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A couple of former Yankees combined to beat their old team Monday night at Cleveland in a 6-3 Indians victory that was a scoreless pitching duel for six innings between A.J. Burnett and the Tribe’s Josh Tomlin.
The key hits in Cleveland’s four-run seventh inning were an RBI single by Shelley Duncan and a three-run home run by Austin Kearns.
Duncan, son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, played in 68 games over the 2007, ’08 and ’09 seasons with the Yankees and batted .219 with 8 home runs and 24 RBI in 146 at-bats. Kearns was a mid-season acquisition by the Yankees last year and hit .235 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in 36 games and 102 at-bats. The second of those homers came Aug. 22, and was the last one he hit before Monday night.
An irony is that neither Duncan nor Kearns might have batted that inning had Alex Rodriguez or Brett Gardner been able to catch a foul ball near the left field line by Lonnie Chisenhill. There were two outs and a runner on second base with Burnett holding a 2-0 lead when Chisenhill hit the foul ball.
A-Rod, running with his back to the infield, seemed to have a beat on the ball, so Gardner sort of backed off, but the ball fell free. Chisenhill eventually walked, Burnett’s second base on balls of the inning. That brought up Duncan, who won a seven-pitch at-bat with a flare single to right that made the score 2-1. Burnett lost the lead when he grooved a 1-0 fastball to Kearns, who crushed the pitch and drove it through the wind blowing in from right field at Progressive Field.
It marked the second straight game when a fielding miscue factored in a Yankees loss. An error by shortstop Ramiro Pena proved costly in the Yankees’ 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Mets Sunday at Citi Field.
Curtis Granderson made it a one-run game in the eighth with his 23rd home run, but Corey Wade gave up his first runs as a Yankee in eight games in the bottom half when he gave up a single to Travis Hafner and a home run to Carlos Santana.
It was a whole different game over the first six innings. Tomlin, who improved his record to 10-4, had a no-hitter through six that was broken up by Mark Teixeira’s leadoff single in the seventh. Nick Swisher followed a one-out, infield single by Robinson Cano with a double to left-center for two runs. The Yankees failed to get Swisher home as Jorge Posada and Russell Martin both grounded out.
Burnett entered the seventh working on a two-hit shutout with both hits by All Star Game-bound shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. A.J. seemed more upset after the game about the two walks in the seventh rather than the two hits. He was right, too. Those hits became productive for the Indians because of the walks.
It was a disappointing return for Derek Jeter, who was hitless in four at-bats and remains at 2,994 for his career.
It didn’t take Derek Jeter very long Monday to test his right calf in his first game back since he strained it June 13 and wound up on the disabled list. Returning to his familiar leadoff spot for the Yankees, Jeter had to run hard right away as he sped to first base after hitting a dribbler near the third base line.
Jeter made it down the first base line without difficulty and reached base, although he did not reduce the number he needs to get to 3,000. His career figure remained at 2,994 because Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was correctly charged with an error for bobbling the ball.
There had been some speculation that Yankees manager Joe Girardi might keep Brett Gardner in the leadoff spot against right-handed pitching and bat Jeter second, which he did earlier this year in an experiment that was eventually abandoned. Gardner had alternated with Nick Swisher as a leadoff hitter in Jeter’s absence.
The Indians started a righthander, Josh Tomlin, but Girardi had Jeter leading off and Gardner batting ninth. The early-season experiment was done before Curtis Granderson had gotten off to his big start. To have batted Gardner first and Jeter second Monday night would have meant that Granderson would have had to bat lower in the order, which doesn’t make sense now that he has locked himself in as the Yanks’ 2-hole hitter.