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Yankees in ticket partnership with StubHub

Earlier this week, the Yankees announced a landmark, multi-year sponsorship agreement with StubHub that designated it as the team’s official fan-to-fan ticket resale marketplace.

The new product will allow StubHub to be completely integrated into the Yankees’ ticket system, replacing the Yankees Ticket Exchange. The new system will be fully integrated and operational by Thursday, July 7. The first ticket availability will be for the Friday, July 15, game and extend through the remainder of the 2016 schedule.

“We are committed to providing our fans with a first-class ticket experience, and offering the safest, most secure and efficient platform for our fans to sell and purchase tickets,” team president Randy Levine said. “This new product was the result of many productive discussions with StubHub, which will allow them to fully integrate into our ticket system. We are confident this collaboration will best protect our fans in the resale ticket marketplace.”

Said StubHub president Scott Cutler, “The New York Yankees are one of the preeminent brands in professional sports, and we are thrilled to join with them to create a best-in-class fan experience. StubHub’s goal is to ensure that fans have access to games that they love to attend, and I’d like to thank both the Yankees and MLB Advanced Media for their willingness to come to the table and reach a positive solution for all parties.”

The custom sponsorship deal will provide new features and functionality that will greatly enhance the consumer experience, which will lead to increased user efficiency and fan safety and protection. These added features will prevent speculative selling, adhere to the Yankees’ advertising resale price policy, generate verified bar/QR codes, and provide fully integrated mobile capacity, for the safest and most secure way to transmit tickets.

The Yankees introduced a mobile ticket system this year, and the agreement with StubHub will adhere to the existing mobile ticket policy. All tickets delivered will be mobile. Tickets will operate on both iOS and Android devices. Users can post hard stock tickets, but upon being sold all will be converted to mobile format.

To date, more than 250,000 fans have entered Yankee Stadium using mobile tickets (primary and secondary combined), and by the end of this season, the team expects to have welcomed more than 600,000 mobile ticket users. This anticipated number is expected to be the largest among all teams in baseball.

With this new, technology-led sponsorship, the Yankees will join the longstanding StubHub arrangement that is in place with MLB Advanced Media. While other secondary resale platforms will continue to remain an option for fans to buy and resell Yankees tickets, only StubHub will be fully integrated with the Yankees.

As part of the sponsorship agreement with the Yankees, StubHub will receive full marketing and sponsorship benefits, including in-stadium signage, suite access and use of official team marks.

Mickey still packs ’em in

After all these years, Mickey Mantle remains a draw at Yankee Stadium. Forty-eight years after he last played for the Yankees and 21 years after his death, the Mick helped fill the seats at the Stadium Friday night.

Two of Mickey’s sons, Danny and David, threw out ceremonial first pitches before the Yankees’ game against the Twins. With all the construction around the Stadium these days, getting to the park on time is quite a chore, particularly on Friday nights. But the stands were filling up pretty well before Masahiro Tanaka unleashed the game’s first pitch.

The attraction was a bobblehead promotion depicting Mickey Mantle wearing a gold crown to symbolize his winning major league baseball’s triple crown for hitting 50 years ago for leading the American League in 1956 in batting average (.353), home runs (52) and runs batted in (130), which earned him the first of his three AL Most Valuable Player Awards.

The bobbleheads were distributed to the first 18,000 people in attendance. No wonder so many arrived so early.

Yanks to honor Orlando dead in homestand opener

The Yankees opened their last homestand before the All-Star break Tuesday night with the first game of a two-game series against the Rockies that concludes Wednesday afternoon, followed by a three-game set against the Twins Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and then a four-game series against the American League West-leading Rangers Monday through Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon next week. After the June 30 game, the Yankees will not play at Yankee Stadium again until July 15.

Prior to the Yankees-Rockies game Tuesday night, the victims of the recent mass killing in Orlando, Fla., will be recognized in an on-field ceremony. Preceding a moment of silence, players from both teams will line up on each baseline as managers Joe Girardi of the Yankees and Walt Weiss of the Rockies lay a rainbow wreath at the plate in memoriam.

