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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by Aaron Hicks after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (57) in the first inning of Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

No debate: Judge, Yankees pound Bieber, Indians in opener

Sep. 29, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — On a night for debates, Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees made quite an opening statement. Shane Bieber had no rebuttal. Judge smashed a tone-setting, two-run homer on Bieber's fourth pitch, Cole struck out 13 in his New York playoff debut and the Yankees opened their AL...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Pocket Aces: Bieber, Cole square off as Yankees play Indians

Sep. 29, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber's first playoff appearance for Cleveland will come against the team that personifies postseason baseball excellence. All those pinstripes. The roll call of Hall of Famers. The 27 World Series titles. The history. Here comes the New York Yankees and all their autumnal aura. No...

New York Yankees DJ LeMahieu bats during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. LeMahieu is in line to win the American League batting title. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A capsule look at the Yankees-Indians playoff series

Sep. 29, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians in Cleveland beginning Tuesday night: ___ NEW YORK YANKEES Record: 33-27. Playoff Entry: second place, AL East. Playoff Seed: No. 5. Manager: Aaron Boone (third season). Projected Rotation: RHP Gerrit Cole (7-3,...

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez watches his double off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Nik Turley during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Indians rally past Pirates, will host Yankees in playoffs

Sep. 27, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are staying home for the first round of the postseason — and the New York Yankees are coming to town. Carlos Santana had four RBIs and delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Indians rallied for an 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates...

Cleveland Indians' Cesar Hernandez, center, is mobbed by Austin Hedges (17), Carlos Santana (41) and Jose Ramirez (11) after hitting a winning single off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Chris Stratton during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Walk away: Indians rally again, keep AL Central hopes alive

Sep. 25, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Once again, the Indians grabbed water bottles, poured from the dugout and danced around the infield grass like little kids at recess. Walk-off week rolls on. César Hernández ripped an RBI double into the right-field corner with two outs in the ninth inning as Cleveland rallied...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Bieber lowers ERA to 1.63, Indians top White Sox 3-2

Sep. 23, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League since Luis Tiant’s 1.60 for Cleveland in 1968, and Jordan Luplow hit a game-ending home run that gave the Indians a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday night. The loss dropped the...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, right, picks up Jose Ramirez as he celebrates with Franmil Reyes, left, after Ramirez hit a three-run home run in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Cleveland. The Indians won in ten innings. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ramírez, Indians clinch playoff spot with 5-3 win over WSox

Sep. 22, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — With one sweet swing, José Ramírez pushed the Cleveland Indians into the playoffs and strengthened his case for the AL MVP award. Ramírez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Cleveland a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox that clinched a postseason...

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Chicago White Sox pitcher Jace Fry during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Santana's homer lifts Indians to win, brink of playoff berth

Sep. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians left Progressive Field on the brink of a playoff berth and went home. The party's on hold. In 2020, little goes as planned. “Everything is awkward this year," acting manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said. “So you can add that to it.” Carlos Santana's two-run homer...

A Comerica Park videoboard displays a thank you message to Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, who announced his retirement prior to a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Tigers manager Gardenhire announces immediate retirement

Sep. 19, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire mostly maintained his jovial demeanor this season. As recently as Friday night, he was needling a reporter while discussing a strategic decision from the late innings. Less than 24 hours later, Gardenhire announced his retirement. This year was taking more of a toll on the...

A fly ball goes off the glove of Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton on a triple by Cleveland Indians' Jordan Luplow in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Byron Buxton homers again as Twins beat Indians 8-4

Sep. 13, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Byron Buxton healthy and again showing his tantalizing talent, the Minnesota Twins are looking more like the strong contenders in the American League they expected to be when this truncated season started. A return to their power-hitting ways has helped their surge, too. Buxton...