Barring an emergency situation, the Yankees will be without Mariano Rivera for a second straight night.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Rivera still felt some tightness in his right triceps muscle while long-tossing with Boone Logan before tonight’s game against the Indians.
“I feel better today but I think we’re going to do another day off,” Rivera said about an hour before the beginning of Tuesday night’s game between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field. “I felt it a little bit. I could pitch, yes, but if they can get by another day, it would be much better. And wiser I would say so.”
While Rivera maintained that he is “not concerned” about the injury, he acknowledged that “after 17 years of doing this you’re going to have some soreness.”
Rivera, 41, has a 1.91 ERA, 21 saves and a 28/5 K/BB ratio over 35 appearances this season. He is currently on pace for 68 appearances, which would be his most since 2005.
As expected, Major League Baseball’s league-wide home run record, set in 2000, was tied and surpassed on Tuesday night, both by players named Alex who play for AL Central teams.
Tigers outfielder Alex Presley tied the record at 5,693, per MLB.com’s David Adler, with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning against Athletics starter Daniel Gossett. Royals outfielder Alex Gordon broke the record roughly 12 minutes later with a solo home run to lead off the top of the eighth inning against Blue Jays reliever Ryan Tepera.
Major League Baseball saw the record nearly broken last year, when 5,610 home runs were hit. The only other season above 5,500 was 1999 at 5,528.
Earlier this month, Yankees starter CC Sabathia jawed at the Red Sox after Eduardo Nunez laid down a bunt. Sabathia fielded it fine, but threw the ball away for an error. After the game, he called Nunez’s bunt “weak” and said the Red Sox should “swing the bat.” Sabathia, of course, is not that limber these days. Along with being 37 years old, the lefty has also battled knee and hamstring issues this season.
The Twins apparently didn’t hear what Sabathia had to say about bunting. After Brian Dozier singled off of Sabathia to lead off the top of the first inning on Tuesday, Joe Mauer laid down a bunt on the third base side and reached safely. Jorge Polanco then laid down a bunt of his own, also on the third base side, and was initially ruled out, but after replay review was ruled safe to load the bases with no outs.
Fortunately for Sabathia, he was able to limit the damage, getting Eduardo Escobar to ground into a run-scoring 6-4-3 double play and inducing an inning-ending ground out from Byron Buxton. It’ll be interesting, though, to see if the Twins continue to bunt against Sabathia throughout the night.