The Yankees beat the Indians, 7-6 in extra innings, and avoided being swept at Progressive Field. >> Box score
Seven takeaways from Sunday's game...
1) Cameron Maybin and Aaron Hicks hit doubles in the top of the 10th inning to give the Yankees the lead for the third time in the game. Maybin has been a fine addition to the club and Hicks has been hitting the ball with authority in the last handful of games.
2) Stephen Tarpley, just called up to the club earlier Sunday, picked up his first MLB save by striking out the side in the 10th inning.
3) Clint Frazier went 2-for-3 with a double off the left field wall, but his ninth inning sac fly might have been his best plate appearance of the game. Frazier refused to bite on pitches just off the plate and then lifted a sacrifice fly to bring in the go-ahead run. Frazier, who had a very interesting week, was in the lineup as the DH. Frazier continues to show that his bat is well ahead of his defense and to the Yankees credit, they are playing him as such.
4) The Yankees went with the opener today. Chad Green, who tossed the first two innings, and the bullpen were staked a 5-0 lead, which Nestor Cortes Jr. held on to in his three innings of scoreless work. Green and Cortes allowed just two base-runners in their combined five innings.
5) The five-run lead was squandered as Tommy Kahnle (2) and Adam Ottavino (1) allowed homers in the sixth and seventh innings. Kahnle was torched for four runs in total, which bumped his ERA from 1.48 to 2.84.
6) The day after getting six stitches in his lower lip after a thrown helmet by his own hand hit him in the mouth, Brett Gardner got the Yankees on the board with his ninth home run of the season. Gardner snapped a 0-for-22 skid with the homer.
7) DJ LeMahieu had two more hits today, including his 27th base knock with runners in scoring position in 54 at-bats. LeMahieu has 32 RBIs in those situations and is tied with Luke Voit for the Yanks' RBI lead with 41 for the season.
The Yankees return home for a Subway Series matchup against the Mets on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka will return from paternity leave to make the start against Jason Vargas, who is coming off a shutout in his last start.