Girardi blunder puts Yankees in hard spot

The Yankees gave up a haul of blue-chippers for Sonny Gray at the trade deadline for moments like this starting Game 1 of the ALDS and yet it proved too big for him

Girardi decided not to challenge via replay that Chad Green's fastball didn't hit the Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall just before Francisco Lindor slugged a grand slam to shrink the Yankees' lead to 8-7 in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field on Friday night.

"There's no fracture, it's just the ligaments and I'm going to be day-to-day", Encarnacion said.

Yankees pitchers will be throwing to catcher Gary Sanchez, whose defense has been criticized this year, but manager Joe Girardi is happy with the progress Sanchez has made behind the plate.

"Girardi did not have a good Game 2 on Friday night, but his sixth inning stands as the lowest moment in his 10 years as Yankees skipper". If it does, Kluber could also pitch in Game 5. It's about us winning three games before they do.

Let's take this time to look at five ways the Yankees can upset the Indians, a team many believe will walk away with their first World Series win since 1948, and move onto the ALCS. "Whichever way that happens, and if it happens and we advance, it doesn't matter who pitches when, in my mind".

"When you're at home rehabbing", he told MLB.com, "you start to question whether you'll ever step foot back out on a baseball field, and if you'll be able to run the same, if you'll be able to hit the same - basically use my legs".




Asked if he was surprised by Sabathia's late-career surge, Francona said: "Not at all".

The New York bench boss opted not to challenge a play with a five-run lead midway through the game which, potentially, led to the Indians' comeback. He threw 77 pitches.

In two starts against the Yankees this year, Kluber was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

"I screwed up", Girardi said (via the New York Daily News).

In six career postseason starts, all a year ago, Kluber is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA.

Managers in New York City are vilified for everything, from pinch runners to bad breath.

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