Preview: Yankees at Indians (7/8/14)

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It’s Tanaka Tuesday in Cleveland. Masahiro Tanaka (12-3, 2.27 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.42 ERA) face off in game two of four. Tanaka might have gotten his 12th win on Thursday, but it was the first time in his 17 outings that he didn’t earn a quality start. He also gave up a career high nine hits. “He probably wasn’t quite as sharp as he’s been, but you’re gonna have starts like that,” Joe Girardi said. “And he did a good job of minimizing damage and giving us a chance to win.” In 122 2/3 innings, he has a remarkable 130 strikeouts to just 18 walks and has a measly 0.97 WHIP. 

Bauer has allowed three or four earned runs in each of his past six outings. However, he has dealt with uneven command over that span, throwing 25 strikeouts to 13 walks in 36 1/3 innings. “I don’t really think I’ve done a good job myself,” said Bauer. “That’s what’s most frustrating. I feel like I can do a much better job.”

Dellin Betances has gone 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA, 79 K’s and 16 walks in 38 games this season. He also registered his first career save on Monday and the day before that was named to the All Star game. “I’m sure in the back of his mind he was hoping he would make it, but probably thought that they’ll probably take starters and closers,” Girardi said. “But his year is so good that you couldn’t ignore it. It’s a great part of my job getting to see the smiles.”

 

Notes on the game

On Saturday, Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki became the first pair of 40 year old teammates to steal a base in the same game since Barry Bonds and Omar Vizquel did so for the Giants in 2007.

The Indians have lost 12 of their last 14 meetings with the Yankees, who are 54-30 all time at Progressive Field.

 

First pitch at 7:05 pm on Yes.

RJ Loubier

Born and raised in Connecticut right on the Massachusetts boarder aka I've had to live with Red Sox fans my entire life. However, my dad is a lifelong Yankees fan and he raised me right! The long, storied history of the team and the legendary players who have worn the Pinstripes captivated me at a young age and never let me go. With a degree in journalism and broadcasting writing about the Yankees just made sense (@ThoseRJs)