Preview: Yankees vs Indians (8/9/14)

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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.

Derek Jeter tied Honus Wagner for sixth place on Major League Baseball’s all time hits list Friday.

 

First pitch at 1:05 pm on Fox Sports 1

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)

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