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Yankees 7, Indians 4: Yankees’ Gleyber Torres Upstages Himself With Walk-Off Homer

This year’s edition, with significant contributions from rookies like Torres, Miguel Andujar and now German, is cresting on a timely wave of momentum that puts the Yankees within a game of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, with a three-game series between the teams beginning Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

German, 25, was making his first major league start. He had been called up to replace the injured Jordan Montgomery, and German made it a memorable debut. He did not allow a hit in six innings — helped significantly by two fine defensive plays by Torres at second base — but had to come out after the sixth because he had thrown 84 pitches. The Yankees were not willing to risk an injury. Boone, who praised German’s use of three outstanding pitches — his breaking ball, changeup and fastball — said it was not a debatable decision to take him out, and German said he understood it.

The notion of lifting a starting pitcher from a no-hit bid has become far more commonplace over the last few years — the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday completed a combined no-hitter started by 23-year-old Walker Buehler against the San Diego Padres. Johan Santana’s…

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