Indians-Yankees Preview

JEFF MEZYDLO (STATS Senior Writer)
The Associated Press

After bouncing back from his roughest outing of the season, CC Sabathia gets another chance to dominate his former team.

Coming off his first victory in more than a month, the left-hander looks to continue his success against Cleveland and help the New York Yankees hand the Indians an eighth straight road loss Wednesday.

Sabathia (5-4, 3.71 ERA) was 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA in his first five May starts and allowed a season-high seven runs in seven innings of an 8-3 loss at Tampa Bay on May 26.

However, he ended the month on a high note, giving up a run and matching a season high with 10 strikeouts over 7 1-3 innings in Friday's 4-1 win over Boston.

His fastball hit 94 mph, something that has not happened often during his recovery from offseason elbow surgery.

"When I was younger, I (focused on velocity), I thought that was the way I was getting guys out," Sabathia said. "But as I got older I know it's more location than it is velocity."

Sabathia is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts against the Indians (30-28). The only run he allowed in winning his last two matchups came on a homer by Asdrubal Cabrera, and he's struck out 20 over 14 1-3 innings in those outings versus the team he spent his first seven-plus seasons.

He won't have to worry about facing Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right quadriceps suffered during a 7-4 loss in the opener of this series Monday.

Cleveland remained competitive without its shortstop Tuesday, but Mark Teixeira's three-run homer highlighted a four-run third as New York won 4-3.

The Yankees (33-25) dropped seven of eight before winning the first two of this three-game set. New York has won 24 of 32 against the Indians, taking 12 of 14 in the Bronx.

Cleveland, which has lost 11 of 15, could see its struggles persist if Teixeira continues to find his form since returning from a wrist injury. He has recorded three of his four hits in 15 at-bats this season in this series, including both homers and all seven RBIs.

Teixeira hit a grand slam Monday.

"Big home run by Tex. That's two nights in a row," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's an RBI machine."

Drew Stubbs hit a three-run shot Tuesday and had two of the four hits for the Indians, who have been outscored 71-30 while losing five in a row and 10 of 11 at Yankee Stadium.

Ex-Yankee Nick Swisher went 0 for 4 for the third straight game and is 1 for 21 with seven strikeouts in his last six.

"I'm always up for the challenge of playing here and playing against the Yankees," Swisher said. "We aren't playing our best right now and we have to take a look in the mirror and turn things around."

Rain cut short scheduled Cleveland starter Corey Kluber's last outing after two innings Friday against the Rays. The right-hander was 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA in his previous three starts.

Kluber (3-3, 4.36) gave up a run and struck out six over five innings while not receiving a decision in a 3-1 loss in his only appearances against the Yankees on Aug. 24. Teixeira struck out twice in three at-bats versus Kluber.