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Game 84 Preview: Yankees at Indians

Current Series

Indians lead the series 1-0

Mon 07/04 WP: Josh Tomlin (10 - 4)
SV: Chris Perez
LP: A.J. Burnett (8 - 7)
3 - 6 loss

New York Yankees
@ Cleveland Indians

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Progressive Field

CC Sabathia vs Carlos Carrasco

Mostly clear. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.


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Wed 07/06 7:05 PM EDT

After a roller coaster ride of a game yesterday, the Yankees will look to bounce back from the 6-3 defeat and even the current series against the Cleveland Indians. New York turns to their ace, CC Sabathia, to stop the two game losing streak. Maybe he'll bring along some run support? He ranks sixth in baseball in average run support, as the Yankees have averaged 8.54 runs per game when Sabathia is on the mound.

Sabathia is coming off of a dominating start against his other former team, the Milwaukee Brewers. His final line was 7.2 innings, zero runs, six hits, two walks, and 13 strikeouts (tying his career high). This will be his first start against the Indians at Progressive Field since July 27 of last year, when he was on the losing side of a 4-1 score. Will the dominance against former teams continue tonight?

An emerging and promising young player will oppose Sabathia tonight in Carlos Carrasco. He faced the Yankees once earlier this season on June 13, when he pitched seven strong innings of shutout ball, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out seven. Carrasco mixes his fastball, changeup, slider and curveball fairly well. His fastball averages between 92-93 mph, and a curveball that averages just under 80 mph. His HR/FB rate of 7.6% is very good and he's managed to keep batters within the confines of where he's pitching. Ironically enough, this is the pitcher that Derek Jeter last hit against before going down with his calf injury.

Lineups and notes after the jump

Sabathia vs. current Indians

Carrasco vs. current Yankees

Indians lineup - Brantley LF, A. Cabrera SS, Hafner DH, Santana 1B, O. Cabrera 3B, Sizemore CF, Kearns RF, Phelps 2B, Marson C

Yankees lineup - Jeter SS, Granderson CF, Teixeira DH, Rodriguez 3B, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Posada 1B, Gardner LF, Cervelli C


1) Let's beat the horse a little more here. Derek Jeter remains six hits shy of 3000.

2) Not sure if anyone noticed, but Robinson Cano has been on fire. He's reached base safely in 22 of his last 24 games while going 32 for 93 (.344) with a .408 OBP, seven doubles, three triples, two home runs and 15 runs batted in.

3) Russell Martin since April 25: 29 for 161 (.180), .293 OBP. I don't care that his BAbip is .197 in that time. Call up Jesus Montero.