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New York at Cleveland

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N.Y. Yankees (64-36) «1331000008130
Cleveland (42-59)000000000080

Burnett dominant, A-Rod homerless as Yankees stomp Indians

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CLEVELAND -- Alex Rodriguez kept his sense of humor and A.J. Burnett rediscovered his wicked curveball.

Rodriguez had two hits, but not home run No. 600, to support another sharp outing by a resurgent Burnett and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 8-0 on Wednesday night.

Each time Rodriguez strode to the plate, hundreds of fans left their seats and jammed a walkway between the left-field pole and the bleachers with hopes of catching the historic homer. They walked away disappointed each time.

Rodriguez didn't come close to getting his elusive 600th homer, though he went 2 for 5 with a run-scoring single in the first inning off Fausto Carmona (10-8). He had a sixth-inning double in which his slide knocked second base out of the ground.

"I thought the milestone was doubles, so I took the base," Rodriguez said in explaining why he held the bag aloft.

"It just popped out," A-Rod continued. "That was good because sometimes you can get hurt if it doesn't."

Burnett (9-8) earned his third win in four starts, the only blemish coming in a July 17 start in which he cut his hands hitting a door out of frustration. On Wednesday he allowed seven hits over 6 1/3 innings as the Yankees improved the best record in the majors (64-36) with their sixth victory in eight games -- and AL-leading ninth shutout.

"I was able to throw strikes with my curveball," Burnett said. "I felt good."

Mark Teixeira had a two-run single and Brett Gardner two run-scoring singles as the Yankees built a 7-0 lead. Robinson Cano hit his 19th home run leading off the fourth to make it 8-0.

Most of the crowd of 22,965 left after Rodriguez flied out to right on a 10-pitch at-bat against rookie Frank Herrmann.

"He went right after me," Rodriguez said. "It was a good battle and he got the best of me."

Rodriguez also flipped his bat after fanning on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end New York's three-run third.

"I'm not upset because I had a good approach and went deep into the count tonight," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez's sharp grounder up the middle scored Teixeira for a 1-0 lead. Teixeira was on a second with a double.

Curtis Granderson had two hits including an RBI triple off Carmona, giving him a .444 (16 for 36) average against the right-hander.

Burnett struck out seven and walked three as he continued his roller-coaster season. The right-hander opened the year 4-0 and had a 6-2 record after beating the Indians on May 30 in New York. The 33-year-old then lost five consecutive decisions before his recent resurgence. He has not allowed an earned run in seven starts -- and given up six or more in six others.

"This was the best I've felt in a long while. Tempo is important," Burnett said. "The ball was coming out of my hand good. I hope to keep this tempo for the rest of the year."

Burnett finally won in Cleveland. He had been 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in four previous starts at Progressive Field, none of them with New York. He threw five scoreless innings before being lifted due to a rain delay Friday in a 7-1 victory against Kansas City.

Joba Chamberlain came on after Burnett issued a one-out walk to Andy Marte in the seventh. He balked Marte to second, but got the next two batters easily. Sergio Mitre worked the eighth and ninth to complete the eight-hitter.

Carmona was pounded for seven runs and 10 hits over 2 2/3 innings.

"You know what happened," the right-hander said. "I gave up a bunch of base hits."

It was the worst start of the season by the AL All-Star who was looking to win four in a row for first time since finishing the 2007 season with five consecutive wins.

"Fausto just didn't have it," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "That's the wrong lineup not to have your pitches working for you. They hit him around and put him in a big hole."

Rodriguez hit his 501st home run off Carmona on Aug. 10, 2007, and followed with two more the next night in Cleveland -- and has since gone 9 for 45 without a homer in his past 12 games at Progressive Field.

Notes

  • Rain delayed the start 42 minutes.
  • Cleveland traded 3B Jhonny Peralta to Detroit just before the scheduled start, getting Class A LHP Giovanni Soto in return.
  • Indians RHP Kerry Wood, out since July 11 with a blister on his right index finger, is scheduled to throw one inning on a rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Akron. The closer could be activated this weekend.
  • Dustin Moseley will make his first start for the Yankees on Thursday. He is starting in place LHP Andy Pettitte, who is on the DL with a strained groin. Mitre made the first spot start for Pettitte but struggled.
  • Teixeira is hitting .368 (32 of 87) with 24 runs in 23 games in July.
  • Indians OF Trevor Crowe went 3 for 4 and is batting .378 over his past 14 games.
 
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A.J. Burnett scatters seven hits and strikes out seven to earn his first career victory in Cleveland.  (AP)
A.J. Burnett scatters seven hits and strikes out seven to earn his first career victory in Cleveland. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

B. Gardner
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

A. Burnett
IP 6.1
H 7
ER 0
BB 3
K 7
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5000022 .274
Nick Swisher, RF4011110 .300
Mark Teixeira, 1B4122100 .262
    Juan Miranda, 1B0000000 .217
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5021015 .275
    Ramiro Pena, 3B0000000 .200
Robinson Cano, 2B5221002 .330
Jorge Posada, DH5010002 .267
Curtis Granderson, CF4221012 .250
    Colin Curtis, LF1000010 .250
Francisco Cervelli, C3110011 .262
Brett Gardner, LF-CF4222001 .298
Totals40813827  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (25, Carmona), Alex Rodriguez (26, Todd), Robinson Cano (28, Carmona), Brett Gardner (9, Carmona)
3B - Curtis Granderson (5, Carmona)
HR - Robinson Cano (19, Ambriz)
RBI - Nick Swisher (60), Mark Teixeira 2 (72), Alex Rodriguez (82), Robinson Cano (69), Curtis Granderson (29), Brett Gardner 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (28), Mark Teixeira 2 (29), Alex Rodriguez (28)
SB - Brett Gardner (28, 2nd base off Carmona/Santana)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cano-Teixeira, Rodriguez-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett (W,9-8) 6.1700370 4.52
Joba Chamberlain 0.2000000 5.86
Sergio Mitre 2100130 3.73
WP - A.J. Burnett (10)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 114-75, Joba Chamberlain 10-7, Sergio Mitre 32-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-4, Sergio Mitre 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 26, Joba Chamberlain 2, Sergio Mitre 8
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Trevor Crowe, CF4030001 .264
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3000014 .275
    Luis Valbuena, 2B1000010 .164
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3010013 .297
    Shelley Duncan, RF1000010 .268
Carlos Santana, C4010021 .269
Travis Hafner, DH3020111 .267
Austin Kearns, LF3000103 .267
Matt LaPorta, 1B3000113 .256
Andy Marte, 3B3010103 .198
Jason Donald, 2B-SS4000026 .261
Totals32080410  
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (19, Burnett)
CS - Trevor Crowe (3, 2nd base by Burnett/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 9
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Fausto Carmona (L,10-8) 2.21077110 3.92
Hector Ambriz 2.1211141 5.03
Jess Todd 2100010 5.40
Frank Herrmann 1000000 2.57
Tony Sipp 1000010 4.62
HBP - Cervelli (by Fausto Carmona)
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 73-44, Hector Ambriz 43-25, Jess Todd 29-22, Frank Herrmann 16-11, Tony Sipp 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 4-3, Hector Ambriz 1-2, Jess Todd 2-3, Tony Sipp 1-1
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 20, Hector Ambriz 10, Jess Todd 7, Frank Herrmann 3, Tony Sipp 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22965
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Dan Iassogna