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    CLEVELAND -- Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees probably wont have closer Aroldis Chapman available on Sunday, but thats fine with Girardi, because Chapman was instrumental in the Yankees 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians in 11 innings on Saturday.Chapman pitched a career-high 2 1/3 innings.We had to use our pen hard today, but weve got time off coming (during the All-Star break), so I was willing to do it, Girardi said.So in Sundays final game of the four-game series between the Indians and Yankees, the Yankees may be working without a safety net as it were, if Chapman isnt available.But the Yankees will certainly have the momentum going into the game. They have won two of the first three games of the series against the AL Central-leading Indians, and Sundays win was a momentum builder because the Yankees were down and came back to take the lead a couple of times.It was a good win and we had a lot of big two-out rallies, Girardi said.On Sunday, the Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka (6-2, 3.12) to the mound. Cleveland will counter with Carlos Carrasco (5-2, 2.47).It will be the final game before the break for both teams. For the Yankees it will be the end of a long 10-game trip to San Diego, Chicago and Cleveland.The Yankees are 4-5 on the trip, so a win Sunday would give them a .500 trip to take into the break.The Indians are concluding a seven-game homestand against the Tigers and Yankees. Cleveland is 3-3 in the first six games of the homestand.Tanaka will be making his third career start vs. the Indians. In his first two he was 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA. Carrasco has made six career starts against the Yankees. He is 3-2 with a 4.19 ERA in those games. In two starts against New York last year he was 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA.Indians manager Terry Francona make no secret about the fact that he and his team are looking forward to the four-day All-Star break.The break is coming at a really good time for us, Francona said. Weve been playing a lot of baseball lately. Our guys can see (the break) coming, but I always tell them you dont coast into the break, you go 99 miles per hour, and then stop.The Indians will go into Sundays game with a bullpen that might be a little short.Starter Danny Salazar only pitched five-plus innings in Saturdays loss. The Indians used six relievers, so they will need Carrasco to give them a quality start and pitch deep into the game.The Yankees bullpen should be a little fresher Sunday. They used three relievers in Saturdays game, but one of them was Chapman.No player on either side will be looking forward to the break more than Indians catcher Yan Gomes, who was 0-for-5 on Saturday. Gomes is hitless in his last 18 at-bats and is hitting .038 (1-for-26) in July. Cheap Detroit Red Wings Jerseys . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week. Cheap Adidas Red Wings Jerseys . 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BOSTON -- The Minnesota Twins have seen their share of rough innings this season, so manager Paul Molitor knew exactly what the fifth felt like.Its a potential one-run deficit coming off the field and they turn it into a mountain to climb, Molitor said of Bostons five-run fifth that led to an 8-7 victory over the Twins on Sunday.After Dustin Pedroia hit a leadoff homer to push the Red Sox ahead 4-3 in the inning, third baseman Miguel Sano had a ball go through his legs for an error and another run. Travis Shaw then belted a three-run homer, making it 8-3 and knocking starter Tommy Milone (3-3) out of the game.Youve got a chance to come in here and potentially beat a team thats been playing good -- three out of four, Molitor said. Unearned runs, theyre painful, theyre tough when you cant find a way to get off the field. We gave them too many outs.Juan Centeno had three hits and drove in three runs for the Twins, who completed a seven-game road trip 4-3. Bryon Buxton and Kennys Vargas each had two RBI.Milone allowed eight runs, including three homers, in 4 2/3 innings, snapping a personal three-game winning streak.A couple of pitches that they hit out I felt were decent, just a little bit too much of the plate, he said. They were still down, but they were able to lift them.Rick Porcello became the first Boston pitcher in 55 years to open a season 10-0 in Fenway Park, and Hanley Ramirez added a three-run homer as the Red Sox earned a split of the four-game series.Xander Bogaerts had three singles for Boston, which won its 10th time in 13 games.Porcello (13-2) allowed five runs with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, becoming the first since Don Schwall in 1961 to win his first 10 Fenway decisions in a season.The Twins scored two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to slice it to 8-7, but Brad Ziegler got the final three outts for his first save with Boston after being acquired from Arizona earlier this month.ddddddddddddRamirezs homer -- his fifth in five games -- went into the first row of Monster seats, with a fan making a nice standing, two-handed grab, to make it 3-2.The Twins tied it when Max Kepler tripled leading off the fourth before scoring on Vargas grounder.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: C Kurt Suzuki was out with stitches in his chin after getting hit in the face mask Saturday. Were trying to look at ways that we can potentially protect him if we needed to play him in an emergency, Molitor said.Red Sox: DH David Ortiz was rested. ... Manager John Farrell said CF Mookie Betts right knee was improved and we hope that by (Monday) night hes back in the lineup. Betts left Fridays game with soreness in the knee.BULLPEN HELPThe Red Sox recalled RHP Joe Kelly from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game after sending RHP Heath Hembree there following Saturdays loss.Kelly has only started since being acquired in 2014, but has pitched 52 2/3 career innings of relief with a 3.25 ERA.KEY OUTJunichi Tazawa entered with bases-loaded and no outs in the eighth. He allowed two inherited runners to score, but struck out Buxton on a splitter in the dirt to end the inning.UP NEXT:Twins: Theyre off Monday before beginning a six-game homestand Tuesday. 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