Guardians’ Naylor: “Baby” gesture not aimed at Yankees

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Naylor’s postseason “baby” gesture has grown into something more than he intended. Cleveland’s fiery first baseman insists he wasn’t taunting New York pitcher Gerrit Cole or the Yankees in last season’s playoffs during his home run celebration in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Naylor playfully swung his arms as if rocking a baby and appeared to scream a vulgarity toward New York’s pitcher. Naylor says now that his gestures were meant to fire up his teammates. Naylor’s antics partly backfired, because the Yankees rallied to win Game 4 and then beat Cleveland in Game 5 to advance.

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