The Cleveland Guardians scratched and clawed their way to an important 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees. It wasn't necessarily pretty, but a pair of bloop hits (and some terrific hustle from Jose Ramirez) helped Cleveland walk out of Yankee Stadium with a 1-1 series score.
The teams will play three more times over the next three days as the series heads to Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Manager Terry Francona opted for a slight lineup tweak ahead of this crucial Game 3, which will kick off at 7:37 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The lineup introduces rookie infielder Gabriel Arias at first base and batting seventh behind Andres Gimenez. Josh Naylor slides into the DH spot and Owen Miller heads to the bench.
Naylor appeared to tweak something in his lower leg while hustling to first during Game 2, and perhaps needs a day or two of rest before sliding back into the defensive alignment. Either way, this is a massive opportunity for the rookie Arias.
As pointed out by Guardians insider Mandy Bell, this is Arias' first-ever postseason appearance and start. The rookie enters this pivotal ALDS clash with just 16 games of professional experience, and one start at first base. Arias ranks 10th on the Guardians' list of top prospects and is more of a traditional 3B.
It'll be interesting to see how the top prospect responds under the brightest of lights. Cleveland enters Game 3 as slight +106 home underdogs per MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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