The New York Yankees aren't providing Luis Severino with much run support, and facing the present version of Danny Salazar isn't the ideal scenario to try to change that.
The Cleveland Indians right-hander will try to silence a fifth straight opponent Saturday at Yankee Stadium, and New York has already made that list once.
Salazar (11-6, 3.16 ERA) is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his last four starts, and the three earned runs he's allowed have been solo home runs. He gave up one with a total of four hits in seven innings of Monday's 8-2 win in Boston after adding a third of an inning to the same line in a 2-1 home victory over New York on Aug. 12.
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He'll now try to win three straight starts for the third time in his career.
"I'm pretty confident," Salazar told MLB's official website. "Every time I go out there, I feel really strong and I'm ready to compete."
He's especially trusting his two-seam fastball as he's grown used to an altered grip, and Salazar is using the pitch more and relying on his four-seamer less.
"He's starting to realize that even when he turns it over to throw a two-seamer, that thing is still coming out at 94, 95, 96 (mph)," catcher Yan Gomes said.
The Yankees were unable to make anything of the season-high five walks Salazar issued, but the 25-year-old regained his control and handed out one against the Red Sox. Brian McCann provided the home run, but the active Yankees roster is collectively 4 for 24 with eight strikeouts against Salazar.
Severino (0-2, 3.18) has shown promise in his first three major league starts, but he's been given two runs of support in 17 innings. The right-hander surrendered three runs and five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in six innings of Sunday's 3-1 loss in Toronto.
"I think I'm doing pretty good, and I'll keep working hard so I can do it better," Severino said. "I just try to hit the glove most of the time. Hit the glove and everything's going to be OK."
It followed a 5-4 loss in Cleveland on Aug. 11 as the 21-year-old gave up two runs in six innings and avoided the decision. Recently acquired third baseman Chris Johnson was 2 for 3 for the Indians, and New York manager Joe Girardi is interested to see how his young pitcher handles facing the same lineup twice in 12 days.
"You always wonder how guys respond to that," Girardi said. "I feel pretty good every time he takes the mound. This kid's got really good stuff, and he's got a lot of poise when he goes out there. I think you pretty much have a pretty good expectation of what you're going to get every day."
The Indians (57-64) have won the first two of the four-game set, including Friday's 7-3 victory that gave them six wins in their last seven games against the Yankees.
Michael Brantley had his third straight multihit game and is batting .395 in 29 since the All-Star break. Carlos Santana homered, but the first baseman is a .158 hitter in 15 games at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees (67-54) have dropped seven of 11 at home while averaging 2.9 runs and batting .205.
Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game after fouling a ball of his right leg Monday, but there's a slight chance he could return this weekend. McCann has been moved up to Teixeira's usual cleanup spot for three games and gone 0 for 11.