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Yankees drop skidding Indians

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Coming off the worst start of his young career, David Phelps tried to put the flop out of his mind. Following his best outing yet, he took the same approach.

"Got to forget about this one, too," he said.

Phelps already was looking ahead toward his next trip to the mound after allowing a mere infield single in six shutout innings Tuesday night and pitching the New York Yankees past the Cleveland Indians 4-3.

"He shut them down," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Mark Teixeira hit his second homer of the season since coming off the disabled list last Friday. His three-run shot made it 4-0 in the third inning, and came a day after he lined a grand slam against Cleveland.

"Big home run by Tex. That's two nights in a row," Girardi said. "He's an RBI machine."

Drew Stubbs hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain. But Nick Swisher lined into a key double play in the eighth against David Robertson and the Indians dropped their third in a row and seventh straight on the road -- they also lost shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, putting him on the disabled list after he strained his right quadriceps Monday night.

"I was up there against my best buddy Robby and just had a little bad luck," Swisher said. "I'm always up for the challenge of playing here and playing against the Yankees. The homer by Stubby rejuvenated us, but we missed opportunities tonight.

"We aren't playing our best right now and we have to take a look in the mirror and turn things around," he added.

Phelps (4-3) neatly bounced back from his previous outing, when he gave up five runs while getting just one out against the New York Mets.

The 26-year-old righty struck out leadoff man Michael Bourn on three pitches and wound up fanning seven with four walks. The lone hit against him came when Stubbs beat out a slow roller to shortstop in the third.

Phelps, in his second major league season, walked the first two batters in the fifth. After a visit from pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Phelps retired the next three hitters.

Robertson escaped a first-and-second, no-out jam in the eighth when Swisher lined to second baseman Jayson Nix, whose flip doubled Jason Kipnis off second. The lineout against his former team left Swisher in an 0-for-13 rut.

Mariano Rivera struck out two in the ninth for his 21st save. Mike Aviles flied out to end it, then made a beeline toward plate umpire Tony Randazzo to confront him and was ejected -- Aviles, who disputed a called third strike earlier in the game, was upset that the first pitch in the final at-bat was ruled a foul instead of a ball.

"Aviles and Tony were going back and forth. I can't let them go at each other," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You've got the best closer in the history of the game and he doesn't need any help."

Said Aviles: "It was pretty clear that the ball didn't hit the bat. I'm up there battling in a difficult spot and it was clear the ball never touched my bat. After the game, I said a few things and he was upset."

Scott Kazmir (3-3) breezed through the first two innings, then gave up five straight hits to open the third. Teixeira capped the burst with his homer, tagging a familiar victim - Teixeira is 10 for 20 with four doubles and eight walks against Kazmir.

Lyle Overbay opened the Yankees' third with a double and Chris Stewart singled, but was caught trying to advance. Ichiro Suzuki followed with an RBI single, Nix singled and Teixeira homered down the left field line.

Notes

  • The Yankees are 5-1 against Cleveland this year.
  • Indians RHP Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.36 ERA) starts Wednesday afternoon vs. Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (5-4, 3.71).
  • As part of his farewell tour, Rivera met with longtime Yankee Stadium employees before the game. Among them were ticket takers who have worked for the team for more than 40 years.
  • Chamberlain and other Yankees greeted a faithful friend near the dugout during batting practice -- Chase, a 12-year-old golden retriever. The dog has long worked for the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees' Double-A affiliate, fetching bats in the first inning and bringing them back to the dugout. Yankees INF David Adams petted Chase and recalled the pooch retrieving for him, without leaving any teeth marks in the wood. "He's not chomping at the bit," Adams said. "Or at the bat, either."
  • Adams played 2B for the first time in the majors.
 
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Mark Teixeira blasts his second home run of the season -- a three-run shot -- to help the Yanks edge the Indians. (USATSI)
Mark Teixeira blasts his second home run of the season -- a three-run shot -- to help the Yanks edge the Indians. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

D. Stubbs
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4000023 .303
Jason Kipnis, 2B3000121 .238
Michael Brantley, LF3010100 .298
Nick Swisher, 1B4000020 .253
Carlos Santana, C2100201 .285
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000122 .247
Jason Giambi, DH3000122 .194
Mike Aviles, SS4110012 .282
Drew Stubbs, RF3123002 .232
Totals29343611  
Batting
HR - Drew Stubbs (4, Chamberlain)
RBI - Drew Stubbs 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs 3 (8)
CS - Michael Brantley (2, 2nd base by Phelps/Stewart)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1
DP - Kipnis-Aviles-Swisher
E - Mark Reynolds (5, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Kazmir (L,3-3) 6744271 5.24
Bryan Shaw 0.1000200 3.25
Nick Hagadone 0.2000000 6.89
Cody Allen 1100010 2.03
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 111-70, Bryan Shaw 18-9, Nick Hagadone 4-3, Cody Allen 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 4-6, Bryan Shaw 2-0, Nick Hagadone 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 26, Bryan Shaw 4, Nick Hagadone 1, Cody Allen 4
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, CF-RF3111012 .262
Jayson Nix, SS-2B2110110 .248
Mark Teixeira, 1B3123101 .267
Robinson Cano, DH4000023 .283
Vernon Wells, LF4000011 .245
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4010000 .247
David Adams, 2B3000011 .231
    Brett Gardner, CF1010000 .259
Lyle Overbay, RF3110011 .250
    Reid Brignac, SS1000011 .214
Chris Stewart, C1010201 .271
Totals2948448  
Batting
2B - Brett Gardner (10, Allen), Lyle Overbay (13, Kazmir)
HR - Mark Teixeira (2, Kazmir)
SH - Ichiro Suzuki (3), Jayson Nix (1)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (10), Mark Teixeira 3 (7)
SB - Jayson Nix (6, 2nd base off Kazmir/Santana)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Stewart-Nix, Nix-Brignac
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Phelps (W,4-3) 6100470 4.15
Joba Chamberlain 0.2233111 5.11
Boone Logan (H,3) 0.1000010 1.69
David Robertson (H,13) 1100100 2.55
Mariano Rivera (S,21) 1000020 1.61
Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 102-64, Joba Chamberlain 24-15, Boone Logan 4-3, David Robertson 18-12, Mariano Rivera 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 3-7, David Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - David Phelps 22, Joba Chamberlain 5, Boone Logan 1, David Robertson 4, Mariano Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36208
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez