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Ubaldo Jimenez was one of the many Cleveland pitchers who struggled to find anything vs. the Yankees.
Stats vs. New York
2 G, 18 IP, 25 R, 31 H, 8 2B, 8 HR, 6 BB, 13 K
New York and Cleveland were scheduled to play a four-game series at Progressive Field last week. Due to poor weather, the two teams only made it through half the series.
Indians manager Terry Francona probably wanted to send Mother Nature a "thank you" card for her work on Wednesday and Thursday. Otherwise, his pitching staff would have broken down completely with the way the Yankees were bludgeoning the ball.
To put just how impressive New York's hitting was in this brief series in perspective, even after shutting out Detroit 7-0 last Sunday, the offense had scored just 20 runs through five games. Robinson Cano was hitting .130 with no home runs or RBI.
After leaving Cleveland, the Yankees had more than doubled their run total, and Cano was hitting .303 with three home runs and seven RBI.
Meanwhile, the Indians pitching staff was a complete mess. Ubaldo Jimenez started the home opener on Monday and gave up seven runs in 4.1 innings. Matt Albers and Rich Hill followed in relief by giving up four runs (three earned) in 2.2 innings of work.
On Tuesday, Carlos Carrasco made his return after having Tommy John surgery in September 2011. He lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs and two home runs before getting ejected after hitting Kevin Youkilis with a pitch.
Brett Myers finished the game for the Indians, and he didn't fare any better. Like Jimenez and Carrasco, he gave up seven runs—though he was able to work 5.1 innings, at least—on 11 hits and three home runs.
All in all, not a good start at home for the Indians. But at least they made up for it by taking a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox.