Just ahead of the Mid-Summer Classic, two All-Stars faced off in Cleveland.
Yankees RHP Luis Severino was scheduled to pitch against Indians RHP Corey Kluber and expectations were high.
Unfortunately for the neutral viewer, neither Severino nor Kluber were on the top of their game. Severino labored through five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with two strikeouts while Kluber was able to last 7.1 innings, but was tagged for six runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts.
Severino gave up two runs in the bottom of the first, an RBI single to Jose Ramirez and solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Kluber soon followed suit, as Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run in the third inning to tie the game.
The Indians retook the lead in the bottom half of the frame, courtesy a Yonder Alonso single, but the Yankees responded immediately with two runs in the top of the fourth. Didi Gregorius knocked a solo home run and Greg Bird hit an RBI double.
Ramirez hit his 28th home run of the season, a solo shot, in the fifth inning. Severino finished the inning then was removed.
Kluber settled down, keeping the Yankees off the scoreboard for three straight innings, and came back out for the eighth and the Bronx Bombers were able to push two more runs across.
Severino's ERA rose to 2.31, Kluber's to 2.76.