Edwin Encarnacion, who sprained his ankle in gruesome-looking fashion Friday night in Game 2, was on crutches and in a walking boot in the clubhouse Saturday, but manager Terry Francona is encouraged by his progress.
He added later: "I mean, how many times have you seen a player, say check, check, check, and it ends up being the call that they called?"
On offense, Jay Bruce led the charge, going 2-for-3 at the plate with an important fourth-inning homer. That's when a showdown between Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber is likely in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series in Cleveland.
"He helps us win, " Francona said. Entering Friday, Sabathia was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 starts following a Yankees loss. "Whichever way that happens, and if it happens and we advance, it doesn't matter who pitches when, in my mind". Girardi had a series of questionable decisions including choosing not to challenge a controversial hit-by-pitch call that allowed the Indians to load the bases, hitting a grand slam in the next at-bat to cut the Yankees lead to one run. He's such a good athlete, and I don't think people give him credit for that. He joined me to discuss C.C. Sabathia and the series as a whole.
Oddly enough, Aaron Judge was not part of the home run festivities, following up his bad Game 1 (0-for-4, four Ks), with another muted performance (0-for-3, three walks). "So I'm not really too concerned about it". They make you throw a lot of pitches. It appears the Yankees are going with Aaron Hicks over Jacoby Ellsbury in center field as he has started the last two postseason games.
"[Yankees manager Joe Girardi] could use me out of the bullpen", Severino said, via the New York Daily News.
Their offense came alive in the first five innings, scoring eight runs, and starter CC Sabathia's outing lasted longer than Luis Severino and Sonny Gray's combined. "I'm excited for him because previous year he missed out".