MLB playoffs: Yankees say Game 5 win was for skipper Joe Girardi

MLB playoffs: Yankees say Game 5 win was for skipper Joe Girardi
ALDS Takeaways: Gregorius sends Yankees to ALCS with two-homer night
These Yankees have grown to embrace an unfamiliar role

The Yankees would be patient, for a change, after a winter of relative discipline. If one New York team would play for a berth in the World Series, it would surely be the Mets. They had been there more recently, and they had so much pitching.Name(required) Email(required) Comment(required)

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The baby Bronx Bombers have grown up fast.

These days it is Robertson’s job to work multiple innings in middle relief, and he has thrived. When Dellin Betances struggled in Game 4, it was Tommy Kahnle’s job to earn his first save of the season — and he did.

“That’s what I’ve told these guys: ‘This is what it’s all about, this is the reason we play,’” Gardner said. “We’re not ready to go home yet.”

The Steve Dangle Blog Power Of Play Presented by:Aroldis Chapman works a scoreless eighth inning to send the Yankees into the ninth with the lead. APThat sealed a comeback that was made possible by the Yankees’ pitching staff, which yielded five runs over the final three games. And they mustered enough offense to overcome a grim series from Aaron Judge, who struck out four times on Wednesday and finished the series 1 for 20 with 16 strikeouts, shattering the record for a playoff series of 13 that had been held by four other players: Ryan Howard, Jackson, Brandon Moss and Javier Baez.

Dallas Keuchel and Verlander slated to start the first two games. Brad Peacock didn’t have great results in his playoff start but had some bad luck on balls in play in that game. He did have a great stretch of starts the final two-plus months, giving up two or fewer runs in 10 of 13 starts. Charlie Morton is no longer a sinkerballer looking to get ground ball outs, but a guy with a 95 mph fastballs and big curveball.

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“We can win a lot of different ways,” Gardner said.

Ahead of Schedule, Yankees Push Toward World Series
Ahead of Schedule, Yankees Push Toward World Series
“We can win a lot of different ways,” Gardner said.The Indians closed to 3-2 in the fifth against starter CC Sabathia before David Robertson pitched 2²⁄³ hitless innings for the win. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who faced Cleveland in last year’s spine-tingling World Series and signed an $86 million free agent contract in December, worked two innings for the save.

On the night, Gardner had three hits, scored a run, drove in a run and saw a total of 34 pitches.That happened again Wednesday, when they got 4 ¹/₃ scoreless innings in relief of CC Sabathia.

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But even those adjustments couldn’t bring Cleveland even. Gregorius, a season-long producer whose contributions were somewhat overshadowed by Judge and Sanchez, had put the Yanks up 3-0 with a solo homer in the first and a two-run shot in the third off Kluber. And once Robertson came in, it was lights out for the Cleveland Power Company.
Yanks oust Tribe in reversal of fortune
Yanks oust Tribe in reversal of fortune
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Joe Girardi's private, series-changing message to Yankees: 'I screwed up'

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Here is what Cashman and 10 Yankees players had to say about Girardi following their Game 5 victory:

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Will Harris has a 2.30 ERA over three seasons with the Astros but missed all of July and August because of a shoulder issue. He did return to fan 13 batters in 10⅔ innings down the stretch, and his fastball velocity was right at his season average of 91.6 mph, so he seems healthy. He made one appearance against the Red Sox, giving up two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

The slugger was impacted for long stretches by an injured left shoulder that he frequently had wrapped in ice at various times during the second half.

“You don’t hear much about Jeet other than him owning the Marlins now,” quipped veteran CC Sabathia, whose 4.1 solid innings (two runs, five hits, nine strikeouts) pointed the Yanks in the right direction. “If not for what Didi’s done, people would still be talking about him playing shortstop for the Yankees.Thanks for contacting us. We've received your submission.

Well, that’s not entirely true. In what looks like a tremendously prescient tweet now, catcher Gary Sanchez had some words of wisdom to share shortly after the team fell behind 2-0 in the series.

