June 9th. That was the last time the Yankees lost a series. After tonight’s loss to the Indians, that date moves to July 6th. The Bombers ninth inning rally fell short as the Indians held on to a 5-3 victory. After three straight hits in the ninth, the Indians brought in All-Star closer, Chris Perez to put out the fire. The Yankees were able to cut the deficit to 5-3, but Perez retired his only three hitters to preserve the win.

Hughesy Is Back

Phil Hughes started the game and gave the Bombers five innings of two-run ball. Hughes had a dicey first inning, giving way to two runs, but settled in. Hughes gave up six hits and walked two, but his velocity was in the low to mid 90s. It’s a start for Hughes and something to build off of for the second half. He gave the Yankees a chance to win, but the offense just couldn’t muster anything off of Cleveland starter, Justin Masterson. Masterson threw eight shutout innings, giving up only three hits. I’m sure the Red Sox would love to have him back now.

Derek Jeter went 1 for 3, picking up his 2,997th hit. He moves three hits away with four games to go before the break. Expect a celebration in the Bronx this weekend for Jeet.

The Yankee bullpen was shotty tonight. Sergio Mitre, who is nothing more than a placeholder until Rafael Soriano returns, gave up two runs in 1.1 innings. Boone Logan gave up a shot to Lonnie Chisenhall (love the name).

The Bombers will now head home for the final four games before the Break. These games have importance though with Tampa Bay, who only trail by four games.

Thursday, 7:05 PM: Jeff Niemann (3-4, 5.05 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (6-3, 2.88 ERA)