NEW YORK — Five takeaways from the New York Yankees’ 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium:

1. It’s not over yet

The Indians still hold a 2-1 advantage in the ALDS and the clearest path to the next round, but the way Masahiro Tanaka quieted the Cleveland bats on Sunday should give the Yanks some hope. Luis Severino will start Game 4 on Monday, and though Severino struggled in the wild-card game against Minnesota, he dominated for long stretches of the regular season and has the capacity to match Tanaka’s performance.

The Indians still have Corey Kluber lined up for Game 5, and it seems unlikely the presumptive AL Cy Young Award winner will struggle like he did Friday for a second straight start. But after Kluber appeared unhittable for most of the season’s second half, his 2 2/3-inning clunker in Game 2 adds cause for Yankee optimism.

The Yankees might be the only team in the postseason with a bullpen deep and dominant enough to go head-to-head with the Indians’ group, so even another early ousting of a starting pitcher won’t doom them. They did lean on Aroldis Chapman for 34 pitches over 1 2/3 innings on Sunday, and Chapman has bristled in the past over burdensome postseason workloads. But Tanaka’s seven-inning Game 3 outing helped Joe Girardi stay away from the likes of Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle and Dellin Betances. 

2. Judge does it all

Aaron Judge’s big frame and big swing have occasionally drawn him comparisons to one-dimensional sluggers like Adam Dunn, but Judge’s massive stature comes with incredible athleticism. Defensively, he ranks among the best right fielders in baseball. He needed all 6-foot-7 to corral a potential go-ahead home run off the bat of Francisco Lindor in the sixth, and earned praise from his manager afterward for his all-around game. 

“I’ve said it all along about Aaron Judge: He’s a complete player,” Girardi said after Game 3. “He’s not just a home-run hitter. He’s a guy that runs the bases, that plays very good defense, and that drives in a ton of runs and is extremely productive as a hitter.”

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3. Andrew Miller is fallible

Lefty Andrew Miller carried the Indians to Game 7 of the World Series last year and entered Sunday night’s game with a career 0.90 postseason ERA. But Miller allowed the decisive home run in Game 3, a 396-foot blast off the bat of Greg Bird that accounted for the only run in the contest. Miller left the game a batter later, but Indians manager Terry Francona said pulling his dominant setup man had nothing to do with the homer and everything to do with keeping him ready for Monday night’s game. 

“I figured that once (the Yankees) go to Chapman, he has to get five outs, and if you’re not going to win, the second best is trying to make them use their bullpen while we don’t,” Francona explained. “One Andrew gave up the run, we tried to get him out and keep the score right where it was… He might pitch forever (on Monday).” 

4. Why the Greg Bird sings 

Based on his .190 batting average for the regular season, Bird might seem the least likely player in the Yankees lineup to smash the decisive homer off a pitcher of Miller’s caliber. But the 24-year-old first baseman was quietly one of New York’s best hitters down the stretch, knocking eight of his nine homers and maintaining a strong .891 OPS after returning from he disabled list in August. 

“I got a little taste (of the postseason) in 2015 and I’ve wanted nothing more than to be back,” Bird said after the game. “I bet on myself and I knew I could come back and be a part of this … What a game by us tonight.”

5. Bauer adapter 

Francona announced after the game that Game 1 winner Trevor Bauer will start Game 4 on Monday. The Indians had initially announced Josh Tomlin as Monday’s starter, but after Tomlin pitched two innings in relief on Friday, they will instead turn to Bauer on three days’ rest. The 26-year-old righty, known for his unusual, intense, and data-based preparations, said that he prefers starting on what others consider short rest.

“I consider this normal rest for me,” he said after Game 3. “If I could draw it up, personally, this is how I’d pitch every time: Take my normal two days’ recovery after my start and then do my day-before routine … I’m feeling very confident where I’m at.”

Follow Ted Berg on Twitter @OGTedBerg.

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