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DET@NYY: McCarthy fans eight over 5 2/3 innings

There were certainly more marquee names dealt during the weeks leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, but arguably none have been as effective as right-hander Brandon McCarthy has been for the Yankees.

McCarthy is unbeaten in five starts -- 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA -- since joining the club, including a win over the Tigers and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, during his last start on Monday.

McCarthy's next outing is on Saturday against the Indians at Yankee Stadium, the team he made his New York debut against on July 9, when he allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings.

"He's been huge for our rotation," said manager Joe Girardi, whose team posted a 10-6 win over the Tribe in the series opener on Friday night. "Every start has been a good start for him. ... He's meant a lot, and he's come over here and pitched about as well as you could."

The Indians are trying to maintain position in a crowded race for the second AL Wild Card, but they have been maddeningly inconsistent all season, and especially since the All-Star break. They won three in a row out of the gate, then dropped eight of 11, before rebounding with four consecutive wins. The Tribe enters Saturday on a four-game losing streak.

Saturday's starter, Corey Kluber, has consistently been giving the Indians their best chance to win. He was on the mound for the club's last victory on Monday, where he allowed one run and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings against the Reds.

During his last four starts, Kluber is 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA, along with 35 strikeouts and just three walks.

"For most of the season, it's been play good, then we'll falter a little bit, then we'll play good, then we'll falter," Kluber said. "We can't really afford to do that anymore. We need to keep our foot on the gas pedal and, when we're playing well, carry it out as long as we can."

Indians: Chisenhall gets a break
Manager Terry Francona gave Lonnie Chisenhall a day off from the starting lineup on Friday because he felt the third baseman has looked fatigued of late. Since Chisenhall was batting .393 with a 1.057 OPS on June 11, he has hit just .198 (33-for-167) with a .595 OPS through 45 games. Francona believes the slump is a natural part of a long season.

"You can't really bottle when you're hot," Francona said. "I think we were trying to pick spots for him early in the season where we thought it was a good matchup. When you're playing every day, that doesn't happen. He's facing lefties, righties, everybody. I think it's a little bit of everything. I don't think anybody thought he was going to hit .380, so I think it's the natural course of the year."

Yankees: Tanaka progressing in throwing program
Masahiro Tanaka made 25 throws each at 60 and 90 feet at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

This was the fourth time in the last five days he played catch, as he attempts to rehab his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and avoid Tommy John surgery. So far, he has passed each early hurdle in the rehab process and felt good.

The Yankees are hoping he can return in September.

Worth noting
• The Yankees have won 14 of their last 18 games against the Indians since the start of 2012.

• Derek Jeter moved into a tie with Honus Wagner for sixth place on Major League Baseball's all-time hits list with an infield single -- No. 3,430 -- in the first inning off Indians starter Trevor Bauer on Friday night. Comments