June 27, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin (55) tags out Cleveland Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman (35) during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Yankees Vs. Indians: Yankees Beat Cleveland Once Again, 5-4

The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians played three games at Yankee Stadium this week. The Yankees won all three games.

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Yankees Vs. Indians Final Score: Yankees Win Game, But Lose Andy Pettitte

(Sports Network) - Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-4, to complete a three- game sweep.

But the win proved to be costly for the Yankees, who have won five in a row. After placing CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list prior to the contest, New York saw Andy Pettitte exit in the fifth inning with a left ankle fracture.

Sabathia is only expected to miss a pair of starts due to the All-Star break. However, the news is not so great for Pettitte. He's expected to miss at least six weeks. The 40-year-old will be placed on crutches and into a boot.

Eric Chavez went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Yankees, who recorded their seventh series sweep of the season.

Pettitte gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits before leaving. Freddy Garcia (2-2), who was scheduled to start Friday's game against the White Sox, tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.

"I felt I needed to try to win the game," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "and Freddy did an outstanding job. He's one of the reasons we won this game today."

Michael Brantley, Shelley Duncan, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis each knocked in a run for the Indians, who have dropped five straight games.

Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6) allowed four runs on four hits over six full frames. He struck out seven and walked four.

"He's a competitor. He's a great pitcher," Jimenez said of Pettitte. "Everybody has followed him -- even when I was a kid. He's been with the Yankees for a long time. It's really sad. It's really sad for any pitcher. It could happen to anyone."

The Indians got on the board in the second. Carlos Santana reached first on third baseman Alex Rodriguez's throwing error and scored on Duncan's double to right-center field.

New York's first hit of the game came in the fourth, when Cano hit a one-out single. Raul Ibanez walked and both runners scored on Chavez's double to left- center field.

But the Yankees lost the lead and Pettitte in the fifth. Casey Kotchman led off with an infield single that hit off the left ankle of Pettitte. Cody Eppley came in from the bullpen and gave up an infield single to Lou Marson. The runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt and Clay Rapada came into the game. Kotchman was thrown out at the plate on Brantley's grounder. Cabrera and Kipnis followed with consecutive RBI singles to give Cleveland a 3-2 edge.

"It's frustrating...you get hit on the leg on a ball up the middle, and now you're going to be out four-to-six weeks before you can probably throw a baseball," Girardi said of Pettitte.

New York took the lead back for good in the sixth. Rodriguez led off with a double down the right-field line and scored on Cano's homer to left.

The Yankees tacked on a key insurance run in the eighth. Mark Teixeira reached base when he grounded into a fielder's choice, moved to second on Ibanez's single and scored on Chavez's base hit to right.

The Indians did not go down without a fight in the ninth. Rafael Soriano loaded the bases with one out. Pinch-hitter Johnny Damon struck out swinging before Brantley walked to force in a run. Cabrera flied out to left to end the game.

Girardi said after the game that Adam Warren will start on Friday. He added that Garcia will start on Monday...New York has won 15 of 18 and 19 of 24 in June.


Final - 6.27.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 8 0
New York Yankees 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 X 5 7 1
WP: Freddy Garcia (2 - 2)
SV: Rafael Soriano (17)
LP: Ubaldo Jimenez (7 - 6)

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Andy Pettitte Injury Update: Broken Ankle Expected To Sideline Yankees' Starter 6 Weeks

New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte suffered a broken ankle on Wednesday, the same day it was announced that fellow starter CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.

Pettitte is expected to miss the next six weeks with a fractured left ankle after leaving his start against the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning, but he is not expected to require surgery. Pettitte left his outing Wednesday after being struck by a comebacker in the fifth inning.


Related: CC Sabathia Placed On 15-Day Disabled List

Cleveland's first batter in the fifth inning, Casey Kotchman, roped a comebacker off Pettitte's left ankle. The Yankees' lefty remained in the game temporarily after the incident, but left the game limping after throwing one pitch to the next hitter, Lou Marson.

Pettitte entered Wednesday with a 3-3 record and a 3.29 ERA. He allowed three hits and one unearned run against the Indians on Wednesday.

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Yankees (45-28) Vs. Indians (37-36) Preview: Game Time, TV, Probable Pitchers

The New York Yankees are one of the hottest teams in baseball. They'll look to keep things that way when they go for the sweep against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

New York has been winning via the long ball all season, crushing 116 thus far. Believe it or not, that total is the highest in franchise history through this point in the campaign. Whether that will work in October is another discussion entirely, but for now it's racking up the wins.