The Rockies are coming off a 5-3 victory Monday night at Miami in which all eight runs were scored on solo home runs, the highest run total in a major league game in which all the runs came on solo homers. Mark Reynolds, who played for the Yankees in 2013, hit two of the Rockies’ five homers. The others were by Nick Hundley, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon. The Marlins got two home runs from Marcell Ozuna and one from Giancarlo Stanton. Each home run was hit with the bases empty.

Mickey Mantle Triple Crown Bobblehead Night will take place Friday, June 24. The first 18,000 in attendance will receive a bobblehead, courtesy of AT&T.

The Mantle bobblehead marks the return of limited-edition collectible player bobbleheads, presented by AT&T. The set of four — Mickey Mantle Triple Crown June 24, Didi Gregorius Aug. 7, Dellin Betances Sept. 10 and Roger Maris Oct. 1 — is the fourth series in a collection of Yankees bobbleheads. The Mantle bobblehead distribution comes 60 years after his 1956 Triple Crown-winning season. The Maris bobblehead falls on the 55th anniversary of his 61st home run in 1961 season to establish a then-major league single-season home run record that stood for 37 years.

The Hard Rock Cafe will present Friday, June 24, the first of Little Steven’s Underground Garage Concert Series, powered by JBL, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Pepsi Food Court on the third-base side of the Field Level with Wyldlife. Cameras will also display the show on televisions throughout the Stadium. Admission to the pregame concert is included with a valid game ticket for that date. Future acts are currently scheduled to perform throughout the summer. More information on the series can be found at http://www.yankees.com/bands.

Ticket specials will run Tuesday, June 21 (Military Personnel Game), Wednesday, June 22 (MasterCard Half-Price, Military Personnel Game, Senior Citizen, Student and Youth Game), Saturday, June 25 (Youth Game), Sunday, June 26 (Youth Game), Monday, June 27 (Military Personnel Game), Tuesday, June 28 (Military Personnel Game), Wednesday, June 29 (Military Personnel and Student Game) and Thursday, June 30 (MasterCard Half-Price, Military Personnel, Senior Citizen and Youth Game).

For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/ticketspecials. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.

The homestand will also feature the following promotional items and dates:

Saturday, June 25 – Yankees vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m. Commemorative Masahiro Tanaka Baseball Card Day, presented by Topps, to all in attendance.

Sunday, June 26 – Yankees vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m. Brian McCann Figurine Day, presented by NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, to first 18,000 in attendance.

Wednesday, June 29 – Yankees vs. Rangers, 7:05 p.m. Cap Night, presented by Pepsi, to first 18,000 in attendance.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.yankees.com, http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com, at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster phone at (877) 469-9849, Ticketmaster TTY at (800) 943-4327 and at all Ticket Offices located within Yankees Clubhouse Shops. Tickets may also be purchased on Yankees Ticket Exchange at http://www.yankees.com/yte, the only official online resale marketplace for Yankees fans to purchase and resell tickets to Yankees games. Fans with questions may call (212) YANKEES [926-5337] or email tickets@yankees.com.

For information on parking and public transportation options to Yankee Stadium, please visit http://www.yankees.com and click on the Yankee Stadium tab at the top of the page.

70th Yankees Old-Timers’ Day coming June 12

Five Hall of Famers will be among more than 40 former Yankees scheduled to attend the 70th annual Old-Timers’ Day Sunday, June 12, at Yankee Stadium. Fans are asked to be in their seats by 11:30 a.m. for the festivities with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow. All pregame celebrations will be aired exclusively on the YES Network. The Yankees will then play the Tigers at 2:05 p.m., also on YES. Gates will open to ticket-holding fans at 10 a.m.

The Old-Timers are headlined by Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson and Joe Torre. Former Yankees and current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill will also be part of the pregame with program.

Three-time All-Star closer John Wetteland, who won the 1996 World Series Most Valuable Player Award with saves in all four of their victories toward their 23rd World Series title, will make his Old-Timers’ Day debut, alongside 1996 teammate Mariano Duncan, as well as Bubba Crosby and the oldest living former Yankees player, Eddie Robinson, 95.

Joining the Hall of Famers and former Yankees on the field will be the widows of five legendary Yankees—Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Jill Martin, widow of Billy Martin; Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson; and Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer.

