The Yankees look for a fifth consecutive home victory over an Indians team trying to avoid a seventh straight road defeat overall Tuesday night.
New York (32-25) dropped seven of eight, including four of five on this eight-game homestand, before Monday's 7-4 win over Cleveland. Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for his first homer and Brett Gardner delivered a tiebreaking double as the Yankees pounded out 10 hits after totaling eight and one run in losing their previous two versus Boston.
The Yankees have won nine of 11 versus Cleveland (30-27), and 11 of 13 against the Indians in the Bronx.
Teixeira is 2 for 12 in four games since making his season debut Friday after dealing with a wrist injury, but hopes Monday was the start of a positive run for himself and the team."We needed that," he said. "I know it's going to take a few weeks to get back in the rhythm of playing every day and seeing big league pitching every day, but this is a good first step."
Gardner is 11 for 23 (.478) in his last six home games against the Indians.
Ex-Indian Travis Hafner homered Monday - his second hit in the last 20 at-bats.
A winner his previous two starts and feeling fine after taking a line drive off his forearm, scheduled Yankees starter David Phelps (3-3, 4.65 ERA) gave up five runs, four hits and walked two while recording one out in Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Mets. The right-hander is the first Yankee starter who failed to get more than one out in a game since Darrell Rasner on May 19, 2007 - also against the Mets."It's nothing at all. Arm felt great (Wednesday). Just wasn't making pitches," Phelps said. "The ball was just up and in the middle of the plate a lot."
He was solid at Cleveland on May 13, allowing a homer to Jason Kipnis , three other hits and five walks while striking out seven in 1-0 loss.
The Indians have lost 10 of 14 overall and been outscored 40-18 during their last six away from home. Michael Bourn had three hits and Carlos Santana two RBIs for Cleveland, which left Yankee Stadium further frustrated after shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a quad injury.
"Were going to send him back to Cleveland (on Tuesday) to get scanned and, most likely, this is headed toward the DL," manager Terry Francona said.
Ex-Yankee Nick Swisher went 0 for 4 with a walk in his return to the Bronx. He's 1 for 17 in his last five contests.
After giving up nine runs in eight innings of his two previous starts, scheduled Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir (3-2, 5.13) has allowed three in 12 innings while going 1-0 in his last two. He yielded one run in seven innings of a 7-1 win over Cincinnati on Thursday.
"Everything was working for the most part," Kazmir told the Indians' official website. "Breaking ball was a little erratic, but at the same time I was able to get it in a location where I wouldn't get hurt."
Facing the Yankees for the first time since 2010, the left-hander is 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 17 starts against them.
|June 03, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right quad|
|May 30, 2013||Ryan Raburn||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower right leg cramp|
|May 27, 2013||Chris Perez||15-Day DL||Right shoulder soreness|
|May 26, 2013||Chris Perez||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right shoulder discomfort|
|May 01, 2013||Vinnie Pestano||15-Day DL||Right elbow tendinitis|
|May 01, 2013||Vinnie Pestano||15-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|New York Yankees|
|June 01, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left game - dehydration|
|May 25, 2013||Curtis Granderson||15-Day DL||Broken left pinkie finger|
|May 24, 2013||Curtis Granderson||Day-to-Day||Left game - Broken left pinkie finger|
|May 24, 2013||David Phelps||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right arm injury|
|May 17, 2013||Andy Pettitte||15-Day DL||Strained left trapezius muscle|
|May 17, 2013||Andy Pettitte||15-Day DL||Strained left trapezius muscle|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Coming off the worst start of his young career, David Phelps tried to put the flop out of his mind. Following his best outing yet, he took the same approach.
"Got to forget about this one, too," he said.
Phelps already was looking ahead toward his next trip to the mound after allowing a mere infield single in six shutout innings Tuesday night and pitching the New York Yankees past the Cleveland Indians 4-3.
"He shut them down," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Mark Teixeira hit his second homer of the season since coming off the disabled list last Friday. His three-run shot made it 4-0 in the third inning, and came a day after he lined a grand slam against Cleveland.
"Big home run by Tex. That's two nights in a row," Girardi said. "He's an RBI machine."
Drew Stubbs hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain . But Nick Swisher lined into a key double play in the eighth against David Robertson and the Indians dropped their third in a row and seventh straight on the road - they also lost shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera , putting him on the disabled list after he strained his right quadriceps Monday night.
"I was up there against my best buddy Robby and just had a little bad luck," Swisher said. "I'm always up for the challenge of playing here and playing against the Yankees. The homer by Stubby rejuvenated us, but we missed opportunities tonight.
"We aren't playing our best right now and we have to take a look in the mirror and turn things around," he added.
Phelps (4-3) neatly bounced back from his previous outing, when he gave up five runs while getting just one out against the New York Mets .
The 26-year-old righty struck out leadoff man Michael Bourn on three pitches and wound up fanning seven with four walks. The lone hit against him came when Stubbs beat out a slow roller to shortstop in the third.
Phelps, in his second major league season, walked the first two batters in the fifth. After a visit from pitching coach Larry Rothschild , Phelps retired the next three hitters.
Robertson escaped a first-and-second, no-out jam in the eighth when Swisher lined to second baseman Jayson Nix , whose flip doubled Jason Kipnis off second. The lineout against his former team left Swisher in an 0-for-13 rut.
Mariano Rivera struck out two in the ninth for his 21st save. Mike Aviles flied out to end it, then made a beeline toward plate umpire Tony Randazzo to confront him and was ejected - Aviles, who disputed a called third strike earlier in the game, was upset that the first pitch in the final at-bat was ruled a foul instead of a ball.
"Aviles and Tony were going back and forth. I can't let them go at each other," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You've got the best closer in the history of the game and he doesn't need any help."
Said Aviles: "It was pretty clear that the ball didn't hit the bat. I'm up there battling in a difficult spot and it was clear the ball never touched my bat. After the game, I said a few things and he was upset."
Scott Kazmir (3-3) breezed through the first two innings, then gave up five straight hits to open the third. Teixeira capped the burst with his homer, tagging a familiar victim - Teixeira is 10 for 20 with four doubles and eight walks against Kazmir.
Lyle Overbay opened the Yankees' third with a double and Chris Stewart singled, but was caught trying to advance. Ichiro Suzuki followed with an RBI single, Nix singled and Teixeira homered down the left field line.
NOTES: The Yankees are 5-1 against Cleveland this year. ... Indians RHP Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.36 ERA) starts Wednesday afternoon vs. Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (5-4, 3.71). ... As part of his farewell tour, Rivera met with longtime Yankee Stadium employees before the game. Among them were ticket takers who have worked for the team for more than 40 years. ... Chamberlain and other Yankees greeted a faithful friend near the dugout during batting practice - Chase, a 12-year-old golden retriever. The dog has long worked for the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees' Double-A affiliate, fetching bats in the first inning and bringing them back to the dugout. Yankees INF David Adams petted Chase and recalled the pooch retrieving for him, without leaving any teeth marks in the wood. "He's not chomping at the bit," Adams said. "Or at the bat, either." ... Adams played 2B for the first time in the majors.