Brett Gardner's 12-pitch at-bat provided the fatal blow to the Indians

a 5-2 win over the Indians in Game 5 of a back-and-forth American League Division Series at Progressive Field on Wednesday.

You can say, “yeah, well, where was this confidence days ago? It was real brave of the Yankees to save their snark for after they won.”

The bend-but-don’t-break Yankees, way ahead of schedule, staved off elimination for the fourth time in this postseason and advanced to play the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

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ALDS Takeaways: Gregorius sends Yankees to ALCS with two-homer night
ALDS Takeaways: Gregorius sends Yankees to ALCS with two-homer night
Gregorius got New York off to an ideal start, homering with two outs in the first when Kluber grooved a fastball. The shot deep into the seats in right raised the anxiety level to an already jittery Cleveland crowd fearing the worst.

Francisco Lindor (2 for 18) and Jose Ramirez (2 for 20) unable to snap out of funks.

Girardi didn’t want the Yankees thinking they have to win three in a row against a club that finished the regular season 33-4.”I think back to a couple of years ago when we first got him and everybody in the stands every night was chanting Derek Jeter’s name, and, obviously, nowadays you don’t hear that near as often,” leadoff man Brett Gardner said. “On both sides of the ball, not just defensively but offensively, he’s one of the best shortstops in the game.”They came up short again, and have now lost six consecutive games with a chance to clinch a post-season series. The skid dates to last year’s World Series, when they squandered a 3-1 lead to the Cubs.

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“This one’s for Joe,’’ Todd Frazier shouted through a champagne mist after the Yankees’ 5-2 win, praising manager Joe Girardi’s leadership after a critical decision not to challenge a play spun into a Game 2 loss, putting the Yanks in an 0-2 series deficit.

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About Us). The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of New Jersey On-Line LLC.”So finally I called Dave Dombrowski in Detroit [the Tigers’ former GM and now the president of baseball operations for Boston]. I knew Dave coveted [pitcher] Shane Greene. I didn’t want to give up Shane Greene, but I said, ‘Dave, if you can get Didi Gregorius from Arizona for me, I’ll give you Shane Greene.’ And then within 72 hours he’s like, I got him. He matched up, I couldn’t, and we had a three-way.”Brendan Kuty may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @BrendanKutyNJ. Find Yankees on Facebook.
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Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees to Game 5 Win vs. Indians; Will Face Astros in ALCS

The Yankees staved off elimination first with a 1-0 win in Game 3 on Sunday behind Masahiro Tanaka’s dominant performance and Greg Bird’s solo homer. Then they evened the series Monday night with a 7-3 victory in Game 4.

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New York Post Starting Lineup Get the best sports in town straight to your inboxThe Yankees, though, are unlikely to be cowed after having rallied to knock off the Indians, who had roared their way to an American League-leading 102 victories and had lost only four times between Aug. 23 and the end of the regular season.

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On Friday, Girardi was crestfallen, afraid he had wrecked the season.After making excuses during his Game 2 post-game interview, Girardi owned up to his mistake publicly the next day, then to his team the following day in that team meeting.

2. Wait for the instructions to arrive in your inbox 3. Follow the instructions to update your passwordPlease confirm your details below.Aaron Judge, on the other hand, went 1-for-20 against the Indians with 16 strikeouts, a record for one series. He does have a couple of small holes in his plate coverage, up and away and low away, so your best hope is to get him to chase something off the plate:

Gregorius set a franchise record for home runs in a season by a shortstop with 25, one more than Jeter hit in 1999 when No. 2 led the Yankees to a second straight World Series title.Thanks for subscribing! Don't miss out on our other great newsletters

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The Yankees became the 10th team to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-five playoff series. New York also did it in 2001, rallying to beat Oakland — a series remembered for Jeter’s backhand flip to home plate.CLEVELAND – These young Yankees were unshaken, resilient and as tough as the city they represent.
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