Yankees slug their way past Guardians in Game 5

Giancarlo Stanton opened the scoring with a three-run home run in the first inning.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

NEW YORK -- Until the first cork was popped in Tuesday’s celebration, the Yankees refused to look too far ahead in their mission to raise a championship banner in the Bronx, conscious of the danger in underestimating an upstart Guardians roster. Yet a showdown with the Astros always lurked, a just reward for surviving this grueling American League Division Series.

For the third time in six years, the Yankees travel to Houston with a trip to the World Series on the line, and they are banking on a different outcome. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge homered to support Nestor Cortes’ gritty effort as the Yankees sent Cleveland home with a 5-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

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