Path to the ALDS: Cleveland (96-66) won the AL Central by eight games; New York (94-68) finished second in the AL East and won the Wild Card
The Indians established themselves as a force to be reckoned with immediately against the Yankees in the ALDS, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning of Game 1 and going on to a 12-3 rout in the series opener.
Game 2, a 2-1 extra-innings walk-off victory in Cleveland -- made memorable by an swarm of midges that disrupted Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain in the eighth, leading to the Indians scoring the tying run -- was tighter before the two clubs split Games 3 and 4 and Cleveland advanced to the Championship Series.
Jhonny Peralta went 7-for-15 with three doubles in the series, and six Cleveland players hit homers. Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon each had five hits (including two homers apiece) for the Yankees.