In the third game of a four-game series, the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3. A.J. Burnett got the win for the Yanks and Mariano Rivera recorded the final three outs. With the win, the Yankees move to 30-20 on the year. With May coming to an end after tomorrow’s game, the Yankees are three and a half games behind the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays.

AP Photo / Kathy Willens

Initial Reaction:

It can be said undoubtedly that the beginning of today’s game was the exact opposite as yesterday’s shootout. A.J. Burnett and Justin Masterson were dealing through six innings. Then, the Indian and Yankee offenses woke up. After putting up two unearned runs in the top of the 7th, the Yankees responded with five in the bottom frame, with the exclamation point coming from Mark Teixeira’s three-run home run.
A.J. Burnett had arguably his best start and stuff of the season, going eight innings with five hits, no walks, one earned run, and eight strikeouts. Justin Masterson had an equally dominant start, but fell apart towards the end of his outing. He went 6.1 innings with seven hits, one walk, three earned runs, and eight strikeouts.

Positives From The Game:

Free Innings: After yesterday’s massacre, the Yankees’ bullpen was in shambles. Enter A.J. Burnett, who gave the Yankees eight solid innings of baseball with only one earned run allowed.

Righties Do It Better: Mark Teixeira has struggled hitting left-handed, batting .198 as a lefty and .250 as a righty. Tony Sipp, the left-handed setup man for the Indians, entered to face Curtis Granderson, who doubled to right. Then, hopefully busting out of a slump, Mark Teixeira hit a bomb to the bleachers in left field.

Negatives From The Game:

Bottom of the 4th: After a Robinson Cano double, the Yankees had runners on second and third with one out. Then, Nick Swisher and Juan Miranda both struck out swinging. A ground out up the middle would have gotten at least one run.

Remember Me?: Justin Masterson was an uber-prospect with the Boston Red Sox before they packaged him to Cleveland for Victor Martinez. This was his first great start for the Indians.

E6: Derek Jeter’s throwing error in the top of the 7th opened up the game for the Indians, allowing them to get two unearned runs.

Interesting Facts:

This was the first time that A.J. Burnett pitched with Chad Moeller.

Lucky #13: With two hits today, Robinson Cano extended his current hitting streak to 13 games. He is batting .327 in May.

May 15: The last day that Mark Teixeira hit a home run.

Halfway There: Mark Teixeira’s home run in the 7th was his 250th of his career.

260: Number of pitches in today’s game. Pretty average number, but very low compared to yesterday’s 402-pitch marathon.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees and the Indians will finish up their four-game series tomorrow at 1:05. The game can be viewed on the YES Network. Let’s hope the Yankees can take three out of four in this series!

Projected Starters:

Mitch Talbot (6-3, 3.73 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (6-1, 2.62 ERA)