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Yankees, Indians split doubleheader

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CLEVELAND -- In the first game of their doubleheader Monday the New York Yankees held the Cleveland Indians to one run but lost, so in the second game the Yankees did not allow the Indians to score any runs.

After losing the first game 1-0, New York bounced back to win the second game 7-0.

Rookie left-hander Vidal Nuno started the second game for the Yankees, his first major league start. Nuno pitched five scoreless innings against the organization that selected him in the 48th round of the 2009 June Draft, then released him in the middle of the 2011 season.

In picking up his first major league win, Nuno held the Indians to three hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.

The Indians also started a rookie, right-hander Trevor Bauer, who pitched into the seventh inning. Bauer (1-2) gave up an unearned run in the first inning, then was charged with two of the six runs the Yankees scored in the seventh inning when they blew the game open.

New York's six-run seventh featured RBI singles by Jayson Nix and Vernon Wells, and RBI doubles by Austin Romine and Lyle Overbay, plus an error by Indians third baseman Mark Reynolds.

Cleveland won the first game as Justin Masterson pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out eight.

The Indians scored the only run of the game in the first inning, on a home run by Jason Kipnis, his fifth home run of the season, each of which has come in the first inning.

That was the only run allowed by Yankees starter David Phelps (1-2), who pitched 6 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits, with seven strikeouts and five walks.

Masterson allowed four hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. It's his second complete-game 1-0 shutout of the season. He won by that score over the White Sox on April 12.

Masterson is the first Indians pitcher to pitch multiple 1-0 complete-game shutouts in the same season since Bud Black and Greg Swindell both did it in 1989.

Notes: Teams playing doubleheaders are permitted to add a 26th player, and the Yankees recalled infielder Corban Joseph from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he was hitting .270. Joseph started the first game of the doubleheader at first base. Cleveland added Bauer. ... Between games, the Indians optioned outfielder Brennan Boesch to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled pitcher Brett Marshall. . . Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has converted all 15 of his save chances to start the season. Rivera has only one longer such streak. In 2008, he converted his first 28 save opportunities. ... Prior to Monday's game, the Indians optioned third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to Class AAA Columbus and recalled left-handed pitcher David Huff. Chisenhall was hitting .213 with a .253 on base percentage. ... Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir, who will start Tuesday night in Philadelphia against the Phillies, has 17 strikeouts and one walk in 12 innings over his last two starts.
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