Andy Pettitte takes the mound for the Yankees in search of his fourth victory of the year. Pettitte was knocked around early in his last start, giving up five runs against the New York Mets in the first frame before settling down.

The Indians will send Ubaldo Jimenez out for his turn, which hasn't been a very successful plan this season. He does have a 7-5 record, but his ERA is a below-average 4.59. Jimenez was acquired last July with the hopes of becoming the Cleveland ace, but he's been a disappointment so far.

The ex-Rockie needs to come out strong as he did in his last appearance, when he pitched 6.2 innings of shutout ball to topple the Houston Astros.

Unfortunately for Jimenez, he's not facing Houston on Wednesday. The Yankees look primed for the sweep, while Cleveland will just try to stay above .500.

TV: YES

Time: 1:05 p.m. ET

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Current Series

Yankees lead the series 2-0

Mon 06/25 WP: Hiroki Kuroda (7 - 7)
LP: Josh Tomlin (3 - 5)
7 - 1 win
Tue 06/26 WP: Phil Hughes (8 - 6)
SV: Rafael Soriano
LP: Justin Masterson (4 - 7)
6 - 4 win

Cleveland Indians
@ New York Yankees

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Ubaldo Jimenez vs Andy Pettitte

Sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Yankees Vs. Indians: DeWayne Wise Benefits From Blown Call By Umpire

DeWayne Wise appeared to make a spectacular catch Tuesday night in the seventh inning of the New York Yankees' Game 2 win over the Cleveland Indians. Wise went over the left field fence and fell into the stands while chasing a foul ball hit by Jack Hannahan. When he popped back up, third-base umpire Mike DiMuro credited him with the catch and the third out in the inning. Replay showed that Wise never had control of the ball, however.

You can check out the video for yourself at MLB.com.

Replay shows a man in a red shirt picking up the ball and holding it above his head several seats over from where Wise landed. Wise acted nonchalant as he jogged off the field, even accepting congratulations from Derek Jeter.

DiMuro, to his credit, faced the media afterward and apologized for the gaffe. He admitted "now that I see the tape it's obvious that the ball fell out of his glove."

After seeing the replay on the scoreboard, Hannahan argued the play with DiMuro. The third baseman was subsequently thrown out of the game.

The play will no doubt stoke the debate over the use of video review in baseball.

-- See Pinstripe Alley for complete discussion and analysis of the Yankees.

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Yankees Vs. Indians Final Score: Phil Hughes Pitches 8 Shutout Innings, Yankees Win 6-4

The New York Yankees won the second game of their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians, 6-4, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Phil Hughes (8-6) pitched eight shutout innings in which he allowed just six hits and one walk while striking out four.

Cory Wade relieved Hughes, and promptly gave up four hits and four earned runs, three of which came on a Jose Lopez home run to left field. Wade was pulled with one out left in the ninth, allowing Rafael Soriano to enter the game and earn his 16th save of the year on just two pitches.

While Hughes was shutting down the Indians lineup, the Yankees were doing a good job generating runs without relying on homers. Nick Swisher and DeWayne Wise occupied the corners when Chris Stewart hit an infield single to score Swisher in the second inning. On the next at-bat, Derek Jeter loaded the bases with another infield single, setting up Curtis Granderson for a two-RBI single to left center to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. For the night, the Yankees went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Mark Teixeira hit a sac fly in the fifth to score Granderson and extend the Yankee's lead to 4-0 in the fifth. Indians starter Justin Masterson (4-7) left the mound after six innings having given up four earned runs off seven hits and three walks, while striking out two.

Of course, New York can't go too long without showing off a little power. Alex Rodriguez took Indians reliever Tony Sipp deep to left field for his 13th home run of the season in the seventh inning. Stewart capped the Yankees' scoring with a sac fly to score Swisher in the eighth.

The Yankees got a little help from the umpire at the end of the seventh inning. Wise appeared to make a spectacular grab over the fence and into the stands on a Jack Hannahan foul ball. Replay showed that Wise never had control of the ball, even though the umpire called an out to end the inning. Hannahan was subsequently ejected for arguing the play.


Final - 6.26.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Cleveland Indians 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
New York Yankees 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 X 6

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