Entertainer Neil Patrick Harris sang the United States national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, prior to the New York Yankees game against the Cleveland Indians in game three of the American League Divisional Series at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Even though Harris is mostly known for his acting in Doogie Howser M.D. and How I Met Your Mother, Harris has a history of singing. Harris's musical performances include Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog and the Broadway performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, where Harris won a Tony Award for the best leading actor in a musical.
Like Aaron Tveit a week ago, Harris gave the New York Yankees good luck after trailing the series 2-0. The Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 to stay alive in the 2017 Major League Baseball playoffs. In Sunday's contest, the Yankees got a seventh-inning home run from Greg Bird and seven shutout innings from Masahiro Tanaka.
The Yankees then tied their best out of five American League Divisional Series at two games each on Monday with a 7-3 win. Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner led the Yankees offensive attack with two base hits, while Starlin Castro and Todd Frazier each scored two runs for the Yankees. Meanwhile, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit a home run.
The Yankees also got a quality start from starting pitcher Luis Severino, who only gave up three earned runs in seven innings and had nine strikeouts compared to only one walk on Monday. Quality starts have been rare in the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason as teams have gone to their bullpen early when they start to have any pitching trouble. The deciding game of the Yankees and Indians first-round playoff series will be Wednesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.