CLEVELAND -- Vidal Nuno won his first major league start, holding the Cleveland Indians to just three hits as the New York Yankees won 7-0 to split Monday afternoon’s doubleheader. Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings of work. While an error and unearned run in the first inning would be all the Yankees would need, clutch hits by Corban Joseph, Austin Romine and Jayson Nix as part of a seven-run seventh inning would provide more than enough insurance for the Bombers to come out with a victory.
What it means: The Yankees salvage their doubleheader against the Tribe and will head back to New York having won six of their last seven games. Manager Joe Girardi was able to escape Cleveland without having to deploy relief pitchers Mariano Rivera or David Robertson, meaning that the top of the Yankees' rotation will also have the back end of the bullpen at full health. After dropping their first two series of the 2013 season, the Yankees have now won nine of their last 11. They will be a full game up on the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East.
Striking first: The Yankees are now 16-0 when scoring first this season, maintaining their standing as the only team in baseball to not lose a game when recording the first run. They have lost just twice this season when leading at any point in a game.
Nuno business: In his first major league start, the left-handed Nuno scattered three hits and three walks through five shutout innings of work. With the Indians threatening in the bottom of the fifth, Nuno struck out Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, effectively leaving two men on base following back-to-back singles. Sealing the afternoon was relief pitcher Adam Warren who threw four innings of two-hit, scoreless ball, striking out four and walking none.
No Cano: Second baseman Robinson Cano went 1-for-9. Having spent much of the past several seasons terrorizing the Tribe, Cano came into the one-day duel having hit .491 with five home runs, nine doubles and 14 runs batted in over the course of his last 13 games against the Indians. In his last 11 games at Progressive Field dating back to July 27, 2010, Cano hit .444 with five home runs and 10 doubles.
Outside of the box: Though the Indians have been one of baseball’s hottest teams through 2013, the Yankees outscored them 32-8 through their rain-divided four-game series in Cleveland. The Yankees’ lone loss was a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader.
On deck: The Yankees head home for a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners. CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.23 ERA) will square off against Felix Hernandez (5-2, 1.53), pitting the the two Cy Young award winners against one another for the first time in their respective careers. Sabathia is 12-4 with a 2.46 ERA in 20 career starts against the Mariners.