Brian McCann hits a three-run homer just fair, his 20th of the season, to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead at Cleveland on August 13, 2015

Game 113 / 62-51 / 2nd / -0.5GB : Nothing is coming easy these days for the Yankees. Even breaking a 5-game loss streak in what should have been a laugher turned into a nail-biter. Staked to 7-2 lead after 5 and a half, Cleveland got off the mat and made it a little too interesting, but New York held on for an 8-6 victory.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Yankees 8, Indians 6

  • Brian McCann   The power hitting catcher joined some brand-names tonight with his 20th home run of the season. Not only did it save what could have been a disappointing top of the first, and got the Yankees on the board early — McCann joined Yogi Berra, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter and Johnny Bench as catcher’s hitting 20 or more home runs in 9 consecutive seasons (since 1900).
  • Brett Gardner   Continued hot hitting from the speedy, Holly Hill, South Carolina native. Gardy went 3-4 tonight, knocking in 3 runs and raising his BA to .286
  • Greg Bird   Solid major league debut for the prized farm-hand, with the glove at first base (giving Tex a day off) — and at the plate even though he went 0-5. He scorched the ball in each of his first three ABs, but right at somebody. He appears to have veteran poise and a good eye in the batter’s box.
  • ‘Pen Bends, Does Not Break   With Nathan Eovaldi not delivering the length Joe Girardi was hoping for, pressure was put on the bullpen in terms of having to get the last 11 outs. Adam Warren, Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined to do just that, but with a little drama woven in. Wilson and Miller were touched up for a run apiece, but the big outs were gotten when needed. The save was Miller’s 25th of the season.
  • Stephen Drew   In yet another performance that belies a .195 BA, Drew scored half (4) of New York’s run total tonight, going 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBI, and his reliable glove in the infield.


“You know, no matter what happens or where we’re at in the standings, we’re all going to have an opportunity to kind of determine that destination. We have plenty of ample opportunities to play against each other. This weekend is an opportunity and we’ll try to take advantage of it.” ‐ Alex Rodriguez  (h/t: Bryan Hoch /

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1997, the Yankees made a rare trade with the Boston Red Sox, sending a player to be named later and Tony Armas to the Sox for Randy Brown (minors) and catcher Mike Stanley. On September 29, 1997, New York sent Jim Mecir to Boston to complete the trade…

The Yankees and Red Sox would not make another trade until last year’s trading deadline on July 31, 2014, when New York sent Kelly Johnson to Boston for Stephen Drew

Today in 1984, the Yankees dealt Roy Smalley to the Chicago White Sox for Doug Drabek and Kevin Hickey
(h/t:, Today in Baseball History)


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