Yangervis Solarte had a rare start at third base while Ichiro Suzuki had a rare start in the outfield; but both Solarte and Ichiro were the main offense for the Yankees as they were able to salvage the final game of the series and beat the Houston Astros 4-2 at Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas.
Solarte went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk, while Ichiro went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as he made his first start off the bench while Jacoby Ellsbury rested for the first few innings. Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter helped by having an RBI apiece.
Ivan Nova had the start for the Yankees and although he wasn’t sharp, he was able to grind through it, going 5.2 IP while giving up two runs on six hits with five walks and one strikeout. Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley each pitched a scoreless inning before handing the ball to the new Yankees closer David Robertson. Robertson had a 1-2-3 ninth inning which included a strikeout, earning him his first save post-Mariano Rivera.
– It’s Tanaka Time! Masahiro Tanaka will make his Major League debut tomorrow as the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre with hopes of evening their record. Dustin McGowan will start for the Blue Jays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.