ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter was hit on the arm by a Steve Geltz pitch in the eighth inning of a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, the fifth time a New York Yankees batter has been hit by a Rays pitcher in the past week.
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New York’s David Phelps was ejected by plate umpire Rob Drake in the bottom half after throwing a tight pitch to Kevin Kiermaier. Both dugouts and bullpens emptied, but little occured except for a couple players being restrained by teammates or coaches. Yankees coach Tony Pena also was ejected during the game.
Jeter and Chase Headley have been hit twice each since Sept. 9 and Brian McCann once. Headley was struck by Jake McGee on a chin last Thursday.
Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season, was honored in a pregame ceremony and went 0 for 2. He is hitless in 26 at-bats, the second-longest skid of his career, dropping his batting average to .249.
Jake Odorizzi (11-12) allowed one run and five hits over six innings.
Michael Pineda (3-5) gave up two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Yankees, who began the night six games back for the AL’s second wild card.
Ichiro Suzuki had a second-inning RBI single, but the Rays tied the score in the fifth on Pineda’s error when he failed to catch a flip from McCann, the first baseman.
Yunel Escobar had a run-scoring infield single in the sixth, and the Rays broke open the game with a four-run seventh. Evan Longoria and Nick Franklin had RBI singles, and pinch-hitter Wil Myers drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly, a drive to deep center that Jacoby Ellsbury caught with a diving grab.READ MORE: Tampa Program Aims To Fix Roads Issues Within 72 Hours Of Being Reported
Among the gifts given to Jeter after a video tribute were a kayak in Yankees’ colors with the No. 2 on it and a framed Rays jersey of Tampa Bay senior adviser Don Zimmer, who died this year. Jeter developed a close relationship with him during Zimmer’s eight seasons as Yankees bench coach.
Zimmer’s wife Soot took part in the ceremony.
Yankees: INF-OF Martin Prado had an appendectomy and will miss the rest of the season. … 1B Mark Teixeira sat out with right wrist soreness. … RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow) is tentatively set to return and start Sunday against Toronto. … C Francisco Cervelli (headaches) went 2 for 3 in his return after missing the previous 14 games.
Rays RHP Alex Cobb (9-7) and Yankees RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-4) are the scheduled starters Wednesday night in Jeter’s final game at Tropicana Field. … Cobb has allowed two runs or less in 12 consecutive starts, which is tied for the third longest stretch by an AL pitcer since records are first available in 1914.
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