GAME 161: Masahiro Tanaka’s final start of the 2014 season was a forgettable one, as the ace was not sharp and the Boston bats took no mercy. With his command the issue rather than anything physical, the Yankees pulled Tanaka after 50 pitches (only 25 for strikes) after 1.2 innings. The Red Sox pounded four New York pitchers for 16 hits, but Boston’s 8-run bottom of the second essentially sealed it.
Mutual Love In Fenway
“I’m playing here because I have respect for this rivalry, for Boston, and the fans,” Jeter said. “If it was anywhere else, I don’t know if I’d play.”
Wow. Just, Wow.
The loss confirmed that the Yankees will finish the season with either 83 or 84 victories, marking the first time they will have declining wins totals in three straight seasons since 1986-90. — Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
“We need to be better. We need to execute better next year,” — Manager Joe Girardi.
Today in Yankees Baseball History
MEMORY LANE: Carl Mays and the Yankees beat the A’s, 3 – 0, as Mays allows just four hits. It is his 3rd straight shutout over Philadelphia and his 10th straight win against them. Babe Ruth drives in all the runs on a pair of homers over the RF fence off Eddie Rommel, his 52nd and 53rd homers of the campaign. He hits two other liners to left and center that are close to the wall.