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OAK@CLE: Masterson strikes out seven for fifth win

The Yankees and Indians will make efficient use of the schedule on Monday, as they fit two makeup games into a doubleheader. New York and Cleveland got rained out on consecutive days in April, and the twin bill will conclude a three-city, eight-game road trip for the Yankees.

New York will come into the doubleheader on a five-game winning streak, but also with an uncertain pitching rotation. Cleveland's Justin Masterson will be matched against David Phelps in Game 1, and two young pitchers -- Trevor Bauer and Vidal Nuno -- will pitch Game 2.

New York was off on May 6 and won't have another off-day until the 23rd, so the Yankees have to be careful about fatiguing their regulars. Manager Joe Girardi said Sunday that he plans on rotating at least a few of his players out of the lineup in the doubleheader.

"My plan is not to play Robbie Cano both games in the field," said Girardi, indicating that his second baseman could be the designated hitter in one of the games. "I probably won't play Vernon [Wells] both games in the field, so I'll try to divide it up. I won't catch both guys [back-to-back]. They won't catch two games. We'll go from there."

The Indians, who are tied with Detroit for first place in the American League Central at 20-15, will hope for Masterson to maintain his consistency. The right-hander has completed at least six innings in seven of his eight starts, and he's yet to have an outing in which he's given up more than one home run.

Phelps went six innings in his last start, and he went 5 2/3 innings against the Astros in his only other start this season. The right-hander has also made six relief appearances. Cleveland will call up rookie Trevor Bauer to start the second game, and manager Terry Francona loves what he's seen from the young righty.

"I might be the high guy on him," Francona said on Saturday. "I think this guy is going to be what we're looking for. He just has to develop, and sometimes that takes a while to do."

Bauer, the third overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, was acquired by Cleveland in a monster three-way trade last winter, and he's made two spot starts for the Indians this season, going 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Francona said Bauer reminds him of a young Josh Beckett in both his mentality and approach.

"He's a little stubborn," Francona said. "But I think there will come a day when we're glad he is. I think there's a part of this kid that knows he's good and that he's going to be good. There's just some development left. I think what gets hidden is he's a pretty fierce competitor."

Yankees: Granderson sets his own timetable
• Curtis Granderson has hit .333 in his first three games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but the Yankees still aren't sure when he'll be ready to return from his rehab assignment. Girardi said that Granderson, recovering from a right forearm injury, will have the final say on when he plays.

"I keep telling you, when he says he's ready that's when we're going to call him up," Girardi said. "I know he feels good, but he's got to feel comfortable at the plate. ...It's probably worth it to have a call with him sometime tomorrow to see where he feels he's at. That will give us a better idea."

Indians: Waiting on Cabrera to catch fire
• Cleveland is still waiting for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to heat up. Cabrera hit .226 with two home runs in April, and he's batting .262 (11-for-42) with two homers so far through May. The switch-hitter, an All-Star the last two seasons, is batting .188 (12-for-64) at home this season.

Worth noting:
• Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra celebrated his 88th birthday on Sunday. Berra, a 10-time World Series champion, will hold his annual golf tournament on Monday.

• The Indians tied the game in the ninth inning and won it in the 10th on Sunday. It was Cleveland's first victory when trailing after eight innings this season. Comments