Brandon McCarthy (4-0, 2.08 ERA) and his unbeaten streak goes up against Corey Kluber (12-6, 2.55 ERA) and the Tribe. McCarthy is unbeaten in five starts since joining the Yanks. His last time out he held the Tigers to an unearned run in 5 2/3 innings. His first Yankees start came in Cleveland on July 9, and he allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. “He’s been huge for our rotation,” said Joe Girardi, whose team posted a 10-6 win over the Tribe in the series opener on Friday night. “Every start has been a good start for him. He’s meant a lot, and he’s come over here and pitched about as well as you could.”
Kluber allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings against the Reds, ending with seven strikeouts. Over his last four starts he is 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA, 35 strikeouts and just three walks. “For most of the season, it’s been play good, then we’ll falter a little bit, then we’ll play good, then we’ll falter,” Kluber said. “We can’t really afford to do that anymore. We need to keep our foot on the gas pedal and, when we’re playing well, carry it out as long as we can.”
Masahiro Tanaka threw 25 pitches at 60 and 90 feet at the Stadium on Friday. This was the fourth time in the last five days he played catch, trying to avoid Tommy John surgery. So far he has been progression well and feels good. The Yankees are hoping he can return in September.
Notes on the game
The Yankees have won 14 of their last 18 games against the Indians since the start of 2012.
First pitch at 1:05 pm on Fox Sports 1