A complete list of Old Timers’ Day attendees:

Jesse Barfield, Brian Boehringer, Scott Bradley, Dr. Bobby Brown, Homer Bush, David Cone, Bubba Crosby, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, Mariano Duncan, John Flaherty, Whitey Ford, Oscar Gamble, Joe Girardi, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Arlene Howard (widow), Helen Hunter (widow), Reggie Jackson, Scott Kamieniecki, Pat Kelly, Don Larsen, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Jill Martin (widow), Hideki Matsui, Lee Mazzilli, Ramiro Mendoza, Stump Merrill, Gene “Stick” Michael, Gene Monahan (Trainer), Diana Munson (widow), Kay Murcer (widow), Jeff Nelson, Paul O’Neill, Joe Pepitone, Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph, Mickey Rivers, Eddie Robinson, Tanyon Sturtze, Ralph Terry, Marcus Thames, Joe Torre, John Wetteland, Roy White, Bernie Williams.

Special ticket deal at Stadium for Rutgers fans

Rutgers University director of athletics Patrick Hobbs and head football coach Chris Ash will throw out the ceremonial first pitches prior to Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. Yankees-Blue Jays game at Yankee Stadium.

In addition, a special ticket offer with unique savings on select seats for Tuesday’s game is available for all Rutgers alumni, fans and supporters. For complete details on the offer, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/rutgers. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.

“The Yankees are the iconic brand in sports,” Hobbs said. “As a lifelong Yankees fan, I am thrilled to represent Rutgers Athletics and have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium.”

“It is an honor to represent Rutgers in throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, one of the most storied venues in all of sports,” Ash said. “This will be a great opportunity to meet our fans in the tri-state area who love and support Rutgers football.”

Rutgers previously played in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl twice. The Scarlet Knights defeated Iowa State, 27-13, Dec. 30, 2011, and lost to Notre Dame, 29-16, Dec. 28, 2013.

The 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Yankee Stadium on ESPN, featuring participants from the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conferences. Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments in recent college football history.

Tickets for the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be made available in the near future. For up-to-the-moment information regarding the game, fans are encouraged to visit http://www.pinstripebowl.com, the official website of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and follow the Bowl game’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts – @PinstripeBowl.

Tack-on runs keep Chapman in bullpen

Yankees fans nearly got their first look at the new bullpen formula Thursday night, the one envisioned by general manager Brian Cashman when he traded for Aroldis Chapman from the Reds in the offseason. Chapman’s 30-day suspension for violation of Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy postponed his joining the Yankees until this week but already he has picked up one save.

It appeared that Thursday night would be the first time manager Joe Girardi would use all three power relievers in the same game, and it was against a Royals team that had a similar bullpen setup in reaching two World Series with Joakim Soria, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis.

Dellin Betances worked a perfect seventh inning before Girardi called on Andrew Miller to pitch the eighth, which he did with the same result as Betances. But when the Yankees scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to boost their lead to 7-3, the save opportunity for Chapman was lost if he started the inning. Girardi brought Chasen Shreve to open the ninth but also had Chapman up in case the Royals rallied to create a save situation. That never occurred as the Yanks’ lead held up.

I actually heard some boos when Shreve’s name was announced as he trotted to the mound. This poses an interesting dilemma for Girardi. The buzz Chapman’s 100-mph heat has brought to Yankee Stadium means that more fans stick around at the end of the game the way they did for Mariano Rivera. They could see Chapman warming up in the bullpen and had their appetites whetted only to be disappointed that he did not enter the game.

Girardi made the right call. Why waste Chapman with a four-run lead when he may be needed Friday night against a White Sox team that has the best record in the American League? Taking three of four games from the reigning World Series champions puts the Yankees in a good frame of mind going into the weekend series against the White Sox.

Watching Starlin Castro take batting practice before the game I noticed that he concentrated on hitting the ball to the opposite field, not a bad approach for a right-handed batter at Yankee Stadium. Several of Castro’s BP swings resulted in his driving the ball over the comfy right field porch.

It does not always happen that a player will carry his pregame success into the game, but it did this time for Castro as he drove a a 1-1 pitch from the Royals’ Ian Kennedy to right-center for his fourth home run that put the Yankees on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Castro also went the other way against another former Yankees pitcher, Chien-Ming Wang, for an RBI single in the two-run seventh.

