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The Yankees look to continue their impressive play this afternoon against the Cleveland Indians. They are 14-7 since the break, and 7-3 in its last ten games. Last night, the Yankees put on one of their best offensive exhibitions of the year. They pounded out ten runs on ten hits and went on to beat the Tribe, 10-6. Esmil Rogers was a pleasant last night, giving the Yankees five quality innings.
In addition, Carlos Beltran continued his hot second half with a grand slam off of John Axford. After losing series to the Rangers and Blue Jays, the Yankees look dead in the water. However, they have shown some fight recently. They are only a half game back of the final wild card spot. The Indians have struggled in the second half. Lonnie Chisenhall and the rest of the offense has come back down to earth. The pitching has been equally as bad. At the present moment, it doesn’t appear that the Indians will be making a second straight playoff appearance. Obviously the situation can change for Terry Francona’s club, but they haven’t given their fanbase any signs of change. It may be time for the Tribe to call up the youth from Triple-A and see if they are major league ready.