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Rainout gives Indians pitchers a break

The SportsXchange

CLEVELAND -- After their pitching staff was pummeled by the New York Yankees for two days, the Cleveland Indians got a needed day off Wednesday.

The game between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field was postponed due to rain. No makeup date was announced.

That was good news for the Indians, but bad news for some red-hot Yankees hitters, starting with Robinson Cano. The veteran second baseman went a combined 7-for-10 with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and 6 runs in the first two games of the series. New York won both by a combined score of 25-7.

Cano had three extra-base hits in both games. The only other Yankee to have consecutive games with three extra-base hits was Lou Gehrig, in June 1936.

The Yankees have scored 32 runs over their past three games, dating back to a 7-0 win over the Tigers on Sunday in Detroit. That's the most they've scored over a three-game stretch since Aug. 2-4, 2007. In the first two games of the Cleveland series, New York hitters blasted eight home runs.

All that offense came at the expense of a Cleveland rotation that is reeling. Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Carrasco, the Indians' starting pitchers the first two games of the series, went a combined 0-2 with a 15.75 ERA.

Carrasco was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, and right-hander Corey Kluber was recalled from the same team. Kluber would have started Wednesday night had the game been played. Instead, he will be in the bullpen for Thursday's game, which will be started by Zach McAllister.

The biggest question mark surrounding the Indians going into the 2013 season was their starting pitching, and those concerns have already proven to be well-founded. Had Wednesday night's game been played, Kluber would have been the Indians' seventh different starting pitcher in their first nine games.

NOTES: Phil Hughes, who will start Thursday night for New York, traditionally starts the season slowly. In 19 career April starts, Hughes is 4-10 with a 7.03 ERA. He allowed four runs (three earned) in four-plus innings while losing his season debut Saturday at Detroit. ... Yankees closer Mariano Rivera met with 40 longtime Indians employees on Wednesday to thank them for their hospitality toward him in his 19 years as a visiting player. ... McAllister (0-1, 3.00 ERA) was the Yankees' third-round pick in the 2006 draft. ... Cleveland right-hander Brett Myers took one for the team Tuesday, after taking over for starter Carlos Carrasco, who was ejected from the game in the fourth inning. Myers pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs on 11 hits in the 14-1 loss to the Yankees. "It was a difficult situation, but he handled it well and I appreciated it," manager Terry Francona said. Myers was originally scheduled to start Wednesday, but that plan was scrapped following his relief outing.

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