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Corey Kluber's absence in Game 1 is a golden opportunity for the Yankees

Joe Girardi explained after Friday night's extra-innings loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS why he did not challenge a critical call in the sixth inning.

"I take responsibility for everything", Girardi said in a Saturday press conference.

"I had to ask how it works, " said Girardi, unfamiliar with Instagram.

"I think what's really important is just go up there and do the same we've been doing the whole year and what we've been doing the last two games, too".

Armed with hindsight, we now know what wasn't totally apparent in the split second when Chad Green's pitch seemed to change angles on its way into Gary Sanchez's glove. "We'll let them do their stuff tomorrow and then we'll kind of see where he's at", the skipper added.

The tide turned for the Tribe when Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam in the sixth to bring the Indians within one run. Perhaps they are being fueled by the bitter sight of seeing the Chicago Cubs and their fans celebrate in Progressive Field and all over Cleveland, or being trolled in blowing a 3-1 lead, but this team looks hungry and motivated to settle some unfinished business. The Tribe didn't have much going after that and the Yankees took advantage.

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird proved to be the deciding factor in Sunday evening's 1-0 victory over the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS.

The American League consists of the following teams: Baltimore Orioles; Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Cleveland Indians; Detroit Tigers; Houston Astros; Kansas City Royals; Los Angeles Angels; Minnesota Twins; New York Yankees; Oakland Athletics; Seattle Mariners; Tampa Bay Rays; Texas Rangers; and Toronto Blue Jays. "And it may not always agree with the person being fired or however it goes, but that is Hal's and Brian's decision and whatever their decision is, I will live with it". Judge, facing Kluber for the first time in his career, got ahead 3-and-0 before walking on five pitches. Santana and Gomes were on base with Lonnie Chisenhall at bat. Girardi said Friday night that he didn't want to waste one of his two challenges and that he didn't want to disrupt Green's rhythm.

"I'm very, very fortunate to be here", Bruce said.

Girardi is in his 10th year managing the Yankees, but his contract expires after this season. Girardi said Sunday they will figure that out when the time comes.

"We knew going into the inning that that was probably our best way to go about it", Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Obviously when you get traded and you're in trade rumors, it's usually to a contender or a team that's contending at the moment". Encarnacion has been a key offensive player for the Twins during his tenure.

Bauer appreciated Kipnis' exceptional effort, calling it "the biggest play of the game".

Hours earlier, Girardi said Chapman had apologized to him for accidentally "liking" a user's comment on Instagram calling the NY manager an "imbecile" late Friday night.

Frazier, who is hitting eighth, is a.391 (9-for-23) hitter against Carrasco with one homer and six RBI.

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