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.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout and was ejected after New York’s captain was hit.
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.
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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