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MLB : ATS Matchup

NY YANKEES (4 - 4) at CLEVELAND (3 - 5)
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Wednesday, 4/10/2013 7:05 PM
IVAN NOVA (R) vs. COREY KLUBER (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
969NY YANKEES+100Ov 9,-105-115Ov 9,-105
970CLEVELAND-110Un 9,-115+105Un 9,-115
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
NY YANKEES - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games4-4+0.66-16.10.2810.3425.00.3060.381
Road Games3-2+1.94-07.80.3040.3604.60.2940.372
vs Right-handed Starters4-3+1.75-16.70.2940.3524.60.3030.371
Past 7 Games4-3+1.75-16.70.2940.3524.60.3030.371
Grass Games4-4+0.66-16.10.2810.3425.00.3060.381
Night Games2-1+0.82-17.30.3210.3683.30.2880.339
NY YANKEES - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games6.10.2810.34282817932150.0546265835282102
Road Games7.80.3040.36051845625110.063616342326251
Righty Starters6.70.2940.35272487331150.0644224834472102
NY YANKEES - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games6.511.98827.7212039416270-010100%
Road Games6.002.1331511102349170-000100%

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPRunsAvgOBP
All Games3-5-0.24-44.40.2510.3236.00.2520.334
Home Games0-2-2.22-03.50.2420.35112.50.3730.416
vs Right-handed Starters2-2+11-33.20.2250.3235.00.2310.335
Past 7 Games2-5-1.84-34.40.2560.3246.70.2650.345
Grass Games0-2-2.22-03.50.2420.35112.50.3730.416
Night Games2-4-0.82-42.70.2170.2836.20.2520.333
CLEVELAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABHEBHR/ABRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.40.2510.32382837131110.043330692617795
Home Games3.50.2420.35126616720.03611180182322
Righty Starters3.20.2250.323413831830.021120381334254
CLEVELAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games5.141.53628181632611251-02166.7%
Home Games9.001.800101110174170-000100%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
NY YANKEES - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/1/2013SABATHIA(L)BOSTONLESTER(L)2-8L-1108 unO68013130
4/3/2013KURODA(R)BOSTONBUCHHOLZ(R)4-7L-1207.5 unO97014100
4/4/2013PETTITTE(L)BOSTONDEMPSTER(R)4-2W-1208 unU850950
4/5/2013NOVA(R)@ DETROITFISTER(R)3-8L1708 ovO660950
4/6/2013HUGHES(R)@ DETROITSCHERZER(R)4-8L1758 unO66217110
4/7/2013SABATHIA(L)@ DETROITVERLANDER(R)7-0W1827 ovP13808110
4/8/2013KURODA(R)@ CLEVELANDJIMENEZ(R)11-6W1108.5 unO13509101
4/9/2013PETTITTE(L)@ CLEVELANDCARRASCO(R)14-1W-1208 unO1870782
4/10/2013NOVA(R)@ CLEVELANDMYERS(R) 
4/11/2013HUGHES(R)@ CLEVELANDMCALLISTER(R) 
4/12/2013 BALTIMORE  
4/13/2013 BALTIMORE  
4/14/2013 BALTIMORE  
4/16/2013 ARIZONA  
4/17/2013 ARIZONA  

CLEVELAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/2/2013MASTERSON(R)@ TORONTODICKEY(R)4-1W1658.5 ovU771460
4/3/2013JIMENEZ(R)@ TORONTOMORROW(R)3-2W1609 unU10100551
4/4/2013MYERS(R)@ TORONTOBUEHRLE(L)8-10L1759 ovO14102961
4/5/2013MCALLISTER(R)@ TAMPA BAYMOORE(L)0-4L1457.5 unU241730
4/6/2013BAUER(R)@ TAMPA BAYCOBB(R)0-6L1508 unU5609120
4/7/2013MASTERSON(R)@ TAMPA BAYPRICE(L)13-0W1807 unO1760480
4/8/2013JIMENEZ(R)NY YANKEESKURODA(R)6-11L-1208.5 unO91011350
4/9/2013CARRASCO(R)NY YANKEESPETTITTE(L)1-14L+1108 unO7821870
4/10/2013MYERS(R)NY YANKEESNOVA(R) 
4/11/2013MCALLISTER(R)NY YANKEESHUGHES(R) 
4/12/2013 CHI WHITE SOX  
4/13/2013 CHI WHITE SOX  
4/14/2013 CHI WHITE SOX  
4/16/2013 BOSTON  
4/17/2013 BOSTON  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
NY YANKEES: HITTING: Despite his decline from mediocrity into downright counter-productivity, SS DEREK JETER gets to hit atop the best lineup in baseball. Off an MVP-caliber season, OF CURTIS GRANDERSON is a true star. His average is mediocre, but his power is elite and the Yankees are letting him run when on base. After two years with a sub-.260 average, 1B MARK TEIXEIRA's talent seems to be fading. He still puts up huge power numbers playing in a bandbox. Coming off knee and thumb injuries, 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ is a serious injury risk hitting in the middle of this lineup. 2B ROBINSON CANO will once again see as many RBI chances as anyone. He's been great in those situations the past two seasons. OFs NICK SWISHER and BRETT GARDNER offer power and SBs, respectively, though the Yankees may look to upgrade if they continue to post lackluster numbers. C RUSSELL MARTIN will get plenty of playing time now that Jesus Montero is in Seattle. Veteran slugger RAUL IBANEZ is the new DH in town, and will love hitting towards the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium.
STARTING PITCHING: CC SABATHIA struggled late last year and has logged a ridiculous number of innings over the past five years. He's a top-10 starter in the majors, but is starting to pass his prime. Newcomers HIROKI KURODA and MICHAEL PINEDA will both stabilize what was a shaky rotation last year. Kuroda, 37, posted a 3.07 ERA with the Dodgers and the 23-year-old Pineda has unlimited upside, fanning 173 batters in 171 innings with Seattle last season. IVAN NOVA benefitted from nearly nine runs of support per game. He keeps the ball down often enough to thrive in the Bronx, just without many strikeouts. PHIL HUGHES' stuff has regressed greatly since his days as a top prospect. He's trying to overcome conditioning problems this offseason. MANNY BANUELOS and DELLIN BETANCES are great prospects who may get a chance to start MLB games later this season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Trust MARIANO RIVERA to stay dominant until proven wrong. He was better in 2011 than he was in 2010 despite some velocity slippage. DAVID ROBERTSON has a firm hold on eighth-inning duties after an All-Star season. He's second in line for saves. RAFAEL SORIANO wasn't a total bust, as he did just fine after a rough April. He's settled into the seventh-inning role since Robertson is more trusted that he is. After Tommy John surgery, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN is aiming to be back this June. Middle reliever CORY WADE was reliable last year, and has a chance to rack up some vulture wins if he keeps going strong.
CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder.
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with Indians starter)

*Yankees-Indians Preview* =========================

New York (4-4) at Cleveland (3-5), 7:05 p.m. EDT

Halfway through this four-game series, Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees have somehow battered three Cleveland Indians starters.

The red-hot Cano and the visiting Yankees will now take aim at a fill-in starter as they look for a fourth straight victory Wednesday night.

New York (4-4) has amassed eight homers among 25 runs and 31 hits in this series. Cano is 7 for 10 with three homers and seven RBIs in the first two games.

The superstar second baseman hit two solo homers in an 11-6 victory Monday. He added two doubles and a homer among his four hits Tuesday in a 14-1 rout, the Yankees' most lopsided win in Cleveland since an 18-1 victory in 1931.

"When he hits the ball hard, it's usually for extra bases and drives people in," manager Joe Girardi said. "It does take some pressure off. I've seen him hit some balls in the last two days, I don't know how you can hit them any harder."

The Yankees reached Ubaldo Jimenez for seven runs over 4 1-3 innings Monday. That's the same number of runs Carlos Carrasco was charged with Tuesday over 3 2-3 innings before he was ejected for hitting Kevin Youkilis in the shoulder - one pitch after giving up a homer to Cano.

Indians manager Terry Francona did not believe the plunking of Youkilis - who played for Francona in Boston - was intentional. Carrasco apologized.

"It didn't look good," Francona said. "I understand the umpire's viewpoint. I think if you look at the video, he slipped. If you're on the other side, I understand it. But that's what happened."

Francona brought in Brett Myers to replace Carrasco. Myers, originally scheduled to start Wednesday night, also gave up seven runs over 5 1-3 innings.

Corey Kluber will make his season debut instead. The right-hander, 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA in 12 starts last season, pitched five innings of one-run ball and struck out six in his only career start against New York, a 3-1 loss Aug. 24 at Cleveland.

Kluber hit Derek Jeter in the head with a pitch in that contest, and the currently injured Yankees shortstop was seen admonishing Kluber after the fact.

Jeter later said he didn't think he was hit on purpose.

Francona knows that it won't be easy for Kluber to slow down Cano.

"He's one of the best hitters in the league," Francona said. "It seems like you make a good pitch and he hits a single. You make a mistake and it's over the fence."

Eleven of New York's 18 hits Tuesday went for extra bases. Brett Gardner was 4 for 5 with three runs and Youkilis, Ichiro Suzuki, Lyle Overbay and pinch-hitter Brennan Boesch were the other Yankees to homer besides Cano.

Asdrubal Cabrera's sixth-inning homer was all Cleveland (3-5) could muster in reply. It helped the Indians avoid their third shutout loss of the season.

Nick Swisher has gone 3 for 6 with two walks for the Indians in his first games against his former club.

Yankees starter Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71 ERA) hopes the run support continues as he makes his second start of the season. Nova yielded four runs over 4 2-3 innings Friday in an 8-3 loss at Detroit.

The right-hander's 5.68 career ERA in April is his highest in any month. He won his lone career outing against Cleveland, allowing two runs over seven innings of an 11-7 home victory June 10, 2011.


Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:43:47 AM EST


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