Bauer, Indians blank Yankees in ALDS opener

Masahiro Tanaka pitches in the first inning against

Masahiro Tanaka pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Friday Sep. 29 2017

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The teams will be back at it for Game 2 of the ALDS presented by Doosan on Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

Bruce's big day was extra painful for the Yankees because the outfielder was nearly sent to the Bronx back in August, but the Mets dealt him to Cleveland instead when the Indians offered to pay his full salary.

Kluber takes the mound today as the Indians look to head to NY with a 2-0 series lead and Carlos Carrasco on the mound in Game 3.

In what will be the juiciest pitching match-up of the entire divisional round, Boston's Chris Sale opposes deadline acquisition Justin Verlander this afternoon in Houston. He also led the AL in shutouts, complete games, ERA+, HR/9, and BB/9. Robertson got the ground ball he was looking for, but had it been anyone by Byron Buxton at the plate and running down the first base line, no runs wild have scored on a sure double play ball. He tossed two flawless innings, giving the Yankees as good of a chance as any.

As for Sonny Gray, he failed to get out of the fourth inning - allowing three hits, four walks and three earned runs. "But the Indians had a bunch of reasons they went with Bauer, and all of them fell into place". The biggest thing was keeping him on his 5-day (schedule).

The gamble paid off in spades as Bauer pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and struck out eight batters. He said the team later saw a slow-motion replay suggesting he should've contested the call, but it was too late. Altuve followed it with a home run of his own to left-centre.

Brantley, who missed almost two months at the end of the regular season with a right ankle injury, was available off the bench in the first two games, but his return to the lineup would be a welcome sight for Francona. Only Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks secured base hits for the Yankees, who now must shake off this poor performance ahead of facing Kluber tomorrow.

Jacoby Ellsbury will serve as New York's designated hitter in Game 2.

Aaron Judge will not go 0-4 tonight with four strikeouts. The Yankees finished with three hits and 14 strikeouts.

But Dolan antied up, and that secured Jay Bruce for the Tribe before the waiver trade deadline.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild visited Gray, but it only got worse.

Greg Bird's two-run homer in the fifth off Mike Clevinger made it 8-3 and seemed to have the Yanks well situated after Sabathia departed with one out in the sixth.

NY has one of the best bullpens in the majors.

Bregman and Altuve hit back-to-back home runs in the playoffs for just the second time in Astros history.

Carlos Santana has two RBIs for the Indians, Jason Kipnis has one RBI. Any doubt they had about his ability to play the position went out the window in the third inning. He'll start Game 2 on Friday against CC Sabathia.

On for his third relief inning, Betances opened the 13th by walking Austin Jackson, who stole second base and raced home on Gomes' base hit - with a dugout full of excited Indians teammates chasing him toward home plate.

"He's going to be (available) off the bench", said Francona, referring to Game 2.

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