Tallet not pretty, but earns win vs. Yanks
On a day of miscues and muffed plays, one scary moment stood out.
His left cheek swollen and his lip bloodied, Ruiz was checked out by doctors at the stadium. He did not suffer a concussion and had no vision problems.
“When I was spitting blood, I thought I probably broke my nose,” Ruiz said. “After a while, when I looked in the mirror, I thought, ‘Ah, my face is swollen. I’m fine now.’ Nothing growing up in New York City that I haven’t experienced.”
Ruiz joined the growing list of hitters to recently get beaned. Down for a few minutes after being hit by
“It is scary, but it’s part of the game,” Ruiz said. “I didn’t think he did it on purpose, we were both battling. I was fortunate.”
“Hopefully I’ll be in the lineup (Monday),” Ruiz said. “I’m ready.”
Towers had not pitched in the major leagues since Sept. 30, 2007, for Toronto against Tampa Bay. He was called up from Triple-A on Saturday, and acknowledged being shaken after hitting Ruiz.
“I was talking to (first baseman
“I think I might have knocked some power into him,” Damon joked. “He came up the next time and hit a home run.”
Manager Joe Girardi found it harder to smile.
“It’s not Yankee baseball,” Girardi said. “It’s not what we’ve done all year.”
“I’m just trying to get a hit, like always,” Jeter said. “I’m not really thinking about it right now. Maybe when I get up to the last one. Right now, it’s not like I’m trying to get more hits.”
Ruiz, making his first career start at first base, batted with the bases loaded in the fifth inning after Towers relieved
Ruiz fell forward on his knees, holding his head. Trainer George Poulis and manager Cito Gaston rushed to Ruiz’s side, and team physician Dr. Ron Taylor also tended to him.
“He had his hand up around his eye when I got out there so I was thinking, ‘Oh man, I hope he’s OK,”‘ Gaston said. “Here’s a kid that’s really trying to establish himself and play in the big leagues for a while and you hate to see that happen to him.”
After a few minutes, Ruiz stood up, walked off and left the game.
Later Sunday, Cincinnati reliever
Making his first start since Aug. 29, when he was knocked out of the game after taking a liner off his forearm, right-hander
Swisher made up for his miscue in the fifth with a two-run homer for a 5-4 lead. Of his 24 home runs this season, 21 have come on the road.
New York RHP