Manager Terry Francona said Encarnacion probably won't start Game 3 Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, but could play. Kluber needed 38 pitches to get through the first. "Whichever way that happens, and if it happens and we advance, it doesn't matter who pitches when, in my mind".
Things didn't start out well for Sabathia.
The on-field ruling was that Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, which loaded the bases, and the next batter, Francisco Lindor, hit a grand slam off Yankees reliever Chad Green to cut the Yankees' lead from five runs to one. He will be facing the Indians for the first time since August 6, 2016, when he was the losing pitcher in a 5-2 decision.
According to the Indians Twitter post, he is feeling much better. And, they'll throw AL Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber in Game 2 on Friday night. Ellsbury has batted.263 (5-19) in his career against Kluber, who went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts against NY this season. Jay Bruce tied it with an eighth-inning solo homer and Yan Gomes won it with a walk-off hit in the 13th inning.
Sonny Grey (0-1) didn't make it out of the fourth, surrendering three runs on three hits and four walks through three and a-third innings.
Kluber was 4-0 with an 0.89 ERA in his other five postseason starts. Headley is just 1 of 14 against Kluber. In six career starts against NY, he is 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi sent Ronald Torreyes in to pinch run for Frazier at second.