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Indians-Yankees ALDS Game 3: In Real Life

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The Yankees beat the Indians, 1-0, to win their first game of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. We were at the scene in and around Yankee Stadium. Cleveland leads the best-of-five series, 2-1.

10:58 p.m. ET: And that's your ballgame

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The Yankees beat the Indians, 1-0, to win their first game of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan. We were at the scene in and around Yankee Stadium. Cleveland leads the best-of-five series, 2-1.

10:58 p.m. ET: And that's your ballgame

Full Game Coverage

The Yankees fought off elimination to push the series to a fourth game after Aroldis Chapman completed a five-out save for just the second time in 2017.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm3: Chapman notches save, seals Game 3 win

The Indians didn't go quietly, though: Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez knocked consecutive one-out singles in the ninth to put the tying and winning runs aboard for Jay Bruce, who struck out swinging. The Indians' last hitter, Carlos Santana, worked the count full before fouling off pitch No. 6 and flying out to Aaron Hicks to end the game.

10:04 p.m. ET: Bird is the word

Greg Bird smashed a 1-1 offering from reliever Andrew Miller into the second deck in right field to lead off the seventh and break open a scoreless game. Remember the Yankee who might have been "done for the season" after surgery in July? One and the same.

Bird became just the sixth lefty to homer off of Miller since the start of the 2015 season. The long ball sent the sellout crowd of 48,614 into a roar of celebration.

9:23 p.m. ET: Not in his house

Aaron Judge is good for a whole lot more than getting things off the top shelf. The Yankees' 6-foot-7 right fielder used every last inch of his stretch and then some to rob Kipnis of a two-run homer in the sixth inning and keep the game scoreless, earning him a cap-doff of appreciation from Tanaka.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm3: Judge leaps to rob a homer on FS1

Tweet from @Yankees: He hits home runs AND robs home runs?!?!?! #AllRise #MVP pic.twitter.com/HK8rl5krG0

8:38 p.m. ET: Who'll blink first?

Tanaka and Carrasco were dealing early. Carrasco didn't allow a hit his first time through the Yankees' lineup, and Tanaka faced the minimum over three innings. Each completed three innings with four strikeouts.

Things got interesting in the fourth, when Kipnis powered the Indians' portion of the frame with a one-out triple off the glove of Judge. Tanaka responded with back-to-back strikeouts, of Ramirez and Bruce, to end the threat.

8:04 p.m. ET: Neil the Deal

Television, stage and movie actor and New York resident Neil Patrick Harris sang the national anthem Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Harris once co-starred in an episode of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" with former Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm3: Neil Patrick Harris performs anthem

Tweet from @MLB: Neil Patrick Harris taking in that #postseason atmosphere. #ALDS pic.twitter.com/KQ5HQExgwW

7:53 p.m. ET: Mirror, mirror

Yankees starter Tanaka needed just 11 pitches to get through the first frame untouched, with a pair of K's to boot. Indians starter Carrasco countered with a 10-pitch inning that included two strikeouts.

7:01 p.m. ET: Well that's a lot to live up to

Although it was neither dark nor stormy, people are still telling the tale that happened 61 years ago on a pretty perfect night. (No pressure, Tanaka and Carrasco.)

Tweet from @Yogi_Museum: #OTD in 1956, Yogi leaped into Don Larsen���s arms after the completion of the first and only Perfect Game in World Series history. pic.twitter.com/lnuQpclxj8

6:10 p.m. ET: EE likely to rest during Game 2

Indians manager Terry Francona said Edwin Encarnacion was "doubtful" for tonight, after the slugger exited Friday's game in the first inning with an ankle sprain.

Video: CLE@NYY Gm3: Francona on Encarnacion's availability

6:05 p.m. ET: Having a grand time

Francisco Lindor delivered a powerful blow during Friday's come-from-behind win, and drew a nice little pregame BP buzz around him because of it. While it must have been a good feeling to enter tonight with a 2-0 series lead, Lindor still made sure to spend a little extra time with his bats, just in case. We see you, Franky.

5:34 p.m. ET: It's gettin' to be about that time

With about two hours to go before first pitch, fans are lined up outside the stadium as players begin on-field warmups.

4:53 p.m. ET: Now there's a job with playoff perks

Cadets from West Point and Navy are on flag duty for Game 3 at Yankee Stadium.

"It's an honor to represent West Point and the Army for the national anthem," senior Tanner Andrews said.

4:20 p.m. ET: A call to arms

Yankees manager Joe Girardi held pregame court with the media, discussing, among other things, the state of his relief corps:

Tweet from @JoeTrezz: Luis Severino is available out of the bullpen tonight, if necessary, Joe Girardi says. "All hands on deck."

Although, with the way Tanaka has been twirling at home, having to look to Severino might not be an issue ...

Tweet from @Yankees: Tanaka has been lights out in the Bronx. His last 6 starts at the Stadium: 5-1, 1.29 ERA (42 IP, 6 ER, 57 K). pic.twitter.com/xdHz4Y9TYc

3:49 p.m. ET: Indians post starting lineup

As expected, Encarnacion will not start today at DH for the Tribe due to the right ankle injury he sustained in Game 2. Michael Brantley takes his place, hitting seventh. Jay Bruce, who has homered in both games of the ALDS, moves up to take Encarnacion's spot in the four-hole. 

Tweet from @Indians: Here is today's Game 3 lineup! Terry's pregame chat with media will stream live on our Facebook page at 5PM. #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/I8Q1RvuFyZ

3:42 p.m. ET: A color guard practices stretching an American flag over the outfield at Yankee Stadium hours before first pitch of Game 3 of the American League Division Series. They will repeat the exercise during the national anthem.

3:09 p.m. ET: Yanks reveal lineup

The Yankees' batting order remains mostly unchanged from Game 2, save for Todd Frazier and Aaron Hicks swapping spots in the seventh and ninth spots in the lineup. 

Tweet from @YankeesPR: Yankees vs. Indians in ALDS Game 3 tonight at 7:30pm on FS1 pic.twitter.com/vEc4zMVjCr

2:13 p.m. ET: Bronx battle set to begin

The Indians return to Yankee Stadium, where they swept the Yanks in their lone series there this season. Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco did not pitch in that three-game set, but the righty has sizzled in the Bronx, throwing to a 1.40 ERA in 25 2/3 career innings.

Tweet from @Indians: Welcome (back) to the Bronx. #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/fCCjXuckfQ