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MLB Roundup 10/12: The Yankees move on; Nationals and Cubs play Game Five

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The Yankees are in the ALCS

Divisional Round - New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians - Game Five Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Yankees shock the Indians, move on to ALCS

Well, this sucks. The Yankees, who were once down 2-0 in the ALDS, took care of the Indians on Wednesday night in the decisive Game Five. As a result, they will be taking on the Astros in the ALCS starting on Friday. New York won on the backs of CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius, with the latter hitting two home runs in the game including one with two outs in the first inning to give them an early lead they’d never lose. Sabathia’s success, meanwhile, makes me feel at least a little better that the lefty completely owned the Red Sox all season long. This is truly a bummer for Red Sox fans, as Boston may have won the division but the Yankees now have bragging rights for the season. All of this is coming in what was supposed to be a bridge year, too. All we can say now is: Go Astros.

Nationals shut out Cubs, for Game Five

The Nationals and Cubs also played on Wednesday before the Yankees advanced to the ALCS. The NLDS Game Four, of course, was pushed back a day due to rain. It also involved some weird controversy over whether or not Stephen Strasburg would start. After it looked like he wouldn’t take the mound due to illness — possibly caused by mold? — he was out there and pitched brilliantly en route to a Washington win. This was a 1-0 game for most of it, but then Joe Maddon brought Wade Davis in in the middle of an at bat and David promptly allowed a grand slam to Michael A. Taylor, pushing Washington’s lead to five. It’s always fun when a Maddon move blows up in his face. These two teams will face off in a decisive Game Five on Thursday night at 8:00 PM ET.

Shohei Otani to undergo ankle surgery

Otani is going to be one of the top targets for just about every team in baseball this winter, as the Japanese superstar is one of the most intriguing baseball players in recent memory. He has been suffering through an ankle injury that limited him to 65 games in Japan this year and caused him to miss the World Baseball Classic. It seems this surgery should make him 100 percent by the time the 2018 season starts. Otani is both the best pitcher and the best hitter in Japan and would like a chance to do both in the majors next year as well. Allowing him to do so could be the difference between signing him and not, considering that MLB is artificially limiting his market but a huge amount so teams won’t be able to open the vault for him. The Red Sox have essentially no international money left, but if they present themselves as the perfect location for Otani perhaps there is a chance here. It’s not something I’d bet on, though.