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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Game notes: Yankees at Indians

By Wallace Matthews

CLEVELAND -- The last time Andy Pettitte pitched against the Cleveland Indians, it was last June 27 and he had to leave in the fifth inning after a line drive hit by Casey Kotchman broke his left leg. Well, Kotchman is a Miami Marlin now and Pettitte makes his second start of 2013, having posted an eight-inning, one run performance in his first outing last Thursday against the Red Sox. Pettitte's career record vs. Cleveland is 8-8, 4.17 ERA; at Progressive Field, he is 6-4, 3.84.

BRONX BOMBERS: We all know the Yankees gave up a ton of home runs this off-season, and lost half-a-ton more to injuries. So here's a stat that will surprise you: Through the first seven games last season, the Yankees had hit eight home runs; through the first seven games this season, they have hit 10. The 2012 Yankees hit a major-league high 245 HRs. Who knows how many the 2013 Yankees will hit.

RETURN OF THE RAPPER: The Yankees released LH relief pitcher Clay Rapada on April 3; this afternoon, they re-signed him to a minor-league deal. provided he is healthy -- his spring was curtailed by bursitis in his pitching shoulder -- Rapada is likely to be assigned to AAA Scranton, and under league rules, cannot be brought back to the major leagues for 30 days after his release, which means no sooner than May 3.

HAPPY B-DAY, D-ROB: David Robertson turns 28 today.

WHERE'D EVERYBODY GO?: Progressive Field was sold out for yesterday's home opener; the announced attendance was 41,567. Before tonight's game a ticket-taker told me he expected a less busy night; an internal Indians memo says a crowd of 13,000 was expected for tonight's game.