Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees
Tip-off: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
- Cleveland: Kazmir (3-2, 5.13 ERA)
- New York: Phelps (3-3, 4.65 ERA)
It hasn’t been great for the New York Yankees latetly but YouWager experts believe things could change tonight when they meet the Cleveland Indians.
The Yankees (32-25) dropped seven of eight, including four of five on this eight-game homestand, before Monday’s 7-4 victory versus the Indians. Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for his first homer and Brett Gardner was respoinsible for the tiebreaking double as New York pounded out 10 hits after totaling eight and one run in losing their previous two against the Boston Red Sox.
New York has won nine of 11 when meeting the Indians (30-27), and 11 of 13 versus Cleveland when playing in the Bronx.
The 33 year-old Teixeira is 2 for 12 in four games since making his season debut Friday after dealing with a wrist injury, but considers Monday was the start of a positive run for himself and the team.
Left fielder Gardner is 11 for 23 (.478) in his last six home games when facing Cleveland.
Former Indian Travis Hafner homered Monday — his second hit in the last 20 at-bats.
Starting for the Yankees, and a winner his previous two starts and feeling fine after taking a line drive off his forearm, David Phelps (3-3, 4.65 ERA) gave up five runs, four hits and walked two while recording one out in Wednesday’s 9-4 defeat versus the Mets. The Missouri native is the first Yankee starter who was unable to get more than one out in a game since Darrell Rasner on May 19, 2007 — also versus the Mets.
Cleveland has lost 10 of 14 overall and been outscored 40-18 during their last six away from home. Michael Bourn had three hits and Carlos Santana two RBIs for the Indians, which left Yankee Stadium further frustrated after shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a quad injury.
Ex-Yankee Nick Swisher went 0 for 4 with a walk in his return to the Bronx. The 32 year-old first baseman is 1 for 17 in his last five MLB games.
After giving up nine runs in eight innings of his two previous starts, scheduled Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir (3-2, 5.13) has allowed three in 12 innings while going 1-0 in his last two. The left-hander yielded one run in seven innings of a 7-1 victory versus the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.