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Greene earns first career win as Yanks best Indians

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CLEVELAND -- The New York Yankees got a major boost from their young pitchers Monday night.

Shane Greene allowed two runs in six innings for his first major league win, All-Star Dellin Betances earned his first career save and the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3.

Greene (1-0) didn't allow a hit until Nick Swisher's two-out homer in the fifth. The 25-year-old right-hander was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after scheduled starter Vidal Nuno was traded to Arizona for right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.

"It's a dream come true," Greene said. "There's no question about that."

Betances pitched the final two innings, giving closer David Robertson a rest day.

"It's pretty cool," Betances said. "I was just trying to go out there and keep it the same and make pitches."

"Some really good stuff out of some young pitchers," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We've gotten a lot of help from our guys in the minor leagues."

Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits apiece for New York, which has won four of five on its 11-game road trip.

Justin Masterson (4-6) continued to pitch poorly and was pulled without retiring a batter in the third. Cleveland's opening-day starter allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings. He walked three, hit a batter and rarely topped 90 mph in his 54 pitches, throwing only 24 strikes.

A 15th-round selection by New York in 2009, Greene allowed four hits, struck out two and didn't walk a batter. His only big league appearance prior to Monday came in relief against Boston on April 24 when he pitched one-third of an inning and allowed three unearned runs. Greene walked three of four hitters, all of whom scored, and threw eight of 23 pitches for strikes.

"We've said all along this kid has a lot of talent," Girardi said. "He did a lot of good things."

It's unclear if Greene will get another start.

"That's obviously going to be a topic of discussion," Girardi said. "We haven't made any decisions moving forward. We'll figure it out here pretty quick."

Asked if he thinks he deserves to in the rotation, Greene smiled and said, "That's not up to me."

Derek Jeter, playing in his final regular-season series in Cleveland, was 1 for 4 and drew a bases-loaded walk in the second.

Yan Gomes hit a leadoff homer in the eighth.

New York scored three times in the second when Masterson allowed four hits, walked two and hit a batter. Brian Roberts had an RBI double, Brett Gardner drove in a run with a single and Jeter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Ichiro Suzuki's infield hit and Francisco Cervelli's fielder's choice added two runs in the third.

Masterson's struggles have become a growing concern for the Indians. Over his last five starts, the right-hander has allowed 19 runs, 27 hits and 17 walks in 18 innings. Masterson has pitched more than four innings once in that stretch.

Masterson was given extra time off because of a sore knee after lasting four innings against Arizona on June 24, but that didn't help. He didn't retire a batter in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday and a stint on the disabled list is a possibility.

Asked about Masterson's knee Francona said, "It's hard to ask somebody when they're pitching. I think we need to sit and visit with Masty. The middle of a game's not the time to do that."

"We'll talk about it, I guess," Masterson said. "If that were brought up I guess that would be something to talk about to work through."

Masterson is a free agent after the season. The two sides talked about a contract extension in spring training, but didn't reach an agreement.

Notes

Yankees OF Carlos Beltran didn't play because of swelling behind his right knee. He said following the game that he might return to the lineup Tuesday. ... Indians OF Michael Bourn will miss three to four weeks with a strained left hamstring. .... McCarthy will make his first start for the Yankees on Wednesday. ... Cleveland acquired OF Chris Dickesron from Pittsburgh for cash or a player to be named. He started in left field and had a sixth-inning single. ... The Indians honored their former television/radio announcer Mike Hegan, who died in December, in a pregame ceremony. Hegan, a native of Cleveland, began his major league career with the Yankees in 1964. ... All-Star RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-3) faces Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (2-4) on Tuesday.

 
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It's a night of firsts for the Yanks, with Shane Greene getting his first win and Dellin Betances his first save.  (USATSI)
It's a night of firsts for the Yanks, with Shane Greene getting his first win and Dellin Betances his first save. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

B. McCann
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Cleveland

Y. Gomes
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF5031012 .289
Derek Jeter, SS4011110 .272
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5000013 .280
Mark Teixeira, 1B4100122 .238
Brian McCann, DH5230020 .230
Brian Roberts, 2B4121001 .251
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4031002 .304
Kelly Johnson, 3B1100100 .217
   a-Zelous Wheeler, PH-3B1000001 .250
Francisco Cervelli, C3001012 .270
Shane Greene, P0000000 .000
   David Huff, P0000000 .333
   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
Totals36512538  
a-flied out for Johnson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian McCann (10, Masterson), Brian Roberts (15, Masterson)
RBI - Brett Gardner (35), Derek Jeter (24), Brian Roberts (19), Ichiro Suzuki (11), Francisco Cervelli (4)
CS - Brett Gardner (4, 2nd base by Pestano/Gomes)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wheeler-Teixeira
E - Brian Roberts (7, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shane Greene (W,1-0) 6422021 2.84
David Huff (H,2) 1111011 4.46
Dellin Betances (S,1) 2100010 1.55
HBP - A. Cabrera (by Shane Greene)
Pitches-Strikes - Shane Greene 88-56, David Huff 13-10, Dellin Betances 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shane Greene 9-6, David Huff 1-1, Dellin Betances 2-3
Batters Faced - Shane Greene 22, David Huff 4, Dellin Betances 7
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Kipnis, 2B4000000 .249
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3011001 .247
Michael Brantley, CF4020000 .323
Carlos Santana, 1B4000023 .207
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4000001 .332
Nick Swisher, DH4111011 .198
David Murphy, RF2000010 .248
   a-Ryan Raburn, PH-RF1000000 .204
Yan Gomes, C3111000 .270
Chris Dickerson, LF2110000 .500
   b-Mike Aviles, PH-LF1000000 .266
Justin Masterson, P0000000 .000
   Kyle Crockett, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Vinnie Pestano, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals3236304  
a-grounded out for Murphy in the 7th
b-grounded out for Dickerson in the 8th
Batting
HR - Nick Swisher (6, Greene), Yan Gomes (11, Huff)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (34), Nick Swisher (30), Yan Gomes (33)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (4), Nick Swisher (12)
CS - Asdrubal Cabrera (2, 2nd base by Greene/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Dickerson 1
DP - Santana-Gomes
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson (L,4-6) 2655310 5.51
Kyle Crockett 1100010 2.19
Carlos Carrasco 3300030 3.81
Marc Rzepczynski 1100010 3.82
Vinnie Pestano 1100010 4.70
John Axford 1000010 3.63
HBP - Cervelli (by Justin Masterson), Johnson (by Kyle Crockett)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 54-24, Kyle Crockett 17-11, Carlos Carrasco 39-26, Marc Rzepczynski 14-10, Vinnie Pestano 17-12, John Axford 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 3-0, Kyle Crockett 1-1, Carlos Carrasco 5-1, John Axford 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 14, Kyle Crockett 5, Carlos Carrasco 12, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Vinnie Pestano 3, John Axford 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21558
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Tom Woodring, Third Base - Brian Knight