CLEVELAND (AP) — The New York Yankees got a major boost from their young pitchers Monday night.
Greene allowed two runs in six innings for his first major league win,
All-Star Dellin Betances earned his first career save and the Yankees
beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3.
Greene (1-0) didn't allow a hit
until Nick Swisher's two-out homer in the fifth. The 25-year-old
right-hander was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after
scheduled starter Vidal Nuno was traded to Arizona for right-hander
Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.
"It's a dream come true," Greene said. "There's no question about that."
Betances pitched the final two innings, giving closer David Robertson a rest day.
"It's pretty cool," Betances said. "I was just trying to go out there and keep it the same and make pitches."
really good stuff out of some young pitchers," Yankees manager Joe
Girardi said. "We've gotten a lot of help from our guys in the minor
Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki had three
hits apiece for New York, which has won four of five on its 11-game road
Justin Masterson (4-6) continued to pitch poorly and was
pulled without retiring a batter in the third. Cleveland's opening-day
starter allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings. He walked
three, hit a batter and rarely topped 90 mph in his 54 pitches, throwing
only 24 strikes.
A 15th-round selection by New York in 2009,
Greene allowed four hits, struck out two and didn't walk a batter. His
only big league appearance prior to Monday came in relief against Boston
on April 24 when he pitched one-third of an inning and allowed three
unearned runs. Greene walked three of four hitters, all of whom scored,
and threw eight of 23 pitches for strikes.
"We've said all along this kid has a lot of talent," Girardi said. "He did a lot of good things."
It's unclear if Greene will get another start.
obviously going to be a topic of discussion," Girardi said. "We haven't
made any decisions moving forward. We'll figure it out here pretty
Asked if he thinks he deserves to in the rotation, Greene smiled and said, "That's not up to me."
Derek Jeter, playing in his final regular-season series in Cleveland, was 1 for 4 and drew a bases-loaded walk in the second.
Yan Gomes hit a leadoff homer in the eighth.
York scored three times in the second when Masterson allowed four hits,
walked two and hit a batter. Brian Roberts had an RBI double, Brett
Gardner drove in a run with a single and Jeter was hit by a pitch with
the bases loaded.
Ichiro Suzuki's infield hit and Francisco Cervelli's fielder's choice added two runs in the third.
struggles have become a growing concern for the Indians. Over his last
five starts, the right-hander has allowed 19 runs, 27 hits and 17 walks
in 18 innings. Masterson has pitched more than four innings once in that
Masterson was given extra time off because of a sore
knee after lasting four innings against Arizona on June 24, but that
didn't help. He didn't retire a batter in the fourth inning against the
Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday and a stint on the disabled list is a
Asked about Masterson's knee Francona said, "It's
hard to ask somebody when they're pitching. I think we need to sit and
visit with Masty. The middle of a game's not the time to do that."
talk about it, I guess," Masterson said. "If that were brought up I
guess that would be something to talk about to work through."
is a free agent after the season. The two sides talked about a contract
extension in spring training, but didn't reach an agreement.
Yankees OF Carlos Beltran didn't play because of swelling behind his
right knee. He said following the game that he might return to the
lineup Tuesday. ... Indians OF Michael Bourn will miss three to four
weeks with a strained left hamstring. .... McCarthy will make his first
start for the Yankees on Wednesday. ... Cleveland acquired OF Chris
Dickesron from Pittsburgh for cash or a player to be named. He started
in left field and had a sixth-inning single. ... The Indians honored
their former television/radio announcer Mike Hegan, who died in
December, in a pregame ceremony. Hegan, a native of Cleveland, began his
major league career with the Yankees in 1964. ... All-Star RHP Masahiro
Tanaka (12-3) faces Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (2-4) on Tuesday.