For the New York Yankees, postseason survival came down to a couple guys whose seasons were clouded with frustrations.
But they will be talking about how Tanaka’s seven shutout innings made sure Bird’s solo homer was enough for a 1-0 win in Game 3 of the Yankees’ American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians.
The Yankees’ combo of relievers — David Robertson and then five outs worth of Aroldis Chapman — were able to do the rest, save for a ninth-inning Indians threat.
Francisco Lindor hit what might have been a two-run homer to right field if not for Aaron Judge making a leaping catch to steal it away .
Judge had misplayed a ball in right field in the fourth inning, giving Jason Kipnis a triple and the Indians their best chance to score.
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