The Orioles’ starting pitchers had a combined 5.63 ERA entering the Sept. 9 game. So manager
Buck Showalter, looking at all possible options, had little to lose by giving right-hander Gabriel
Ynoa his first start for the team. Ynoa, making just his sixth appearance for Baltimore after going 6-9 with a 5.25 ERA in 21 starts for Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) this season, retired the first seven batters he faced but gave up three runs in 42⁄ innings and took the 3 loss against the Cleveland Indians, who won their 17th straight game. But Showalter did not hold that against Ynoa.
“It was fine,” Showalter said. “It’s obviously a good offensive team. I thought he presented himself well. … He’d had his struggles, obviously, in Norfolk. Had two or three good starts in a row there.
“We’re going day to day right now. … We wanted to see how things went today, see how he feels and see where we are after each game.” uTim Beckham hit .350 with 10 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 21 RBI and 30 runs scored in his first 37 games for Baltimore. Before the Orioles acquired him from the Rays at the trade deadline, he hit .259 with five doubles, three triples, 12 homers, 36 RBI and 31 runs in 87 games for Tampa Bay. Boston Red Sox
In seven starts from Aug. 1 to Sept. 3, Chris Sale was a pedestrian 4-3 with a 4.57 ERA. But on Sept. 9 he faced the right team — the Rays — to get him back on track.
Sale pitched six shutout innings and improved to 16-7 with a 2.76 ERA as Boston pummeled the Rays 9-0.
“If you can save 20 extra pitches, especially at the very end of the game, we’re kind of looking ahead, too,” Sale said.
Sale has 57 strikeouts against the Rays this season, the most by any pitcher against Tampa in one season. It is the highest strikeout total by any pitcher against any opponent since Randy Johnson had 68 strikeouts against San Diego while with Arizona in 2001.
Sale has 134 strikeouts in 90 career innings against the Rays for a 13.40 strikeouts-per-nineinnings ratio, the highest by any pitcher against any opponent since 1920 (minimum 75 innings).
uJerry Remy, the team’s 30year broadcaster and former second baseman who is undergoing treatment for his fifth bout with lung cancer, returned to the broadcast booth on Sept. 8. Remy underwent surgery in July and initially thought he wouldn’t return until 2018. uDavid Price (elbow) threw two innings in a simulated game Sept. 9 and was scheduled to pitch three simulated innings Sept. 13.
New York Yankees
Aroldis Chapman, removed from the closer role last month after four consecutive bad outings, got his first save since Aug. 15 when he pitched a 1-2-3 inning against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 9.
Command had been an issue for Chapman while he struggled. But 11 of his 13 pitches against the Rangers were strikes, and he
fanned two of the three batters he faced.
“I feel good about him out there,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I’ve told you, this is a guy who’s been too good for too long to lose it. So it was good to get him back out there, and he threw well.”
Chapman ended the game by striking out Mike Napoli on a 102 mph fastball.
“I felt normal,” Chapman said. “Nothing out of the ordinary for me.”
uGene Michael, the former shortstop who became general manager of the Yankees and was the architect of the 1990s dynasty, died on Sept. 7. He was 79.
uCenter fielder Jacoby Ellsbury set an unusual record Sept. 11 when he reached first on catcher’s interference for the 30th time in his career. He had been tied with Pete Rose at 29 and set the single-season record (12) last year. One important difference: Rose had 15,829 plate appearances, and Ellsbury needed only 5,308 to achieve a curious bit of immortality.
Tampa Bay Rays
Hoping to gain some ground in the wild-card race as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, the Rays instead gave up nine or more runs in three straight games for only the second time since 2008 and lost all three. Blake Snell against Minnesota
and Chris Archer and Matt Andriese at Boston went a combined 82⁄ innings, each giving up 3 six earned runs for an 18.69 ERA. At the same time, the Rays’ typically solid defense struggled with four errors over the three games, all of which led to runs.
“They found a way to hit balls hard and hit balls soft and find hits, but if I execute at a higher level, I’m at least able to limit the damage,” Archer said. “It doesn’t matter what their approach is. If I execute my pitches better, I give my team a chance to win, and I didn’t do that.”
uThe Rays’ club-record streak of homering in 18 straight games was snapped Sept. 9. It was their longest streak within one season and second longest overall. The longest streak in the majors this season is Houston’s 19.
Toronto Blue Jays
Richard Urena opened some eyes in his first week in the big leagues.
The 21-year-old shortstop hit .300 in his first six games. He hit his first homer in the Blue Jays’ loss to Detroit on Sept. 8 while making several impressive plays in the field.
“You never like losing, and that still eats at you, but when you do see a game like he had, that does bring a smile to your face,” manager John Gibbons said. “He’s an up-and-coming kid who we’ve always liked in the organization.”
Even though the team likes him, Urena was an unexpected addition when rosters expanded at the beginning of the month.
“Probably got here a little ahead of his time, but he has done a tremendous job,” Gibbons said. “That’ll do wonders for him and his confidence.”
uJays relievers had pitched 529 innings this season through Sept. 10, second only to Cincinnati’s 541. Their 564 strikeouts already were a club record and were second in the majors only to Houston’s 587.
uToronto entered the week 13-22 against left-handed starters this season after going 23-20 last season and 20-15 in 2015.
“Sign stealing has been going on in baseball for a long time. … I’ve been in the game for 40 years. I’ve known of it for 40 years. … Do I think sign stealing is wrong? No, I don’t. I guess it depends how you do it.”
Red Sox president of baseball operations
Dave Dombrowski, after his team acknowledged using electronic equipment to steal signs against the Yankees
Chris Sale has 134 strikeouts in 90 career innings vs. the Rays for a 13.40 strikeouts-per-nineinnings ratio, the highest by any pitcher against any opponent since 1920 (minimum 75 innings).