(Sports Network) - Perhaps the rumors of the New York Yankees' demise were greatly exaggerated. New York targets a fourth straight win and a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday when they close the set from Progressive Field.
New York's bats exploded on Tuesday, as Robinson Cano finished with four hits, including a pair of doubles and a two-run homer, part of a five-RBI performance and the Yankees rolled to a 14-1 win.
Kevin Youkilis and Brennan Boesch added two-run shots, while Ichiro Suzuki and Lyle Overbay posted solo homers for the Yankees, who managed 18 hits in the triumph. The offensive outburst was more than enough for Andy Pettitte (2-0), who yielded five hits and one run over seven strong innings.
Asdrubal Cabrera homered and Nick Swisher posted two hits for the Indians, who have lost five of six.
In his first start since recovering from Tommy John surgery, Carlos Carrasco (0-1) lasted 3 2/3 innings, yielding seven hits and seven runs before being ejected for hitting Youkilis following Cano's home run.
"The left-handers gave (Carrasco) a tough time," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Carrasco hadn't taken the mound since a loss at Boston on Aug. 3, 2011, and the rust showed early against a potent New York attack which struck for 11 runs in Monday's series opener.
Hoping for similar support in Wednesday's finale, the Yankees turn to righty Ivan Nova, who was awful his first time out. Nova was banged around by the Detroit Tigers on Friday to the tune of four runs and five hits in just 4 2/3 innings. He also walked a pair and struck out five in the losing effort.
"It's the first one. Of course you want to start the season in a good way," said Nova, who beat the Indians in his only other start against them. "Personally, I don't feel like I pitched that bad. I was throwing a lot of balls and getting into too deep counts, but it's the first start of the year."
Cleveland, meanwhile, had planned on throwing Brett Myers on Wednesday, but the righty was forced into action on Tuesday when Carrasco was ejected. Indians manager Terry Francona has yet to name a starter for Wednesday's finale.
The Yankees took five of six from the Indians last season.