Weekend Recap: NYY vs. CLE

Friday (NYY 13 CLE 7)- For one night and one night only, the Yankee offense resembled the version of itself that used to give opposing pitchers and managers nightmares, pummeling the Indians 13-7.  Every starter had at least 1 hit, 5 guys in the lineup had at least 2, and Starlin Castro had a monster day (2-3, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB) to lead the charge.  Michael Pineda wasn't terrible or great and he didn't have to be with that kind of run support (6 IP, 4 ER, 6 K).  And outside of Johnny Barbato, the rest of the bullpen did a nice job getting the game to the end.

Saturday (CLE 5 NYY 2)- Ahh, back to normal.  Cleveland sent ace Corey Kluber to the hill on Saturday afternoon and he chewed the Yankees up for 8 innings.  They got to him for 2 runs and an early lead in the 2nd, then watched as the Indians slowly chipped away at CC Sabathia and Anthony Swarzak to tie the game and eventually retake the lead.  Not a banner day for the pitching staff or the offense.  Spots 2-4 in the lineup went 0-12 with 4 strikeouts.

Sunday (NYY 3 CLE 2)- The Yankees almost gave this one back after getting out to another early lead, but held on for the series W on what was an emotional day for the whole organization.  They took a 3-0 lead through 5 on an Ellsbury sac fly, a Didi solo shot, and a Teix ribbie double, and some shaky relief work behind Tanaka made it a 1-run game late.  But a win's a win, even when your offense only gets 5 hits in the game.

Oh yeah, and 2 of the most important remaining pieces of the last great era of Yankee baseball announced that they're done.  Mark Teixeira will be retiring at the end of this season and Alex Rodriguez was forced to announce that he'll be retiring/getting released after this Friday's game against the Rays.  The times they are a-changing in Yankeeland.  Rebuild onward.