The final regular-season homestand of Derek Jeter’s career began well for the Yankees thanks in part to The Captain, in part to Shane Greene and in part to Adam Lind doing his Bill Buckner impression at first.
Jeter went 2 for 4 in the 3-2 win over the Blue Jays after arriving at 1 for 30. He hit a solo homer to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the sixth, his first home homer since July of last year, snapping a 298 at-bat streak without one here and a 158 at-bat streak without one overall this season, dating to Aug. 1. So he’s up to .250 with four homers and 41 RBI.
“Obviously this year, up until this point, hasn’t turned out how I would like it to,” Jeter said. “But you’ve got to keep fighting. You’ve got to keep battling.”
The Yankees are five games back of Oakland for the second wild card with 10 to play. A rather longshot at this point. So Jeter keeps getting reminded that it’s his last homestand everywhere he turns.
“I’m trying not to think about it being the last homestand,” Jeter said. “We still have a week left. We’re trying to win games. I’m going to go out there and play hard like I’ve always done my entire career until we’re out of games.”
Greene should be back to pitch more games next season. The 25-year-old rookie has allowed three runs or less in 12 of his 14 starts, including no runs and three hits in 6 2/3 in this latest outing. Greene has a 1.06 ERA to show for his last three starts.
“This young man has four pitches he can go to and he has confidence in them, and he has the ability to throw strikes,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s been impressive to me.”
The Yankees won when Chase Headley’s grounder got by Lind for a walk-off error.
“It was a tough play for Adam,” Jeter said, playing defense for him.
Stephen Drew had an RBI double, snapping a career-worst-tying 16 straight games without driving in a run. He went 2 for 3 to lift his average to .163. Somehow I don’t think he’ll be the heir to Jeter’s throne.
Here’s my Lohud.com/Journal News story on Jeter and this first game of the homestand. And here’s my feature story on Headley after speaking to him before the game about possibly returning and about the aftermath of getting hit in the chin last week.
The photo of Jeter’s home-run swing is from The Associated Press.
When that final groundball rolled through the infield, settled into Martin Prado’s glove and was tossed to first base, Dave Robertson turned back toward the plate and pumped his fist. At least in the mind of the Yankees’ closer, this win mattered.
“Every win’s big for us now,” Robertson said. “We’ve dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, but this is September baseball, and I’ve seen amazing things happen. I’ve seen Tampa get in on the last day, and Boston fall out of the playoffs. You can’t give up hope, and you’ve got to try to grind out every single game. One win today. Wish we could have taken one yesterday, but one win’s big. Have to continue.”
We’ll find out later tonight whether this win actually made any sort of difference in the standings, but the key for the Yankees is that they keep this from being an isolated incident. They needed to bounce back from yesterday’s disappointment, and a three-run second inning did that. Now the only thing to do is try to win again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day.
“I told you, we’re going to have to win a lot of games,” Joe Girardi said. “Win one tomorrow. That’s all we can do. We have to go out and win tomorrow.”
It was another game when the offense didn’t do a ton, and it was another win that rested largely on the pitching staff, but a win is a win. For one day, all the Yankees could do was win one, and I guess that’s big enough for the time being.
“Three runs by no means is a lot, especially when we got them all early,” Chris Young said. “But for our guys to lock that lineup down like they did, it was huge for us today. It was a really big win today.”
• Bit of a grind for Shane Greene today, but even with an elevated pitch count he got the Yankees into the sixth inning with just two runs. “He did a really good job,” Girardi said. “He was getting outs when he had to, that’s the bottom line. He was making pitches when he had to. They fouled a lot of pitches off on him today, but he made some big pitches.”
• Here’s Greene: “I felt like early my slider was good, but I couldn’t throw it for a strike. As the game went on, I started throwing it for a strike a little bit more and it helped a lot. … I trust it. I just have to keep going to it until I find it.”
• Greene is 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in six road starts this season. The Yankees have not lost a game that he started on the road. Overall, the Yankees have won six of Greene’s past eight starts and Greene has left the game with the Yankees leading in nine of his 12 starts.
• Camden Yards might be an early favorite for Greene. He’s struck out nine or more batters three times this season, and two of those have come here in Baltimore.
• Robertson threw 35 pitches yesterday, and he could feel it today. “A little sore warming up,” he said. “Once I got going, I felt a lot better. I didn’t have the greatest command coming into the game, but I knew that I was going to be able to find the zone. Obviously I wasn’t going to allow any walks. Kind of hung a curveball. I was throwing it for strikes, but it kind of hung up a little higher than I would have liked. Started out with a runner on first because of that single.”
