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Game 85: Yankees at Indians07.06.11

YANKEES (51-33)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 13.94)
Hughes vs. Indians

INDIANS (45-39)
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana C
Grady Sizemore CF
Orlando Cabrera 2B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Matt LaPorta 1B
Austin Kearns RF

RHP Justin Masterson (6-6, 2.85)
Masterson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

WEATHER: Most clouds we’ve seen in Cleveland this week, but still a nice day. As far as weather goes, it’s been tough to top these three games.

UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Jeff Nelson

JUST GRANDY: Curtis Granderson has four home runs in his past four games, and he has five home runs in six games against the Indians this season. His 25 homers are the most for a Yankees center fielder since Bernie Williams finished with 26 in in 2001.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Derek Jeter is a career .364 hitter at Progressive Field, his highest batting average at any ballpark where he’s played at least 15 games. It’s also the highest batting average in this park since it opened in 1994.

ON THIS DATE: On July 6, 1933 the first all-star game was held at Comiskey Park where Babe Ruth hit the first home run — a two-run homer off Bill Hallahan — helping the American League to a 4-2 win. Lefty Gomez pitched three scoreless innings for the AL.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Nice at-bat by Brantley to draw a walk. Hughes showing a 92 mph fastball. Just went 93 on a single by Cabrera.

UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Hughes’ velocity is significantly better, but he’s allowed a walk and two singles to the first three batters. It’s a 1-0 Indians lead, and Hughes hasn’t gotten an out.

UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: It’ll be interesting to see what Hughes does the rest of the way. His fastball was consistently 92-93 in the first inning, but the Indians hit him pretty hard. It’s 2-0 Cleveland.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Hughes pitched around a leadoff single in the second to leave the runner stranded. His fastball is still around 92, but he’s already approaching 50 pitches.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Jeter is 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a pretty well hit fly out to center.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Nice play by Sizemore to rob Swisher of extra bases. Doesn’t look like it would have gone out, but still a nice catch. It’s still 2-0 Indians in the top of the fifth. Masterson looks nasty.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: It’s been a bit of a high-wire act, but Hughes is through five innings, still having allowed just the two runs. He was still throwing 92 mph in the fifth inning, so obviously the arm strength has come a long way, but the Yankees are still trailing 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Hughes is finished for the night. He threw 87 pitches, 57 for strikes. He’s handed a 2-0 deficit to Luis Ayala in the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Runners are starting to appreciated Gardner’s arm. That’s Austin Kearns at third. He had a pretty good idea what Gardner was capable of in that situation. Here comes Boone Logan needing to get Travis Hafner to get out of trouble in the sixth.

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Game 50: Yankees vs. Indians05.30.10

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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