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Content: CLEVELAND -- Life in October was never going  Robbie Gould Youth Jersey  to be as easy as the Cleveland Indians made it look in August and September. After winning 33 of their last 37 regular-season games, they were due for some regression here and a little dose of reality there. But did they really have to pack so much bad news into the span of an hour? Flush with excitement after Trevor Bauer's dominant performance in the opening game of the American League Division Series, the Indians watched two main roster cogs crash-land in the first three innings in Game 2 versus the New York Yankees. First, Edwin Encarnacion, their cleanup hitter and home run leader, suffered an ankle injury that put the rest of his postseason in serious jeopardy. Then, staff ace Corey Kluber surrendered more earned runs (six) in 2 2/3 innings than he’d allowed in the entire month of September (four). But the Indians summoned the resilience to get the job done. They won Friday after taking advantage of a questionable managerial decision by Joe Girardi and what appeared to be a mistaken hit-by-pitch call in a dreadful sixth inning for the Yankees. With two outs, Yankees reliever Chad Green faced pinch hitter Lonnie Chisenhall, who fell behind 0-2. After four foul balls, it was ruled that Chisenhall was hit by a pitch. Replays showed that it may have just hit the  Authentic Michael Johnson Womens Jersey  knob of Chisenhall’s bat and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez caught the ball. If the Yankees had challenged, that would have likely been the third out -- and perhaps the ballgame. Instead, the next batter, Francisco Lindor, launched a grand slam off the foul pole to cut an 8-3 deficit to 8-7, and Jay Bruce hit a solo shot off David Robertson to tie it in the eighth as a sellout crowd at Progressive Field erupted. Then came the capper a few innings later: Yan Gomes' single down the third-base line off Dellin Betances in the bottom of the 13th gave the Indians a 9-8 victory and a 2-0 ALDS lead as the best-of-five series heads to the Bronx. “I’m speechless, man. It was a full-on team effort,” Gomes said during a postgame interview on MLB Network. “I’m pretty sure I swung at a ball that was going to hit me. That’s how bad I wanted to get it done,” Gomes said of the game-winning single. “I’ve never choked up that much on the bat. I was just trying to get the job done, just move the guy over and just pass the bat around and just let somebody else do it.” The Indians’ euphoria from a come-from-behind win against the Yankees’ vaunted bullpen was tempered by concern over their big middle-of-the-order slugger. Encarnacion rolled his ankle while stepping on second base in the first inning and crumpled to the ground in pain. He left the field with help from the training staff, and the in-game reports weren’t good. ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that Encarnacion was on crutches and in a walking boot as he left the clubhouse and got into a cart before leaving the ballpark. Against that backdrop, the likelihood of him returning to the lineup anytime soon appears extremely remote. It's baseball nirvana: The one day we're guaranteed four playoff games. The setup is a little weird. The American  Shaun Draughn Youth Jersey  League Division Series games will be played first, meaning they'll have two games in the books before the National League even plays. And how's this for some big names on the mound: We have four former Cy Young winner starters, plus maybe the hottest pitcher on the planet. So, who is is playing today? Everyone! The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros begin the day in Houston at 2 p.m. ET, followed by the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians in Cleveland at 5 p.m. Then it's the NL's turn -- the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals open their series in D.C. at 7:30, and the Arizona Diamondbacks visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in the late game from Los Angeles at 10:30. The most important thing of the day: One of those former Cy Young winners starting is not Max Scherzer, who tweaked his hamstring in his final start of the regular season, and Dusty Baker decided to play it safe and push Scherzer back to Game 3. That decision was easier to make because Stephen Strasburg posted a 0.86 ERA over his final 10 regular-season starts with  seven scoreless outings. If you're going to watch only one game, tune in for: Clayton Kershaw on the mound at Dodger Stadium, the best the Dodgers have. His postseason career has been part Shakespearian tragedy. He's due, right? The stakes: Jose Altuve became the ninth player (Babe Ruth did it twice) in postseason history with a three-homer game in Houston's 8-2 win in Game 1, so the Red Sox need a win to avoid the dreaded 2-0 disadvantage. Pomeranz allowed one run in six innings against Houston in the final series of the regular season, but with David Price available in long relief and a 1-0 series deficit, John Farrell has no choice but to have a quick hook with Pomeranz if he gets into trouble.