• Before the game, Robertson assured Girardi and Larry Rothschild that he’d be able to lock down one inning. Given the current situation, how sore would he have been to tell the coaching staff he couldn’t pitch? “Unable to get the ball to the catcher to not come in there today,” he said.
• Another hit for Chris Young who’s hitting .417/417/.958 since stepping into the Yankees lineup. “He’s been really, really good,” Girardi said. “You look at his last at-bat, he just missed hitting a homer. A couple today. He’s swinging the bat well; that’s why he’s in there.”
• Young technically stole home today. It was on the back end of a double steal. He was basically able to walk home after Antoan Richardson stole second with two outs in the second. “We talk about it at third base before it even happens,” Young said. “You know if he gets a good jump, most likely he’s going to be safe. The situation being that they still may gamble and taking a chance on getting him, you just go for it and say if you see the catcher look like he’s going to throw it, you just take a gamble, take a chance and try to steal a run. It was pretty easy for me just to walk in. The credit really goes to Twon just to get the bag in that situation.”
• Speaking of Richardson, he got his first career RBI today. He’s played alright these past two days in his first career starts.
• Brian McCann hit his 19th home run of the season, and his third home run on the road. All eight of his previous hits against the Orioles this season were singles.
• Robertson has 36 saves this season and 44 saves in his career. That puts him in a tie with Rafael Soriano for the eight-most saves in Yankees history.
• Final word to Girardi: “We’ve been in a lot of these games, yeah. We’ve been in a ton of these games and I’ve said going back to May or June that we were going to have to win these type of games. These are the type of games we need to win.”
Associated Press photos
Game 147: Yankees at Orioles • 09.13.14
RHP Shane Greene (4-3, 3.57)
Greene vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz RF
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.22)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., FOX (pushed to around 1:40)
WEATHER: Rainy. Indications are that they’ll play, but there might be some delays along the way.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Welke, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Todd Tichenor, 3B Clint Fagan
FAST TRACK: Brett Gardner stole his 20th base of the season last night making this his fifth season of at least 20 stolen bases. He is tied with Rickey Henderson for the fourth-most 20-steal seasons in franchise history, trailing Derek Jeter (8), Hal Chase (8) and Wid Conroy (6).
YOUNGSTOWN, OH-MY-OH: Whoever on the Yankees media relations staff came up with Youngstown, Oh-My-Oh as the title of this note deserves at least a high five. Chris Young has hit safely in each of his last five games batting .450 (9-for-20) with five runs, three doubles, three homers and eight RBI.
ON THIS DATE: On September 13, 1927 the Yankees swept a doubleheader against Cleveland to clinch the American League pennant for the fifth time in club history. The did not do the same thing yesterday.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Brian McCann just hit a home run on the road. The world’s gone nutty.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Another double by Young. Another base hit by Richardson. The new corner outfielders are getting the job done and the lead is up to 2-0.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Richardson steals second and Young’s able to score on the throw down. It’s 3-0 Yankees. Richardson making some things happen in his second big league start.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Little bit of two-out trouble for Greene in the second, but he’s out of it with the 3-0 lead intact.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Line drive up the middle for Jeter, but it’s snagged by the pitcher for yet another out. Batting average down to .252.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Just one run across for Baltimore, but Greene’s already at 71 pitches through three innings.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Shane Greene is through five innings with just one run, but he’s also at 102 pitches.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Greene had retired eight in a row and struck out five of the past six batters before allowing a one-out solo home run to Steve Pearce here in the sixth inning. Here’s Esmil Rogers.
Pitching matchups vs. Royals • 09.05.14
RHP Michael Pineda (3-3, 2.09)
RHP James Shields (12-7, 3.38)
7:05 p.m., YES Network
RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-4, 2.80)
LHP Danny Duffy (8-11, 2.42)
4:05 p.m., FOX Sports 1
RHP Shane Greene (4-2, 3.88)
RHP Yordano Ventura (11-9, 3.38)
1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS
Associated Press photo
One pitch off the plate. Was that the difference in this game? It was a big situation, bases loaded in the fifth inning, and Brett Gardner’s been good enough this season that the Yankees had him hitting third. Gardner took the pitch, Tim Timmons called it strike three, and Gardner immediately flung his bat and slammed his helmet.
