September 23, 2020 | 12:34am
After being elevated to the major leagues in the afternoon, reliever Tyler Lyons was called into Tuesday night’s 12-1 win over the Blue Jays to start the bottom of the eighth inning. The umpires, however, removed him before he could throw a pitch because his name wasn’t on the lineup card the umpires were working off — although Boone said Lyons’ name was on his card.
“In these new rules we don’t exchange at home plate, so I don’t know if the transaction not going through by the time our card went through or what. On my card he is on there,’’ Boone said. “So we will make sure we are airtight moving forward.’’
With a nine-run lead, Boone summoned Zack Britton for the eighth and Adam Ottavino got the final three outs with an 11-run advantage.
Giancarlo Stanton didn’t play after starting in two straight games, three of four and four of five.
“Just a day [off] in the middle of the series. He is good and bouncing back fine,’’ Boone said of his DH, who is 6-for-21 (.286) with a homer, three RBIs and a .919 OPS in five games since coming off the injured list on Sept. 15. “So, encouraged where he is at.’’
Boone used Aaron Judge in the DH spot and started Clint Frazier in right field.
Should the Yankees make it out of the first round of the AL playoffs, Masahiro Tanaka’s family will join him in the Southern California bubble where all AL teams will be sequestered.
Before that, the right-hander will have six days of rest before starting Game 2 of the first round, which will be played at home ballparks. Most likely it will be against the Twins, but the site has yet to be determined.
“It’s not like I will overdo something just because more days,’’ said Tanaka, who is 5-3 with a 1.76 ERA in eight postseason games.
Tanaka, who is scheduled to start Wednesday night, needs one win to reach 79. That would tie him with former Yankee Hiroki Kuroda for second place among Japanese pitchers in MLB.
“It is definitely a good feeling to be able to stay here this long to be able to rack up enough wins to tie a pitcher the caliber of Kuroda,’’ Tanaka said of his Yankees teammate in 2014.
To make room for Lyons, Michael King was sent to the alternate site and Ben Heller was recalled and placed on the 60-day IL with a nerve problem in his right biceps.
Source:New York Post