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CLEVELAND — When the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman took the mound for the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday night, some fans at Progressive Field chanted Rajai Davis’s name. It was a moral victory, of sorts, invoking the player whose homer off Chapman set Progressive Field ablaze in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.
Chapman pitched for the Cubs then, and we know what happened next: Despite blowing the lead on Davis’s homer, Chapman recovered to become the winning pitcher and celebrated a title on the Indians’ field. The All-Star Game came to Cleveland this week, but the World Series has not returned.