Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ellsbury's Home Run Gives Bombers Some Good News

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ellsbury's Home Run Gives Bombers Some Good News

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CLEVELAND -- Still reeling from the news of All-Star rookie Masahiro Tanaka's elbow injury, the Yankees narrowly avoided a double dose of heartache Wednesday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury's 14th-inning homer off Vinnie Pestano lifted the Yankees to a 5-4 win against the Indians before an announced crowd of 21,727 at Progressive Field.

Drilling an 0-2 pitch with two out, Ellsbury's sixth homer of the year validated a Yankee relief effort of 7 1/3 scoreless innings -- ending with David Robertson's 22nd save and including Shawn Kelley's escape of a David Huff-created, 10th-inning, bases-loaded jam.

Before the game, Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list after complaining of right elbow soreness following Tuesday night's start, a 5-3 loss to Cleveland.

The 25-year-old right-hander was sent back to New York on Wednesday morning for an MRI, the results of which are pending - as is an exam by team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad, currently in Seattle.

And it was just one of a trio of injuries the Yankees dealt with Wednesday.

Outfielder Brett Gardner is day to day with a strained lower abdominal muscle and Carlos Beltran was scratched due to a facial contusion suffered during batting practice.

But the primary concern was for the Yanks' burgeoning, $155 million ace.

"I think you're always worried when you have a guy go back for an elbow MRI," said manager Joe Girardi. "But you've got to wait and see what Dr. Ahmad says."

Mark Teixeira's second home run of the night, a two-run shot off right-handed starter Josh Tomlin, gave the Yankees a brief 4-3 lead in a three-run fifth that included Brian McCann's sacrifice fly.

But Teixeira popped out after the Yanks opened the 10th with runners at first and second, defusing an inning that also included Girardi's successful overturn of a double play via replay challenge.

In his first Yankee start since being traded from Arizona, Brandon McCarthy pitched into the seventh inning after a shaky start. …

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