“I saw the replay of it,” Gardner said. “Obviously it was outside, right where I thought it was. Obviously I got frustrated after my first two at-bats, and then I felt like I got the bat taken out of my hands in a big situation. Pitcher’s on the ropes, and I just let my emotions get the best of me.”
Gardner said his outburst and inevitable ejection had nothing to do with the bigger picture. He said this wasn’t about a team that’s lost five of seven, and it wasn’t about an offense that now ranks 13th out of 15 American League teams in runs scored. But at this point, how can some of that frustration not come boiling over from time to time?
“Did I think at this point in the season we would have score more runs? Absolutely,” Joe Girardi said. “In this ballpark? Absolutely. But it hasn’t happened for various reasons. We need that to change.”
Thing is, the Yankees have been talking about needing that to change for months now. Rather than changing, it seems that they’re sticking with the same script. Tonight, they were beaten at home by a pretty bad team. A team that’s played poorly, anyway. This was an opportunity, and the most explosive thing the Yankees did was slam a helmet to the ground.
“It’s not like you can just say, ‘We’re going to win tonight,’” Mark Teixeira said. “The effort level is there. That’s one thing. We’ve been battling all year. We’ve been fighting all year. The effort level is there. That’s not going to change no matter what the standings are. Some nights, it doesn’t matter how much effort you give, it’s not enough.”
Coming out for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning wasn’t simply an opportunity to give Chris Young an at-bat in a game that was already pretty far out of hand. Turns out Prado felt something in his left hamstring. Dr. Chris Ahmad was at the stadium and gave a very preliminary diagnosis of a “tight hamstring,” but there are obviously tests scheduled for tomorrow.
“That’s not someone that we want to lose,” Girardi said.
Before he got hurt, Prado was 2-for-3 with a home run in this game. He is hitting .429 with four doubles and two home runs in his past seven games at Yankee Stadium. In his past 16 games overall, he’s hitting .381 with six doubles, four homers and 11 RBI.
• Shane Greene’s 10th big league start was definitely his worst. This was his first loss since July 21, snapping a six-start undefeated streak. Although Greene said his location was clearly the problem, he wasn’t sure what caused the control issues. “I’m not real sure,” he said. “I felt really good in the bullpen, and then even when I was out there, so I’ve just got to keep working at it.”
• The Yankees had won each of Greene’s past five starts.
• Six runs were a career-high, and 2.2 innings were career low. “It’s my first one (like this), and it probably won’t be my last one like this,” Greene said. “Just got to keep grinding.”
• Girardi on Greene: “He had (his slider) for strikes at times and he could expand, but he never got the counts really in his favor to expand with it. He just had a tough start tonight. … It’s going to happen. They’re not going to be perfect, we know that. Greenie’s thrown the ball extremely well for us all year long. He just had a tough start tonight. It’s going to happen. You don’t want it to happen now, but they’re not going to be perfect.”
• Although Larry Rothschild went to the mound once during the two-run first inning, he never went out during the four-run third inning. “I leave that to Larry,” Girardi said. “He knows his pitchers and he knows what they need. Every once in a while I’ll send him out if I want to stall, but I leave that to Larry.”
• When Prado singled in the fifth, the runners ahead of him had to hold up because it seemed the ball might be caught in left field. Prado didn’t realize they weren’t running and was caught between first and second base when he finally realized Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran had stopped. “Prado was looking at the ball, and that’s going to happen,” Girardi said. “That’s normal, but you also have to look at the people in front of you.”
• Did Girardi have a problem with his No. 3 hitter getting ejected from the game at the end of that inning? “It’s human nature,” Girardi said. “That’s the fight in him. That’s what we love about Gardner. That’s the fight in him and it’s frustration and it’s a lot different when it’s 3-2 in that situation with the bases loaded, (down) 7-3. He has to throw a strike, and we all know Gardy has a very, very good eye. He knows strikes and balls, Gardy, so he got frustrated with him and I think most people would have.”
• Was the pitch a ball? “(David) Ross did a heck of a job,” Girardi said. That’s a yes.
• Prado has now hit five home runs in 29 games with the Yankees. He hit five home runs in 106 games with Arizona earlier this season.
• Stephen Drew appeared in his 1,000th career game when he entered in place of Gardner in the top of the sixth (Drew went to second, Prado moved from second to left).
