Jay Bruce drives in 3 RBIs, Indians up 4-0 against Yankees

CLEVELAND OH- SEPTEMBER 30 Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers a pitch to the plate during the second inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians

The top four hitters in the Yankees' lineup combined to go 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts and a walk. First pitch is at 7:30PM EST.

The Yankees Game 1 starter was expected to be either Sonny Gray or Masahiro Tanaka after Severino's Wild Card clunker. NY was able to overcome a disastrous start by Luis Severino to beat the Twins 8-4. They are followed by the AL East champion Boston Red Sox at 9/1, while the defending World Series champion Cubbies and the NL East champion Nationals are both on the board at 10/1. Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs, as they begin to quest to become the first franchise to repeat as World Series champs since the Yankees in 2000. The Yankees could not complete a deal for Bruce, and the Indians did. Baseball fans should want to see Boston and NY reignite their historic rivalry under the brightest lights here in October to see who goes on to the World Series.

The New York Yankees announced that Sonny Gray will start Game 1 of the AL Division series against the Cleveland Indians at 7:38 p.m. Thursday at Progressive Field.

Bauer's no-hit bid was the longest in Indians' postseason history, topping five no-hit innings by Bob Feller in Game 1 of the 1948 World Series and Early Wynn in Game 2 of the 1954 World Series. Didi Gregorius led the team by going 1 for 3 with a three run home run, while Aaron Judge added a two run blast and Brett Gardner added a solo homer. Cleveland got what they paid for, and the Indians' social media team had no problem reminding the Yankees all about it. Two hits allowed. Neither of them until the sixth.

"I had good stuff", Bauer said.

Now, there are two ways to look at this and those are as a fan of one of the teams or as just a baseball fan in general. I've played in quite a few playoff games myself, but obviously never past the NLDS. "I've thrown against them a couple times this year, and in the past I've thrown against them".

The Indians went 5-2 against the Yankees this year.

It makes sense. Then again, it seems risky. While Sanchez has shown lots of power, NY manager Joe Girardi removed him of catching responsibilities for a few games during the regular season because of passed balls.

Tonight the Yankees will throw the ball to Sonny Gray to see if he can guide them to a Game 1 win on the road to get themselves off to the flawless start in this best of five contest. Bauer has a 10-4 record with a 3.93 ERA in 17 home starts this year, encompassing 103 innings. Corey Kluber is a Cy Young candidate this year, with an 18-4 record, 2.25 ERA, 2.50 FIP, 0.87 WHIP, 11.7 K/9, 0.14:1 BB:K ratio, and a 0.93 HR/9 rate. That was really the only way we could do it.

"It will be curious to see how Bauer reacts in that", Pluto said. "They can do a lot of things offensively, and they're well balanced".

But maybe NY will be excited just to take Cleveland to five.

None of that means anything now.

The fourth inning proved to be a tough one for the Twins as young, up and coming pitcher Jose Berrios took the mound for Minnesota. Chose to go into Fire Sale Mode, and he's been even better since the trade, looking as dominant as any time in his multiple Cy Young winning HoF career. But no matter who wins, 22 fanbases watching passively will at least get a show.

So, who is is playing today? .

PEN PALS: Cleveland and NY boast two of baseball's best bullpens, stacked with hard-throwers, specialists and elite closers.

There were three wild pitches on bounced pitches over the first six innings, with Gary Sanchez catching; blocking breaking pitches in the dirt was an issue throughout the season for Sanchez.

In Game 1 of the ALDS on October 5, Bauer allowed two hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings. You have to give the Major League Baseball team some credit, they nailed it. "It's not just versus the Yankees, it's in any game that we'd like to score early and often and keep pressing". He was outstanding (4-1, 1.83) in the postseason past year. This year he's on it.

This will be the six-time All-Star's first-ever postseason experience. The Indians' front office had to chuckle a little bit at that one too. Bauer was wounded by his own drone. He suspects it was stolen. "Whenever I pitch, the process is the same". But I think we have to stay consistent with our approach, the way we approached everything all season long.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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