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Rapid Reaction: Indians 5, Yankees 3


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What it means: That anyone with tickets to this weekend's series against the Rays has a better-than-good chance of seeing Derek Jeter make history. And that these Cleveland Indians, who won two of three, could make an interesting playoff opponent come October if they hold on to win the American League Central.

What's good: Phil Hughes, in a sense, to borrow manager Joe Girardi's favorite verbal crutch. In his first start since coming off a three-month stint on the DL, Hughes suffered through a rocky first inning (two runs, three hits, a walk and a wild pitch) and proceeded to get through five innings, although he allowed six hits and worked with runners on in every inning. But his velocity, which started out at 93 mph, crept down in every inning thereafter. Jeter, who talked his way into the lineup, then backed up his talk with a long double to right field in the eighth. Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez made great defensive plays in the sixth inning to keep the Indians from adding to the lead, but it was already too late.

What's not so good: Boone Logan, who allowed Lonnie Chisenhall's first major league HR, a laser blast to center, to give the Indians a 3-0 lead in the seventh. Sergio Mitre, showing why the Brewers released him last month, walked three batters in the eighth, one of which forced in a run, and allowed the last two Cleveland runs of the game, which turned out to be the game winners. Or, game losers. And until the ninth inning mini-rally, just about anyone wearing a Yankees uniform and carrying a bat other than A-Rod, Robbie Cano and Russell Martin, who had the only other hits.

What's next: Flight home Wednesday night and then the opener Thursday night of a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays that takes us right to the All-Star break. Bartolo Colon (6-3, 2.88 ERA) starts it off versus RHP Jeff Niemann (3-4, 5.05). First pitch at 7:05 p.m. ET.