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ALDS: Bird Sends Yankees Soaring to A Game 3 Victory

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The New York Yankees faced elimination in Game 3 of the ALDS against the hot hitting Cleveland Indians and needed a strong outing from Masahiro Tanaka to stay in the series. That is exactly what they received as Tanaka tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, a walk and struck out seven batters.

As Tanaka was shutting down the Indians explosive offense, Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was doing the same as he tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.

Both starters kept their teams battling in an epic scoreless game, and it would be up to the bullpen to continue the trend.

In the sixth inning, Francisco Lindor sent a towering drive to right field and if not for 6’7″ Aaron Judge reaching up and past the fence and bringing it back In, the Indians may have been on their way to celebrating a series victory. But Judge made the play keeping the game scoreless.

In the bottom of the 7th, and tough lefty Andrew Miller on the mound, Greg Bird launched a 92.5 MPH four-seam fastball into the third deck in right field to finally give the Yankees the lead.

After David Robertson gave up a one-out walk in the eighth inning, Joe Girardi brought in closer Aroldis Chapman to get five outs to secure the victory.

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Chapman struck out the two batters he faced keeping the Yankees in the lead.

In the bottom of the frame, Brett Gardner doubled to lead off the inning, but was left stranded in scoring position as the Indians bullpen kept New York from adding an insurance run.

In the ninth, Chapman was firing farts hitting the gun at 103.8 MPH, but sweated through the inning while keeping the Yankees fans on the edge of their seats as he battled with the tying and go ahead runs on base, inducing a fly ball off the bat of Carlos Santana, keeping the Yanks in the series and securing the 1-0 victory.

Both teams will be back in the Bronx on Monday night with the Indians looking to finally shut the door in New York, while the Yankees look to send the series back to Cleveland.

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David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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