They'll continue their four-game set Sunday at Yankee Stadium after hit batsmen caused controversy in the first two contests.
New York (35-27) has won the first two games against the struggling Indians (34-28), but more attention has gone to incidents in which Yankees were hit after Curtis Granderson homered.
In Friday's 11-7 win, Granderson homered in the second inning and Mark Teixeira was hit squarely behind the right shoulder by Fausto Carmona. Teixeira, also hit earlier this week by Boston's Jon Lester, got up angrily and the benches cleared as managers Joe Girardi and Manny Acta had a face-to-face confrontation.
There were lingering effects in Saturday's 4-0 Yankees victory when Alex Rodriguez, who had homered earlier in the game, was plunked by Mitch Talbot after Granderson's solo homer in the sixth inning. Talbot was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna.
"I've never been one to hit somebody because they got a home run or for doing their job. I don't believe in that," Talbot said. "I thought it was a little ridiculous. Honestly ... I got tossed because Teixeira got hit yesterday. If you take that away and I hit A-Rod today, even after the home run I don't think I get tossed."
The Yankees have had eight batters hit in five games on this homestand. This season, they have been hit 33 times - the second-highest total in the majors - and Girardi believes it's because of the club's MLB-high 95 homers.
"I'm tired of it," Girardi said. "Our guys get hit entirely too much. We're a club that hits home runs and people don't necessarily like that."
New York has not retaliated against Cleveland. Acta insists Talbot's actions were unintentional since he believes his pitcher slipped on the mound.
"When is the right time to slip? With anybody else at the plate?" Acta said. "I mean so anybody else would have gotten it and no problem. I felt that (the ejection) was uncalled for."
Rodriguez, who has homered in both games of this series, said he was hit in the IT band between his hip and knee.
The starters in the spotlight Sunday will be Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (7-3, 3.71 ERA) and New York's Freddy Garcia (4-5, 3.86).
Tomlin will try to move into a tie for the AL lead in victories, but he has been hit hard in his last three starts, allowing 16 runs and 27 hits in 18 innings in that stretch.
The right-hander has faced the Yankees once, beating them in his major league debut July 27 by allowing one run over seven innings in a 4-1 victory.
Garcia also will be trying to bounce back after lasting 1 2-3 innings and giving up four runs in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox.
The veteran right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.44 ERA in his last six starts against the Indians, although he's only faced them once since 2006.
He'll try to take advantage of a Cleveland offense that has struck out 19 times in this series. The Indians have lost eight of nine, getting shut out three times in that stretch.
"Hopefully one of these days the offense will come alive again," Acta said.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 on Saturday, remaining nine hits shy of 3,000.
New York, which lost starter Bartolo Colon to a strained left hamstring Saturday, has won 12 of its last 15 over Cleveland.