More than a month into the 2016 season, Castro has adapted well to the Stadium. He is batting .333 with six runs, two doubles, one home run and two RBI in 21 at-bats on the homestand. Overall at the Stadium, Castro is hitting .348 with eight runs, six doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in 69 at-bats.

Castro’s shot was just the beginning of a long-ball procession for the Yanks against Kennedy, the former Yankees prospect who entered the game with a 2.13 ERA but had it swell to 3.25.

Chase Headley finally got an extra base hit. It came in the Yankees’ 33rd game and his 103rd plate appearance. Batting left-handed against the right-handed Kennedy, Headley also went to the opposite field and hit a two-run home run down the left field line in the second inning.

Headley has also showed signs on the homestand of being on the verge of breaking out of his season-long slump. He walked in the seventh and added a single in the eighth and is hitting .389 with seven runs and four RBI in 18 at-bats on the homestand.

After the Royals closed to 3-2 in the fourth against Nathan Eovaldi on a solo home run by Alex Gordon and a two-out, RBI single by Christian Colon, Didi Gregorius got into the act with a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the inning.

Eovaldi, who pitched eight innings in his previous start, against the Red Sox, barely got through five this time as his pitch count soared to 98. KC cut the Yankees’ lead to 5-3 in the fifth and threatened to go ahead, but Carlos Beltan made a leaping catch at the top of the wall in right field to take down Salvador Perez’s bid for a three-run homer

Duke grid coach, Garth Brooks coming to Stadium

Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe, whose Blue Devils beat Indiana, 44-41, to win the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, will return to the Bronx Friday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees’ 7:05 p.m. game against the White Sox.

In his eighth season as Duke’s head football coach of the Blue Devils in 2015, Cutcliffe led the school to its 12th career bowl appearance and fourth in a row. The Pinstripe Era Bowl victory was Duke’s first bowl victory since 1961.

“We could not be more appreciative of the Yankees organization and the representatives of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for inviting us back for this occasion,” Cutliffe said. “Our bowl experience back in December was absolutely incredible. “As a lifelong Yankees fan, the opportunity to take the mound in one of the truly great venues in all of sports will be a tremendous honor. My childhood was filled with dreams of pitching for the Yankees, and I couldn’t be more excited to represent Duke University on May 13.”

As part of the celebration, a special ticket offer with savings on select seats for Friday’s game is available for all Duke alumni, fans and supporters. For complete details on the offer, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/duke. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.

In addition, Cutcliffe will be presented with an autographed base signed by members of the current Yankees roster in a pregame ceremony. Making the presentation to Cutcliffe will be New Era Pinstripe Bowl executive director Mark Holtzman and director Emily Hamel.

Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments in recent college football history. The 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, on ESPN and will feature participants from the Big Ten and ACC Conferences.

Tickets for the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be made available in the near future. For up-to-the-moment information regarding the game, fans are encouraged to visit http://www.pinstripebowl.com, the official website of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and follow the Bowl game’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts – @PinstripeBowl.

Yankee Stadium will also be the site of Garth Brooks concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, the first country music event at the current Stadium. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood will return to New York City. Brooks’ current album, Man Against Machine, his first studio release in 13 years, has been certified platinum. He is the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history with 136 million records sold.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20. There will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets may only be purchased at ticketmaster.com or ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or either Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000. Please note there will be no ticket sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets May 20. Tickets will cost $69.23 plus a $4.50 facility fee and a $6.25 service charge for a total of $79.98.

CC joins A-Rod on the disabled list

Just when the Yankees’ rotation was beginning to click, a wrench has been thrown into the mix. It came in the form of a strained left groin to CC Sabathia, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list two days after he pitched seven shutout innings at Baltimore’s Camden Yards in one of only two victories the Yankees had in their nine-game trip.

Back at Yankee Stadium Friday night against the Red Sox to start a 10-game homestand, the Yankees had bad news regarding Sabathia, who joins Alex Rodriguez on the DL. The Yankees recalled lefthander Phil Coke from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Coke, who pitched for the Yankees in 2008 and ’09, will be in the bullpen. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Ivan Nova will fill in for Sabathia in the rotation.

