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Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yankees Drop Game 3 vs Rangers 5-2

The Yankees were looking for their 5th win in a row trying to keep their offense as hot as it has been. Masahiro Tanaka started on the bump for the Yankees facing off against the Rangers Colby Lewis.

The Yankees scored first in the top of the 2nd when Carlos Beltran led the inning off with a solo home run putting the Yankees up 1-0. After getting 2 straight outs, the Yankees got 3 straight singles by Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew, and Jacoby Ellsbury to score another run and make the game 2-0.

Adrian Beltre led the bottom of the inning off with a single, followed by a Mitch Moreland walk. Then Josh Hamilton singled to score Beltre and bring the Rangers within 1. Shin-Soo Choo singled to score Moreland and tie the game up at 2. Then Delino Deshields singled for the Rangers fourth hit of the innings to score Hamilton and take the lead 3-2.

Neither team scored again until the bottom of the 5th when the Rangers extended their lead. Adrian Beltre led off with a single, immediately followed by a Moreland single, moving Beltre to 3rd. Josh Hamilton grounded into a double play, and Beltre scored on the play making the game 4-2.

Chosen Shreve came in to pitch for Tanaka to start the bottom of the 7th. Tanaka finished with 6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Shreve only threw 2 batters getting 1 out and allowing a walk. Caleb Cotham came in to replace him. Beltre then reached on an error by Gregorius putting runners on 1st and 2nd. Then Josh Hamilton singled to score Prince Fielder and make the game 5-2.

Cotham would pitch the rest of the game, 1.2 innings, and shut down the Rangers. He only allowed 2 hits and struck out 4. The Yankees would lose 5-2 and look to take game 4 and win the series on Thursday.

Article By: Greg Wilson
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