No Debate: Judge, Yankees Pound Bieber, Indians in Opener
CLEVELAND (AP) — The New York Yankees pounded Cleveland ace Shane Bieber and opened the AL playoffs with a resounding 12-3 win over the Indians. Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the first inning to set the tone against Bieber, baseball's best pitcher during the condensed regular season. Gleyber Torres, who went 4 for 4, hit another two-run shot in the fifth to chase Bieber. The right-hander gave up a season-high seven runs and nine hits. Gerrit Cole struck out 13 without a walk in his playoff debut for the Yankees, who signed him to a $324 million free-agent contract this winter. The Yankees can win the best-of-three series Wednesday night.