Yankees Beat Indians 5-2, Advance to ALCS

The Tribe’s stroybook season is over. Following the return of Michael Brantley, Manager Terry Francona’s brush with heart problems and a record-setting, one-of-a-kind-all-time 22-game winning streak, it all came down to New York’s Didi Gregorius, following in the October footsteps left by Derek Jeter, who homered twice off Corey Kluber as the Yankees beat the Indians, 5-2, in Game 5 at Progressive Field Wednesday. They completed the comeback in the Division Series and dethroned the reigning American League champions. The Baby Bombers staved off elimination for the fourth time this postseason and now advance to play the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Friday at Minute Maid Park. The AL West champion Astros, led by 5-foot-6 second-base sensation and MVP candidate Jose Altuve, went 5-2 against the wild-card winners from the Bronx this season. Cleveland’s World Series drought turns 70 next year — baseball’s longest dry spell. The Yanks are the 10th team to overcome a 2-0 deficit and win a best-of-five playoff series.