American League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, July 9 (All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (45-44) at Cleveland Indians (44-45), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 0.00) Cleveland - Josh Tomlin (5-6, 4.11)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees hand the ball to newly-acquired Brandon McCarthy on Wednesday when they continue a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Acquired from Arizona on Sunday for Vidal Nuno, McCarthy struggled for the Diamondbacks this season, going 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts. However, he did win his last two starts for them and gave up just three runs in 12 2/3 innings in doing so.
"McCarthy is an experienced starter that we expect to pitch well for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I know he's had his struggles, but he's seemed to turn it around."
McCarthy, who turned 31 on Tuesday, is no stranger to the American League, having pitched seven seasons with Chicago, Texas and Oakland. He was 34-33 in that time with a 3.94 ERA. He's also 6-4 in 17 games (9 starts) versus the Indians with a 4.38 ERA.
Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Josh Tomlin, who has won four of his last five starts. Tomlin followed up a one-hit shutout by getting pounded by Kansas City on Friday to the tune of five runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, as he fell to 5-6 on the year to go along with a 4.11 ERA.
Aside from his gem against the Seattle Mariners two starts ago, Tomlin has allowed five earned runs in three of his last four outings.
Tomlin has split four starts against the Yankees and has pitched to a 6.14 ERA in those outings.
Cleveland got the best of Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday, as Nick Swisher blasted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Michael Brantley contributed a solo shot with a pair of run-scoring doubles in the Indians' 5-3 victory.
Tanaka (12-4) suffered his third loss in his last four outings after the Tribe tagged him for season highs of five runs and 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings. He hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his first 16 starts, but gave up four in a victory over Minnesota five days ago before eclipsing that by one on Tuesday.
Brantley notched his fifth straight multi-hit game and Jason Kipnis added a pair of hits with a run scored for the Indians, who bounced back from a 5-3 loss in Monday's opener and won for the fifth time in their last seven outings.
Trevor Bauer (3-4) settled down after a rough first two innings and halted a three-start winless streak. He was charged with three runs -- two earned -- on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts over seven solid innings.
"He got dialed in and really got comfortable out there, attacking the zone," said Indians manager Terry Francona about his starter.
Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner each drove in a run for New York, which had won its last two and fell to 4-2 on an 11-game road trip.
The Yankees were 6-1 against the Indians last season and have won 12 of the last 15 in the series.
07/09 10:33:23 ET