The New York Yankees defeated the New York Mets Friday, led by two home runs by first basemen Mark Teixeira.
Teixeira smacked a two-run homer in the first inning of the Mets game Friday, giving controversial pitcher Michael Pineda all the run support necessary.
On April 10, 2014, Boston Red Sox broadcasters noticed a pine tar-like substance on the hands of Pineda in the early innings of the game. No actions were taken in this start for Pineda. In his next start against the Red Sox, Pineda had a similar substance on his neck, and he was ejected from the game in the second inning. He was suspended for the following 10 games for the incident.
“He’s matured, he took a tough situation last year and figured out how to pitch in the cold,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, referring to when Pineda was caught using pine tar at Boston to US News. “On a night like tonight it was extremely impressive.”
Pineda, now 3-0, allowed five hits and one run in his longest outing in his Yankees career, seven and two-thirds innings, who have now won seven of their last eight games.
“He’s dominant,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said of the powerful right-hander.
Saying Mark Teixeira has had a rough start to the season is an understatement. Teixeira came into Friday’s game with a.196 batting average and a.323 on-base percentage. He came in with a respectable five home runs and 13 RBI’s. His two home runs Friday came off mid 90’s fastballs.
Teixeira now has seven home runs and 18 RBI’s.
Jacob deGrom gave up eight hits on Friday and a career high-tying six runs that more than tripled his ERA to 2.96.
“It’s disappointing because we were on a nice roll,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game to ABC News, “and I know the Yankees have been playing very well, but we’re surprised when Jake doesn’t have his good stuff and tonight he didn’t have it.”
This is the first Subway series meeting that has been fraught with tension for years. For the first time since 1997, both teams have a share of first place in their respected divisions in a Subway Series meeting. Even with the Rangers, Islanders, and Nets all playing in the playoffs, the Mets and Yankees had all the buzz in New York City.
The Yankees and Mets play on Saturday at 1:05 EST. Aces Matt Harvey and C.C. Sabathia are set to face off.
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