The Yankees eked past the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS by a 1-0 margin to stay alive, thanks to a solo home run from Greg Bird in the seventh inning.
They nearly fell behind in the top of the sixth when Francisco Lindor appeared to have hit a two-run home run to right-center field. Aaron Judge ranged back and leaped ever so slightly to catch the ball in front of a handful of fans. One of those fans was notorious ball hawk Zack Hample — we’ve written about him here on a few occasions — who for once had a ball taken away from him. So Judge stole a home run ball from two different people.
At the plate, Judge went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in Game 3. In the postseason so far, he has two hits (including a home run) in 19 plate appearances with five walks and eight strikeouts.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: