Chasing the hero The Yankees started Derek Jeter's final homestand with a dramatic walk-off win against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.
In the bottom of the ninth inning with the scored knotted at 2-2, Chase Headley hit a groundball to Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind, who let it go through his legs, allowing Antoan Richardson to score the winning run from third base.
If you remember, the Yankees also lost a game via a walk-off error in Toronto on June 24. Hmmm... This is the first time in at least the last 75 years that the Yankees lost via walk-off error and won via walk-off error against the same team in a season.
Shane Greene held the Blue Jays without a run into the seventh inning, the second time he's had a scoreless start at home this year. He is the first Yankee rookie with at least two scoreless starts at Yankee Stadium in a season since Orlando Hernandez in 1998.
Jeter did not disappointment the home crowd, going 2-for-4, including his first home run in the Bronx this season. That snapped a personal 75-game homerless streak at Yankee Stadium, the longest such streak of his career.
Buehrle=Win I've definitely written this story before... there are few things you can predict in baseball, but one of them is a Yankee win when Mark Buehrle is the opposing starter on the mound.
Buehrle fell to 1-14 in 21 career starts vs the Yankees following Friday night's 5-3 Yankee win over the Blue Jays. That is the worst record among the 212 pitchers that have at least 20 starts vs the Yankees in last 100 years.
He has now lost 12 straight decisions vs the Yankees, the longest losing streak by a left-handed pitcher vs Yankees in the last 100 years and tied with Dutch Leonard (1940-42) for the fourth-longest by any pitcher. The only pitchers with a longer streak are Red Ruffing (13, 1926-47), Dennis Martinez (13, 1984-98) and Slim Harriss (14, 1920-24).
Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings and improved to 5-0 with a 2.43 ERA in five career home starts against the Blue Jays since joining the Yankees. He joins Roger Clemens (2000-02) as the only pitchers in franchise history to win five straight starts in the Bronx vs Toronto.
Jeter milestone alert The Yankees three-game win streak ended on Saturday in a 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays. They dropped to 79-75 on the season, the second straight year they've reached 75 losses (had 77 last year). It is the first time the Yankees have lost 75 or more games in back-to-back seasons since a five-year stretch from 1988-92.
Jeter scored a run in the third inning to tie the game at 1-1. It was his 1,920th career run, passing Alex Rodriguez for ninth place on the all-time list.
Tanaka-mas The Yankees took the four-game series against the Blue Jays with a 5-2 win in the finale on Sunday afternoon.
Masahiro Tanaka had a solid outing in his first start since July 8, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. He improved to 13-4 with a 2.47 ERA, and is on pace to be the first Yankee rookie with a sub-2.50 ERA and 13 wins since Stan Bahnsen in 1968 (17-12, 2.05 ERA).
It was the first time he failed to complete at least six innings this season. Tanaka's streak of 18 straight games pitching six-or-more innings was the longest such streak to begin an MLB career in the last 100 years.
Brian McCann led the offense with two homers and three RBI, and now has hit 18 of his 22 home runs at Yankee Stadium (82%). That would be the highest percentage of homers hit at home by a Yankee (min. 20 homers) in a single season since Don Mattingly hit 19 of 23 (83%) at home in 1989.
Jeter continued to swing a hot bat on his final homestand, recording his fourth straight game with at least two hits. He is the first player in franchise history with four consecutive multi- hit games at the age of 40 or older.