Friday, August 8, 2014

Coming off of a series win in which they took four games from the Detroit Tigers this week, the Yankees will welcome another AL Central opponent to town this weekend with a three-game set against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees have been playing very well lately, wining five of their last six games. They're 13-7 since the All-Star break, which is tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the best record during that stretch.

The Indians, meanwhile, enter play tonight one-game below .500 after losing straight games to the Cincinnati Reds this week, with came at the end of a four-game winning streak.

The Yankees are 2-2 against the Indians this season after splitting a four-game series at Progressive Field just before the All-Star break. New York has won 13 of the last 17 games between the clubs since the start of 2012.

Tonight's lineup against Cleveland:

Pitching matchup preview:

Right-hander Esmil Rogers gets the ball tonight for his first start with the Yankees, and first start overall this season, having pitching mainly out of the bullpen for the Toronto Blue Jays this year before he was claimed off waivers by the Yankees last week.

Rogers is starting tonight in the place of David Phelps, who was placed on the 15-day DL earlier this week with an inflamed right elbow. This could be his only start, or the first of a few more. That all depends on what he does tonight.

Tonight marks Rogers' first start since September 25, 2013, when he was with the Blue Jays. In that game, he went 4.1 inning, giving up six runs on eight hits in a 9-5 loss to the Orioles. On the bright side, he only issued one walk in that start.

Rogers has made two appearances with the Yankees, pitching four scoreless innings so far, including three shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox last weekend.

The Indians will send right-hander Trevor Bauer to the mound tonight to face the Yankees for the second time this season. It was a month ago today that Bauer faced the Yankees in Cleveland, picking up a win after giving two runs in seven innings of work. He'll look to do that again this evening.


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