bullpen seems to have picked it up late and the ability of that lineup to produce enough run support, I'm picking the Red Sox in four games.

There is a reason Cleveland's Bauer was the number three overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

The Tribe's ace is the American League's presumptive Cy Young victor (it would be his second), as he led the AL in wins (18), ERA (2.25) and WHIP (.869). One was that he wanted his team to jump on him early and that is exactly what they did.

As the postseason starts, most analysts rate the Cubs no higher than fifth in the field of 10 (now eight with the Wild Card games in the books). Altuve followed it with a home run of his own to left-centre.

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One of the unsung heroes for the 2017 Yankees has been relief pitcher Chad Green, who entered the game in the top of the 1st with runners on second and third and the Yanks down 3-0. "I was just too quick [Tuesday] night".

For the first and only time this postseason, Major League Baseball presents four playoff games in one day on Friday. Meanwhile, the Indians received the majority of their runs from right fielder Jay Bruce. The club was reportedly willing to give the Mets "multiple prospects". This is a promising because against the Astros they are going to need the home run ball in order to be successful. Last year's series between Cleveland and Chicago was a nailbiter, coming down to literally the final at bat of the season.

The stakes: The Yankees, who lost the wild-card game in 2015, are in their first playoff series since getting swept in the 2012 ALCS, while the Indians are hoping to return to the World Series - and win it for the first time since 1948.

Bregman and Altuve hit back-to-back home runs in the playoffs for just the second time in Astros history.

Although Kipnis was out of practice in center field, he has put in the work necessary with bench coach Brad Mills to be a competent outfielder, and with every game, is gaining confidence in himself, as well as from teammates and coaches. If all goes well, he might play on Sunday.

The Yankees have struggled against Kluber, as he is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA in seven career starts.

The Indians and Yankees have a few things in common: Beyond the success of their seasons, they also have the support of LeBron James. Kelly, the hard-throwing Red Sox reliever, had just replaced Sale with two runners on and nobody out.

The Indians will now play their ace-in-the-hole in Kluber (18-4, 2.20 ERA). The Yankees ace went 14-5 this past season with a 3.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts. We had four starting pitchers combining to throw 7 1/3 innings.



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