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Yankees have big week ahead against Indians, Red Sox

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and Yankees right

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) give each other low fives as Yankees second baseman Ronald Torreyes (74) looks on at the close of the game on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 at Yankee Stadium. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

A big week for the Yankees begins on Monday night with the first of a three-game series against the Indians and concludes with four against the Red Sox, all at Yankee Stadium.

Both foes are first-place teams. The Indians just completed a three-game sweep of the Royals in which Cleveland did not allow a run. And that was without ace Corey Kluber, who will face Luis Severino in a marquee matchup on Monday night.

“I think we’re playing good baseball,” Chase Headley said of the Yankees, who have won nine of 13 after Sunday’s 10-1 thumping of the Mariners. “You can’t really just rely on that. You have to go out and play the way that you’ve been playing. Obviously, we’ve got some good teams coming in here starting [Monday] and we have to play really well.”

Severino (11-5, 3.10 ERA), who has emerged as the Yankees’ top starter, said he isn’t focused on facing Kluber (12-4, 2.65).

“That’s the hitters’ problem,” Severino said. “It’s a good challenge. I’ll give to that one more percent — 101 percent.”

Asked if he pays attention to who is on the mound for the opponent, Severino said: “I really don’t care. I just care to do my job.”

Bird drops in

Greg Bird did not start against lefthander Andrew Albers but did contribute a two-run single as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.

It was Bird’s second game back after ankle surgery. With the Indians starting three righthanders, he should see plenty of action. He said he doesn’t feel any pain in the ankle, which kept him out from May 2 until Saturday.

“The hardest thing is just getting back in the routine of everything again,” Bird said. “But once you get going, the cool thing for me about baseball is once you get going, it feels the same.”

Extra bases

Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 and is batting .302. He has nine hits in his last 14 at-bats . . . The Yankees had lost 11 straight rubber matches.

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