The iconic New York Yankees shortstop, who is retiring after the
season, was overshadowed in his final Subway Series game, a 1-0
Yankees win at Citi Field that was dominated by young pitching on
The nine pitchers who appeared Thursday combined to allow just nine
hits -- six by the Yankees, three by the Mets -- and issue four
walks while striking out 22 in the first 1-0 game in Subway Series
Seven of the nine hurlers are 27 years or younger, including Yankees
right-hander Dellin Betances, who earned the win by striking out the
final six batters he faced. He pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings in
relief of right-handed starter Chase Whitley, who allowed two hits
and two walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 frames in his major
Whitley said he was awed playing with Jeter -- one of only 10 active
players who were playing when interleague games began in 1997 -- and
the rest of the Yankees' high-priced veterans.
"Unbelievable blessing to play with the guys that have been around
(and) done so much in this game," Whitley said. "It's just
Jeter, who went 0-for-4 before being lifted for shortstop Brendan
Ryan in an eighth-inning double switch, left the locker room without
speaking to reporters.
He garnered some laughs before the game, when the Mets presented him
with a subway tile mosaic featuring his No. 2 and pinstripes in
Yankees and Mets colors. The Mets also gave his foundation a check
Jeter hit .364 in 88 regular season Subway Series games against the
Mets, his highest average against any opponent he faced more than 10
times. He also was the MVP of the 2000 World Series against the
Mets, which the Yankees won in five games.
Jeter laughed when told that former right-hander Mariano Rivera
received similar parting gifts before his Subway Series finale last
year -- when he blew the save in a 2-1 Mets win on May 28.
"Well, I won't blow a save, I know that much," Jeter said.
Rivera's replacement, right-hander David Robertson, closed out the
win by retiring all four batters he faced. But Robertson, like the
rest of the Yankees and Mets, were awed by Betances, who has struck
out 39 batters in just 22 1/3 innings.
"With Dellin's stuff, just throwing a fastball and curveball is all
he really needs," Robertson said. "It's that good."
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"He was really impressive -- what did he strike out, six of seven
guys?" Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think his confidence is
going higher and higher every time he takes the mound."
Said Mets manager Terry Collins: "I'm glad I don't have to see him
for a while."
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, who was also making his major league
debut, actually outdueled Whitley but took the hard-luck loss after
giving up an RBI double to Yankees right fielder Alfonso Soriano
with two outs in the seventh.
"Jacob tonight kept us right there, gave us really a legitimate
shot, and we couldn't get much going," Collins said.
The 38-year-old Soriano was the only player with multiple hits
Thursday. The Yankees improved to 21-19 while the Mets fell to
NOTES: The Mets placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the seven-day concussion
disabled list and recalled C Juan Centeno from Triple-A Las Vegas.
D'Arnaud was hurt when he was hit in the head by a backswing Tuesday
night. Centeno made his fourth major league start and went 0-for-2
with a walk. ... The Mets also recalled LHP Josh Edgin from Las
Vegas. He replaced RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who was outrighted after
Wednesday's game. ... To make room for RHP Chase Whitley on the
active and 40-man rosters, the Yankees placed OF Carlos Beltran
(bone spur in right elbow) on the 15-day disabled list while also
activating from the 15-day disabled list -- and subsequently
designating for assignment -- RHP Bruce Billings. Beltran was hurt
while swinging in the cage during Monday's game. He may require
surgery if rest doesn't help. ... Yankees 2B Brian Roberts has three
triples this year, as many as he had in 1,356 at-bats between 2009
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