Shane Greene Tossed Into Deep End, Wins Yankee Debut in Cleveland

first_imgCLEVELAND – Desperate to win in places like Cleveland after finding themselves lost at sea in the Bronx, the New York Yankees tossed a pitcher from triple A into the deep end of the MLB shark tank and Shane Greene performed swimmingly, helping his team win 5-3 and beginning with  4 2/3 inning of no-hit before surrendering a homer to former Yankee fan favorite Nick Swisher.There wasn’t a great deal of advance notice to prepare, but Shane Greene gave the Yankees exactly what they needed in his first Major League start, hurling six strong innings as the Yankees defeated the Indians, 5-3, on Monday at Progressive Field.Brian McCann, Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner each contributed three hits as the Yankees pounded Justin Masterson for five runs in one of the shortest outings of his career, providing Greene with the necessary cushion for his first victory in the big leagues.The 25-year-old Greene was 5-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and was summoned for his fourth stint of the season in the big leagues when New York dealt left-handerVidal Nuno to the D-backs for right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game that “if [Greene] throws strikes, I believe he can have some success.” A 15th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Greene made good on that, holding Cleveland hitless until Nick Swisher homered with two outs in the fifth inning.Asdrubal Cabrera also had a run-scoring single off Greene, who permitted four hits in all, walking none with two strikeouts. Girardi even trusted Greene to work through some trouble in the sixth, getting Carlos Santana to fly out representing the tying run.Masterson didn’t have his good stuff, tossing just 54 pitches over two-plus frames before Indians manager Terry Francona had seen enough. Cleveland’s bullpen did an excellent job in relief, including three scoreless innings by Carlos Carrasco, but the damage was already done.Brian Roberts and Gardner logged run-scoring hits in a three-run second inning, a frame that also featured a bases-loaded walk to Derek Jeter. After Masterson’s exit in the third, Ichiro knocked home a run with an infield hit and Francisco Cervelli reached on a run-scoring fielder’s choice.The the above article includes reporting from Shareslast_img read more

SRH defeat a wake-up call for Chennai Super Kings: Suresh Raina

first_imgSuresh Raina said Chennai Super Kings’ 6-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday was a wake-up call for the team. CSK are table-toppers in the 2019 IPL with 7 wins and 14 points from 9 matches.Before Wednesday, CSK had won 8 out of 10 matches vs Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the 2018 IPL, CSK had won all 4 matches against the Sunrisers who had struggled a little in the lead-up to the game.Chennai Super Kings were overwhelming favourites on Wednesday but without MS Dhoni, the team looked listless. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson had taken the team off to a strong start but CSK lost their way thereafter. Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav fell in the same over to Rashid Khan while Ambati Rayudu failed to accelerate despite staying unbeaten.CSK were restrictedf to 132 for 5 off 20 overs and without MS Dhoni to marshall the troops, man-of-the-match David Warner and Jonny Bairstow (61 not out) blazed away as SRH won with 6 wickets and 19 balls to spare.Suresh Raina, who stood in as captain for MS Dhoni, said CSK failed to capitalise on a good start by the openers.”I think it is a very good wake-up call. I think we didn’t put a decent score on the board and kept losing wickets. Faf and Watson gave us a good start but we could not capitalise,” Raina told the broadcasters minutes after CSK’s 2nd defeat of the season.”We lost too many wickets in between and that’s why it cost us the game.”We should have looked for partnerships and should have rotated our strike better. Hence, we were 30 runs short,” Raina said.advertisementCSK had to do without MS Dhoni who was rested due to back spasm. Raina said his captain was feeling better and should be fit in time for the next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.”He is feeling better. His back was stiff. Probably he will play in the next game against RCB,” Raina said.Also Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni out with back spasm, not captaining CSK for the 1st time since 2010Also Read | Finisher MS Dhoni best suited in lower middle order, says Suresh Rainalast_img read more