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Mark Teixeira is making his final week a good week, as his walk-off grand slam Wednesday vs. the Red Sox kept the Yankees' scant playoff hopes alive.
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Mark Teixeira became the first Yankees player to hit a walk-off grand slam against the Red Sox since Charlie Keller in 1942. It was Teixeira's first career regular season walk-off HR (he hit one in the 2009 ALDS). He had the most of anyone who didn't have a walk-off HR (he entered with 408). The new leader in that stat is ex-Tigers slugger, Norm Cash (377)
Mark Teixeira hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees staved off playoff elimination at the last possible moment with a 5-3 victory over Boston.
Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer
Mark Teixeira making the most of his final week as a Yankee, just belted a walkoff grand slam homer to beat the Red Sox, 5-3, and keepYankees playoff hopes alive
Lineup: Yankees (81-76) vs. Red Sox (92-65)
- 1. Brett Gardner, LF (L)
- 2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (L)
- 3. Gary Sanchez, C (R)
- 4. Brian McCann, DH (L)
- 5. Starlin Castro, 2B (R)
- 6. Didi Gregorius, SS (L)
- 7. Mark Teixeira, 1B (S)
- 8. Chase Headley, 3B (S)
- 9. Mason Wiliams, RF (L)
- SP: Bryan Mitchell, RHP
Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer
Yankees lineup vs the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz tonight: Gardner 7 Ellsbury 8 Sanchez 2 McCann dh Castro 4 Gregorius 6 Teixeira 3 Headley 5 Williams 9 Mitchell 1
Sanchez ties record for 20 homers
It only took 51 games for Gary Sanchez to hit 20 home runs, tying him with Wally Berger, who accomplished the feat in 1930, for fewest games to reach that mark.
Alex Rodriguez has traded in his pursuit of 700 home runs for helping with homework, carpooling and family time.
Didi Gregorius quietly makes history
Gregorius hit his 20th home run of the season on Tuesday. He's the third player born in Europe (Amsterdam) to have a 20-homer season in the major leagues, per the Elias Sports Bureau. The others to do that were Bobby Thomson (born in Glasgow), who had eight 20-homer seasons, and Mike Blowers (West Germany), who did it once.
Sox seeking first Yankee Stadium clinch
With the Red Sox a win away from clinching the AL East, the Elias Sports Bureau notes that they have never locked up a postseason berth with a win at Yankee Stadium. They did clinch the AL pennant in 1904 at Hilltop Park, the then-home of the Yankees, however.
Gary Sanchez joins Yankees' 20-HR club
Sanchez became the third current Yankee to hit 20 homers this season on Tuesday, but it took him considerably less time to get there (49 games). Starlin Castro (21 HRs in 148 games) and Didi Gregorius (20 HRs in 149 games) are the other two.
Austin sure knows when to hit them out
Like his first three homers, No. 4 of Tyler Austin's career was a go-ahead shot for the Yankees off David Price on Tuesday. The blast traveled just 347 feet to right field, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.
Yankees won't be losers this year
They might not make the postseason, but the Yanks will run their streak of non-losing seasons to 24 after beating the Red Sox for win No. 81. What we learned Tuesday
David Ortiz wasn't happy with his performance in Boston's loss and didn't like all the trips to the mound by Yankees catcher Austin Romine. "They tricked me tonight. Too much talking," he said.
Usually a season that ends before the playoffs is looked at as a failure by the Yankees, but the youth movement might ultimately render 2016 a success.
Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer
When David Ortiz strolled to the plate, representing the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth, Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought, "I was like, 'What are the chances he is coming up in this situation. It is kind of the way fate had it tonight." Ortiz struck out against Tyler Clippard to end the game, preventing the Red Sox from clinching the AL East.
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Earned Run Average4.1615th
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