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Severino gets nod for Yankees in Game 4

Ace out for postseason redemption after struggling in AL Wild Card Game
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NEW YORK -- Call it a second chance of sorts. Luis Severino will get a chance to redeem himself, and to prolong the Yankees' season, with Monday's Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

New York trails Cleveland -- which will counter with Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer -- 2-1 in the best-of-five series, following Sunday's 1-0 win in the Bronx.

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NEW YORK -- Call it a second chance of sorts. Luis Severino will get a chance to redeem himself, and to prolong the Yankees' season, with Monday's Game 4 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

New York trails Cleveland -- which will counter with Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer -- 2-1 in the best-of-five series, following Sunday's 1-0 win in the Bronx.

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The Yankees are hoping their young ace can shake off some of the jitters from Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game and hold the Indians' lineup in check during another win-or-go-home contest. Severino is hoping to not let the moment consume him.

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"I learned that it doesn't help. You know, a lot of adrenaline, trying to do too much," said Severino, who recorded just one out in the AL Wild Card Game against Minnesota. "So [in Game 4], just try to calm myself down and try to breathe, and think before every pitch."

The 23-year-old, who was 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA over 31 starts in his first full regular season, looked like a shadow of himself against Minnesota. Severino couldn't settle down, allowing three runs on four hits -- two homers -- and a walk to force Yanks manager Joe Girardi to get 26 outs from his bullpen to pull off the victory.

There's no room for that this time, against a Cleveland team that jumped out to a 2-0 series lead and has been the best in baseball over the past six weeks.

Video: AL WC: Severino exits the game in the 1st

Severino will need to pitch like his All-Star self as the 23-year-old ended the regular season ranked third in the AL in ERA, fourth in strikeouts (230), ninth in innings pitched (193 1/3 innings) and tied for ninth in wins. He led the Yankees in numerous pitching stats including strikeouts, innings pitched and starts. Severino's 5.7 WAR was the fourth best among all pitchers and the best WAR by a Yanks pitcher since CC Sabathia's 6.4 in 2011.

"We trust in Sevy," Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said. "Anyone can have a bad outing. [in Game 4], we expect him to go out there and do his job."

Video: Severino set to duel vs. Bauer in Game 4 of ALDS

The righty faced the Tribe twice this year, going 6 2/3 innings in each outing. Severino picked up the win at Progressive Field on Aug. 6, holding the Indians to one run on two hits with nine strikeouts. Three weeks later at Yankee Stadium, he took the loss despite pitching well. Severino also fanned nine in that outing, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks with a season-high three home runs allowed.

Now, Severino will be tasked with following up a brilliant seven scoreless innings by Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. He will try to keep the Yanks on a roll, to force the series back to Progressive Field. There is no room for error, no time to think about what went wrong in the AL Wild Card Game. Severino has seen the video, and he knows he can't try to be too perfect. Bauer no-hit the Yankees through 5 1/3 innings during his 6 2/3-inning gem in Game 1. Perhaps now it is Severino's chance to shine.

"That's what it's all about," Yanks right fielder Aaron Judge said. "That's what this team loves. Our backs are up against the wall, and then we come out swinging. That's what we do."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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