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Indians Miss Chances In New York

Carl Pavano ... a professional performance.

So, who's to blame for the Indians clutching defeat from the jaws of victory Sunday? It must be the umps, whose controversial ruling after watching instant replay gave the Yankees a two-run homer. Not really. How about the bullpen, which fried starter Carl Pavano's 3-1 lead and turned it into the 7-3 loss? You're getting closer. How about the Tribe offense, which didn't convert its chances? Bingo.

The call by the umpires didn't help and the bullpen failed miserably for the second time in three games. If not for two bad bullpen outings, the Indians would have had a four-game sweep. Cleveland's poor situational hitting put both the umps and Tribe relievers under the microscope. When a pitcher the quality of the Yankees' A.J. Burnett walks seven, you had better make the most of those chances... Recommended Stories

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