Elvis Andrus hit the Rangers’ third straight homer in the seventh inning Wednesday vs. Seattle …
Mitch Moreland got the ball rolling with a three-run shot and then Mike Napoli and Andrus followed with solo blasts. All three homers were surrendered by Mariners reliever Joe Beimel, who told MLB.com’s Greg Johns after the 7-2 loss that he felt a “grabbing” sensation in his left arm during the appearance.
Behind seven strong innings from Masahiro Tanaka and some late heroics by Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees began the second half of the season with a 4-3 win over the Mariners last night at Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka allowed three runs in the victory, with Kyle Seager doing all of the damage. Seager hit a solo home run in the third inning before hitting a two-run shot in the fifth. However, Tanaka was able to keep the rest of the Mariners offense off the board. He struck out seven and walked two in the victory and now owns a 3.65 ERA and 74/15 K/BB ratio over 74 innings on the year.
The game was tied 3-3 before Alex Rodriguez connected for a go-ahead solo homer off Joe Beimel in the bottom of the seventh inning. You can watch it here. It was A-Rod’s 19th home run of the season and the 673rd of his career. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each threw a scoreless inning to finish off the win for New York.
The Yankees now sit at 49-40 on the year and hold a 4 1/2 game lead in the American League East.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Royals 4, White Sox 2; Royals 0, White Sox 2
Mariners 3, Yankees 4
Marlins 3, Phillies 6
Cubs 2, Braves 4
Rays 2, Blue Jays 6
Cubs 2, Braves 4
Indians 1, Reds 6
Pirates 1, Brewers 4
Orioles 3, Tigers 7
Mets 2, Cardinals 3
Tigers 2, Astros 3
Giants 6, Diamondbacks 5 (12 innings)
Red Sox 0, Angels 1
Rockies 2, Padres 4
Twins 5, Athletics 0
Dodgers/Nationals – suspended
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez didn’t last very long in Friday night’s start against the Astros. The right-hander gave up eight runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout before he was taken out of the game with only one out in the first inning. Joe Beimel relieved him and was able to finish the inning without any further damage.
Hernandez had only once before allowed eight runs in a start. That occurred on August 28, 2013 against the Rangers. He started but could not finish — could not even record an out in — the fourth inning. King Felix had failed to complete the first inning in a start once, on April 18, 2007 against the Twins, but that was due to an injury: a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.
Joe Beimel was released by the Rangers last week, but it hasn’t taken him long to find a new opportunity. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the veteran reliever has returned to the Mariners on a minor league deal, pending a physical. Beimel actually made the announcement via his Instagram account.
Beimel signed a major league deal with Texas less than one month ago, but he was cut loose after giving up 14 runs (11 earned) on 13 hits and two walks over just three innings during Cactus League action. Still, he had a 2.20 ERA across 56 appearances with Seattle last season while holding left-handed batters to a .188/.217/.288 batting line. He could surface in the big leagues again soon.
Beimel will turn 38 later this month.
The Rangers added veteran left-hander Joe Beimel on a major league deal earlier this month, but he pitched awful during Cactus League action and was given his release by the club this afternoon.
Beimel was set to earn a $1.5 million if he made the Opening Day roster, but the contract was not guaranteed. The 37-year-old pitched himself out of the opportunity by allowing 14 runs (11 earned) on 13 hits (including three homers) and two walks over just three innings of work. Ouch.
Beimel had a 2.20 ERA and 25/14 K/BB ratio over 45 innings with the Mariners last season while holding left-handed batters to a .188/.217/.288 batting line. He could still have some value in a specialist role. The Mets are among the teams looking for a left-handed reliever at the moment.