Derek Lowe pitched four scoreless innings of relief and allowed just two hits in his New York Yankees debut to help lift his new club past the Texas Rangers 8-2 last night in the Bronx. David Phelps turned over a 5-2 lead to Lowe in the sixth, letting up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Recently released by the Cleveland Indians, Lowe is the first pitcher who beat the Yankees in a postseason series-clincher at Yankee Stadium to later pitch for the Yankees. He defeated the Yanks in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS with the Boston the Red Sox during their memorable World Series run. The 39-year-old right-hander held a 5.52 ERA and 8-10 record for the Indians this season.
“I had to get back to hiding the ball a little better,” said Lowe. “I’m not going to do jumping jacks because you pitch one good game because you’re in this for the long haul.” The 15-year veteran may get a chance to pitch against his former team this weekend when the Yankees host the Red Sox for three games starting Friday, August 17th.