The New York Yankees opened a four-game series Thursday against the Cleveland Indians as Major League Baseball’s 2018 season moves into its mid-season break, and TBS will carry the closer in the teams’ series this Sunday.
The Indians will play host to their American League opponents in this series, which has increasing importance for both teams’ playoff chances. Currently, New York sits second in the American League East at 61 – 31, 3.5 games back from the league leading Boston Red Sox and third in the AL. Cleveland leads the American League Central at 50 – 42, but is currently sixth in the American League, just above the cutoff for the playoffs, so this four-game series is just as critical for Cleveland as it is for New York.
Masahiro Tanaka (7-2) is scheduled to start for the Yankees on Sunday. He was just reactivated from the 10-day DL on July 10 against the Orioles. The Os defeated the Yankees 6-5 in the game, though the loss went to Dellin Betances in that game. Tanaka pitched 4.1 innings, but was a little rusty in his return, allowing 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks and 1 home run, while striking out 5 batters. Needless to say he’ll be looking to knock off some more of that rust when he takes the mount Sunday afternoon.
Trevor Bauer (8-6) is scheduled to get the start for Cleveland in Sunday’s game. His last time on the mound was July 10 against Cincinnati. Cincinnati shocked Cleveland in that game, putting up 7 runs in the 9th to take the 7-4 final. While Bauer did pitch in that game, Cody Allen took the loss for Cleveland. Bauer was strong over 8 inning,s allowing only 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 12 Reds batters. He allowed no runs, earned runs or home runs over that time, so he will be hungry to repeat that performance Sunday against New York.
While Cleveland has been impressive at home this season at 29-18 versus a 21-24 road record, the team has also gone 5-5 in its last 10 games with its last game being a loss. New York meanwhile has been far better overall, going 33-13 at home and 28-18 on the road, and 7-3 in its last 10 games. The team is also in the midst of a 2-game win streak, strengthening the team’s odds even more for continued success against Cleveland not just Sunday but overall in this inter-divisional AL series.
Brian Anderson will have the call for Sunday’s game on TBS. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary. Sunday’s game is just the first of TBS’ Sunday MLB broadcasts as the league makes its way through the second half of the season. From here on out, the network will carry one game every Sunday afternoon through the end of the regular season.
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