The decision: Wedge elects to face Jorge Posada with the bases loaded by intentionally walking Rodriguez, who hit six of his 54 home runs off the Indians this season.
After going 3-0 on Posada, C.C. Sabathia fights back to strike out Posada on a letter-high 96-mph fastball. Hideki Matsui pops out to shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a 2-0 pitch to end the threat.
"With the situation with the base open and Jorge, they can get a double play with him. I don't think there's any question that if it presents itself, they're going to go somewhere else [other than facing Rodriguez]." -- Torre
Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang was unraveling in the fifth inning, when he allowed a two-out RBI single to Kenny Lofton, upping Cleveland's lead to 7-3.
The decision: Torre summoned Ross Ohlendorf from the bullpen, who had pitched 6 1/3 innings during the regular season, to face Indians right fielder Franklin Gutierrez.
Ohlendorf walked Gutierrez to put two runners on base and subsequently surrendered a two-run double to Casey Blake, putting the Yankees behind, 9-3.
"We had [Luis] Vizcaino up when the fifth inning started, with the one-run deficit, and then when Victor [Martinez] hit the two-run home run, then we changed it and went to Ohlendorf. If you're not going to use those kids at that juncture, we're down early in the game, then they shouldn't be on your roster." -- Torre
Holding a comfortable 9-3 lead after five innings, Wedge still needed to replace Sabathia after his pitch count reached 114.
The decision: Rafael Perez, Cleveland's left-handed setup man, was summoned to work in middle relief.
Perez absolutely dominated the Yankees, retiring all six hitters he faced while striking out four.
The analysis: "It was big, the job that Rafael Perez did tonight, particularly after us scoring some runs and separating a bit for Rafael to go out there and control the ball game not for one but for two innings. And the second was at the top of their order. " -- Wedge