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Cole, Yankees beat Guardians 13-4 in first game of DH

CLEVELAND ( Associated Press) — Gerrit Cole shrugged off back-to-back home runs and worked six strong innings, helping the New York Yankees take a 13-4 lead over the Cleveland Guardians in the first game of a split doubleheader on Saturday Took.

Cole (7-2) was tagged for successive homers in the second inning by Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes before being settled. The right-hander gave Cleveland just one more hit and hit a six.

Matt Carpenter hit home twice – his second was off utilitarian Ernie Clement in ninth – and he had four RBIs. DJ LeMahieu added a single shot by rookie Kirk McCarty (0-2) for the Yankees.

Jose Trevino also added Clement, giving New York a major league-leading 131 home runs.

Winning 24 of their last 30 games, New York improved to 57-21, tying the 2001 Seattle Mariners for the second-best start after 78 games since 1930. Only the 1998 Yankees (58-20) were better.

Hiccups ensued in another dreary victory for the Yankees. Reliever Aroldis Chapman’s first major league appearance on May 22 did not go well.

The left-hander, who became active on Friday following a separation from Achilles tendinitis, came in seventh for Cole and ran three straight batsmen before being pulled over by manager Aaron Boone after 19 pitches.

It’s the sixth doubleheader for the rain-soaked parents, and what will be their third Twinbill in less than a week, while the second is due in Detroit on July 4. Cleveland split in two with Minnesota on Tuesday.

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LeMahieu struck a shot in the right-field seats, in the third of New York’s four runs with his eighth homer.

McCarty got himself into trouble with a pair before Miguel Andozer missed the 27th man for a doubleheader, delivered an RBI single and Aaron Hicks hit two with a base hit to make it 4-2. Went in.

Naylor and Reyes joined Cole in the third for his homers in a four-pitch period.

Naylor, who had a dramatic run to beat Minnesota in extra innings earlier this week, threw his 10th homer into the bullpen in the center. Reyes followed for his fifth with a shot from the opposite field from the right.

The Yankees added four runs off Carpenter’s seventh homer in the sixth and two runs by Gleber Torres.

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The Yankees deployed a unique knock on two-time Guardians star Jose Ramirez, moving shortstop Marvin Gonzalez to left-centre. Ramirez hit and went into those two plate appearances.

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Boone saw two members of the team’s staff wearing the uniforms of Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo perform a headfirst slide in the infield tarp after Friday’s game was called off.

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Rizzo masterminded this prank.

“It got steamy very quickly and then it turned into a fun team event,” said Boone, who didn’t know the payoff for the joke.

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For the second time this week Clement was brought in to relieve. After allowing Carpenter’s shot, Trevino connected the right-hander, who threw nothing but junk during his outing.

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The Guardian: Oscar Gonzalez’s rookie was placed on the injured list with an intercostal (rib) strain. He did not report any problems as of Thursday and an MRI revealed the strain. Gonzalez will be off for at least a week. … RHP James Karinchak (shoulder strain) activated from 60-day IL and selected for Triple-A Columbus. The Guardians were encouraged by two recent outings to be consistent.

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Aaron Siwale (2-4, 7.20 ERA) was due to start on Friday and the parents gave him the option to pitch any game. The right-handed batsman was tagged for six runs in three innings against the Yankees on April 24. He will face New York’s Nestor Cortés (6-3, 2.51).

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