• Chris Young and Chaz Roe each made their Yankees debuts tonight. Young struck out in his only at-bat and Roe allowed four base runners in his only inning. Another September call-up, Rich Hill, also got in the game. Hill was up last month and re-added when rosters expanded.
• Final word to Girardi: “I think I’ve made it known, the importance of these games. If you could go win 26 in a row, you’d probably be in pretty good shape. Saying that, that’s not easy to do. These series are extremely important and it’s not how you want to start off a home stand.”
Associated Press photos
Game 136: Yankees vs. Red Sox • 09.02.14
RHP Shane Greene (4-1, 3.09)
Greene vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (60-77)
Brock Holt 2B
Mookie Betts CF
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ross C
RHP Joe Kelly (0-1, 3.86 with Boston)
Kelly vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Surprisingly hot. Not that I’m complaining. Winter is coming.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Todd Tichenor, 3B Clint Fagan
SAVE THE DAY: Dave Robertson has 43 career saves, putting him one away from tying Rafael Soriano for eighth on the Yankees all-time saves list. Amazing that basically one season as closer can put a guy that high on the list. Guess that’s what happens when all of the saves keep going to one particular guy year after year.
PRADO OF THE YANKEES: In his past 15 games, Martin Prado is hitting .367 with 11 runs, three homers and 10 RBI. He had one walk-off hit in that span.
ON THIS DATE: It was on September 2, 2001 that Mike Mussina carried a perfect game into the ninth inning only to have Carl Everett deliver a pinch-hit, two-out single that broke up the milestone. Mussina got a 1-0 win with 13 strikeouts and no walks in the complete game.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: RBI double for Cespedes. It’s met with a lot of indifference from the crowd.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Two runs and 31 pitches in the top of the first. At least there are five extra relievers.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Shane Greene is just all over the place. And the Red Sox are hitting him hard. That’s a bad combination. Three-run homer by Nava makes it 5-0 in the third inning. Has to be the worst we’ve seen Greene, right?
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Greene has been one of the real bright spots of this season. Tonight he’s been awful. Bogaerts homers on a first-pitch fastball and it’s 6-0 Red Sox.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Esmil Rogers gets the Yankees out of the third inning. Here’s Greene’s line: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Well, Prado’s still hot. He just homered to left field to cut the lead to 6-1. That’s his fifth homer as a Yankee.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Rich Hill gets in the game. Chaz Roe is warming up. It’s September call-ups day here at Yankee Stadium! To Hill’s credit, he just struck out David Ortiz.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Man, even when this lineup gets it right, it gets it wrong. Prado with a hard-hit ball, but he didn’t realize the other runners had to hold up, and so he’s caught in no-man’s land between first and second. Not great.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: The Yankees have scored a run and loaded the bases here in the fifth, yet their two hardest-hit balls were the Prado fly ball (the first out) and the Ellsbury line drive (the second out).
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Replay gives Jeter an RBI infield single, but there’s nothing replay can do to help Gardner with the strike three call. He’s furious. He’s ejected. It’s a 7-3 game.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: The Yankees still have just five hits. They’re being easily out-hit by the lowest-scoring team in the American League.
The Yankees made David Price throw 28 pitches in the first inning. In the second inning, their first two hitters singled. Price pitched out of each jam, but already the Yankees offense was showing some signs of life, and that was before the nine-hit third inning.
“It’s fun, but you don’t see that very often,” Derek Jeter said. “We had some good at-bats. We were lucky we found some holes. That’s why you play the games. Price is as good as anyone in baseball, so we were fortunate. But we needed it.”
They did need it, and that’s the real significant of what happened that inning. It’s not only that the Yankees batted around — nine straight hits, straight through the order — against one of the best pitchers in baseball, it’s that they did it one night after seeing their five-game winning streak come to an end.
This team has repeatedly crumbled just when it’s seemed things are finally going their way, so to regain momentum right away felt significant.
Their past three wins came in games started by Chris Sale, James Shields and Price.
“It’s important,” Joe Girardi said. “We’re talking about winning series, but the other thing is who we’re playing. This is one of the teams in front of us. It’s the last time we see them and the only chance to make up ground that we can rely on ourselves, so we need to win.”
Players said they didn’t realize what exactly had happened after Francisco Cervelli got that RBI single that chased Price from the game. The Yankees obviously realized they were having a good inning, but Jacoby Ellsbury said he didn’t realize everyone had gotten a hit until Kevin Long told him.
