Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Indians 4
June, 5, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have had the Indians' number this season.
WHAT IT MEANS: New York improved to 6-1 against Cleveland in 2013 after completing a three-game sweep of the Indians on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
CC Sabathia retired the first 14 batters he faced and went the distance in the Yankees' 6-4 victory.
In his first complete game of the season, Sabathia (6-4) allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out nine and walked one. He took a perfect game into the fifth inning, but lost it with two outs when Mike Aviles dunked a single in front of left fielder Vernon Wells.
Sabathia has issued just one walk in his past two starts (16 1/3 innings, 19 strikeouts)
PRONX BOMBER: Travis Hafner supplied some early power for the Bombers when he clobbered a first-inning offering from Corey Kluber into the second deck in right for a two-run home run -- his 10th of the season. Seven of Hafner’s homers this season have come in the Bronx.
GARDY GOES YARD-Y: Brett Gardner, who hit just seven homers in all of his last full season in 2011, cracked his sixth of the year in the second inning -- a three-run shot to right that put the Yankees ahead 6-0.
PHEW: Robinson Cano slid into second base awkwardly in the first inning and began favoring his left knee. He was examined, but stayed in the game.
UP NEXT: The Yankees open up a 10-game West Coast road trip in Seattle on Thursday. Phil Hughes gets the ball for the Bombers. The right-hander will be opposed by fellow righty Aaron Harang (2-5, 5.82).