Major League Baseball
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Cleveland at NY Yankees
When: 1:05 PM ET, Saturday, August 17, 2019
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

The night before they honor the greatest reliever in baseball history, the New York Yankees rode their bullpen to a big win over Cleveland. After paying tribute to newly minted Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera on Saturday, the Yankees will try to top the visiting Indians again when the teams play the third of a four-game series.

Masahiro Tanaka spun 6 1/3 solid innings and watched as three relievers get New York to the finish line in a 3-2 win Friday night, including Tommy Kahnle's back-to-back strikeouts to strand a runner in scoring position to finish the seventh and a 34th save for Aroldis Chapman. Aaron Judge recorded his first multi-hit game in nearly two weeks and scored twice in the victory for the Yankees, who opened a 10 1/2-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay in the American League East. After opening the series with a 19-5 win Friday night, the AL wild card-leading Indians managed four hits against Tanaka and the bullpen. They'll try to give a little more support to rookie Zach Plesac, who starts Saturday opposite lefty James Paxton for New York.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, STO (Cleveland), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.27 ERA) vs. Yankees LH James Paxton (8-6, 4.40)

Plesac tossed seven innings and allowed two runs against the Yankees on June 7 to pick up his first career win. He is 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of July and the Indians have won all seven of those games. The Ball State product will be making his first career start in Yankee Stadium.

Paxton went 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA in July but has turned it around this month by going 3-0 with a 2.89 mark. He picked up career win No. 49 with six innings of three-run ball against Baltimore on Monday. Yasiel Puig is 2-for-3 with a home run against the 30-year-old Paxton, who is 0-3 with a 5.06 ERA in his career versus Cleveland.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Yankees recalled RHP Ryan Dull from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre amid a series of roster moves.

2. New York 3B Gio Urshela went 3-for-4 on Friday and is 18-for-33 during an eight-game hitting streak.

3. Puig is 3-for-9 with a home run and three RBIs in two contests since returning from a three-game suspension.

PREDICTION: Yankees 5, Indians 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Cleveland 73-50 L1 39-26 34-24 17-12 34-20 16-13 6-5
NY Yankees 82-42 W1 48-19 34-23 48-16 15-13 9-6 10-7
Last Meeting
Cleveland NY Yankees
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/16/19 CLE 2 NYY 3 .129 2 .511 .303 0 .785
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cleveland J. Ramirez .412 7 1.476
NY Yankees D. Gregorius .353 6 1.059
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cleveland C. Santana 3 7 6
NY Yankees E. Encarnacion 3 4 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cleveland 3.40 .302 38
NY Yankees 7.98 .240 39
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cleveland F. Lindor .300 130 .870
NY Yankees D. LeMahieu .337 152 .918
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cleveland C. Santana 29 89 75
NY Yankees E. Encarnacion 30 75 76
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cleveland 3.69 .252 1147
NY Yankees 4.46 .272 1137