Franklin Morales became the first pitcher in 75 years to give up four home runs to the Yankees twice in one season as New York beat Boston 6-4 Friday night.
NEW YORK — Baseball is a sport of repetition — unfortunately so, for Franklin Morales.
Morales became the first pitcher in 75 years to give up four home runs to the New York Yankees twice in one season, allowing Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Derek Jeter to go deep in Boston’s 6-4 loss Friday night.
“When you miss a pitch with that team, somebody (is) going to pay,” Morales said.
He also allowed four home runs against the Bronx Bombers on July 7. No one had done that twice in a year since Ted Lyons of the Chicago White Sox in 1937. The only other pitcher to allow four homers to the Yankees twice in a season was George Earnshaw of the 1932 Philadelphia Athletics.
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Oddly, Morales has given up just three homers to other clubs this year.
“Other than the home runs, he had pretty good stuff,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.
Jeter’s home run was the 250th of his career. He joined Willie Mays as the only players with 3,000 hits, 250 homers, 300 steals and 1,200 runs batted in.
The Yankees shortstop said he’s proud of his milestone homer.
“I always see all the time: ‘He doesn’t hit home runs.’ Blah, blah, blah,” Jeter said. “I think it’s a lot. I’ll take it.”
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