(Sports Network) - CC Sabathia tries to pitch the New York Yankees to a three- game sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia won for the first time in more than a month on Friday with a terrific effort against Boston, as he held the Red Sox to a run and six hits and struck out 10 over 7 1/3 innings to run his record to 5-4, while lowering his ERA to 3.71.
"When I was younger, I (focused on velocity), I thought that was the way I was getting guys out," Sabathia said. "But as I got older I know it's more location than it is velocity."
Sabathia, who spent the first 7 1/2 years with the Indians and won an AL Cy Young Award pitching for them in 2007, is 3-1 against his former team with a 2.70 ERA in six starts.
Mark Teixeira continued to mash on Tuesday, as he belted a three-run homer and David Phelps bounced back from a horrendous last start to help pitch the Yankees to a 4-3 win.
Six days after recording just one out while being rocked for five runs in a loss to the rival Mets, Phelps (4-3) yielded only one hit and scattered four walks while striking out seven over six shutout innings to lead the Yankees to a second straight win in this set and deal the Indians a seventh consecutive road defeat.
"One infield hit, I think ... that's impressive against that team," said Teixeira of Phelps' performance. "Phelpsie showed a lot of guts tonight after a tough outing last week. He just pitched great tonight."
Teixeira, who delivered a grand slam in Monday's 7-4 verdict over the Tribe, capped a four-run third inning against Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir with his blast and finished 2-for-3. Ichiro Suzuki came through with an RBI single earlier in the frame.
Kazmir (3-3) fanned seven over six innings and allowed seven hits, five of which came in succession during New York's outburst in the third.
"One play here and one play there, that can be the difference in a ball game," said Kazmir afterward. "We're in a good place, we've just got to keep battling."
Drew Stubbs accounted for all of the Indians' scoring with a three-run homer in the seventh inning and had two of Cleveland's four hits.
Getting the call for the Indians on Wednesday will be righty Corey Kluber, who is 3-3 with a 4.36 ERA. Kluber only pitched two scoreless innings on Friday against Tampa before rain halted play and cut his night short. He struck out three and did not give up a hit in that one.
"I did feel good," Kluber said afterward. "I felt like I had all my pitches working and I felt comfortable out there, so it's unfortunate I only got to go a couple."
Kluber did not get a decision in his only other start against the Yankees.
The Yankees have won 10 of the last 11 head-to-head meetings with the Tribe in the Bronx.