A rare meaningless Red Sox-Yankees game Following Thursday's dramatic Yankee Stadium finale, the Yankees rested most of their regulars on Friday night at Fenway Park in the opener of the final series of 2014, but still managed to beat the Red Sox, 3-2.
This was the first time since October 2-4, 1992 that the Yankees and Red Sox played a series with both teams eliminated from playoff contention; that date was also the last time both teams entered a head-to-head series at least 13 games out of first place in the division.
The Yankees started five rookies and all five got at least three at-bats. Since rookie rules were established in 1958, the only other time the Yankees had five rookies get at least three at-bats in a game vs Red Sox was on Sept. 10, 1966, a 5-1 Yankees win at Fenway Park.
Chris Capuano finished his season with a strong outing, allowing just one unearned run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He is the first left-handed Yankee starter to get win at Fenway without allowing an earned run and no more than four baserunners since Tommy John on May 20, 1979.
Eight is enough The Yankees 10-4 loss on Saturday guaranteed that they would finish with fewer wins than the 2013 team. This is the fourth straight season they've finished with a lower win total than the previous year. The last time that happened was during a six-year period from 1985-90.
Eight of the 10 runs scored by the Red Sox came in the second inning. It is the first time the Yankees allowed at least eight runs in an inning vs the Red Sox since May 31, 1998, and the first time they did that at Fenway Park since Sept. 26, 1989.
Masahiro Tanaka was making his second start since coming off the DL and to say it didn't go well would be understatement. He became the first Yankee to give up at least seven runs and seven hits in fewer than two innings against the Red Sox since Spud Chandler on May 11, 1941.
The Red Sox went 10-for-19 with runners in scoring position, just the third time the Yankees have given up at least 10 hits with RISP vs the Red Sox over the last 40 seasons. It also happened twice in 2005, on May 28 at Yankee Stadium and July 15 at Fenway.
The End It is very fitting that Derek Jeter, one of the winningest players in major-league history, ended his career with a victory.
Jeter etched his name in the record books for the millionth time even before he took his first at-bat. This was Jeter's 153rd game at Fenway Park (including postseason), passing Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig for the most games ever played there by a Yankees player.
He went 1-for-2, singling in his second at-bat for his 3,465th career hit and then was removed for a pinch-runner. That hit moved his average from .30945 to .30951, which rounds to .310.
He ended his career with a triple-slashline of .310/.377/.440, joining a group of four other Hall-of-Famers to reach each of those numbers in at least 10,000 career at-bats: Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Tris Speaker and Honus Wagner.
Jeter finished the season with 149 hits, matching George Brett for the most hits by anybody who played in his final season at age 40 or older since 1900. His 18 seasons with at least 149 hits are also tied for the most in MLB history with Pete Rose, Speaker, and Cobb.
Michael Pineda stole a little bit of the spotlight from Jeter with another gem, tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts and no walks. He is the first Yankee to strike out at least 10 batters without a walk at Fenway Park since Mike Mussina's epic 13-strikeout shutout on September 2, 2001.
Pineda finished 2014 with a 1.89 ERA, the lowest ERA by a Yankee with at least 10 starts in a season since Ron Guidry (1.74) in 1978.