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3B David Adams was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre again. Adams was hitting .194 with the Yankees this season.
RHP Dellin Betances was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes Barre to give the Yankees an extra arm, especially one that can pitch multiple innings. Betances did that in seven of his last 10 appearances and that is part of a 30-inning scoreless streak he had in his last 17 appearances in the minors. When Betances pitches, he will be the 49th player to appear for the Yankees. He was with the team in May but did not get into a game.
LHP Andy Pettitte allowed one run and eight hits but threw 101 pitches in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed the run in the first inning, marking his eighth straight start of doing so.
RHP Mariano Rivera blew a save for the third straight game, marking the first time that ever happened. He also allowed two home runs in a game for the fifth time in his career and first time ever in a save opportunity.
3B Alex Rodriguez described his current state as a work in progress and said it would take 40-to-50 at-bats before he gets in the full swing of things. Rodriguez hit his 647th career home run Sunday and first since Sept. 14. He also added an RBI single and is 5-for-19 since returning from the DL Monday.
LF Alfonso Soriano batted sixth for the first time and also reached 2,000 hits with a fourth-inning home run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of four players whose major league debuts were with the Yankees to reach 2,000 hits. The others are Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Don Mattingly.
3B Kevin Youkilis made an appearance in the Yankee clubhouse but really had little to report about his back that underwent surgery in June. He said he has spent the last four weeks rehabbing in New York after spending the first three recovering in California.
RHP Hiroki Kuroda is undefeated in day games but 5-7 in night games. Kuroda's earned run average after dark is 2.78 but in those starts, the Yankees have scored three runs or less 15 times. The most recent instance was Tuesday in Chicago when Kuroda allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 3-2 loss. Kuroda is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts against the Angels. Both of his starts as a Yankee against the Angels have been at home. He pitched eight scoreless innings in New York's 2012 home opener on April 13, 2012 and then allowed five runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings without getting a decision in a 6-5 win on July 14, 2012.