After taking a lead in the first inning, the Yankees (12-8) defeated the Boston Red Sox (9-12) by a score of 9-3 Tuesday night at Fenway Park. >> Read the full AP recap and box score at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Masahiro Tanaka earned his third win of the season after he gave up just two earned runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. Both runs came on solo shots by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.
New York got on the board early after Jacoby Ellsbury, in his first game back at Fenway, hit a triple on fan interference. Derek Jeter then singled Ellsbury in from third.
Ellsbury had a hand in four of the Yankees runs as he went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
Jeter and Carlos Beltran also had two RBIs in the game.
Dellin Betances held the Red Sox scoreless in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
What’s Next: The Yankees will continue their three-game series with the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park as they send Michael Pineda (2-1, 1.00) to the mound against John Lackey (2-2, 5.25) at 7:10 pm ET.
Ivan Nova had an MRI on his right arm on Tuesday, which confirmed the partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.
A tear of the UCL is repaired by Tommy John surgery, which takes at least a full calendar year to recover from.
The Yankees have activated David Robertson from the disabled list.
Cesar Cabral has been outrighted to Triple-A.
Robertson was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 groin strain on April 7.
The Yankees have optioned Matt Daley to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Daley pitched 1 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing six runs (four earned), on five hits and two walks.
After Sunday’s game, Bryan Mitchell was optioned back to Double-A.
Mitchell did not appear in a game.
Dean Anna drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the 12th inning and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday. >> For the AP recap, visit SNY.tv
Need to Know: Yangervis Solarte was walked by Heath Bell (0-1) to open the 12th. After failing twice to bunt against C.J. Riefenhauser, Brett Gardner reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on Brian McCann’s two-out single. Jacoby Ellsbury was intentionally walked before Anna checked his swing to complete an eight-pitch at-bat and drive in the go-ahead run.
New York took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Gardner was given an RBI double after a challenge by Girardi. The umpires first ruled that Rays right fielder Wil Myers had caught Gardner’s drive at the wall for the third out. The call was overturned following a 2:17 delay after replays clearly showed Myers caught the ball after it hit off the top of the wall.
Vidal Nuno, in the mix to take the spot of injured starter Ivan Nova, allowed three hits over five shutout innings.
What’s Next: The Yankees play Boston on Tuesday night, a 7 p.m. game.
There’s no way the Yankees would play the 2015 season with Derek Jeter
at shortstop, even were he not to retire.
Jeter’s already poor range has become exponentially worse in the aftermath of his ankle surgeries, and, quite frankly, it’s sometimes hard to watch his feeble attempts at hard-hit balls in the hole or up the middle. Even the plays he does make, like this one, look to be more of a challenge for him than they really should be.
The Yankees will roll the dice with him this year, but that’s only because it’s his last and there’s no long-term replacement on the roster.
I’m just curious as to whether the Yankees gave Jeter a heads-up on that front, and whether that contributed to his decision to retire — although neither party would ever admit such a thing.
Mark Teixeira has been activated from the disabled list.
Pitchers Bryan Mitchell and Preston Claiborne were also activated.
Ivan Nova, who has a partially torn UCL, was placed on the disabled list. Scott Sizemore was sent back to Triple-A, while Matt Daley was designated for assignment.
Ivan Nova has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. He will be placed on the disabled list.
Nova had an MRI on his arm on Saturday night which revealed the tear.
In four starts this season, Nova posted a 8.27 ERA and 1.839 WHIP over 20 2/3 innings.
The highlight of the Yankees’ 10-2 win on Thursday was of course the 5-4-3 triple play started by, as radio play-by-play man John Sterling calls him, “Never Nervous” Yangervis Solarte
. The 26-year-old rookie later popped his first big league homer in the top of the ninth, turning a 2-1 curveball into a two-run no-doubter, and is now hitting .373/.448/.569 in 58 plate appearances.
With Mark Teixeira due back Sunday, Joe Girardi has a decision ahead of him – but really, it shouldn’t be a difficult one. Solarte needs to remain in the everyday lineup as the second baseman, and Brian Roberts needs to head to the bench. Against lefties, Roberts can replace Kelly Johnson in the batting order and Solarte can slide over to third.
Sure, the sample is small, and Solarte’s minor league career numbers (.286/.336/.397) suggest he’s vastly overachieving, but it’d be crazy not to ride this out and see how long Solarte can produce like a legitimate Major League regular – especially because he’s proven to be sure-handed in the field.
This isn’t Eduardo Nunez we’re dealing with…