“I realized there was no outs when I was on second base,” Brett Gardner said. “But I didn’t realize we had already hit around the order a full time.”
It just kind of happened. There were a few hard-hit balls. A few grounders that found a hole. One infield single when the shortstop simply had no play.
“It’s tough to get that many hits, even if the guys hit the balls on the screws,” Ellsbury said. “… It builds confidence, you know? You want to be the next guy up, just keep the line moving. Even though we only scored that inning, I thought we still hit some balls hard and still had great ABs the rest of the game.”
Said Gardner: “It’s surprising to get three or four hits against him over the first couple of innings, to be honest, as good as he is. We just had some things go our way. Some balls fall. Some guys swinging the bats well. It was a big inning for us.”
• For obvious reasons, Shane Greene was pretty thoroughly overshadowed by the lineup’s one big inning, but the Yankees rookie starter delivered yet another gem of a pitching performance. Two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts through seven innings. The Yankes have won each of Greene’s past five starts, and they’re 5-0 when he starts on the road. “I got to give the credit to Cervy,” Greene said. “I’ve been following his lead for the most part. He knows these guys a lot better than me, so I just listen. Every once in a while I’ll shake him off, maybe two or three times in a game, but other than that, it’s all him.”
• This was Greene’s second strong start against this dangerous Detroit lineup. The big difference this time: Miguel Cabrera was in the lineup (he had the day off last time Greene faced the Tigers). Cabrera had one double against Greene, but Greene got him the other two times they squared off. “I live for that,” Greene said. “I live for those moments.”
• Greene’s key pitch is almost always his sinker, but tonight his slider was tremendous. “I hope it’s good for me every time,” Greene said. “But Cervy will let me know if it’s not or if it is. Just stay with him, you know. Probably by the second I could tell I had a good slider.”
• Why go to Dellin Betances in the ninth inning? “He’s had about three days off,” Girardi said. “And I was well aware of who was the tying run and the winning run, too. I didn’t want to get a couple guys on and then have to get Robby in, so I just felt I would go to Dellin. He was up and hot, so I thought I’d go to him.” — Had the Tigers put together a ninth inning like the Yankees third inning, the tying run was Miguel Cabrera and the go-ahead run was Victor Martinez.
• Because Seattle lost, the Yankees pulled within 2.5 games of the second wild card. They also gained a game in the division. “I didn’t look at (the out-of-town scoreboard),” Ellsbury said. “I know if we play well and we do what we’re supposed to do, it’s going to take care of itself. Obviously I’ll check tonight.”
• What’s Greene thinking as the Yankees offense has that big third inning? “Sometimes you think, hurry up, I want to get back out there,” Greene said. “But it’s nice when a team can go out there and put up runs like that. … When you put up that amount of runs it’s more of just, I need a quick inning, don’t give them any chances, don’t back down. Something like that.”
• Gardner said his ankle felt pretty good. “I was happy with the way it felt,” he said. “Obviously there’s still a little discomfort, but I felt pretty close to full-speed so I was happy with it.”
• Ellsbury leads the Majors with 28 games with two-or-more hits and two-or-more stolen bases since 2008. He had two of both tonight.
• The Yankees are 8-0 this season when Jeter has two or more RBI.
• A few third-inning facts: The Yankees were two shy of the Major League record for consecutive hits in an inning. … The last American League team to have nine straight hits in an inning was Detroit in 1996 (the Cardinals did it last year). … Nine hits was a single-season high for the Yankees. So was right runs. … This was the second-shortest outing of Price’s career and eight earned runs matched his career high.
• Rock solid pregame ceremony by the Tigers, who included Jeter’s family — his nephew stole the show by tipping his cap — his high school coach, former teammates Phil Coke and Joba Chamberlain, Tigers greats Al Kaline and Willie Horton, and various kids from Jeter’s foundation in Kalamazoo. “I thought it was very nice that they involved my family and our leadership program from Kalamazoo,” Jeter said. “We appreciate it a lot. It was a class act by a class organization to include them. Our foundation means a lot to us, and for them to include them, it meant a lot to us.”
• Final word to Jeter on how badly the Yankees needed to keep last night’s loss from becoming a losing streak: “We don’t think like that,” Jeter said. “We think we have to win a game. We had to win today, now regardless of what happened today, we need to win tomorrow. That’s the approach you have to have. You can’t think about winning streaks and losing streaks; we just have to play well.”
