The problems that plagued the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Division Series didn't hurt them early in Game 2.
"II'll have the whole off-season to think about what I'll do moving forward", Tanaka said through a translator.
Improbable because a Yankees lineup that was dormant Thursday night knocked out Cleveland ace Corey Kluber on Friday after only 2.2 innings of work. Jay Bruce tied it with an eighth-inning solo homer and Yan Gomes won it with a walk-off hit in the 13th inning.
"He helps us win, " Francona said. He joined me to discuss C.C. Sabathia and the series as a whole.
Sabathia is a battle-tested postseason pitcher.
Given the relatively good news, Francona said he would leave Encarnacion on the Indians roster. They run. They've got power. He threw 77 pitches. "It's going to be tough to face them, but I'll just try to be aggressive like I always do in the strike zone, and try to get them to mis-hit some balls". It's an interesting matchup, as Sabathia had his best seasons with the Indians, even winning a Cy Young Award during his time in Cleveland.
The 28-year-old is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in the postseason, having allowed two runs in five innings in a 3-0 loss to the Astros in the 2015 Wild Card Game. "I'm excited for him because previous year he missed out". It was Kluber's third straight start on short rest, and he was out of gas, giving up four runs in four innings. He went 13-12 with a career-worst 4.74 ERA in 30 starts.
Following an excruciating extra-innings loss to the Indians on Friday, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman stirred a bit of controversy after "liking" a very pointed Instagram comment directed at manager Joe Girardi. The Yankees claimed that Chapman inadvertently liked the post on the flight back to NY, and he let Girardi know it was a mistake Saturday. Austin Jackson will start in left field against NY left-hander CC Sabathia, and Yan Gomes will catch Kluber.