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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Cole, Yanks sweep the Guardians in series troubled by fan issues

Cole (1–0) scored nine runs in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Rizzo’s two-run drive in the first innings tied him for the AL lead with five homers. New York won for the fifth time in six matches.

Cleveland’s outfielders struggled a day after fans threw bottles, cans and other debris shortly after New York’s walk-off victory. Miles Straw and Oscar Mercado were troubled after mishandling, and breakout rookie Steven Cowan departed early with a right hamstring tightness.

The Yankees said they increased security in the stands on Sunday, and fans refrained from throwing away more beverages.

The Bronx’s famous bleacher creatures took a lot of insult, however, especially in the straw in the center and the mercado in the right.

Straw, who called Yankee Universe “the worst fan base on the planet” after Saturday’s incident, welcomed “Crybaby!” done by mantras. And to climb up the wall to face at least one fan of his Spiderman-like sarcasm sarcastically called “Peter Parker”.

Straw got the most of the booze during the lineup introduction, and fans pointed and joked when he and second baseman Andres Jiménez miscommunicated over Hicks’ base-loaded popup during New York’s three-run third inning.

Mercado horribly misjudged DJ LeMahieu’s line drive in second, going over his head for an RBI double, much to the delight of fans as well.

LeMahieu had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the sixth, and pinch-hitter Tim Locastro pulled off a two-run drive in the eighth as New York’s meltdown offense had the biggest day of the year. The Yankees scored at least seven runs in a game in 16 appearances this season, a first for the franchise since 1990.

Cole covered just 1 2/3 innings on his previous start against Detroit, tying his career high with five walks.

Working with backup catcher Jose Trevino for the first time, Cole limited the Guardians to a walk and four hits. He left for a standing ovation after 92 pitches.

Cleveland starter Aaron Sivale (0-1) allowed six earned runs in three innings, bringing his ERA to 9.58 in three starts.

Left-hander Kirk McCarty made his league debut for the Guardians and conceded four runs on two homers in the last three innings.

Jimenez had two hits, including a two-run triple in the ninth.

Quan’s exit

Kwan dropped out at the top of third and was replaced by Ernie Clement in left field for the bottom of the innings.

Kwan, 24, cleared concussion testing after hitting the outfield wall on Saturday. He was taunted after the play, leading to a clash of straws. Manager Terry Francona said Sunday morning that Kwan is in pain but is fine to play.

The 5-foot-9 Sparkplug is batting .341 in the first 14 games of his career with a .456 on-base percentage.

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The Guardian: INF Owen Miller was activated from the COVID-19 injured list. … INF Yu Chang is eligible to return from the COVID-19 IL, but needs time to ramp up before he is ready for the game. … LHP Conor Pilkington was selected to Triple-A.

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The Guardian: RHP Shane Bieber (1-0, 2.25) opened a four-match series against RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 4.82) at the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Yankees: Resume a six-game homestand Tuesday night with RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 2.08) and the Orioles taking on RHP Jordan Lyles (1-1, 3.52).

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