Maybe Masahiro Tanaka actually is human.
On Thursday, Tanaka threw his first non-quality start in 17 outings this season as he surrendered four runs across seven innings against the Twins. Even so, the right-hander still earned his American League-leading 12th win of the year and did not issue a walk while scattering nine hits.
As the Yankees prepare to face the Tribe on Tuesday -- the second of a four-game set at Progressive Field -- they will certainly still welcome another such performance from Tanaka, who has exceeded every expectation as a first-time Major Leaguer.
"He probably wasn't quite as sharp as he's been, but you're gonna have starts like that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And he did a good job of minimizing damage and giving us a chance to win."
Tanaka was named an All-Star on Sunday, which was perhaps a foregone conclusion for a pitcher who has posted a 2.27 ERA and 0.97 WHIP this season. In 122 2/3 innings, he has registered a remarkable 130 strikeouts to just 18 walks and is firmly entrenching himself as the centerpiece to an otherwise inconsistent starting rotation in New York.
"It's obviously an event that not everybody can be a part of," Tanaka said of making the AL All-Star squad. "I'm very excited to get this opportunity."
Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.42 ERA), who has been solid if unspectacular in his second year with Cleveland, will square off against Tanaka. The right-hander has struggled to keep consistent command lately, giving up either three or four earned runs in his last six appearances, but has usually left the Tribe in a position to win.
Bauer's most recent start saw him allow three runs over 5 2/3 innings, issuing a pair of walks and fanning two while allowing six hits. The 23-year-old insists that he still has room to improve.
"I don't really think I've done a good job myself," said Bauer. "That's what's most frustrating. I feel like I can do a much better job."
Yankees: Betances gets first All-Star nod
Dellin Betances has been dependable in the Yankees' bullpen this season. On Sunday, he was recognized for the effort by his peers, who voted him into this year's All-Star Game.
Through 38 games, Betances has gone 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA, striking out 79 batters while walking 16. Entering Monday, the 6-foot-8 right-hander's 13.95 strikeouts per nine innings ranked best among all pitchers with at least 40 innings of work.
"I'm sure in the back of his mind he was hoping he would make it, but probably thought that they'll probably take starters and closers," Girardi said. "But his year is so good that you couldn't ignore it. It's a great part of my job getting to see the smiles."
Betances notched his first career save in Monday's win over the Indians after allowing one hit over two scoreless frames.
Indians: Club acquires Dickerson, DFA's Kottaras
The Indians took a hit when they learned Michael Bourn would miss three to four weeks with a left hamstring injury. As a result, they added outfield depth by acquiring Chris Dickerson from Pittsburgh on Monday in exchange for a player to be named or cash consideration.
The team designated backup catcher George Kottaras for assignment to make room for Dickerson, leaving Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana as the only catchers on the active roster.
"With Bourny needing a little bit longer than we hoped, I think this gives us another guy that can play against right-handed pitching and complements [Ryan] Raburn, [Mike] Aviles, [Tyler] Holt, that group of guys," Tribe manager Terry Francona said. "[Dickerson] lets us match up and do what we do."
The Tribe quickly threw Dickerson into the fold, starting him in left field and batting him ninth during the club's series opener with the Yankees. He went 1-for-2 and scored a run before Aviles pinch-hit for him in the eighth inning.
The left-handed contact hitter posted a .309 batting average with seven homers, 15 doubles and 44 runs in 65 games with Triple-A Indianapolis this season.
• Holt made his Major League debut on Sunday when he came in as a ninth-inning defensive replacement for Raburn. He had been called up from Triple-A Columbus earlier that day.
• On Saturday, Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki became the first pair of 40-year-old teammates to steal a base in the same game since Barry Bonds and Omar Vizquel did so for the Giants in 2007, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• The Indians have dropped 12 of their last 14 meetings with the Yankees, who are 54-30 all time at Progressive Field.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.