Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Yankees, Red Sox Avoid Elimination

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Yankees, Red Sox Avoid Elimination

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NEW YORK Good thing for Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees that Aaron Judge is 6-foot-7.

Judge reached high and prevented a home run to save Tanaka's seven-inning gem, Greg Bird homered off relief ace Andrew Miller, and New York edged the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Sunday night in Game 3 to extend their AL Division Series.

"He was brilliant," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about Tanaka. "He gave us everything we needed."

Aroldis Chapman got a five-out save as the wild-card Yankees avoided a three-game sweep by the defending AL champions. With two on in the ninth, Chapman struck out cleanup hitter Jay Bruce before Carlos Santana flied out to end it.

Game 4 is Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with young ace Luis Severino scheduled to start for New York. Cleveland will go with Game 1 winner Trevor Bauer on three days' rest, though there's rain in the forecast.

New York got a splendid performance from Tanaka in an old-fashioned October pitching duel with Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco. Tanaka received a big boost when Judge robbed Francisco Lindor of a two-run homer in the sixth.

Bird came through with the huge hit New York had to have when he connected against Miller leading off the seventh. The first baseman was fired up as he greeted happy teammates in the dugout.

New York rebounded after blowing a five-run lead Friday during a 13-inning loss in Game 2 that led to heavy criticism of Girardi, booed Sunday night by the home crowd during pregame introductions.

"Not the first time," Girardi said, acknowledging it's no fun to hear catcalls. "I kind of expected it."

Judge's grab was the big defensive play Sunday. With a runner on first in a scoreless game, Lindor lofted a sixth-inning drive toward the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. Judge backed up to the wall and barely needed to jump to extend his glove above the fence and make the catch, just to the right of the auxiliary scoreboard. …

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