Hicks clutch late, propels Yanks past Kluber – MLB.com

CLEVELAND — There was no panic at the bat rack as Corey Kluber dispatched the first six batters on Thursday evening, scarcely breaking a sweat as he cruised with machine-like efficiency. The Yankees had come through against that talented right arm before, and so there was confidence they’d do so again.

Sure enough, the runs began to flow, dispatching expectations for a taut duel between Luis Severino and the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius blasted big homers to set up Aaron Hicks’ go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning, helping the Yankees (61-31) improve to a season-high 30 games over .500 with a 7-4 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.

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CLEVELAND — There was no panic at the bat rack as Corey Kluber dispatched the first six batters on Thursday evening, scarcely breaking a sweat as he cruised with machine-like efficiency. The Yankees had come through against that talented right arm before, and so there was confidence they’d do so again.

Sure enough, the runs began to flow, dispatching expectations for a taut duel between Luis Severino and the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius blasted big homers to set up Aaron Hicks’ go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning, helping the Yankees (61-31) improve to a season-high 30 games over .500 with a 7-4 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.

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“We just needed to keep making a guy like that throw pitches, and eventually get to him,” Gardner said. “Top to bottom, we’ve got a lot of depth in our lineup. I thought guys did a good job of making him battle and really throw pitches. He pitched into the eighth inning, but we

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