In six career starts against NY, he is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA. If it does, Kluber could also pitch in Game 5.
The Yankees have found themselves in a 2-0 hole to the Cleveland Indians after a listless performance in Game 1 and a blown five-run lead in Game 2, where Girardi's managing mishaps took the wind out of the team's sails.
On the flip side, Sabathia ran into a bit of trouble in the early going of the game, but was able to settle and set down the Indians in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings. With Girardi following in the footsteps of his one-time mentor, former Yankees manager Joe Torre, and saving his best available starter (CC Sabathia) for game two, Gray will need to pitch in Cleveland the way he has on the road this year. Sabathia was only at 77 pitches, he wasn't falling apart, and the Yankees had a five-run lead. "I screwed up. It's hard".
Sanchez, who caught the ball for a possible foul tip strike three, pointed at the Yankees' dugout, imploring Girardi to challenge the call because he believed the ball hit the knob of the bat.
Encarnacion hit 30 home runs, had 107 RBIs and an OPS of.881 in his first season with Cleveland this year.
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Meanwhile, like England, Germany sealed their spot at the finals on Thursday after a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast. The clean sheet was England's seventh from nine games and they will be looking to finish the group with eight wins.
Girardi said Sanchez's reaction was not relevant, pointing out, correctly, that players nearly always want a challenge on close plays. Lindor hit a grand slam off Green. They struck out six hitters, completing the Game 1 shutout and pushing the total number of Yankees strikeouts to 14 on the night.
"He helps us win, " Francona said.
The injury occurred in the first inning Friday night in a game Cleveland eventually won 9-8 in the 13th. He told reporters that he didn't want to take Green out of his rhythm for a couple of minutes while the umpires convened, only to be told that Chisenhall was indeed hit by the pitch.
Severino has been in this situation before as a reliever when the Yankees needed him most.
The Indians will have a chance to eliminate the Yankees when they meet for Game 3 in NY on Sunday.