10/08/07 12:40 AM ET
All eyes on the Bronx for Game 4
Yanks aim to even series, while Tribe tries to advance
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
"Today was huge because it gives us another day of life," said Damon, who has now homered twice in the series. "I know we're going to be coming with our best game [Monday]. So we hope to get back to Cleveland. We hope to keep playing for Joe. And there are a lot of things that we need to be proud of."Torre moved up Wang and now has veteran 14-game postseason winner Andy Pettitte in reserve to start on Wednesday night. Cleveland manager Eric Wedge could have gone with 19-game winner C.C. Sabathia in Game 4 and Carmona, his second 19-game winner in Game 5, if necessary. But instead he opted to stick with Byrd and Sabathia for the possible finale.
"I'm kind of like a little gun," Byrd said about making the big start. "No, I'm just kidding. We had two Cy Young [Award] candidates and then Jake and myself. I think Wedgie went with some matchups. I'm excited to get the start [Monday]. I'm looking forward to it. There's a great atmosphere in Yankee Stadium. It's a great place to pitch. And I'll be excited to take the mound."
Short rest in Game 4 of DS since Wild Card
The Yanks are only one of four teams to come back from an 0-2 deficit since the Division Series was unveiled for the first time in 1995. They did it in 2001, when they lost the first two games of the ALDS at home to the A's, but came back to win two games in Oakland and the finale in New York. Game 3, a 1-0 Yanks win, turned in the seventh inning on the famous back-handed flip play when Yanks shortstop Derek Jeter nailed Jeremy Giambi standing up at home plate.And Wedge knows that the old Stadium in the South Bronx will again be rocking on Monday. "There's always a lot of excitement here," he said. "A little bit more, obviously, in the playoffs. I mean, it's that time of the year. I think our guys did a good job of handling it, but I don't think we played particularly well today. We opened up some doors and gave them some opportunities." The opportunity is there now for all of the baseball-loving world. The Yanks must win to survive. The Indians must win to move on. It's the postseason, and on Monday night, it will be one-stop shopping.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.