Yankees' pitcher Aroldis Chapman gets championship ring from Cubs

Yankees' pitcher Aroldis Chapman gets championship ring from Cubs

Yankees' pitcher Aroldis Chapman gets championship ring from Cubs

Christian Arroyo homered and Buster Posey had three hits for the Giants, who saw Matt Cain get tagged for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The Chicago Cubs will look to bounce back after blowing a chance to take game 1 after falling in the 9th on Friday.

Chicago won't have to face the most recognizable names in New York's rotation, though that might be to the Yankees' benefit.

What a start to one of the biggest series of May.

With the Cubs expected to be a serious World Series contender this season and the Yankees playing like one early, this should be an intriguing series for both teams.

Gary Sanchez expected to rejoin the Yankees lineup this weekend against the Cubs.

NY has surprisingly found its way into first place in the American League East even though this was supposed to be a rebuilding year. That's in the rearview mirror for all parties, though, and Maddon has said on numerous occasions that the Cubs wouldn't have won their championship without Chapman's efforts in the closer's role.

"To have such a decent record [16-13] with the starting pitching not doing as well yet, I find encouraging, " he said.

Aaron Judge has been the story of the season and, even in a game in which he became a little bit of an afterthought, he had two more hits (a double and a single), which extended his hit streak to seven games. He beat it out, and they rallied. "I tried to take him away (from the plate) and he was going the same way I went, so that's why we (collided)". He never made an excuse, man. "You just have to be ready and try to be at the spot [the ball] will be". I'm happy for his success. "It will be an electric atmosphere, and I'm looking forward to it".

Cain (2-1) allowed 10 hits and threw 78 pitches in 3 1/3 innings.

Betting line: The Cubs opened as -124 favorites (wager $124 to win $100), according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Closer Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning and kept his ERA at 0.00.

"His body of work so far has been outstanding", Maddon said. "But having that guy at the end of the game permits you to juggle a little bit prior to that". The Yankees had been knocking on the door all game - Gardner's blast was their 11th hit.

Eugenio Suarez added three hits and Billy Hamilton reached base five times as the Reds set a season high for runs and totaled 16 hits. Reliever Koji Uehara earned his first win with the Cubs.

He is off to a blazing fast start this season with the Yankees, his second with the club, as he leads the American League with 38 hits while batting.362. They had Thursday off.

While the Yankees offense, minus Greg Bird, who has been slickly shifted to the 10-day DL, has been running on all eight cylinders, the Cubs have had their ups and downs.

Headley scored on the home run and just tried to keep his uniform clean as he greeted Gardner. Despite trailing all afternoon, the Yankees escaped with a 3-2 win.

Pitcher Adam Warren - dealt to NY in the Chapman trade - received a ring from Epstein and Hoyer in the bullpen before the game. The Cubs will be making their second straight appearance on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball".

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