Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees ALDS Game 2

Courtesy of Brooks Baseball

Courtesy of Brooks Baseball

Tonight's game will be very similar to last night's as the Yankees will probably have only 5 or 6 hits as Kluber goes about six innings for the Tribe. But, "obviously that turned out to be a huge play, " Headley said. The Red Sox may not be the favorite to win this series and they may not have a better team on paper, but their fans are hoping their lineup can grind out a few runs and that their ace Chris Sale can dominate the Astros lineup a couple of times in this series.

Taking the mound to his usual thundering warm-up music, "The Pursuit of Vikings", an intimidating song by Swedish metal band Amon Amarth, Bauer didn't mess around.

Before the Indians took the New York Yankees in the series, the eighth inning came to a halt when the midges chose to become field guests during the end of the game.

Clayton Kershaw is undeniably the best pitcher in baseball.

"They gave their ideas for it and why they had their ideas for it, and I didn't have a problem with it", Kluber told reporters on Thursday.

With a survive-and-advance mentality, managers can roll through relief pitchers or get pinch hitters to exploit the ideal matchup, not being afraid of exhaustion or overuse, because as the saying going "if you win, then you're in".

In the Indians' playoff opener, Bauer threw the curveball for strikes in the zone as often as he buried it to wipe out hitters. Sometimes you're going to lose the battle, and I felt like that was - he won that one.

You could make the argument that he should back the Indians considering that it is his hometown and he plays for the cities basketball team. (I'm) glad Cody (Allen) came in and cleaned up my mess.

Their pitching staff is so deep that ace and likely Cy Young Award victor Corey Kluber agreed to stabilize the rotation by starting the second game and allowing Trevor Bauer to pitch the opener against the Yankees and then have enough rest to come back if needed later in the series. Again, this was the guy who was supposed to be relatively vulnerable.

Despite jumping out to a 4-0 lead after five innings, their offense sputtered when given multiple chances to break the game wide open.

Pint-sized utilityman Ronald Torreyes committed a giant gaffe when he was picked off second base in the 11th inning of the Yankees' 9-8, 13-inning loss to the Indians in Game 2 of the AL Division Series on Friday night.

In six career postseason starts, all previous year, Kluber is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA. "His stuff is second to none".

The only changes for the Indians are Yan Gomes getting the start behind the plate and Austin Jackson starting in left field, although he did relieve Lonnie Chisenhall in Game 1.

ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that Encarnacion left the Indians clubhouse on crutches and in a walking boot and had a suitcase and a backpack with him as he got into a cart.

"You know what, on a number of fronts", he said.

"He helps us win", Francona said.

It's nearly time for Game 2, and I couldn't be more excited. This year, with a lot of hard work, he's now going to be a part of what we're doing.

"Trevor will never back down from a challenge and we love that about him".

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