Aaron Boone punted. The Yankees manager had been asked if it would be a “statement game” if his ace, Gerrit Cole, could top Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, and the bats could do enough to win.
“I guess ask me that after the game,” Boone said.
Hours later, the answer was clear.
In the battle of aces, Cole came out just ahead and his hitters gave him just enough breathing room for a 2-1 win over the Indians at Progressive Field on Saturday night.