Yankees-Indians: Sabathia Takes Down Former Team in Return to Cleveland

Ryan Mace@@rmacejrContributor IMay 31, 2009

The Yankees continued their winning ways in Cleveland on Saturday night, taking down the Indians 10-5.

C.C. Sabathia had a victorious return to his old home, pitching seven solid innings, allowing three runs, and striking out eight Indians. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. He continues a hot streak on the mound, 4-0 in his last five starts with a 2.08 ERA.

Robinson Cano drove in three runs for the Yanks while Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon had two RBI a piece.

The Yankees broke out the bats in the fourth inning, scoring five to open up a 7-0 lead at Progressive Field. The Indians weren't able to rally back against the Yankees as they did against the Rays earlier this week.

The Indians scattered their run production at the plate, getting contributions from Ryan Garko, Jamey Carrol, Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo, and Ben Francisco.

A scary moment for the Indians came early in the game, when star catcher, Victor Martinez, fouled a Sabathia pitch off of his knee, forcing him out of the game. X-Rays were negative and Martinez is day-to-day with a bruise.

The Yankees added to their AL East lead, now leading the Boston Red Sox by 1.5 games.

The Indians dropped a game in the AL Central, now 7.5 games back of the first place Detroit Tigers.

Game three of the series has former Yankee, Carl Pavano, throwing for the Tribe against Phil Hughes. Pavano looks to have a strong outing, as the Indians are now looking at a series split at best.

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