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Derek Lowe notches four-inning save in Yankees debut

Aug 13, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

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Making his Yankees debut and his first relief appearance since 2007, Derek Lowe notched his first save in 11 years by throwing four scoreless innings in the Bombers’ 8-2 win over the Rangers on Monday.

It was Lowe’s 86th career save. The first 85 all came with the Red Sox from 1998-2001. He moved into the rotation on a permanent basis in 2002 and had made just one relief appearance in the 11 years since.

The Yankees signed Lowe to pitch in middle relief, but he looked so good tonight that they allowed him to just keep going and finish the game. He allowed two hits, walked none and struck out four in his four frames. 33 of his 44 pitches went for strikes.

It’ll be interesting to see what the Yankees do if Lowe continues to succeed as a long man. He’s still stretched out to start, and though the Yankees wouldn’t necessarily need him in that role if CC Sabathia returns later this month as hoped, he does give them options.

  1. panktics - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

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  2. sawxalicious - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    I’m a Red Sox fan, so I naturally root against the Yanks. But kudos to Lowe for showing he still has something in the tank. He had a lot of great moments with the Sox.

    • mightymike1250 - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      He always killed the Yankees. All thise big bats if the Yankees hitting one pitch after another right into the ground. Glad he’s on our sIde now. Btw, condolences on the passing of Johnny Pesky.

      • teaspoon1731 - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM

        This little exchange warmed my wee little Sox fan heart. As much as we all hate each other, moments of loss always cause the cream to rise to the top. Kudos for the respect Mike.

      • mightymike1250 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM

        teaspoon1731 – Aug 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM
        This little exchange warmed my wee little Sox fan heart. As much as we all hate each other, moments of loss always cause the cream to rise to the top. Kudos for the respect Mike.

        You’re welcome, Teaspoon. You know, when Mickey Mantle died a few years ago, some of the most glowing tributes to his career came from Red Sox fans. OF COURSE Red Sox fans root against the Yanks and vice versa (if we think about it, “hate” is probably too strong a word). But if you’re a baseball fan, you appreciate great players who bring honor to the game and play it the way it’s suppose to be played. I love Derek Jeter for that reason, but I also love Dustin Pedroia for the same reason (I just hate playing against him because he’s such a great player).

      • bigleagues - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:25 AM

        No one who knows the history of ex-Sox donning pinstripes should be surprised by this.

        Also no one should have counted Lowe down for the count. He had stretches like the one he had in Cleveland, before. It’s usually a mechanical thing with him, and he said as much after his release.

        If the Red Sox made any serious inquiries into bringing Lowe back, it would not surprise me in the least if he chose the Yanks in order to make that fabled ‘last run at a ring’.

  3. jolink653 - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    He looked good tonight…Not gonna overreact as it’s only one game but his stuff was sharp and he looked confident…If he can keep doing that then it’ll be another weapon for Girardi out of the bullpen and they could even plug him into the rotation if they want to give CC more time to come back

    • sparky1002 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      It was heartwarming for me to see a Yankee pitcher come in relief and do what most Yankee fans would expect from a Yankee reliever. Well done Mr. Lowe!

  4. dabossditka - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    May prove to be the best move the Yankees have made this year in regards to the pitching staff. I’m very pleased.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Good for him, but I saw an awful lot of fly balls for a sinkerballer. Infield flies are cool, and I suppose the warning track in RF at Yankee stadium is middle-deep most other places, but seeing that many balls in the air for a guys whose only real tradeable skill at this point is his GB% seems like it may not bode well in the future.

  6. thatyankeedude - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    The Yankees must have the best scouts in the game. I know it’s only one game but they have a history of bringing in unique talent to help them win games.

  7. randygnyc - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Encouraging performance by the Yankees. 3 days ago Phelps wasn’t slated to start and Derek Lowe wasn’t even a Yankee. They retired 19 of the last 21 Rangers. Nick Swisher hit a grand slam for his career 200th homer. Dempster managed to raise his American League ERA, which pregame was 6.35.

    • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      Get the feeling that Dempster should have stayed in the National League, do ya?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Can’t help but wonder if he feels “blindsided” by the junior circuit

  8. mickeylolich1968 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The Red Sox pitching staff is soooo deep they clearly had no innings available for Derek Lowe.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      I’ve got to agree with you and one has to wonder why Ron Washington didn’t go to Roy Oswalt since he was warm and ready in their bullpen?

    • henryd3rd - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      Pitching depth? How’s Daiske Matsuzaka doing in Triple A? Is he ready to get back into the starting rotation and help the Sox with their stretch drive run?

  9. randygnyc - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Gator- I guess it doesn’t matter what I think. It only matters what Dempster feels. Sometimes it’s better to be a big fish in a little pond than baitfish in shark infested waters.

  10. badintent - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Heck, I went to the Yankees and I got to ride a horse in the WS and got a ring to boot………………Wade Boogs. Must be the water.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      Damon, Clemens and now Lowe. Must be the water

  11. uyf1950 - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    Looks like another coup by Cashman getting Lowe for chump change this late in the season to help with the final 7 weeks of the regular season. And who knows after that. Also, Chavez continues to amaze. Keep it up.

  12. uyf1950 - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:48 AM

    Oh and one other comment. Looks like Lowe had no problem coming out for the extra inning(s). Unlike a certain Texas late season signing a few games back.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      Roy, are you listening? Roy! Roy! You heard me. Pick up the bullpen phone!

      • uyf1950 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        I’m sorry, you have temporarily reach a disconnected line. Please hang up and try back later. Thank you. If you feel you have reach this message in error tough luck.

  13. willclarkgameface - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    And so it begins, the Derek Lowe express will be coming to a town near you, possibly Boston, to fully place them in the basement and mathematically out of anything Bud Selig and his good $quad can come up with to make the playoffs an even bigger joke.

  14. bmorethansteel - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Still confused as to why the O’s didn’t pull the trigger on Lowe. Someone obviously fell asleep at their desk.

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