|CLEVELAND ( CARRASCO )|
NY YANKEES ( KURODA )
|913||CLEVELAND||+135||Ov 8.5,-120||+130||Ov 8.5,-105|
|914||NY YANKEES||-145||Un 8.5,+100||-140||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-40||+0.7||47-34||4.7||0.261||0.326||4.4||0.257||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||4-2||3.6||0.238||0.292||5.0||0.255||0.306|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-38||+2.8||35-48||3.9||0.252||0.314||4.1||0.248||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||2-5||4.1||0.251||0.307||3.1||0.217||0.268|
|7/27/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||10-3||W||100||8 un||O||15||7||0||8||5||0|
|8/6/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||3-8||L||-110||7 ov||O||7||5||0||10||2||0|
|8/7/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-4||L||105||7.5 un||U||5||6||3||8||5||1|
|8/8/2014||BAUER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||ROGERS(R)||6-10||L||125||8.5 ov||O||12||9||2||10||9||0|
|8/9/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||3-0||W||-115||7.5 un||U||9||6||0||5||8||0|
|8/10/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/17/2014|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/28/2014||PHELPS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||2-4||L||140||7.5 un||U||11||9||1||8||8||0|
|7/29/2014||MCCARTHY(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||12-11||W||-165||9 un||O||12||6||1||15||11||1|
|7/30/2014||KURODA(R)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)||2-3||L||-135||9 un||U||4||4||0||9||9||0|
|8/1/2014||CAPUANO(L)||@ BOSTON||RANAUDO(R)||3-4||L||115||9 ov||U||6||7||0||9||5||0|
|8/2/2014||GREENE(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||6-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||10||10||0||8||7||1|
|8/3/2014||PHELPS(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||8-7||W||-110||8.5 ev||O||10||5||0||8||4||0|
|8/11/2014||CAPUANO(L)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||GREENE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|8/13/2014||PINEDA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||MCCARTHY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||KURODA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)|| |
|8/17/2014|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|NY YANKEES: NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter is saying goodbye. Masahiro Tanaka is saying hello.|
Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are new to the Bronx; David Robertson is new to the closer's role. And Alex Rodriguez is nowhere to be seen.
Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have retired, and Robinson Cano has moved to Seattle.
After missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, the New York Yankees will look a whole lot different. And for the first time since 1998, they don't have baseball's highest payroll.
''I think it is probably the biggest transition I've been through,'' manager Joe Girardi says.
For only the second time in team history and the first time since 1947, every position on opening day other than the mound will be manned by a different Yankees player on opening day than in New York's previous opener.
New York's forgettable 2013 season began with an 8-2 loss to Boston, with Kevin Youkilis at first, Cano at second, Eduardo Nunez at shortstop, Jayson Nix at third, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, Vernon Wells in left, Brett Gardner in center and Ichiro Suzuki in right.
The only holdover for Tuesday's opener at Houston figures to be Gardner, who has shifted to left. The rest of the starting lineup figures to have McCann behind the plate, Mark Teixeira at first, Brian Roberts at second, Jeter at shortstop, Kelly Johnson at third, Ellsbury in center and Beltran in right.
CC Sabathia will be the constant on the mound. He's coming off the poorest of his 13 major league seasons at 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA.
''Nobody wants to go through that again,'' he says. ''It sticks with me a lot. Just being disappointed in not being able to help this team win. I feel like if I could have been a little better we might have made the playoffs. I blamed myself for a long time in the offseason and now I'm over it and ready to go this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Yankees Preview* =========================
By TOM CASTRO STATS Senior Editor
Cleveland (57-59) at New York (61-54), 1:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees' surge finally stalled in their latest matchup with an elite pitcher.
The next hurler to oppose them is significantly less accomplished as a starter.
Looking to get back on track after being shut down by Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber, New York faces Carlos Carrasco in his first start since April on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees (61-55) had won six of seven to climb a season-high seven games over .500 - and into the thick of the wild-card chase - but had no success Saturday against Kluber, who scattered four hits in six innings and struck out 10 in a 3-0 victory. New York fell victim to a pitcher who's now given up one earned run in his last 31 1-3 innings.
In their previous series, the Yankees took three of four from Detroit despite facing Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello.
Derek Jeter had an infield single to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the career hits list with No. 3,431, but the Yankees were 0 for 9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position.
"You're gonna run into guys that have great stuff and sometimes you're gonna get them and sometimes they're gonna shut you down. ... (Kluber's) stuff was really good," manager Joe Girardi said.
Cleveland's Sunday starter doesn't present nearly as daunting a matchup, as Carrasco (3-4, 3.88) makes his fifth start of the season and first since April 25. He's struggled in that role in 2014, going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA before moving to the bullpen.
The right-hander has posted a 2.30 ERA in 26 relief appearances, but manager Terry Francona is confident in letting him start again.
"I just think he's in a good position to go ahead and do this," Francona told MLB's official website, stressing that he wasn't promising Carrasco another start after this one. "You try to combine letting him get in there, still winning and not burning the bullpen. I think we're probably in a situation where we can hopefully accomplish all of them."
Carrasco's last two starts against New York didn't go well, as he gave up 13 runs in 7 2-3 innings to lose both - the most recent a 14-1 home defeat April 9, 2013. However, he pitched four scoreless innings over two appearances against the Yankees in a four-day span last month.
The Indians (58-59) snapped a four-game overall losing streak and ended a seven-game skid in the Bronx, where they had dropped 12 of 13. Rookie Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley each homered and had three hits, with Ramirez's home run being the first of his career.
Cleveland will face Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.97), who pitched seven innings of three-run ball in each of his last two starts but suffered from a lack of offensive support, getting five total runs in going 0-1. His latest outing came Tuesday in a 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Tigers.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland. He's 14-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 24 day games since joining New York in 2012.
Jeter is 4 for 8 against Carrasco, while Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki are 3 for 6.
Brantley is 3 for 9 with a home run off Kuroda.
New York placed catcher Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion list before Saturday's game. McCann, with two homers and four RBIs during a five-game hitting streak, was hit in the facemask by a foul ball in the Yankees' 10-6 win Friday.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:38:48 PM EST|