(Sports Network) - Perhaps the rumors of the New York Yankees' demise were
greatly exaggerated. New York targets a fourth straight win and a three-game
sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday when they close the set from
New York's bats exploded on Tuesday, as Robinson Cano finished with four hits,
including a pair of doubles and a two-run homer, part of a five-RBI
performance and the Yankees rolled to a 14-1 win.
Kevin Youkilis and Brennan Boesch added two-run shots, while Ichiro Suzuki and
Lyle Overbay posted solo homers for the Yankees, who managed 18 hits in the
triumph. The offensive outburst was more than enough for Andy Pettitte (2-0),
who yielded five hits and one run over seven strong innings.
Asdrubal Cabrera homered and Nick Swisher posted two hits for the Indians, who
have lost five of six.
In his first start since recovering from Tommy John surgery, Carlos Carrasco
(0-1) lasted 3 2/3 innings, yielding seven hits and seven runs before being
ejected for hitting Youkilis following Cano's home run.
"The left-handers gave (Carrasco) a tough time," Indians manager Terry
Carrasco hadn't taken the mound since a loss at Boston on Aug. 3, 2011, and
the rust showed early against a potent New York attack which struck for 11
runs in Monday's series opener.
Hoping for similar support in Wednesday's finale, the Yankees turn to righty
Ivan Nova, who was awful his first time out. Nova was banged around by the
Detroit Tigers on Friday to the tune of four runs and five hits in just 4 2/3
innings. He also walked a pair and struck out five in the losing effort.
"It's the first one. Of course you want to start the season in a good way,"
said Nova, who beat the Indians in his only other start against them.
"Personally, I don't feel like I pitched that bad. I was throwing a lot of
balls and getting into too deep counts, but it's the first start of the year."
Cleveland, meanwhile, had planned on throwing Brett Myers on Wednesday, but
the righty was forced into action on Tuesday when Carrasco was ejected.
Indians manager Terry Francona has yet to name a starter for Wednesday's
The Yankees took five of six from the Indians last season.
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