The New York Yankees' offense came through on the road in the first two games of the American League Divisional Series, but it was their pitching that haunted them. Sunday went the opposite way for them, but it was enough to keep their season alive, as the Yankees shut out the Cleveland Indians, 1-0, in Game 3 of the ALDS. Greg Bird's solo home run in the seventh was enough to lift New York, who got seven shutout innings from starter Masahiro Tanaka while forcing a Game 4. Tanaka struck out seven and walked just one, while Aroldis Chapman came in for a five-out save in the win. The flame-thrower struck out four in the final two innings to keep the Tribe's offense quite. Cleveland had scored 13 runs in the first two games combined, including an incredible 13-inning comeback in Game 2. Although, their bats could not figure things out at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, as they finished with five hits and six baserunners on the night. Andrew Miller surrendered the go-ahead blast to Bird, suffering the loss after pitching less than an inning in relief. Carlos Carrasco pitched into the sixth inning and struck out seven while keeping the Yankees off the board. Sunday was the Yankees' first 1-0 postseason win since Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS against the Oakland Athletics, and they will look to keep momentum on their side in Monday's Game 4.
Red Sox Pound Astros, Force Game 4
The Boston Red Sox desperately needed to make a statement in Sunday's Game 3 after getting knocked around in the first two games of their American League Division Series with the Houston Astros. They did just that while keeping their season alive, as they blew past the AL West Champions, 10-3, to force a Game 4. Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-4 with three RBI, while Rafael Devers went deep to spark the Red Sox's offense. Doug Fister struggled in the start for Boston, allowing three runs on four hits in less than two innings, as Joe Kelly earned the win out of the bullpen with 1.2 scoreless innings. The most welcoming sight was David Price succeeding in his new role, as he threw four shutout innings out of the bullpen, striking out four Astros batters. Jackie Bradley Jr. connected for a three-run blast, which was his first career postseason long ball, while Mitch Moreland pitched in with three of Boston's 15 hits in the win. The Red Sox scored six runs in the seventh inning to officially put the game out of reach, ensuring that they would be hosting a game Monday afternoon. Last year's Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello will toe the slab for the AL East Champions in Game 4, as they look to force a decisive Game 5 back in Houston.
OBJ, Watt Go Down With Injuries
Two major stars in the NFL went down with serious injuries on Sunday, both of which look to be season-ending situations. First, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was in tears while getting carted off the field with an ankle injury. It would later be revealed that OBJ suffered a fracture in that ankle, which will require surgery and cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Beckham suffered the injury with four minutes left in the game when he landed awkwardly on the ground after leaping for the ball. He will seek a second opinion, but it does not look good for the star receiver. This just adds to the tough season of the Giants, who fell to the Los Angeles Chargers, 27-22, on Sunday for their fifth straight loss to begin the season. Meanwhile, later in the night, it was defensive star J.J. Watt who was helped off the field and is most likely done for the year. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg and is reportedly out indefinitely. There is no official timetable for his return, but the Houston Texans do not expect him back this season. The injury occurred in the first quarter of Sunday's 42-34 loss to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. It was a non-contact injury, which makes it even scarier, although, Watt will go through further testing. Linebacker Whitney Mercilus tore a pectoral muscle on the same drive in the game, and will also miss the remainder of the year, adding to the tough Sunday in the NFL.