NEW YORK – In his first major league start since late April, Jair Jurrjens will face Boston left-hander Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53 ERA) in Friday’s series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Braves are recalling Jurrjens from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill in for injured starter Brandon Beachy.
The Braves sent right-hander Todd Redmond back to Gwinnett after Wednesday’s game to open a roster spot for Jurrjens. Redmond was up four days and didn’t get in a game.
Jurrjens was 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA and .411 opponents’ average in four starts for Atlanta before being sent down. He was 3-4 with a 5.18 ERA in 10 starts at Gwinnett, including a one-inning tuneup appearance Tuesday.
In the other pitching matchups at Boston, Randall Delgado starts again Red Sox lefty Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.14) on Saturday, and Mike Minor faces Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz (7-2, 5.38) on Sunday.
Closer Craig Kimbrel converted his National League-leading 20th save with a two-strikeout perfect ninth inning Tuesday, extending his string of consecutive scoreless (and utterly dominant) appearances to 15 since May 8.
In that span he’s converted 11 of 11 save opportunities and posted a .061 opponents’ batting average, allowing three hits and two walks with 24 strikeouts in 15 innings while whittling his ERA to 1.38.
“Oh my God, I was watching him [Tuesday] night,” reliever Jonny Venters said. “I said he’s like the dude on the video game that you create and give the highest possible rating. He’s out there pushing Nintendo buttons. He’s fun to watch when he’s locked in.”
The Braves are just 3-7 in their past 10 games, but they’re 6-1 in their past seven road games….
The Braves’ 10 runs were the most allowed by the Yankees in a game this season. They were the last team in the majors to allow at least 10 runs in a game for the first time this season….
The nine homers hit by the Braves and Yankees on Wednesday were the most in any game at the new Yankee Stadium, and tied the record for the most in any home game in Yankees franchise history….
Derek Jeter’s first-pitcher homer in the opening inning was his fourth leadoff homer of the season and 28th of his career, extending his own Yankees franchise record….
Alex Rodriguez’s solo homer in the sixth inning was his 640th and gave him 1,925 RBIs, moving ahead of Jimmie Fox for sole possession of sixth place on the major league career RBI list….
The Braves handed the Yankees their first back-to-back losses since May 28-29 at Anaheim, and dealt them their first series loss since that same series against the Angels.