Indians Game Information, August 24
CLEVELAND INDIANS (54-70, 4th, -14.5G) vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (72-52)
RHP Corey Kluber (0-2, 6.27) vs. LHP CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.56)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: STO Radio: WTAM/Indians Radio Network
IN A NEW YORK MINUTE: The Indians are set to begin a 10-day, 10-game homestand by hosting the New York Yankees for 3 games to wrap up a brief season series…at just 6 games, it will be the most abbreviated season-series between the Indians and Yankees since they met 6 times in 2007…New York swept a 3-game series from Cleveland at Yankee Stadium back on June 25-27…Tribe’s last winning campaign vs. the Bronx Bombers came in 2008 (4-3), as Cleveland is 8-18 against New York-AL over the last 4 seasons (2009-12), going 4-7 during that same span at Progressive Field.
ROSTER MOVE: The Indians today announced that the club has promoted INF/OF MATT LaPORTA from Triple-A Columbus…to make room for LaPorta, RHP FRANK HERRMANN has been optioned to Columbus…LaPorta has spent nearly the entire season at Columbus, hitting .264 (99-375) with 19 2B, one 3B, 19 HR and 62 RBI in 101 games (.350OBP/.472SLG/.822OPS)…he currently ranks 9th in the International League in SLG pct. (.472) and HR (19), tied for 10th in RBI (62) and 11th in OPS (.822)…he has appeared in 52 G at 1B for the Clippers and 25 in LF…he was previously
w/ Cleveland for one stint (June 3-12), appearing in 3 games (2-for-11, R).
AROUND THE BLOCK: According to STATS LLC, this season marks just the 3rd time in franchise history for Cleveland to endure multiple losing streaks of at least 8 games (also 1969, 1987)…despite being charged with 20 errors over the club’s last 27 games, Cleveland’s defense still maintains the 5th-best fielding pct. in the A.L. at .985 (68 E/4659 TC)…Cleveland’s starting rotation has a 3.49 ERA (30 ER/77.1 IP) over the club’s last 13 games at Progressive Field, holding opponents to 3 earned runs-or-less in 11 of those 13 home games…JASON KIPNIS is one of just 4 players in the majors this season to collect at least 10 homers, 60 RBI and 20 stolen bases, joining the Brewers’ RYAN BRAUN, the Cubs’ STARLIN CASTRO and the Angels’ MIKE TROUT…minor league OF LeVON WASHINGTON, who had right hip surgery in late April, is scheduled to be added to High-A Carolina’s roster tomorrow…MATT LaPORTA is 12-for-37 (.324) with 7 RBI in 10 career games against the Yankees.