Sunday MLB Division Series: Highlights, Scores, Takeaways

Three fights in the 2022 MLB playoff division series round ended Saturday, but one game remains Sunday and one of baseball’s most historic franchises is playing for its season.

The New York Yankees have an unmissable American League Division Series Game 4 against the Cleveland Guardians, who won in a walk-off Saturday in their first game at Progressive Field. Will New York extend its season by forcing a showdown in the Bronx on Monday, or will Cleveland move on to face the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series?

We’ve got you covered for every busy moment with lineups, starting pitchers, what to watch and pre-match predictions and then real-time updates and takeaways once the action begins.

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New York Yankees to the Cleveland Guardians

The Guardians lead the 2-1 series

Naylor makes one

Bader goes deep

Rizzo, the Yankees strike first

Yankees Appetizer: Gerrit Cole (13-8, 3.50 ERA, 257 thousand)

Guardians Appetizer: Cal Quantrill (15-5, 3.38 ERA, 128 thousand)

Initial formations:

Yankee

1. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Antonio Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Oswaldo Cabrera (S) SS
7. Harrison Bader (R) CF
8. José Trevino (R) C
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF

GUARDIANS

1. Steven Kwan (L) LF
2. Amed Rosario (R) SS
3. José Ramirez (S) 3B
4. Josh Naylor (L) DH
5. Oscar Gonzalez (R) RF
6. Andrés Gimenez (L) 2B
7. Gabriel Arias (R) 1B
8. Austin Hedges (R) C
9. Myles Straw (R) CF

What to watch: Terry Francona said the Guardians’ hope during Game 3 was to put the Yankees in a position where they should use their main rescuers while being able to stay away from using their key firefighters like Emmanuel Clase. , James Karinchak and Trevor Stephan. Mission accomplished. Now the Guardians get a home elimination with a rested bullpen in front of a crowd that promises to be even louder on Saturday, and it was terribly rowdy on Saturday. For New York, the main thing that can dim the spotlight on Aaron Boone a bit is that Gerrit Cole comes out and dominates deep into Game 4. – Bradford Doolittle

Predictions:

Joon Lee: Yankees 5, Guardians 2. Cole manages to overtake the Yankees on the mound as New York forces him to a decisive Game 5 in the Bronx.

Alden GonzĂĄlez: Yankees 4, Guardians 1. Cole has pitched very well against the Guardians this season, missing out on just three points in 19 innings and three starts, including the first game of this series. This will continue with the Yankees season up for grabs in Game 4.

Bradford Doolittle: Guardians 3, Yankees 1. The Yankees are Gulliver and the Guardians are the Lilliputians – and if I remember the story correctly, the Lilliputians did a great job of keeping Gulliver hidden. Also, the Guardians bullpen is rested and ready to shut this thing down.

Jeff Passan: Yankees 3, Guardians 2. Cal Quantrill has never lost a game at Progressive Field, but the Yankees, behind another great throwing performance from Gerrit Cole, take a win and force a decisive 5 game on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

David Schoenfield: Guardians 3, Yankees 1. No, this series does not return to the Bronx as Terry Francona has a faster hook in this game with Quantrill and the Cleveland bullpen closes the Yankees in the last four innings.

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