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Indians sweep Red Sox in ALDS with 4-3 victory in Game 3

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The Indians made quick work of the Red Sox in the ALDS, using the minimum three games to dispatch of the crew from Beantown. They won 4-3 on Monday evening.

After both teams put up zeroes through the first three innings, the Indians broke through in the top of the fourth, scoring twice against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Jose Ramirez led off with a single and Lonnie Chisenhall walked. Coco Crisp moved both runners over with a bunt, and Tyler Naquin brought both home with a single to right field.

The Red Sox clawed back for a run in the bottom of the fifth against Indians starter Josh Tomlin, as a one-out single by Xander Bogaerts followed by a double by Andrew Benintendi plated one.

Coco Crisp doubled the Indians’ run total, striking a two-run home run over the Green Monster in the top of the sixth off of lefty Drew Pomeranz. The Red Sox would promptly fight back for another run in the bottom of the sixth. Dustin Pedroia led off with a single, prompting Indians manager Terry Francona to bring in All-Star reliever Andrew Miller. The lefty got into hot water, yielding a double to Mookie Betts followed by a sacrifice fly by David Ortiz. But Miller struck out Hanley Ramirez to escape the frame with the score 4-2 in his team’s favor.

Miller remained in the game to start the seventh. He worked around a one-out walk for another scoreless frame. Bryan Shaw came on in the eighth inning and sandwiched a Travis Shaw single with a strikeout of Dustin Pedroia and a Mookie Betts ground out. Closer Cody Allen entered and walked David Ortiz before serving up a line drive single to Hanley Ramirez, who brought Betts home to make it 4-3. Allen escaped by the skin of his teeth when Bogaerts lined out to second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Allen returned in the ninth, getting Chris Young to fly out to left for the first out. Allen then struck out Sandy Leon looking. After Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled to bring the tying run to the plate in Pedroia. Pedroia worked a walk, pushing the tying run into scoring position. Shaw finally flied out to right field to end the game in a 4-3 victory for the Indians.

With both the Indians and Blue Jays sweeping their ALDS opponents, both will have to wait until Friday to open the ALCS. The Indians have home field advantage in that series.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.