Jeter pulled early, Yankees hold off Mets 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 15, 2014 at 11:08 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter received warm ovations from the 40,133 at Citi Field when he jogged onto the field during warmups, as a video tribute to him was shown on the scoreboard after the national anthem and before each of his four at-bats.

There was little fanfare, though, when the Yankees captain was taken out of his final regular-season Subway Series game in the eighth inning.

Jeter watched the last four outs from the bench, pulled off the field during a double switch Thursday night as the Yankees held off the Mets 1-0.

"I just told him I'm going to make a double-switch. It's where we are in the lineup; that's how you do it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the conversation on the mound with two outs in the eighth. "He understands."

It's not the first time Jeter had been removed in a double switch in his 133 games at a NL ballpark. He was taken out by Girardi in 2010 and he was lifted by Joe Torre in 2007, according to STATS.

David Robertson didn't even know he was brought in to face David Wright in a double switch that lifted Jeter until he got Wright to ground out to Jeter's replacement at shortstop, defensive whiz Brendan Ryan, with runners at the corners. Robertson pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Six weeks shy of his 40th birthday, Jeter left after an 0-for-4 night that dropped his batting average to .254.

Alfonso Soriano's RBI double in the seventh broke up a scoreless duel at Citi Field between starting pitchers making their major league debuts. Rookie reliever Dellin Betances struck out six straight hitters as the Yankees earned a split of this year's series between crosstown rivals with their second straight shutout.

"It's impressive," Wright said of Betances. "He had his way with us for sure."

In a matchup of late-round picks in the 2010 draft, Yankees starter Chase Whitley (15th round) pitched two-hit ball for 4 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking two. Mets starter Jacob deGrom (ninth round) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking two.

"It was unbelievable to watch that guy," Whitley said of deGrom. "He pitched a heck of a game."

In addition to a commanding performance on the mound, the 25-year-old deGrom helped Mets pitchers end an unusual record for futility. He lined a single to center field in the third inning to end the staff's 0-for-64 start to the season. The Mets had long passed a century-old record established by the St. Louis Browns. They went hitless in 45 at-bats in 1914, according to information provided by the Mets from the Elias Sports Bureau.

Whitley also got a hit in his first at-bat — even before he allowed a hit.

"I was bragging about my hitting before the game," Whitley said, "but then I gave one right back to that guy."

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