Major League Baseball playoffs: Indians optimistic Edwin Encarnacion returns to lineup for Game 5

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CC Sabathia would take the mound for the Yanks in Game 5

The Yankees got to Cleveland ace Corey Kluber in Game 2 for six runs in just 2 ²/₃ innings, knocking the Cy Young candidate out of the game. Jason Kipnis has struggled mightily as well (4 of 18).

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion might be able to return for Game 5 of his team's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. Francona said before Game 4 on Monday that Encarnacion was "working towards" being available as a pinch-hitter, but he still hasn't played since spraining his right ankle in Game 2 on Friday.

Don't let their wild-card status fool you, however. They have veteran lefthander C.C. Sabathia going for them Wednesday, which probably would set up righthanders Sonny Gray, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino to start the early games of an ALCS.

A lot of adrenaline, emotions are running high for both sides. He also led all Indians starters with a.377 on-base percentage.

Encarnacion was removed from the game and left Progressive Field in a walking boot. The players on their roster have batted.283/.359/.407 against him.

The Yankees seemed to have that game in hand, leading 8-3 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when home plate umpire Dan Iassogna ruled that the Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by a Chad Green pitch to load the bases.

It's debatable how much head-to-head regular-season results actually matter as an indicator of postseason results, but the Astros fared much better against the Yankees than they did the Indians.

The Tribe's 1 through 4 hitters were a combined 4-of-30 during the Games 3 and 4 losses in NY.

But as these playoffs have shown us already, results from April and May can mean little when it comes to October.

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