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Indians, Former Yanks, Defeat the Yankees

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The Indians behind the former Yankees Austin Kearns and Shelley Duncan beat the Yankees 6-3 in Cleveland on Monday. The big hit in the game was Kearns’ FIRST home run of the season, a 3-run shot that propelled the Indians to their victory.

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It turns out that the Yankees were short-handed on Monday as they did not have Mariano Rivera available due to sore triceps. Instead, AJ Burnett was forced to pitch deep into the game, and that proved costly as he wasn’t able to close out the 7th inning with the lead and allowed four runs, including the 3-run Kearns HR, which gave the Indians the lead for good. Rivera is listed as day-to-day with the triceps injury. Girardi after the game said that David Robertson would have closed on Monday night.

Before the home run fireworks, the Yankees and Indians were locked into an impressive pitcher’s duel in which at one point, Burnett had only allowed one hit while Josh Tomlin had a no-hitter going. The Yankees got on the board first with a 2-run double by Swisher. Then the wheels came off the bus for Burnett with the four runs in the bottom half of the 7th inning.

We’ll have to see how the Rivera injury affects the club this week and into the all-star game.

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