LEADING OFF: Yankees-Indians in Game 5, Cubs try to zap Nats
By The Associated Press
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
It’s all or nothing when the Cleveland Indians host the New York Yankees in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series (8:08 p.m. EDT). Corey Kluber, considered the favorite for the AL Cy Young Award, starts for Cleveland and tries to atone for getting hit hard in Game 2. CC Sabathia pitches for the wild-card Yankees.
The Indians won twice at Progressive Field last week, then lost twice at Yankee Stadium — they haven’t dropped three in a row since Aug. 1. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion could return to the Cleveland lineup for the first time since spraining his ankle in Game 2.
The winner meets Houston in the AL Championship Series, set to begin Friday.
The World Series champion Cubs try to wrap up their NL Division Series with a win over Washington in Game 4 at Wrigley Field (4:08 p.m. EDT). The teams were rained out Tuesday, and early showers are in the forecast.
Tanner Roark is set to pitch for the Nationals. Manager Dusty Baker said ace Stephen Strasburg, who could’ve worked on regular rest with his team trailing 2-1, isn’t going to start “because he’s feeling under the weather, like a lot of my team is.”
Jake Arrieta starts for Chicago in his return from a right hamstring injury. He has pitched just 10 1/3 innings since Aug. 30.
The Dodgers are back home, preparing to play either the Cubs or Nationals in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Saturday. The matchup at Dodger Stadium will mark the fifth NLCS in 10 years for Los Angeles.
The sweep over Arizona in the division series lets the Dodgers set up their rotation exactly how they want. Ace Clayton Kershaw can start the opener on seven days’ rest, with Rich Hill, Yu Darvish and Alex Wood all ready to follow.
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