Rodriguez grand slam lifts Yankees past Twins

Alex Rodriguez coming to the plate. “It’s not easy”. Rookie Trevor May would have been used in a potential save situation, and veteran setup men Kevin Jepsen and Casey Fien were unavailable after working three straight days.

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New York added three more insurance runs in the eighth to put the game away off Graham.

Phelps was pulled in the bottom of the third inning, one pitch after allowing his second home run of the game to Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward. The brim deflected a lined shot by Eduardo Nunez from its route to center field, helping to lessen the blow to his face.

“Wow, I’m lucky for sure”, Mitchell said to Andrew Marchand of ESPN on Tuesday. “I’m sure he’s a little bit sore”. “He got a good pitch to hit. For the most part, I think it could be a lot worse”. “I was really anxious”.

Mike Pelfrey held the Yankees to one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Chase Headley, pinch hitting for Stephen Drew, started the rally with a single and Brendan Ryan walked. Every game tends to be close. “I just didn’t do that tonight”.

Astros 3, Rays 2 – Marwin Gonzalez had three hits and his 10th-inning leadoff homer lifted host Houston to a victory over Tampa Bay.

“We were fortunate that we able to get that one”, Headley said after his seventh walk-off RBI and third with the Yankees. “It was an important game for us”. “It’s on me”.

Rodriguez was hitting just. While A-Rod has hit 25 homers this year, according to MLB.com, he was 1-27 at trying to get on base since his 40th birthday on July 27.

It was Rodriguez’s 25th career grand slam, extending his all-time record and first since September 20, 2013 off San Francisco’s George Kontos. He sat out the 2014 season under suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. That double would score two runs for the Yankees to make it 7-4.

Miguel Sano’s two-run homer to left off Sabathia gave the Twins a 3-1 lead in the seventh.

Mitchell’s injury left players shocked and frightened.

Despite another assured display from rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon, his first career complete game, the Chicago White Sox fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels in a series opener at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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CC Sabathia got a no decision but delivered another strong start until the seventh inning. Brian Dozier singled his first three times up, and then struck out after a long foul that umpires reviewed to be sure it wasn’t a home run. If the Yankees have to lose their best hitter for any length of time, it’s a huge comfort that they can turn to a legitimate prospect to fill the gap instead of resorting to dumpster diving in the trash heap like in previous seasons.

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