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Tanaka, Judge save Yanks; Bird homers for 1-0 win in Game 3

New York Yankees' Greg Bird reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in New York. New York Yankees' Greg Bird reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in New York. | Photo: (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) .

October 09, 2017 03:45 AM

By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Baseball Writer
    
NEW YORK (AP) - Masahiro Tanaka's seven-inning gem was saved when Aaron Judge prevented a home run in right field, and Greg Bird homered to give the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 on Sunday night, extending their AL Division Series.
    
Aroldis Chapman got a five-out save as New York avoided a three-game sweep by the defending AL champions. With two on in the ninth, Chapman struck out cleanup hitter Jay Bruce, and Carlos Santana flied out to center.
    
The Yankees got a splendid performance from Tanaka in an old-fashioned October pitching duel with Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco. Tanaka got a boost when Judge robbed Francisco Lindor of a two-run homer in the sixth.
    
Bird came through with the huge hit New York had to have when he connected against loser Andrew Miller in the seventh.

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