Indians rally for 4-3 win, keep AL Central title hopes alive
Down 3-1 and held to one hit for eight innings, the Indians found more of the late-inning magic that has carried them this week. Delino DeShields — who broke up Pittsburgh's no-hit bid with a bunt single in the seventh — hit an RBI single one out later. Until the ninth, the Indians did little against Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller and three relievers. Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, but the Pirates couldn't hold on and dropped to 2-16 against AL Central teams. UP NEXTAaron Civale (4-5), who will pitch in relief for the Indians during the wild-card round, makes his final regular-season start against Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove (0-5).
What Would Have Been: MLB All-Star Game and British Open
There has not even been a regular season game yet because of the coronavirus. Instead of MLB's best gathering this week at Dodger Stadium for the All-Star Game, players are at their home ballparks for summer camp to prepare for the start of the season July 23-24. At least the All-Star Game no longer determines home field advantage for the World Series, like it did from 2003-16, so the absence of the game won't be problematic in that sense. TRIVIA BREAK: When was the last time MLB didn't hold an All-Star Game, and where was that game supposed to be played? TRIVIA ANSWER: This is the first time since 1945 without an MLB All-Star Game, and only the second time since the first All-Star Game in 1933.
Astros Game 5: What we learned
Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros reacts after a security guard was hit by a foul ball in game two of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2019 inHOUSTON - It won't be easyThe Astros may be the best team in baseball, but the Yankees are second. The Astros may have the top 1-3 pitching staff of any team in baseball, but the Yankees are no slouch. Both the Astros and the Yankees have said they will pitch bullpen games tomorrow, meaning Alvarez might have to exclusively face left-handed pitching. What does a bullpen game entail? It's all hands on deck for Game 6 as the Astros are saving Gerrit Cole for Game 7.