ALDS: Aaron Hicks knocks Corey Kluber out early in Game 2

ALDS: Aaron Hicks knocks Corey Kluber out early in Game 2

ALDS: Aaron Hicks knocks Corey Kluber out early in Game 2

Jay Bruce doubles off left-field wall to lead off for Indians. Bauer teased Judge with fastballs high and out of the zone, and he tortured him with 12-to-6 knuckle-curves that dropped over the outside edge of the plate like anvils. The Astros have two dominant pitchers in Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander and have possible MVP Jose Altuve, who batted.346 this season.

Two of Altuve's homers came against Chris Sale, who allowed seven runs in his post-season debut.

The throwing error was a major gift for the Yankees, who scored eight runs in the first five innings, but were held to no runs and three hits in innings six through 13 by the Cleveland bullpen. Instead, they went hitless for 5 1/3 innings and scoreless for nine. I know his knees hurt at times and they're a little creaky, but, no, he's a really good athlete and he can manipulate the ball. Altuve followed it with a home run of his own to left-centre. They ranked tenth among the 30 teams with a.274 wOBA against curveballs during the regular season.

The most damaging whiff came in the eighth, when the Yankees had two on and two out after Andrew Miller walked a pair before being replaced by Cody Allen.

One of the relief heroes of Tuesday's wild-card win against the Twins, Green said "it didn't register" that the Chisenhall play should've resulted in the third out before Lindor lashed one off the right field foul pole.

The 25-year-old right fielder went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts, and looked lost at the plate. According to the Fox Sports 1 broadcast, NY was only willing to pick up $1 million of Bruce's contract. In three-and-one-third innings, Gray gave up three runs.

After falling injured during Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees, Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion got an MRI and, at least for now, has been declared day-to-day by the Indians.

Thursday night, only four of the 23 batters Bauer faced reached base, and he faced only three over the minimum in recording 20 outs.

Kluber was 4-0 with an 0.89 ERA in his other five postseason starts. He went to the ground immediately and had the wherewithal to call time so he couldn't be tagged out as he writhed in pain.

Cleveland took a brief 3-2 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Jason Kipnis.

CC Sabathia gets the ball for NY in Game 2. He also led the AL in shutouts, complete games, ERA+, HR/9, and BB/9. NY starter Sonny Gray was charged with three runs on three hits and four bases on balls over 3.1 innings to absorb the loss. He is 9-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 19 postseason games (18 starts). Sabathia has reinvented himself nicely as even more of a finesse paint artist this season, but the Indians offense is capable of feasting on even the best of pitchers.

In six career postseason starts, all a year ago, Kluber is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA. Pettitte relied on his famed cutter, and a large part of Sabathia's career resurgence has been due to Pettitte sharing the secret sauce for that pitch.

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