NEW YORK – When Derek Jeter played for the Yankees, he often said how he hated watching baseball.
If he watched on Tuesday, he would probably smile for three hours.
Jeters Marlins beat the Yankees, his former team, 9-1 on a cold Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Jeter, a Marlins owner since the end of last year, did not attend the two-game series in the Bronx. The 43-year-old told reporters over the weekend that it would have been too embarrassing for him.
On Tuesday, the Yankees barely showed.
They made two mistakes and probably should have been charged with another pair. They were abandoned by a terrible Masahiro Tanaka. And they let Marlin's starter Jarlin Garcia get away unscathed, though he went five batters in five innings
The loss dropped the Yankees to 8-8. It's probably way too early to look at the tables, but they started the day five games behind Red Sox in the American League East.
Oh, and they had four hits. Through the first seven innings they were in eight rackets without hits and with runners in the hit position. They finished 0-for-1
rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar hit his first career home run with two outs in the ninth, going deep left field relief Brad Ziegler.
Richter finished 0-for-2 with two walks and his winning streak ended at 12 games.
Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and heard huge boobs in the eighth inning. He is 0-12 in his last three games and hits .197. Miami beat Tanaka by six earned runs in five innings in eight strokes, two runs and a strikeout. Down 4-Zip, he served a three-run homer to J.T. Realmuto in the fifth.
It was the second straight start Tanaka gave up these many runs. On April 11, he coughed six against the Red Sox in Boston.
Tanaka did not get much help from, well, nobody.
The Yankees went into the night with 15 mistakes – for the third most in the league. They picked up two more, thanks to the usually safe Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin. Andujar and Neil Walker also made questionable moves in games that scored.
In the first inning Gregorius attacked Realmutos Grounder. But his throw to the first base was short-armed, and the turf scurried and hopped past Ausin. Miguel Rojas and ex-Yankee Starlin Castro each scored 3: 0. Miami took its first run when Castro took home Derek Dietrich.
In the second, Austin screwed up. Sanchez hurried up the hill to launch Cameron Maybins. Sanchez first got the mistake for the throw, but it was changed the next inning because Austin just could not handle it. Maybin advanced to second place. Two thugs later, Dietrich singled to center Maybin. It was 2-zip Miami.
In the sixth, the Yankees loaded the bases with one. Neil Walker and Austin both missed and the threat ended.
Luis Cessa, who was called on Tuesday in lieu of injured Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder-tendinitis), threw two relief innings and gave up two runs. He left the game with an obvious injury, which was accompanied by the team coach Steve Donohue from the hill.
Before the game, Greg Bird (right ankle operation) said he still feels pain in the joint, but that his recovery has gone well.
Thursday: Yankees left CC Sabathia (0-0, 4.00 ERA) against Blue Jays Righty Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 3.66)
Friday: Yankees Righty Sonny Gray (1-1, 6.92 ERA) Against Blue Jays Righty Marcus Stroman (0-1, 7.98)
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