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Miller closes out Yankees after Kluber goes 8 strong

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NEW YORK — Corey Kluber put Cleveland’s rotation back on track, Andrew Miller earned a save against the team that traded him last weekend and the Indians beat the New York Yankees 5-2 on Saturday.

Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis each homered to help the AL Central leaders recover from an early two-run deficit.

Kluber (11-8) struck out eight in eight innings of five-hit ball, beating CC Sabathia (6-9) in a matchup of pitchers who won the AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland.

Miller closed with a one-hit ninth for his first save with Cleveland. The lanky left-hander, acquired Sunday in a blockbuster trade, entered to a warm ovation at Yankee Stadium and fanned two batters following a leadoff single.

Miller’s first nine saves this year came with the Yankees.

With the Indians in dire need of a solid outing after five straight rocky starts, Kluber wobbled early on a muggy, soupy afternoon with a game-time temperature of 84 degrees.

Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez lined an RBI double to left-center with two outs in the second and scored on a wild pitch that glanced off the mitt of catcher Roberto Perez.

Kluber settled in from there, though, and struck out the middle third of New York’s lineup in the fourth. The Yankees also ran themselves out of two chances in the middle innings – including an embarrassing blunder by Brett Gardner, who went tearing around second base on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s fly to medium right field and was easily doubled off first.

Kluber threw 100 pitches and walked only one, improving to 3-0 in his last five starts.

Cleveland’s talented rotation, so effective all season as the Indians streaked into first place, came in 0-4 with a 15.58 ERA this month – and the team was outscored 50-32 overall in losing four of its previous five games.

Kipnis connected leading off the fourth for Cleveland’s first hit, his fourth homer against the Yankees this year. Davis delivered a two-out RBI single in the fifth.

Napoli broke the tie with an opposite-field solo shot off Sabathia in the sixth over the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center. It was Napoli’s team-leading 28th homer and sixth in the past eight games. He connected in five straight through Wednesday.

Davis went deep against Anthony Swarzak in the seventh, and Kipnis drove in Davis with a ninth-inning single off Nick Goody.

Sabathia was charged with three runs in 5 2/3 innings, dropping to 1-5 in his last nine starts.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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