LOOK: Midges are out in full force in Cleveland

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THE MIDGES ARE BACK.

Joba Chamberlain’s biggest nemesis – well, besides the Joba rules, Tommy John surgery, managing that beard he grew, paying his mortgage, trampolines….okay, one of Joba’s top nemeses is back in full effect as the Yankees get set to open their American League Wild Card Series against the Indians in Cleveland.

And the Indians were more than happy to rub it in.

Seriously, though, early fall is midge season on the shores of Lake Erie, so much so that hotels in the area warn tourists not to open their windows if they want to avoid infestation. Those who follow the Yankees in Spring Training know that the same holds true for cicadas and other bugs down in Tampa – but these games count more than most.

Break out the bug spray, Stevie Donohue!

Oh, yeah, and in one other fun photo, NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty caught what must be a test of the Progressive Field scoreboards showing what would be a ridiculous Yankees lineup:

No third baseman is indeed a bold strategy, as Kuty noted quoting “Dodgeball,” but even though the Yankees having a pitcher play first base isn’t foreign, Gerrit Cole might be better off on the mound…and definitely not in the box hitting cleanup, with his .174 career average as a National Leaguer.

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