Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bauer Helps Indians Blank Yankees in Game 1

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bauer Helps Indians Blank Yankees in Game 1

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CLEVELAND * Trevor Bauer made Aaron Judge look silly, and he made his manager look like a genius.

Named a surprise starter for Game 1, Bauer chopped Judge and New York's other big bats down to size, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians began chasing their first World Series title in 69 years with a 4-0 win over the Yankees on the Thursday night in the opener of the AL division series.

Bauer struck out Judge three times, twice getting the MVP candidate looking. He allowed just two hits in 6 2/3 innings before manager Terry Francona, who chose to start the righthander over ace Corey Kluber, turned to baseball's best bullpen, using Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen to finish the three-hitter.

Allen came in with two on and two outs in the eighth to face Judge, who struck out for the fourth time and angrily snatched at his bat frustration, and finished for a save.

Bruce connected for a two-run homer in the fourth off Sonny Gray and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Indians began a journey to try and end the majors' longest Series title drought.

Eyebrows were raised when Francona said he was going with Bauer instead of Kluber, and the eccentric righthander, perhaps best known for slicing a pinkie open while repairing a drone during last year's postseason, delivered a performance that started October just right for the Indians.

"Trevor from pitch one, he had his breaking ball early, and he had a good one," Francona said. "He had his life on his fastball. He pitched in. I thought he pitched a terrific game."

Kluber, an 18-game winner during the regular season, will start Game 2 on Friday against CC Sabathia.

Coming off their win over Minnesota in the wild-card game Tuesday, when Judge homered in his playoff debut, the Yankees came in with momentum.

Bauer stopped the Bronx Bombers in their tracks.

He struck out eight and took a no-hitter into the sixth before Aaron Hicks doubled with one out. …

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