New York (56-49) at Cleveland (57-51)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 4, 2005
  • TV: YES, FSOH
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Shawn Chacon hopes to build off his New York debut as he tries and helps the Yankees avoid getting swept by the Cleveland Indians when the teams meet in the finale of their three-game series at Jacobs Field.

Acquired from Colorado last Wednesday for two Double-A pitchers, Chacon had a solid debut for New York on Saturday, allowing just one unearned run and four hits over six innings of a 8-7 win over the Angels that was decided after his exit.

The Yankees—who have dropped the first two games of this series after a 7-4 defeat on Wednesday night—are hoping Chacon can help the team avoid its first sweep at the hands of an opponent since Kansas City swept them in three straight from May 31-June 2.

Cleveland has now won five of six after Ben Broussard homered to begin a six-run inning against Mike Mussina and ended the rally with an RBI single.

“He was putting on a clinic,” Broussard said of Mussina. “He was up, down, using both sides of the plate. And then we got it going. For us to be able to do that against him is pretty cool.”

New York dropped 4 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East, and the Yankees are just a half-game ahead of the Indians in the multiteam wild-card scramble.

“I don’t think you need to be told in August how important everything is,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “We need to put a ‘W’ up there. We’ve let some things get away from us. At this time of year games are much more precious. We have to fight to get back to where we were.”

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8-10 Record 9-11
3.44 ERA 2.86
79 K 146
66 BB 52
1.33 WHIP 1.22