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Late Yankee rally falls short in loss at Cleveland

There have been flashes of brilliance over Domingo German’s first dozen big league starts, leaving the Yankees enthused about his future as a big league contributor. There has also been enough inconsistency to prompt pause, so starting pitching remains the main concern for a club that expects to make a deep postseason run.

Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez each drove home a pair of runs as German was thumped for six runs in four-plus innings, creating an early deficit that the Yankees were unable to slug out of. Cleveland held on for a 6-5 victory on Friday evening at Progressive Field for its first win over New York in five tries this year.

Two walks, a steal and a wild pitch set up Cleveland’s first-inning run on a Ramirez groundout, a lead that swelled to four by the second inning. Yan Gomes roped a run-scoring double and Brantley connected for a two-run double off German, who fell to 0-3 with a 7.98 ERA in six road starts this season.

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