Yankees Hammer Their Way to ALDS

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Cleveland got to Yankees starter Sonny Gray early, loading the bases and plating a run in the second, then knocking him from the game in the fourth.

The New York Yankees reached the American League Division Series after a wild win in a Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, when they overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to win 8-4.

The New York Yankees survived a awful 0.1 innings performance out of their ace Luis Severino in the American League Wild Card Game.

The series stays in Cleveland for Game 2, with the first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Friday evening. The aggressive bullpen use will certainly affect Arizona and NY moving forward-Ray, for example, figured to start Game 1 of the NLDS-but that's the price for not winning their division.

Cleveland, meanwhile, closed out a remarkable regular season, where they set an American League record with a 22-game win streak.

GROUNDED: Bauer's run-in with the propeller on one of his hobby drones almost derailed the Indians' postseason run past year. From that moment on, I knew the Yankees were in good shape for the game.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Accustomed to qualifying for the World Cup with games to spare, United States players realize another slip could cause them to miss next year's tournament, a circumstance that has swelled angst among a growing fan base.

"Tonight was a good night for us".

Bruce connected for a two-run homer in the fourth off Sonny Gray and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Indians began a journey to try and end the majors' longest Series title drought.

Judge is one of the most destructive forces in baseball, a rookie who mashed 52 home runs and carried a rebuilding Yankees team into October.

In his last 10 starts, Gray has surrendered 12 homers.

He performance more than justified manager Francona's decision to start him in the first game over Kluber. I believe that they are one year ahead of schedule and will be in contention next season for a World Series.

Now, they are in real trouble. With a hitters count, Rosario took the off-speed pitch and hit a line drive that barely snuck over the right field fence to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Twins.

Trevor Bauer, serving as understudy to ace Corey Kluber, was dominant for 6 2/3 innings as pitched two-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings and combined with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen on a three-hit shutout in leading the Indians to a 4-0 victory.

Oh, hey, the game is tied 3-3 in the first inning. He is 9-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 19 postseason games (18 starts).

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. Not only do they have the experience and knowledge of what it takes to get it done, they have the hunger to do so after getting stung by the loss a year ago. But it was still enough to get a run on the board. Curve balls, lots of them, had the Yankees either swinging wildly or looking.

"You do what you think is right", Francona said. "The playoffs are a different animal, and any team can beat you on any day".

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