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Yankees take down Indians, A-Rod misses out on 600th home run

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CLEVELAND -- Yankees fans got two big home runs from their favorite team -- just not the one they really came out to see.

Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot, though Alex Rodriguez failed to connect for his 600th homer in New York's 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

Nick Swisher also homered for New York, now 16-5 in July.

"It was big because it helped my team," Granderson said. "I was just trying to keep the inning going, got it up in the air and it went out."

Granderson connected with one out in the eighth inning off Jake Westbrook (6-7), who held Rodriguez hitless in three at-bats and was clinging to a 2-1 lead. Jorge Posada reached on a one-out single before Granderson delighted a large portion of the crowd of 27,224 hoping to see homer history.

Indians manager Manny Acta said he didn't want to bring in a reliever to face Granderson, who homered twice on Sunday.

"I wouldn't even think about taking out a guy who had a two-hitter in the eighth," Acta said. "I don't second-guess myself. I'm not flipping coins in the dugout."

The normally mild-mannered Westbrook kicked the mound, grabbed the resin bag and fired it to the ground as Granderson circled the bases.

"That was the ballgame," Westbrook said. "A two-run home run when you're up a run in the eighth, that's what I'm upset about."

Rodriguez popped out to first in the ninth on perhaps the best pitch he had to hit all night, a fastball by reliever Chris Perez, and finished 0 for 4.

He wasn't upset that he failed to hit the homer, though.

"I'd rather not hit a home run and win then hit a home run and lose," Rodriguez said. "It's going to come whether it's this week or next week or next month. The big point for me is to stay within the game."

Shin-Soo Choo put Cleveland ahead 2-1 in the sixth with an RBI double off Javier Vazquez (9-7). Travis Hafner hit a solo homer in the second. It was the designated hitter's fifth straight hit.

Vazquez gave up two runs and five hits over seven innings, improving to 6-2 in 10 starts since June 1. He left after walking Michael Brantley to open the eighth. David Robertson and Boone Logan finished that inning and Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.

"I wanted to stay in, but their lefties were coming up and the bullpen came in a did a great job," Vasquez said.

Rodriguez went homerless for the fourth consecutive game as he tries to become the seventh player and youngest to reach the 600 milestone. He returned to the lineup after he was hit in the hand by a pitch in the eighth inning Sunday and was removed for a pinch runner.

After striking out his first time up against Westbrook, the Yankees third baseman had an apparent single turned into a bizarre double play in the fourth by third base umpire Jerry Meals.

With Mark Teixeira on first and one out, Rodriguez hit a sinking liner that appeared to touch the ground before going into the glove of left fielder Trevor Crowe. Teixeira saw it that way and was pointing to the ground and saying the ball had been trapped as he stood on second base. Meals, however, ruled it a catch and when second baseman Jason Donald took Crowe's throw and tagged Teixeira, the inning was over.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi argued, but the call stood. TV replays showed the ball appeared to hit the turf.

"I went by what their left fielder did," Girardi said. "When he came up throwing, that tells you something.

"It's a tough call. Some go your way, some don't," Girardi said.

The Yankees also came within inches of scoring in the fifth but got nothing. Posada drew a one-out walk and Granderson followed with a drive off the top of the wall in right, just missing a homer. Right fielder Choo grabbed the ball on the rebound and threw to second, where Granderson was called out by second-base ump Dale Scott. Replays showed Granderson was safe, though nobody argued.

Swisher tied it with one out in the fourth with New York's first hit, a drive into the right-field seats for his 18th homer.

Westbrook, perhaps making his final start in a Cleveland uniform, gave up three runs and four hits over eight innings. The Indians could deal the high-priced veteran before Saturday's trading deadline.

Rodriguez will try for his milestone hit Tuesday on his 35th birthday, against right-hander Josh Tomlin, scheduled to make his major-league debut.

"Just pitch to him," Acta said. "I couldn't care less if he hits three home runs tomorrow and we win. We're not going to base our whole game plan on trying to stop him. He's going to hit it sooner or later."

Notes
  • Cleveland went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and is 1 for 31 in its last five games.
  • Girardi said RHP Dustin Moseley will start Thursday. He'll replace RHP Sergio Mitre , who allowed seven runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings Saturday in the rotation spot vacated by LHP Andy Pettitte (strained groin).
  • Indians RHP Kerry Wood (blister) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday. He hasn't pitched since July 11.
  • Indians RHP Anthony Reyes (elbow) will make a minor league rehab start at Double-A Akron on Tuesday. He had surgery in June 2009.
 
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Curtis Granderson isn't close to 600 home runs, but his two-run shot is the biggest of the night.  (Getty Images)
Curtis Granderson isn't close to 600 home runs, but his two-run shot is the biggest of the night. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Granderson
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

J. Vazquez
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 3
K 5
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS4000010 .275
Nick Swisher, RF3111110 .301
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000110 .262
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000012 .277
Robinson Cano, 2B3000100 .329
Jorge Posada, DH3110102 .269
Curtis Granderson, CF3122010 .249
Francisco Cervelli, C3000011 .265
Brett Gardner, LF3000000 .295
Totals2934346  
Batting
HR - Nick Swisher (18, Westbrook), Curtis Granderson (10, Westbrook)
RBI - Nick Swisher (59), Curtis Granderson 2 (28)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Teixeira, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Javier Vazquez (W,9-7) 7522351 4.54
David Robertson (H,9) 0.2000000 4.67
Boone Logan (H,7) 0.1000010 3.57
Mariano Rivera (S,21) 1100000 0.96
WP - Javier Vazquez (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 102-64, David Robertson 5-4, Boone Logan 6-4, Mariano Rivera 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 5-10, David Robertson 1-0, Mariano Rivera 3-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 28, David Robertson 1, Boone Logan 1, Mariano Rivera 4
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, CF3100100 .157
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3000112 .275
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4011011 .291
Carlos Santana, C4010011 .269
Travis Hafner, DH4111010 .262
Jhonny Peralta, 3B4010001 .248
Matt LaPorta, 1B4010012 .254
Trevor Crowe, LF2000101 .260
Jason Donald, 2B3010012 .271
Totals3126236  
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (17, Vazquez), Jhonny Peralta (23, Vazquez), Matt LaPorta (9, Vazquez), Jason Donald (16, Vazquez)
HR - Travis Hafner (9, Vazquez)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (46), Travis Hafner (33)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (16)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shin-Soo Choo 1, Trevor Crowe 1
DP - Crowe-Donald
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Westbrook (L,6-7) 8433252 4.65
Chris Perez 1000210 2.29
IBB - Cano by Chris Perez
WP - Chris Perez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 115-68, Chris Perez 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 11-6
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 28, Chris Perez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27224
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals