Yankees waste chances, lose 3-1 to Indians

By Tom Withers

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Aug. 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

"It's nice to smile after the game. It's been a rough month, a very rough month," Acta said. "We're looking forward to turning things around and see some of our kids get out there and make some impact on the games we have left."

Despite their fifth loss in six road games, the AL East-leading Yankees remained 3½ games ahead of Tampa Bay, which lost 4-2 to Oakland.

Masterson coasted through five innings, allowing just three hits and holding a 3-0 lead.

But the Yankees had him on the ropes in the sixth, when they loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Teixeira's sacrifice fly to deep center made it 3-1, and Masterson walked Curtis Granderson to refill the bases. However, Masterson got Eric Chavez on a liner to third and right fielder Shin-Soo Choo ran down Russell Martin's drive at the warning track.

As the ball left his bat, Martin thought it would clear Choo's head.

"I did at first, but the ball just died and he was there," Martin said. "I thought I struck it better than that, but obviously I didn't."

NOTES: Jeter has a .366 career average at Progressive Field — his highest at any ballpark. He went 2 for 5 and leads the majors with 173 hits. ... Girardi expects LHP Andy Pettitte to appear in another major league game this season. Pettitte has been on the disabled list with a broken left ankle since June 28. He threw in the outfield before the game and is scheduled to visit Dr. Chris Ahmad on Monday in New York. ... Cano is batting .430 (34 of 79) with six homers and 20 RBIs in 20 games against Cleveland since the start of the 2010 season.

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