Greg Bird after he hit a long home run in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie in Game 3 of the division series between the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians. CreditBen Solomon for The New York Times

Greg Bird has long carried himself with a poise that belies his years. His high school teammates joked that he was 16 going on 40, asking him when he arrived for early-morning practices if he had already had his morning coffee and checked his stock portfolio.

So, as frustrated as Bird may have been when his progress was derailed by injuries for a second straight season, he remained patient, believing that with the Yankees headed toward the playoffs, he had an opportunity to salvage his season.

On Sunday night, Bird salvaged the Yankees’ season — at least for a day — by blasting a seventh-inning homer off the redoubtable reliever Andrew Miller to lift the Yankees to a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of their American League division series.

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