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Game 83 Preview: Yankees at Indians

Mood Music - Wake Up by Rage Against the Machine

After taking two out of three from the New York Mets, the New York Yankees will travel to Progressive Field tonight to take on the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians.  Taking the mound tonight for the Yankees will be A.J. Burnett, who has shown some more consistency this season and is fresh off of a high quality start against the Brewers.

Burnett faced the Indians once before this season (6/13), and turned in one of his most dominant performances of the year, allowing one run in 7.2 innings and striking out eight.  The Indians scheduled starter, Josh Tomlin, also faced the Yankees once previously this season (6/12), and was touched up for six runs on twelve hits in five innings.

Some scouting on Tomlin:

Tomlin can touch 90 or 91 MPH with his fastball, but usually sits around 87-88 MPH.  In addition to a straight fastball, he will also mix in a cut-fastball and a sinker.  Right handed batters will see large amount of cutters running away, while left handed batters will see more of the straight fastball and change up combination.  Tomlin will also mix in a slow curveball (~75 MPH) when he is ahead and looking to get the batter to expand.

Lineup: Jeter 6, Granderson 8, Teixeira 3, Rodriguez 5, Cano 4, Swisher 9, Posada DH, Martin 2, Gardner 7

Game thread at 6:30.