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Yankees stay alive after thrilling Game 3 win

Yankees stay alive after thrilling Game 3 win”

The Yankees - on their death bed - have opened their eyes.

But the Indians could not touch Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees bullpen.

If he were dropped from the roster now, he would be ineligible for the American League Championship Series should the Indians advance.

On the very next play after Chisenhall was given first base things changed drastically for the Yankees.

So, the Yankees are down two game to none and they must win the two games in NY or the 2017 season ends as soon as today.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Indians are a -115 favorite to win on the moneyline.

Masahiro Tanaka makes his second postseason start for NY - he lost a 3-0 AL wild-card game to Houston in 2015. The Indians then sent in starter Josh Tomlin in hopes of keeping the momentum.

Bird provided the ultimate drama Sunday. Gary Sanchez had hit a two-run homer in the first, Aaron Hicks followed with a three-run shot in the third and Greg Bird gave the Yanks a five-run lead with a homer in the fifth.

The home run came on a mistake fastball by Miller. It's entirely possible the way the season ends for the Yankees will have an impact on whether Girardi is with the Yankees next season.

It validated Tanaka, who turned the formidable Indians lineup goofy.

But the decision that made the least sense was pulling CC Sabathia out of the game despite his performance. Fister allowed four hits, walked one and struck out one. It dipped. It darted.

NY held a 8-3 lead in Cleveland, tallying more than a handful of runs against the likely American League Cy Young victor, Corey Kluber. Judge wasn't given an error though it's a play he should make and Kipnis got into third base without an issue. Tanaka had a 3.22 ERA in 95 home innings.

Judge redeemed himself in the sixth inning. The next batter, Francisco Lindor, hit a grand slam on Chad Green pitch, allowing the Indians to be just one run behind the Yankees. It ultimately goes in the books as a loss in 13 innings and an 0-2 series hole headed to the Bronx.

Sidelined by injuries most of the past two seasons, Bird also went deep in Game 2.

Chapman touched a blistering 104 miles per hour, racking up two strikeouts in the eighth inning. The Pinstripes then had five innings to score a run and escape Cleveland with a win.

"His last start was up", Francona said. "But taking three in a row is going to be tough". He was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The right-hander fired seven scoreless innings at the Indians to lay the foundation of a 1-0 win that kept the Yankees' season alive. But they've grown to appreciate his quirky ways and the fact that he's a gamer. The Cleveland Indians haven't lost back-to-back games since August 22-23.

Girardi told reporters that, in hindsight, he wished he would've challenged the call as he had two challenges remaining at the time.

The 18-game victor gave up three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.



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