1:05 PM EDT, September 1, 2014
RHP Shane Greene will make his 10th major-league start and the 11th appearance when he starts the opener of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. In his previous start, he allowed and five hits while striking out eight over seven innings in an 8-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. The Yankees have won each of Greene's past five starts. He has left the game with the Yankees leading or tied in eight of his nine starts. In two games (one start) against the Red Sox, he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA.
SS Derek Jeter received a three-day luxury trip to Banff in a ceremony before his final game at Rogers Centre, a 4-3 loss to Toronto. LHP Mark Buehrle and RF Jose Bautista also presented a check for $10,000 to Jeter for his foundation. Jeter was designated hitter for the game with INF Stephen Drew starting at shortstop. Jeter was 1-for-5 and hit a soft line drive to second against Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen to end the game with a runner at third base. "Those are the fun situations," Jeter said. "You want to be in those situations. Janssen, I don't think I have had much success against him. You are trying to get a hit like always, I always like those positions. But he was better than me this time."
RHP Brandon McCarthy allowed three solo home runs in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Toronto. It is the second time he has allowed three homers in a game this season with the first coming on April 5 at Colorado when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Before Sunday, he allowed only two homers in his previous seven outings. He has lost four of his past five decisions and is 5-4 since the Yankees acquired him in a trade with Arizona on April 6.
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (left ankle) did not start for the second successive game of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and blooped a double and then was removed for pinch-runner Ichiro Suzuki. He injured the ankle sliding into an out at home in the ninth inning of Friday's game. With Monday off in the schedule, the Yankees hope he will be ready for the opener of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. He will have an MRI in New York. Ellsbury ran hard on his bloop to shallow right that gave the Yankees a chance to tie Sunday's game in the ninth. "My adrenalin was pumping. I typically don't pinch hit. ... In that situation, you want to get on base and get into scoring position. Once I saw that ball go up in the air, I knew it was going to take a high hop. There's only one thing I could do, go for two and hopefully get into scoring position. I was going as hard as I could run. I was pleading to play today. But where the swelling is at is why we want to get an MRI. Hopefully I'll be out there starting after the off day."
OF Brett Gardner led off the first inning with his 16th homer of the game in the 4-3 loss at Toronto on Sunday. It was the sixth home run of his career leading off a game, five of them this season. Gardner was 3-for-5 in the game and also had a double and a triple, leaving him a single shy of hitting for the cycle. Gardner started in center field for the second day in a row in place of CF Jacoby Ellsbury (left ankle) who was injured sliding into home plate in the ninth inning on Friday. Ellsbury doubled in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter.
C Francisco Cervelli tripled in the second inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss at Toronto. It was his first triple since June 20, 2010. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
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