The Yankees lost to the Indians, 5-2, at Progressive Field on Friday night. >> Box score
Four takeaways from Friday's game
1) Domingo German is trying to develop while pitching in the big leagues. It was working for his first several starts, but of late he's been missing spots and major league batters are making him pay. German allowed just two home runs in his first seven starts, but in his last six outings he's given up 10 homers. With German likely on an innings limit for the season, it is plausible that the Yankees could shift him to the bullpen once the club pulls off an expected trade for starting pitching.
2) Didi Gregorius was in the Yankees lineup for the first time this season and went 2-for-4. Gregorius recuperated and rehabbed from Tommy John surgery in a very short period of time - just under eight months - and the Yanks hope his potent left-handed bat and sure-handedness at shortstop will further boost the club.
3) Aaron Hicks homered for the second straight game and in his third straight start. Hicks now has 15 RBIs in 18 games, which is exactly the production the Yankees hoped would come as he regained his timing at the plate.
4) DJ LeMahieu went hitless, which ended his 11-game hit streak in which he went 16-for-50. LeMahieu is hitting .319 on the season and leads the Yankees with 72 base hits, 14 doubles and 40 RBIs.
Kick it in the sticks. pic.twitter.com/3sInhcU6SS- New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 7, 2019
The Yankees play their second of three against the Indians on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. CC Sabathia (3-2, 3,61 ERA) takes the ball against Indians righty Adam Plutko (1-1, 6.35 ERA).