First, some trivia.
Each of the Yankees’ last 15 games has been decided by only one or two runs.
Last night (Monday), the Yanks went up against Max Scherzer, who won the 2013 AL CYA. Tonight, they face the 2012 AL CYA winner in David Price (recently dealt to Detroit from Tampa Bay) and tomorrow night they face 2011 AL CYA and MVP Justin Verlander. Each of the AL’s last three CYA winners in three consecutive games.
Last night the Yanks got the better of Scherzer, winning 2-1.
Suzuki, Gardner and Jeter opened the third with singles. Carrera made a great catch to rob Ellsbury of at least a bases-clearing double. The SF scored Suzuki. McCann then singled in a run.
The Tigers got an unearned run in the fifth, but that was all.
Brandon McCarthy went 5 2/3, 1 R, unearned, 5 H, 2 walks and 8 K. (W, 7-10, 4.37). As a Yankee, he is 4-0, 2.08 in five starts.
Matt Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.55.
Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.27.
Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.28.
David Robertson picked up his 30th save of the season. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.68.
David Phelps was put on the 15-day DL with elbow inflammation. Masahiro Tanaka threw for the first time since being put on the DL. 25 tosses at 60 feet from flat ground and he said he felt good. Here’s keeping our fingers crossed. It wasn’t tossing off the mound, or hard, just a catch. So there is a long way to go, yet.
With the win, the Yanks go to 58-53, still 3rd in the AL East. 5 back of Baltimore, but they are now just one game behind Toronto for the final wild card spot.
Derek Jeter got one hit to go to 3427 for his career, three behind Honus Wagner for sixth all-time.