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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Game 26: Yankees win 1-0

The offense slept through another game, but Chien-Ming Wang was able to out-duel C.C. Sabathia in the Yankees' 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon.

Wang (5-0) pitched seven shutout innings, striking out nine, walking only two and allowing four hits.

Sabathia (1-4) was almost as good. In eight innings, he allowed one earned run on four hits. He struck out eight and walked one batter.

The Yankees scored their one run in the fifth inning. Robinson Cano led off the inning with a single but was promptly picked off. On the next pitch, Melky Cabrera hit a solo home run to left. This was his team-leading fifth home run of the season.

The Yankees had a chance to score more in the sixth. Derek Jeter doubled to lead the inning off and advanced to third on a Bobby Abreu ground out to second. However, Alex Rodriguez and Shelley Duncan both struck out to end the inning.

The Yankees left four runners on base, but Wang did not need insurance. He has able to get strikeouts when he needed to, as the Indians left six on base. In total, he threw 113 pitches over his seven innings.

Joba Chamberlain was available to pitch after tweaking his hamstring earlier this week. He struck out two in his inning of work, needing only 10 pitches to do so. Mariano Rivera also struck out two in the ninth inning to record his seventh save of the season.

With the victory, the Yankees even their record at 13-13, while Cleveland falls to 12-13. They two teams close out the four-game series in Cleveland tomorrow evening, as the Yankees once again don't get an afternoon getaway game. Mike Mussina will face left-hander Aaron Laffey as the Yankees look to split the series.


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