Sabathia beat out Nova for the fifth starter’s spot in spring training and has a 2-2 record with a 3.81 ERA. Girardi called CC’s outing Wednesday night the best he has seen in the past two years. One of the amazing things about it is that Sabathia felt soreness in his groin in the fourth inning and was able to pitch quality ball through the seventh.

Masahiro Tanaka followed Sabathia’s effort with a gem of his own Thursday night, although the Yankees lost, 1-0, in 10 innings. Tanaka shut out the Orioles for eight innings in lowering his ERA to 2.29.

Matching Tanaka through eight was Orioles starter Kevin Gausman. It marked the major leagues’ first game in which both starters pitched at least eight scoreless innings since Aug. 24, 2015 when the Yankees’ Nathan Eovaldi and the Astros’ Scott Feldman did it in a 1-0 Yankees victory at the Stadium.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the third time in 1,028 games between the Yankees and Orioles (since the team moved to Baltimore from St. Louis in 1954) that neither team scored through nine innings. The others were June 3, 1981 at the Stadium (a 2-0 Yankees victory in 11 innings) and Sept. 12, 2014 at Camden Yards (a 2-1 Orioles victory in 11 innings).

Tanaka’s eight scoreless innings Thursday night was the longest start by a Yankees pitcher this season and the longest since Eovaldi’s game Aug. 24 last year. The last time a Yankees starter went at least eight scoreless innings on the road was exactly a year ago, by Michael Pineda May 5, 2015 at Toronto. Along with Sabathia’s start Wednesday night, Yankees starters have thrown at least seven scoreless innings in consecutive starts for the first time in exactly one year: Chase Whitley threw seven innings May 4, 2015 at Toronto and Pineda’s eight the next day.

After the three-game, weekend series against the Red Sox, the reigning World Series champion Royals come to town for four games followed by the American League Central-leading White Sox for a three-game set.

Alex Rodriguez Replica Bat Day will take place Saturday, May 14. The first 10,000 people in attendance, 14 years of age and younger, will receive a replica bat, courtesy of Bank of America.

Ticket specials will run Monday, May 9 (Military Personnel Game), Tuesday, May 10 (MasterCard $5, Military Personnel and Senior Citizen Game), Wednesday, May 11 (Military Personnel and Student Game), Thursday, May 12 (Military Personnel Game), Saturday, May 14 (Youth Game) and Sunday, May 15 (Youth Game).

For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/ticketspecials. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.

The homestand will also feature the following promotional items and dates:

Saturday, May 7 – Yankees vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m.
Sunscreen Day, presented by Blue Lizard, to all in attendance.

Monday, May 9 – Yankees vs. Royals, 7:05 p.m.
Cap Night, presented by the Robin Hood Foundation, to all in attendance.

Tuesday, May 10 – Yankees vs. Royals, 7:05 p.m.
Dunkin’ Donuts Card Night, presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, to first 18,000 in attendance, 21 and older.

Thursday, May 12 – Yankees vs. Royals, 7:05 p.m.
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Commemorative Bookmark Night-Free Museum Admission Ticket, presented by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, to all in attendance.

Friday, May 13 – Yankees vs. White Sox, 7:05 p.m.
Yankees Reusable Tote Bag Night, presented by MLB Network, to first 40,000 in attendance.

Sunday, May 15 – Yankees vs. White Sox, 1:05 p.m.
MLB Play Ball Weekend-Plastic Bat and Ball Set, to first 10,000 in attendance, 14 and younger.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.yankees.com, http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com, at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster phone at 877-469-9849, Ticketmaster TTY at 800-943-4327 and at all ticket offices located within Yankees Clubhouse Shops. Tickets may also be purchased on Yankees Ticket Exchange at http://www.yankees.com/yte, the only official online resale marketplace for fans to purchase and resell tickets to Yankees games. Fans with questions may call 212-YANKEES [926-5337] or email tickets@yankees.com.

For information on parking and public transportation options to the Stadium, please visit http://www.yankees.com and click on the Yankee Stadium tab at the top of the page.

