Injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion was out of the Cleveland Indians’ starting lineup Sunday night for Game 3 of their AL Division Series against the New York Yankees.
“It wasn’t fire and brimstone. It wasn’t yelling,” Francona said. “It was just, hey, remind them of who we are and that we can figure things out together. We’re playing a good team, and we respect that. But our challenge is to play the best game we can, and I think we will.”
The Yankees come into the game with lots of momentum, having won the Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys last two games.
“Momentum a lot of times depends on your starting pitching,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “CC, I thought, threw a pretty good game here the last time. And CC’s used to these big moments, so we feel good about him on the mound.”
Sabathia spent the first 7 1/2 years of his career with the Indians.
“I’ve pitched here a lot, so I’m very familiar with the city,” he said. “A Cheap Bike Jerseys lot of who I am as an adult male, Cleveland kind of shaped that. Three of my kids were born here. I have a lot of history in the city. So it will be a lot of fun to take the ball in Game 5 and hopefully get a win.”
The Indians hope to have designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion back in the lineup for Game 5. Encarnacion, who had 38 home runs and 107 RBI in the regular season, missed the past two games with a sprained ankle.