NEW YORK -- This is the place to check for updates on Game Four between the Yankees and Indians. Keep it here in between looks at the Bills-Cowboys game.
It's over: Joe Borowski closed out a 6-4 win for the Indians and we'll talk to you from Boston on Friday night.
End-8th: Three outs to go for the Tribe. It's 6-3 heading to the top of the ninth. The place is deathly silent and there are empty seats all over the place. After nearly four hours, many of the faithful are calling it a season.
Top-8th: If this is the end, the fans are sending their message with chants of "Jo-oe Tor-re, Jo-oe Tor-re" as the embattled manager (left) goes to the mound to make pitching changes. It's similar to how they saluted Paul O'Neill at the end of Game Five of the 2001 World Series. But will their opinion matter?
Bot-7th: A-Rod just went deep off Rafael Perez A solo shot to make it 6-3. Is that the one that kick-starts a comeback or will it be just a meaningless stat-stuffer?
Bot-6th: It's desperation time for the Yankees. The scoreboard says "We've been here before" and video highlights are playing from the Game Seven comeback against the Red Sox in Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS. "Let's Do It Again" the board roars. Three pitches later, Robinson Cano goes deep and it's 6-2. Hmmm. That's it for Paul Byrd and Perez is coming in. The scoreboard is working overtime. Rudy Giuliani and Tino Martinez just drew big cheers with Tino leading the fans in applause.
Bot-5th: A-Rod was getting booed after two straight strikeouts against Byrd before pulling a slow single in the hole between third and short. Speaking of Byrd, the Tribe probably needs just one more inning out of him before it turns things over to the pen. That should shut up the national types who have crucified Eric Wedge for using him even though the guy won 15 games. As for the media big shots, all they've shown is they've done nothing all year but watch Yankees and Red Sox games.
Mid-4th: This better be the night for the Tribe. Victor Martinez's two-run single off Mike Mussina has Cleveland in control, 6-1. If the Yankees pull off this comeback, well ....
End-2nd: Lots going on as the Indians lead, 4-1, through two innings that have taken 74 minutes to play. Yeeeesh. In the top of the inning, Franklin Gutierrez and Casey Blake singled -- prompting Mike Mussina to start warming in the pen. Kelly Shoppach squared to bunt and got drilled on the hand to load the bases. Wait. The replay clearly showed the ball hitting the barrel of the bat but the call stands. Another huge break for the Tribe to load the bases.
There's a meeting on the mound (right) and here comes Joe Torre to take Wang out after just one-plus innings. That's a huge boost for the Tribe and a major disappointment to the Yankees. Mussina takes over with the bases loaded and no out and Grady Sizemore up again. What a jam. Mussina gets a double-play ball from Sizemore (Gutierrez scores) but gives up a two-out RBI single to Asdrubal Cabrera to make it 4-0. Here's an amazing stat: Cabrera's hit gives the Indians 15 two-out runs in this series. Fifteen out of 22. Wow.
The Yankees loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but Johnny Damon popped out. Derek Jeter followed with an RBI single that ate up Casey Blake at third but Bobby Abreu's lazy fly to center left the bags loaded.
End-1st: It was a scorcher today in New York and an incredible 87 degrees at the first pitch. In October! And the Indians just got off to a hot start as Sizemore pounded Chien-Ming Wang's third pitch deep into the bleachers in right-center to quickly put the Tribe up, 1-0. With two out and the crowd roaring on a full count, Jhonny Peralta looped a single to right-center to score Travis Hafner and make it 2-0. GREAT start for the Tribe. Paul Byrd gave up singles to Jeter and Abreu in the bottom of the first but fanned K-Rod on an 86-mph fastball and got Jorge Posada on a sinking liner the Kenny Lofton corraled with a slide in left field.
(Photos: Associated Press)
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