Power bats sparking Yanks in early going

The long ball is back for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, which they will continue to need if their starting pitchers cannot pick up the pace. One game after Michael Pineda lucked out behind a 16-run, 17-hit attack, Nathan Eovaldi struggled through five innings only to be saved by his teammates’ wiping away 3-0 and 5-2 deficits in an 8-5 victory over the Astros Thursday in the rubber game of the season-opening series.

Mark Teixeira’s second three-run home run in two days unlocked a 5-5 score in the seventh inning and was a great sign from a player who has a history of grim Aprils and is coming off a leg injury that ruined the final portion of his — and the Yanks’ — 2015 season. Tex is batting .364 with two homers and seven RBI after a somewhat lackluster spring training during which he expressed concern about his poor timing at the plate. He has come alive at the right time. His 193rd home run with the Yankees pushed him past Tino Martinez into 17th place on the club’s all-time list.

There were plenty of other good signs from the Yankees in a game that began with a 12-minute rain delay but stayed dry the rest of the way. Starlin Castro continued his torrid hitting with two more knocks, including his second home run. Brian McCann got on the board with this first homer of the season and is batting .455 with three RBI. Mac’s 50th homer since joining the Yankees was his 36th at the Stadium. The Yankees belted seven home runs in the series, including three in each of the past two games.

Alex Rodriguez still has not homered since his first at-bat of the exhibition season, but he broke out of a 0-for-9 season start with a single in the fifth that scored the tying run. A-Rod also singled in the seventh and scored on Tex’s homer, an opposite-field blow off Ken Giles thaty cleared the left-field wall. Jacoby Ellsbury entered the game batting .111 and contributed two doubles and an RBI.

For the second straight game, the Yankees got four scoreless innings from their bullpen. Wednesday night all four frames were handled by Ivan Nova. Thursday, it was an ensemble effort with a shutout inning apiece from Kirby Yates, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, who earned his first save. Miller allowed two hits but struck out the side in showing no ill effects from a chip fracture in his right (non-pitching) wrist. Betances bounced back from the Opening Day loss with a 1-2-3, two-strikeout eighth.

Eovaldi’s five-inning start was a mixed bag. He did not walk anybody, which was good. He had seven strikeouts, which was good. But the righthander was touched for two home runs, which was not good, that came in successive at-bats in the second inning by Tyler White and Preston Tucker. White made it a four-RBI game when he singled in two more runs in the fourth as Houston regained its three-run lead. The power bats of McCann and Castro came to Eovaldi’s rescue, and he got off the hook when Rodriguez knotted the score in the fifth. It was A-Rod’s 1,066th RBI with the Yankees as he passed Jorge Posada for 11th place on the franchise’s career list.

Yanks defy conditions with offensive explosion

With the temperature hovering around 40 degrees and the wind swirling Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, the last thing I expected was an offensive outburst by either team. Yet before the third inning was complete, the Yankees and the Astros had combined to score 17 runs.

Go figure.

The reason, of course, was shaky pitching. After being given a 1-0 lead on Carlos Correa’s first-inning home run off Michael Pineda, Astros starter Collin McHugh could not get through the bottom of the inning. Seven of the eight batters he faced reached base, and all but one scored.  The Yankees loaded the bases on catcher’s interference and two walks with a single by Mark Teixeira and a double by Brian McCann sending those runners home.

Even on the one out McHugh recorded, a hard grounder to first base by Carlos Beltran, a run scored. An RBI single by Chase Headley chased McHugh, whose ERA is a hefty 135.00. Starlin Castro, who has already made a favorable impression on Yankees fans, greeted reliever Michael Feliz with a single for the sixth run of an inning in which 12 batters came to the plate and endured for 36 minutes.

If Pineda thought he could coast with a five-run lead, the Astros had other ideas. With two out, Pineda hit Jose Altuve with a pitch that loaded the bases for George Springer, who abruptly made it a one-run game with the first grand slam of his career.

Castro, who drove in two of the Yankees’ three runs in Tuesday’s Opening Day loss, provided Pineda breathing room by belting a three-run home run off Feliz with two out in the bottom of the seacond. Teixeira followed suit in the third as the Yankees stretched their lead to seven runs.