Yankees’ lineup card mixup
Call it an unexpected snafu courtesy of the pandemic.
Tyler Lyons walked to the mound to relieve the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole on Tuesday night in Buffalo, N.Y., then walked right back to New York’s dugout without throwing a pitch against Toronto.
Turned out the lefthander wasn’t on the umpires’ lineup card.
“In these new rules, we don’t exchange at home plate,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after his team’s 121 win. “I don’t know if there was an issue of the transaction not going through by the time our card went through. On my card, he’s on there.”
Zack Britton was forced to enter the blowout, which New York led 101.
Briefly: NL Cy Young Award contender Max Fried of Atlanta lasted just one inning in his final start of the regular season, leaving a game against Miami after tweaking his ankle fielding a bunt . ... Righthander Mike Clevinger of playoffbound San Diego lasted only one inning in his start against the Angels. The team said the righthander’s departure was unplanned but didn’t provide any other information.