NEW YORK — After honoring their past with a pregame reunion of their 1996 team, the Yankees moved on Saturday to showcasing their future by calling up two more top prospects to add to their lineup.
And the Rays (46-69) played perfect foils, serving up a season-high five home runs — four by starter RHP Matt Andriese — in the 8-4 loss that proved to be historic. Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge became the first teammates to both homer in their first major-league at-bats in the same game.
"We didn't make many good pitches (Saturday), there's no denying that," manager Kevin Cash said. "Too many hittable pitches. Too many pitches that they were capable of hitting the ball out of the ballpark, and they did. I don't really know what else to say other than that."
Andriese said he just had a bad day, including the second-inning back-to-back homers by Austin and Judge, and that the sweltering heat — first pitch temperature of 95 with a feels-like of 109 — played a factor as his excessive sweat made it tough to grip the ball.
"I made a couple mistakes there, and they got amplified into hard-hit balls over the walls," he said. "Definitely one you can learn from, but just a tough day in general. I'm not going to go shy away from contact like I usually do."
RHP Erasmo Ramirez gave up the other homer, the MLB reliever-most 12th he has allowed in 71 innings.
MILLER TIME: SS-turned-1B Brad Miller provided pretty much the only Rays highlights, swatting a pair of homers — a three-run shot in the fourth and a solo in the sixth — to push his career-high season total to 22.
"I'm honestly just trying to keep getting more consistent and not give away at-bats," said Miller, hitting .350 with seven homers over his past 16 games.
SPECIAL K: CF Kevin Kiermaier returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game with the flu and drew some boos when he bunted in the fourth for the Rays' first hit off RHP Masahiro Tanaka, leading to Miller's homer.
"It was the fourth inning," Kiermaier said. "I heard 'em. We went one time through the order. I wanted to take a chance right there, and you see what happened the rest of that inning. So I don't really care if those people boo or not. I think people who know the game, there's nothing wrong with (doing that in the) fourth inning."
CEREMONIALLY SPEAKING: The Yankees had a large turnout to honor the 1996 team, headlined by core players Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams and Mariano Rivera, who today will have a plaque added to Monument Park. They also paid tribute to the late Don Zimmer, who was the bench coach, on the scoreboard. Others with Rays ties among the honorees included Wade Boggs, Dwight Gooden, Jim Mecir and Tino Martinez.
MISCELLANY: OF Oswaldo Arcia (right elbow strain) and DH Logan Morrison (right forearm strain) each went 0-for-3 as they continued to rehab with the advanced Class A Stone Crabs. … Rookie RHP Ryan Garton said it was "a very cool experience" to be the pitcher who faced Alex Rodriguez on Friday in what is supposedly his last big-league at-bat. "And thankfully I got him out." … Saturday was the 24th game the Rays played with a first-pitch temp of 95 or higher, and they are 7-17.