NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Minor and two relievers became the first pitchers in 220 tries to shut out the Yankees, helping the Texas Rangers beat New York 7-0 Monday.
The Yankees had the second longest streak without being blanked since at least 1900 behind a 308-game stretch by the Babe Ruth-led Yankees from 1931-33. New York was previously shut out June 30, 2018, by Chris Sale and the Red Sox.
Jose Trevino, Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo homered to back Minor (12-8), a resurgent All-Star who allowed five hits over 7 1/3 innings. The left-hander struck out five, walked one and threw 111 pitches before being pulled with two on in the eighth.
Shawn Kelley replaced Minor and retired DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to end the eighth. Emmanuel Clase shut down the heart of the order in the ninth.
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (10-8) grinded through six innings of two-run ball. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out five for New York, which had won six of seven.
The game was delayed 2 hours, 52 minutes by rain, but then played under mostly sunny skies.
The 31-year-old Minor was drilled on the backside by LeMahieu leading off the first, but recovered to make that out and many more after. He allowed just one runner past second base.
Minor and his deceptive, rising fastball were rumored to be a trade target for New York at midseason, but he remained with the Rangers, who improved to 68-71.
The Yankees’ scoring streak nearly fell Sunday when they trailed Oakland 4-0 after 7 1/2 innings, but New York rallied and won 5-4 on Mike Ford’s game-ending solo homer in the ninth.
This was the second straight day the AL East leaders were overpowered by a left-handed starter — Oakland’s Sean Manaea pitched five innings of one-hit ball Sunday in his first start since shoulder surgery nearly a year ago. New York has been without a number of top right-handed bats, as Edwin Encarnación, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Cameron Maybin and switch-hitting Aaron Hicks are all injured. Encarnación will rejoin the team Tuesday.
Choo hit his 21st homer off lefty Tyler Lyons leading off the ninth. The 37-year-old Choo is one shy of his career high, achieved three times.
Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier drew big cheers when he threw out Elvis Andrus at home for the final out of the fifth. Frazier started in the outfield for the first time since being demoted to Triple-A in mid-June for a 2 1/2-month minor league stint that ended Sunday. The brazen, red-headed slugger made a few embarrassing miscues in the outfield prior to the demotion and was tasked with sharpening his defense.
It wasn’t all rosy for Frazier. He overran Nomar Mazara’s single in the eighth, but Mike Tauchman hustled to back him up and bailed him out.
Rangers: OF Joey Gallo (broken right hamate bone) was expected to begin practicing. … DH Hunter Pence (lower back strain) remained in Texas to continue rehabbing.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia said he had his balky right knee drained and received a cortisone shot but remains unsure about his timeline for a return. … Encarnación (broken right wrist) was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his final rehab game. … Hicks (right flexor strain) was slated to begin a throwing program. … RHP Jonathan Holder (right shoulder) was set to throw for the first time since landing on the IL on Aug. 7. LHP Stephen Tarpley (left elbow impingement) is nearing a return. … Maybin (sore left wrist) is expected to return to the lineup this week.
Yankees LHP James Paxton (11-6, 4.39) walked a season-high five against Seattle in his previous start but got the win in a 7-3 victory. He’ll oppose Rangers RHP Ariel Jurado (7-10, 5.19), although Texas may use an opener before going to the 23-year-old.