(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees pounded the Cleveland Indians the last
time the two clubs met in a rain-shortened series and are set to square off
again Monday in a doubleheader from Progressive Field.
The Yankees opened the early April series with an 11-6 win and disposed of the
Indians in the second contest by a 14-1 score. The next two games scheduled
for April 10-11 were postponed due to inclement weather and now New York will
play its first doubleheader of the season.
New York has won seven of the last eight meetings with Cleveland and is coming
off a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees won their fifth
in a row with Sunday's 4-2 victory, as Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells both
homered and finished with two RBI. Wells led the Yanks with three hits and has
homered in back-to-back games with four RBI in that time.
Hiroki Kuroda picked up his fifth win (5-2) of the season and limited the
hosting Royals to two runs in 7 2/3 innings. David Robertson came on in relief
of Kuroda to get the final out of the eighth and future Hall of Fame closer
Mariano Rivera collected his 15th save with a scoreless ninth.
"These guys have gotten it done, different ways, different guys every night,"
said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "The pitching has been very, very good.
We've continued to lose players during the season. These guys have done a
The AL East-leading Yankees are one game ahead of Baltimore and two in front
of Boston for division supremacy and, like Girardi said, have been getting the
job done in several ways from several different players. With a handful of
major contributors out with injuries, the Yankees are hoping to maintain the
trend going forward.
Outfielder Curtis Granderson is still out because of a broken right forearm
and has been inching closer to a return with rehab assignments in the minor
leagues. A timetable for his return is still undecided.
"I keep telling you, when he says he's ready that's when we're going to call
him up," Girardi told the club's website. "I know he feels good, but he's got
to feel comfortable at the plate. ... It's probably worth it to have a call
with him sometime tomorrow to see where he feels he's at. That will give us a
The Yankees will return to the Bronx this evening for a six-game homestand
versus Seattle and Toronto. Before that happens, David Phelps and prospect
Vidal Nuno will take the mound in Monday's doubleheader. Phelps gets the nod
in the opener and is 1-1 with a 5.02 earned run average in eight games (2
starts). The right-hander was last in action Wednesday in a 3-2 win at
Colorado and tossed six innings of two-run ball for the no-decision.
Phelps has never faced Cleveland and the Yankees have won each of his past
Nuno, meanwhile, started four games for the Yankees' minor league affiliate,
the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, and was 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA. He has
pitched 23 1/3 innings for the Triple-A club and the left-hander has a
tremendous upside. Nuno did throw three scoreless innings of relief and
scattered four hits with two K's and no walks versus Houston on April 29 in a
The Indians will be a tough out for the Yankees and have won 12 of their last
14 games, including the last two portions of a three-game weekend road series
against the Detroit Tigers.
The AL Central-leading Indians needed 10 innings to take the series from the
defending American League champions and recorded a 4-3 victory in 10 frames on
Sunday. Mark Reynolds came on as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 10th and
singled home Carlos Santana for the go-ahead run with two out.
Cleveland, though, needed some help in the ninth to stay alive and Michael
Bourn scored on a Michael Brantley hit with two down in the inning. Bourn got
it going by drawing a walk, stealing second and later coming around to score.
"We left some runners out there early," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
"Against a team like Detroit, that's that game where you come in and say 'God
we had chances' but there's something to be said about just keep on playing."
Relief pitcher Rich Hill got the first two outs in the bottom half of the
10th and Cody Allen closed the door for his first save. Zach McAllister
started for the Tribe and was reached for three runs -- two earned -- in six
innings in the no-decision. Joe Smith threw a scoreless ninth for the win.
"I battled. I didn't feel like I had my best stuff," McAllister said. "I was
definitely happy with the way I battled against a good team like this."
The Indians and Tigers are even atop the Central standings with Kansas City
just 1 1/2 games off the pace. After this double dip with the Yankees,
Cleveland will visit Philadelphia for a pair of games.
Justin Masterson draws the start for the Tribe in Game 1 of the doubleheader
and he is 5-2 with a 3.67 ERA in eight starts. He won his last outing on
Wednesday in a 4-3 victory over Oakland and allowed three runs in seven
innings. Despite having a strong record, Masterson has given up 15 runs in his
last three trips to the hill.
In 10 career games (6 starts) against the Bronx Bombers, the right-handed
Masterson is 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA.
Young righty Trevor Bauer will toe the rubber for the Indians in the second
contest and has made two spot starts this season. He lost at Tampa Bay on
April 6 by permitting three runs in five innings of a 6-0 loss, then defeated
Philadelphia on May 1 with five shutout innings. Bauer, who made four starts
with Arizona last season, has never faced the Yankees.
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