No Derek Jeter, no problem. The Yankees continued their recent dominance over the Twins with a 2-0 victory last night at a rainy Yankee Stadium.
Hiroki Kuroda tossed five scoreless innings in the victory. There was a 73-minute rain delay in the fourth inning, but Kuroda waited things out and came back to pitch the fifth inning. The 38-year-old right-hander now leads the American League with a 2.65 ERA through 19 starts. That’s not good enough to be an All-Star, apparently.
Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano delivered RBI singles to provide the offense for New York while Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 30th save in 32 chances. He now has 15 seasons of 30 or more saves, passing Trevor Hoffman for the most ever. You know, just in case you need saves to tell you that Rivera is the best relief pitcher ever.
Your Friday box scores:
Cardinals 3, Cubs 2
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 8
Royals 0, Indians 3
Mets 2, Pirates 3 (11 innings)
Nationals 3, Marlins 8
Rangers 2, Tigers 7
Reds 4, Braves 2
Astros 2, Rays 1
Brewers 1, Diamondbacks 2
Red Sox 4, Athletics 2
Rockies 3, Dodgers 0
Angels 3, Mariners 8
Giants 10, Padres 1
White Sox/Phillies – PPD
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.