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Sunday, August 26th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (73-53) at Cleveland Indians (55-71), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.96)
Cleveland - Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12, 5.59)
(Sports Network) - With a six-game homestand approaching against division
rivals, the New York Yankees will try to get out of Cleveland on a positive
note, as they close out a three-game set against the Indians on Sunday at
Playing 15 games over .500 in their own ballpark, the Yankees have enjoyed
the scenery in the Bronx which has helped the team move out to a 3 1/2 game
lead in the American League East over Tampa Bay, but the same cannot be said
for being out on the road, or at least during this current trip which has seen
the club drop four of five after losing to the Tribe on Saturday, 3-1.
The Yankees squandered a solid effort by starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda who
went the distance but was still charged with his ninth setback of the
campaign. Kuroda gave up the three runs on just four hits and a couple of
walks, striking out six in eight innings of work.
"I just try to focus on whatever I can control," Kuroda said through an
interpreter after the game. "Obviously those games, I have been in several
times in my career. But I try to focus on whatever I can do and whatever I can
control, and go from there."
Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano both logged a couple of hits for the Bronx
Bombers, the former scoring the only run of the outing for the visitors as
they dropped to 34-29 on the road in 2012.
"We didn't get the big hit today, but between (Justin) Masterson and the two
relievers they threw out there, it's tough," said Mark Teixeira who plated
Jeter in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly. "Their eighth- and ninth-
inning guys are two of the best in baseball, so it was one of those tough
In picking up his 10th win of the season, Masterson allowed just the one run
on seven hits and a couple of walks, striking out six over 6 2/3 innings
before giving way to Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez, the latter picking up
his 33rd save of the season.
"It's been a long month," said Perez of a team that has won just five times in
the last 26 outings. "I've never been through something like this. I was here
in 2010 when we were pretty brutal, but we were brutal all year. [You] go from
competing, and all of a sudden two weeks later, it's just a freefall. You
really can't put your finger on it.
A month ago the Tribe were an even 50-50 on the season, but now the club is
sporting the worst run differential (minus-131) in the AL and is sitting in
fourth place in the Central Division, 15 1/2 games out of contention.
From an offensive standpoint on Saturday, Michael Brantley accounted for all
three runs for the home team as he plated Jason Kipnis, Shin-Soo Choo and
himself with a three-run home run to right center in the bottom of the first
A winner in his last three decisions, Freddy Garcia tries to make it four in a
row this afternoon as he takes the hill for the visiting Yankees. The right-
hander, now two games over .500 for the season, actually failed to register a
decision in his most recent outing on Monday when he clashed with Chicago.
Against the White Sox, the hurler lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up five
runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out eight as New York suffered
a 9-6 setback on the road.
Already 1-0 this season against the Indians, Garcia has a career mark of 8-6
with a 3.83 ERA in 23 previous matchups versus the club.
Countering for Cleveland will be Ubaldo Jimenez who has watched his ERA
balloon to 5.59 through 143 1/3 innings of action in 2012. The right-hander
has been largely ineffective for the last six weeks, winning just once in his
last eight outings.
On Monday Jimenez gave up three runs to Seattle at Safeco Field, surrendering
six hits -- two home runs -- while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings, but
he failed to factor into the decision.
Sporting a 5-3 record on his home turf this season, Jimenez lost his only
previous meeting with the Yankees and is now 1-1 in his career in such
New York, now 4-1 in the season series versus the Indians, leads the AL in
home runs with 194, 80 more than Cleveland has produced in the same number of
08/26 10:29:48 ET