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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Offense goes dormant, Pineda struggles as Yankees drop series finale 5-0

The Yankees were unable to come out with a win in the the rubber match against the White Sox. The final score was 5-0 in a game that became out of the Yankees reach early on with most of the lineup struggling to hit Miguel Gonzalez.
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The Sox started early, scoring four of their five runs in the second inning all of which were with two outs. JB Shuck and Tim Anderson both doubled in the inning, bringing in three of the four runs. The other was scored when Avisail Garcia singled to score Brett Lawrie, who had started the two-out rally.

Despite the loss, Didi Gregorius had a great night. He went 3-4 with a ground rule double, and he also showed his three error night on Monday was just a fluke when he made a great diving play to end the bottom of the fourth inning.

Michael Pineda got the loss tonight, giving up five hits and five earned runs in six innings pitched. In the fifth inning, he struck out Tim Anderson for his 500th career strikeout, and had a total of five strikeouts on the day.

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Nathan Eovaldi, making his first appearance out of the bullpen this year, replaced Pineda to begin the seventh inning. Other than two walks, he looked good as he didn’t give up any hits or runs in two innings of relief.

With the All-Star Break nearing, the Yankees will head to Cleveland to try to cool down the scorching hot Indians. Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.06 ERA) will be on the hill in game one on Thursday against Trevor Bauer (7-2, 3.02 ERA).

Winning Pitcher: Miguel Gonzalez (2-4, 4.39 ERA): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Losing Pitcher: Michael Pineda (3-8, 5.38 ERA): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Notables:
Tim Anderson: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Didi Gregorius: 3-4, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury: 3-4, 3 1B


Article By: Greg Wilson
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