Yankees rookie Mike Ford doesn’t let bitter ending dampen MLB debut


Mike Ford, a non-drafted free agent from Princeton College and Belle Mead, N.J., made his main league debut Thursday evening when he was the designated hitter for the Yankees.

Outdoors of providing a sensible “no remark’’ when requested about getting known as out on strikes for the ultimate out of the Yankees’ 6-1 loss to the Royals on the Stadium, the personable Ford gushed a couple of memorable evening.

“Simply making an attempt to take pleasure in it,’’ mentioned Ford, who went 0-for-Three with a stroll. “It was all you may think about.’’

Ford was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. He was hitting .410 with 5 homers and 14 RBIs in 10 video games at SWB when he was promoted after Greg Fowl went on the 10-day IL. Ford was instructed Wednesday he would begin towards right-hander Homer Bailey.

Gary Sanchez is eligible to come back off the 10-day IL on Sunday, however the Yankees are uncertain if that can occur. Sanchez joined Troy Tulowitzki and Miguel Andujar for early batting observe Thursday.

Sanchez has been out with a strained left calf since April 10 when he pinch hit towards the Astros. The Yankees would possibly need to wait till Monday to see how Sanchez’s calf responds to Sunday’s cross-country flight to Anaheim.

Troy Tulowitzki hit on the sector Thursday for the primary time since happening the IL on April four with a left calf pressure. The shortstop additionally took floor balls and ran.

“All the pieces is nice,” mentioned Tulowitzki, who will be a part of the Yankees on their nine-game western journey. “A few days of that and I’ll know the plan after that. A very powerful factor is I really feel good. Hope it isn’t for much longer.’’

Luke Voit prolonged his consecutive sport on-base streak to 29 with a first-inning single. …Thursday’s loss marked the primary time this season the Yankees didn’t get an additional base hit.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu was offered with the Wilson defensive participant of the 12 months award for the 2018 season earlier than the sport. LeMahieu performed second base for the Rockies final 12 months.

In accordance with Aaron Boone, Didi Gregorius is throwing from as much as 120 ft in Tampa whereas working again from Tommy John surgical procedure.

“He has been doing actual effectively, it has gone as deliberate,’’ Boone mentioned.

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