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Game 1 start is why Yankees traded for Sonny Gray

Game 1 start is why Yankees traded for Sonny Gray

Washington have never advanced beyond a division series but the return of right fielder Bryce Harper from a knee injury along with improved play from the bullpen make them a legitimate threat. This should prove to be an entertaining series. The New York Yankees (+1400) stack up well against the Minnesota Twins (+2800) in the wild-card game. The former New York Yankees shortstop joined new controlling owner Bruce Sherman in speaking publicly for the first time Tuesday about their group's $1.2 billion purchase of the Marlins. They have a bullpen to match the one Indians manager Terry Francona can turn to, and their starting pitching is almost on a par with that of the Tribe. The Cleveland Cavaliers star was seen celebrating the New York-based team during Game 1 of the 2007 ALDS against the Indians, which the Indians won 3-1.

Chad Green came out of the bullpen to put on a tourniquet with two big strikeouts to end the inning. And the character the Yankees showed to pull out the victory - turning the page on a terrible start, immediately responding to get back in the game and doing the unconventional - may make NY the team no one wants to face. The Yankees pulled starter Luis Severino from the game, just recording one out.

The Nationals would love to win a title - or at least reach a World Series - before Bryce Harper's pending free agency after next season and the question marks that come with that.

The Indians will certainly be favored, and they should be.

The Yankees announced that Sonny Gray will pitch Game 1 Thursday night and CC Sabathia will pitch Game 2 on Sunday night.

New York: Well, we know the Yanks can hit. The second-best team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is no secret that they rely on the long ball for the success of their offense.

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In the AL Wild Card Game, the Yankees overcame a three-run deficit in the top of the first inning. He split two starts for the Athletics, getting rocked for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss April 30 at Cleveland, then pitching six scoreless innings for a win July 14 at Oakland.

The Yankees posted a picture of James wearing a Yankees hat in 2007, when James rooted for NY in a playoff game against the Indians.

"I feel pretty well prepared, physically and mentally", Bruce said.

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Some fans may be feeling like it is 2016 all over again with Trevor Bauer taking the mound in Game 1, which will surely remain one of the bigger storylines from this game regardless of the outcome.

And while fans across the country are excited about watching the colossal Judge, who blasted 52 homers as a rookie and seems to hit the ball hard every time he's up, face Indians ace Corey Kluber and baseball's deepest pitching staff, Cleveland manager Terry Francona isn't as thrilled. Either way, whoever is behind the plate for the Tribe is going to have to contribute in many ways. Gomes and Perez have both had their struggles at the plate this season, but will be expected to contribute, especially when there are runners on base. And a championship would do wonders for a sports city that has known only pain for a very long time now, thanks mainly to the Capitals. Everyone says this is a new season.

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