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Game 50: Yankees vs. Indians

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (29-20)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Juan Miranda DH
Brett Gardner LF
Chad Moeller C

RHP A.J. Burnett (5-2, 3.55)
Career vs. Indians

INDIANS (18-29)
Trevor Crowe CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Travis Hafner DH
Austin Kearns LF
Russell Branyan 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Luis Valbuena 2B
Lou Marson C
Jason Donald SS

RHP Justin Masterson (0-5, 6.13)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Dana DeMuth, 2B Kerwin Danley, 3B CB Bucknor

WEATHER: Very little breeze on a sunny, 80-degree day.

LOOKING FOR A CHANGE: In his career, A.J. Burnett is 1-4 with a 6.69 ERA against the Indians. That said, the current Cleveland lineup includes only one hitter — Travis Hafner — who has more than eight at-bats against the Yankees starter. Hafner is 5-for-14 with a home run.

KEEPING IT THE SAME: Burnett might have struggled against Cleveland, but Derek Jeter has six consecutive multi-hit games against the Indians, the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Hall of Famer Earl Combs in 1930. This is, of course, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

TRYING TO MAKE IT 12: Cleveland starter has a personal 11-game losing streak that dates back to August 25 of last season. That’s a stretch of 16 starts and the Indians have scored just 36 runs in those games. Masterson is striking out batters at a rate of 8.8 Ks per nine innings, which is 10th best in the American League.

A LITTLE LIGHT READING: I was scrambling this morning and couldn’t post a Today in The Journal News entry — it’s best not to leave your phone at home when you leave for the stadium — but today’s paper had a story about Juan Miranda’s journey from Cuba to the major leagues. Of course, there’s also the game story and today’s notebook.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Two singles have given the Indians an early 1-0 lead against Burnett.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: You might not think much of Chad Moeller’s bat, but one great thing about having a veteran catcher is that he knows where to be. Moeller knowing to cover first base after a pickoff attempt just led to an out for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Who says Nick Swisher needs a defensive replacement. That’s a pretty solid catch up against the wall to end the inning with the Indians still holding a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Back to back strikeouts have stranded Yankees at second and third, keeping the 1-0 Cleveland lead intact.

UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Burnett is through five innings with only the one run across the plate. He’s doing his job, now it’s the lineup’s turn. Amazing how this team seems to never have both the pitching and the hitting going at the same time lately. Great offense the past two days, then they get a great start from Burnett and can’t score a run (through four and a half innings, anyway).

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Strikeout, ground out, strikeout. Burnett allowed a lead-off double but stranded the runner in the sixth inning. Two great starts in a row for Burnett.

UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: A throwing error by Jeter has cost the Yankees two runs here in the seventh. It could have been the last out of the inning, instead a run scored and the inning kept going for an RBI triple by Jason Donald. Indians lead it 3-0.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli pinch hitting for Chad Moeller with one out and runners at the corners. The crowd here at Yankee Stadium actually went fairly nuts when they saw him step into the on-deck circle. The kid’s come a long way in the past year.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: There’s the big hit the Yankees have been waiting for. Jeter singles up the middle, Gardner makes a nice slide at the plate and the Yankees have cut the lead to 3-2 with Granderson coming to the plate to face the lefty reliever Tony Sipp.

UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: That’s a double off a left-hander for Granderson. Runners at second and third for Teixeira, who has a chance to put the Yankees in the lead.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Did some folks take a step away from the ledge on that swing? Mark Teixeira’s two-out, three-run home run has the Yankees in the lead 5-3. A.J. Burnett is going back out to start the eighth.

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: By the way, that was Teixeira’s 250th home run.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Chamberlain is getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: A.J. Burnett with two straight strikeouts to end the eighth. Big time outing from Burnett today. I have to think we’ll be seeing Rivera in the bullpen shortly.

UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: There’s Juan Miranda’s second hit of the game, an RBI double to push the lead to 6-3 still with no outs in the eighth.

UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Make that 7-3 after Cervelli’s sac fly.

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