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Yankees edge Mets

ASSOCIATED PRESS Yankees´ Alfonso Soriano hits an RBI double in the seventh inning for the only run of the game.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Yankees' Alfonso Soriano hits an RBI double in the seventh inning for the only run of the game.
DEREK JETER watched the last four outs of his final regular-season Subway Series game from the bench, pulled off the field during a double switch in the bottom of the eighth inning last night as the New York Yankees held off the Mets, 1-0.

Alfonso Soriano's RBI double in the seventh broke up a scoreless duel at Citi Field between pitchers making their major league debuts. Rookie reliever Dellin Betances struck out six in a row as the Yankees earned a split of this year's series between crosstown rivals with their second straight shutout.

David Robertson got David Wright to ground out to Jeter's replacement at shortstop, Brendan Ryan, with runners at the corners to end the eighth.

Jeter left after an 0-for-4 night dropped his batting average to .254. The Yankees captain, a month shy of his 40th birthday, came out when Robertson entered to face Wright.

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Jeter was on the mound during the pitching change, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the longtime All-Star his plan.

"I just told him I was going to make a double switch," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He understands."

Yankees starter Chase Whitley pitched two-hit ball for 4 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking two.

Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking two.

In addition to a commanding performance on the mound, deGrom, 25, helped Mets pitchers end an unusual record for futility. He lined a single to centerfield in the third inning to end the staff's 0-for-64 start to the season.

The Mets had long passed a century-old record established by the St. Louis Browns. They went hitless in 45 at-bats in 1914, according to information provided by the Mets from the Elias Sports Bureau.

Young pitchers dominated the series in both games at spacious Citi Field after two slugfests in the Bronx. Masahiro Tanaka pitched his first major league shutout Wednesday, a 4-0 win for the Yankees.

After Rafael Montero started his big-league career with a fine, six-inning performance against Tanaka, deGrom distinguished himself.

It has been 12 years since a team had pitchers make their big- league debuts in consecutive games. Milwaukee did it Sept. 2-3, 2002.

Adam Warren relieved Whitley to begin the eighth and added a strikeout before allowing a walk. Daniel Murphy then hit a grounder off the end of his bat down the third-base line for a single to put runners on first and third.

Jeter was honored by the Mets before the game. But he did little at the plate. He lined into a doubleplay in the third with runners on first and second. Then with two on in the eighth, he hit a grounder to shortstop Ruben Tejada, who threw home for a tag play to keep the score 1-0.

In AL games

* At Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs, Juan Francisco also connected and the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians, 4-2, to give manager John Gibbons his 400th career win.

In Blue Jays news, outfielder Colby Rasmus went on the disabled list and they recalled outfielder Anthony Gose from Triple A. Rasmus is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring.

In Indians news, outfielder Nyjer Morgan went on the DL with a sprained right knee. Morgan got hurt running down a fly ball in leftfield Wednesday night.

* At Kansas City, Nelson Cruz' two-run homer was enough for the Baltimore Orioles to hold off the Royals, 2-1.

* At Minneapolis, Aaron Hicks delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th and Phil Hughes struck out eight in six innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3.

In NL games

* At Milwaukee, Khris Davis hit a game-ending, two-run single and the Brewers rallied in the ninth off Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon for a 4-3 win.

Ryan Braun led off the inning by singling to right before Melancon (1-2) walked the next two hitters to load the bases with nobody out.

Up came Davis, who hit his broken-bat hit into short center to drive in Braun and Jonathan Lucroy. Teammates showered Davis with cups of water in the face in celebration after he reached first. * At Cincinnati, Rene Rivera hit the first of San Diego's three homers, and Tyson Ross (5-3) allowed three hits in seven innings, leading the Padres to a 6-1 victory and a split of their doubleheader with the Reds.

Johnny Cueto (4-2) pitched a three-hitter for his second shutout in the opener of the day-night doubleheader, a 5-0 victory.

* At St. Louis, Michael Wacha (3-3) pitched seven innings and drove in two runs, helping the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Noteworthy

* The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder and first baseman Kyle Blanks from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert and a player to be named.

* Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgery today, ending the season for the reigning NL Rookie of the Year. Manager Mike Redmond said the righthander would have the elbow ligament transplant procedure. The decision was expected after Fernandez, 21, was put on the disabled list this week.

* The Tampa Bay Rays put switch-hitting second baseman Ben Zobrist on the DL because of a dislocated left thumb. Zobrist was injured on a headfirst slide while trying to steal second in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Seattle.

The headfirst slide is a part of Zobrist's game, and something he plans to continue when he returns to the lineup.

"I've slid headfirst a whole lot in my career," said Zobrist, who turns 33 in less than 2 weeks. "And every time I've slid normally headfirst, I've been safe - not safe on the play, mind you - but as far as not getting hurt. The only two times I've tried to avoid a tag diving headfirst are the two times I've hurt myself. So for me, it's not a matter of sliding headfirst. It's a matter of trying to do something crazy while you're sliding headfirst."

* Giants righthander Tim Hudson will miss his next start because of a strained left hip. The problem doesn't appear to be a major concern, but the Giants felt it would be best to give Hudson additional time to rest.

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