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CC Sabathia found it emotional in his last start to face his

previous team. Pitching against the club he came up with will

probably be less so since he’s been back to Cleveland before.

He’ll try for a season-high fifth straight victory and major

league-leading 12th when the New York Yankees and Indians continue

a three-game set Tuesday night.

Sabathia (11-4, 3.05 ERA) became the majors’ first 11-game

winner Thursday by matching a career high with 13 strikeouts over 7

2-3 innings in a 5-0 victory over Milwaukee. He won less than an

hour before Justin Verlander notched his 11th victory for


Verlander is also pitching Tuesday on the West Coast against the


Sabathia went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 2008 with Milwaukee after

being traded by Cleveland and admitted it was difficult to face the

Brewers for the first time since he joined the Yankees.

“That was my team,” Sabathia said. “I try to be laid back and

not let that affect me, but it did.”

The left-hander, 8-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last nine outings,

has gone 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in four starts against the Indians.

That includes a 1-1 mark with a 3.21 ERA in two outings at

Progressive Field, his home park from his rookie season in 2001 up

till the trade to Milwaukee.

Sabathia will have a tough opponent on the mound in Carlos

Carrasco (8-4, 3.54), who gave up five hits over seven innings to

earn a 1-0 victory in his first career start against the Yankees on

June 13. Carrasco is 4-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his last five outings,

striking out 28 and walking five over 36 2-3 innings.

The right-hander yielded two runs over seven innings in a 6-2

win at Arizona on Wednesday.

New York (50-33) welcomed captain Derek Jeter back to the lineup

in its second straight loss, 6-3 on Monday. Jeter was out since

June 13 with a calf injury and went 0 for 4 to remain six hits shy

of 3,000.

“I felt fine, no problems, no issues,” said Jeter, who entered

with a .370 average in Cleveland. “I was nervous at the beginning,

almost like it was opening day again. It was just nerves. Three

weeks is definitely a long time to be out. I felt better as the

game went on.”

Josh Tomlin carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and

notched his 10th victory as the Indians (45-38) won for the fifth

time in seven games. Austin Kearns hit a go-ahead, three-run homer

in the seventh off A.J. Burnett for his first since Aug. 22, with

the Yankees.

Kearns came up to bat with a .192 average and two RBIs in a

part-time role.

“It’s a funny game,” Kearns said.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he used Burnett deeper in the

game because Mariano Rivera was not available due to a sore right

triceps muscle.

Rivera told Girardi that he was sore after blowing a save

against the Mets on Sunday. The 41-year-old closer said he’s not

“concerned at all” and hopes to be able to pitch Tuesday.

Curtis Granderson homered for New York and is hitting .413 with

10 RBIs in his last 13 games against Cleveland.

The Indians are seeking to win three straight over the Yankees

for the first time since 2006.