Published: Sun, August 07, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Starlin Castro's slam leads Yankees over Indians 13-7

"What he did, his attitude and his willingness to win, his willingness after being the best reliever in the American League previous year, his willingness to say 'I'll step down, I don't need to close, let's just do whatever it takes to win here, '" Girardi said. Richard Bleier retired two batters, Tyler Clippard retired a batter, Johnny Barbato gave up three runs while failing to retire a batter, Adam Warren pitched a scoreless inning and Nick Goody pitched a scoreless frame. It came with two out and gave the Yankees a 7-3 lead. Tomlin gave up a run in the first inning, and things didn't get any better from there.

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first on Jacoby Ellsbury's single and Mark Teixeira's double. But there was not stopping Brian McCann's double to make it 2-0. Ellsbury smacked a one-out double to right field and Teixeira followed with a single to second base.

Throw in his Gold Glove defense and Teixeira was building a strong case for the Hall.

McCann cashed the run in again, this time with a line drive double into the right-center field gap. His two hits Friday raised his average to.202, the first time since mid-May he has been over.200. Not with his balky knee. Freeman and Kemp, third and fourth in the Braves' lineup, were a combined 0 for 6 against Garcia with five strikeouts. The key inning of the night was the third inning, in which the Yankees scored five runs. The right-hander allowed six hits and two walks as his ERA grew to 4.40 ERA in 22 starts.

In 78 games this year, he's batting just 0.202/0.292/0.346 with 10 long balls and 27 runs batted in. SIGH. That cut the lead to 6-3. Pineda also allowed a leadoff double in the seventh that eventually came around to score.

New York Yankees' Starlin Castro, right, and Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez look to umpire Dan Iassogna as he calls Castro out at third base during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Friday, Aug.

Cleveland scored three in the eighth inning, but Adam Warren struck out Chris Gimenez with the tying run on deck.

In his first start back after missing a month because of a neck strain, Zimmermann allowed six runs in 12/3 innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Travis led off the game with a home run, then ripped a 1-2 pitch from Kelvin Herrera (1-3) into the Royals' bullpen for his first career multihomer game.

Francona sent Mormando out for the seventh and he promptly allowed a leadoff homer to No.9 hitter Aaron Hicks and a triple to Brett Gardner. "It's nice to see guys, but there's not going to be enough time to catch up with everybody".

This was Sanchez's fourth career start overall and his first start behind the plate, which is kind of a big deal.

Thoughts on the Tigers chasing the Indians in the AL Central? It was textbook. He dropped to his knees and kept the ball in front of him with a man on base. Just ideal. Right on the money.

Is Sanchez going to be Yadier Molina back there? "You don't hear as much about their offense, but it's really good". Nice night for Gary behind dish.

If only injuries and modern baseball i.e, defensive shifts hadn't tripped him up the rest of the way.

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