Brett Gardner hits go-ahead home run off of Jacob deGrom to lift Yankees over Mets in Subway Series opener
Jacob deGrom and Masahiro Tanaka were embroiled in a pitcher’s duel Friday night at Citi Field and neither went home happy. The Mets bats let down their starting pitcher once again, as deGrom tossed 7.2 innings allowing just one unearned run before Brett Gardner blasted a changeup over the right field wall for a go-ahead, two-run home run which propelled the Yankees to a 4-1 victory in the first match of a three-game Subway Series in Queens.Meanwhile, Tanaka was just as impressive as deGrom but was taken out of the game in the sixth inning due to stiffness in both of his hamstrings after running the bases.
Billy Connors, the Yankees longtime "pitching guru, died Monday. He was 76.
Connors, who had three stints as the Yankees pitching coach, also had a long run with the organization as vice president of player personnel.
Known for his ability to put careers back on track, the Schenectady product helped to salvage the career of Dwight Gooden.
"He gets right to the heart of the matter and makes you face the things that no one wants to face," Gooden said of Connors after joining the Yankees in 2000. "He saved me. He made it so I could contribute and get a (World Series) ring that year."
Connors also gets credit for helping Yankee legend Mariano Rivera develop his lethal cut fastball.
After playing his college ball at Syracuse, Connors had a brief stint in the majors with the Cubs and Mets.
He worked as a minor-league pitching instructor for the Mets, Royals, Cubs, Mariners and Phillies.
Connors first joined the Yankees in 1989 as manager Dallas Green's pitching coach.
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In an attempt to recreate some of the youthful scenes of their '1979,' video, The Smashing Pumpkins annoyed locals and were shut down by the police during a special LA house show.In an attempt to recreate some of the youthful scenes of their "1979," video, The Smashing Pumpkins annoyed locals and were shut down by the police during a special Los Angeles house show.