Associated Press photos
Game 131: Yankees at Tigers • 08.27.14
RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 3.17)
Greene vs. Tigers
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila C
Eugenio Suarez SS
Rajai Davis CF
LHP David Price (12-9, 3.00)
Price vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:08 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Hoping the rain holds off the rest of the night.
UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B John Tumpane, 2B Bill Welke, 3B James Hoye
BIG DIFFERENCE: This will be Shane Greene’s second start against the Tigers, and his first was awfully good — eight shutout innings for a 1-0 win. Of course, there’s a pretty big difference between the lineup Greene faced on August 7 and the one he’ll face today. This one has Miguel Cabrera in it.
YOUNG GUNS: The Yankees have started a rookie pitcher 52 times, the highest total in MLB and tied for the third-highest in franchise history since rookie rules were made in 1958 (1991-54x, 1986-54x, 2007-52x). That’s all according to Elias. The Yankees are 33-19 in games started by rookies this year, including 21-7 on the road.
OFF AND RUNNING: Last night Jacoby Ellsbury showed his power, but he has also been successful in each of his last 11 stolen base attempts since July 18. In his last eight games Ellsbury is batting .484 (15-for-31) with six runs, one double, three homers, seven RBI and four stolen bases.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Scoreless first for each team, but the Yankees really made David Price work for it. He threw 28 pitches in the top of the inning. Now he’s back out there for the second.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Ellsbury stays ridiculously hot — steals a bag on a pickoff, that’s how hot he is — and Jeter capitalizes with an RBI double for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the third. The Yankees have actually had Price on the ropes most of the night. He’s already up to 49 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Four straight Yankees hits to open the third inning. Teixeira just delivered an RBI double. It’s now 2-0 Yankees with no outs, two runners in scoring position, and Beltran at the plate.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Make that five straight hits. Beltran with an RBI single off the wall.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Six straight hits. Yankees up 4-0. Action in the Tigers bullpen.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Seven straight hits. Bases loaded for Gardner.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Infield single. Eight straight hits. 5-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Nine straight hits. Yankees up 6-0. Price coming out of the game. That’s incredible. The Yankees literally just batted around without making an out to chase one of the best pitchers in baseball.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Well, that was pretty incredible. The Yankees added a couple of sac flies before finally ending the inning with a ground ball to third. They went 8-for-9 with RISP in that inning! It’s an 8-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Here’s Shane Greene to start the bottom of the fifth with an 8-1 lead. The kid looks awfully good again. Didn’t allow a hit until the fourth.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Cervelli takes an unfortunate foul tip, but Greene’s through another scoreless inning.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Victor Martinez’s 26th home run of the season. That’s a career high for him. It’s also now an 8-2 Yankees lead.
Pitching matchups in Detroit • 08.26.14
RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 1.90)
RHP Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10)
7:08 p.m., MY9
RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 3.17)
LHP David Price (12-9, 3.00)
7:08 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.97)
RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82)
1:08 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
Associated Press photo
Game 126: Yankees vs. White Sox • 08.22.14
RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.91)
Greene has never faced the White Sox
WHITE SOX (59-68)
Alejandro De Aza LF
Carlos Sanchez 2B
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Jordan Danks CF
Tyler Flowers C
LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.94)
Danks vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m, My9
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s. Kind of looks like it might rain, but the forecast says it won’t.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Muchlinski, 1B Tom Woodring, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Andy Fletcher
NO FREE PASSES: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night’s game was the first nine-inning Major League game in which both starters pitched a complete game and neither walked a batter since July 17, 2010, when Minnesota’s Carl Pavano beat Chicago’s Mark Buehrle, 3-2, at Target Field.
SAME RESULT, DIFFERENT UNIFORM: With last night’s shutout Brandon McCarthy has recorded a shutout while pitching for four different teams (Texas, Oakland, Arizona and the Yankees). He?is one of three active pitchers to have recorded shutouts for at least four different MLB teams, joining Kyle Lohse (Twins, Reds, Cardinals and Brewers) and Bartolo Colon (Indians, Expos, Angels, Yankees and Athletics).
TRADING PLACES: Earlier today, closer Dave Robertson rang the NYSE opening bell.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Couple of pretty weak singles to start this game for the White Sox. Now Greene facing Abreu with two on and no outs. Not ideal.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Three-run homer for Abreu. This seems like a good time to remind everyone that it’s been two weeks since the Yankees scored more than four runs.