HOUSTON — Clint Frazier followed up his smash debut Saturday night with a much quieter Sunday.
The 22-year-old outfielder, who started in rightfield and went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Saturday night, started in leftfield on Sunday and went 0-for-3.
Still, Saturday’s performance alone made for a memorable weekend for Frazier, the centerpiece of the Andrew Miller deal with the Indians at the trade deadline last July.
“It looked pretty good to me,” Joe Girardi said Sunday morning of Frazier’s approach at the plate the night before.
Frazier, who struck out in his first at-bat Saturday before doubling in his second and homering in his third, became the third Yankee with multiple extra-base hits in his big-league debut but the first to have a home run as one of those extra-base hits, according to Elias.
Dixie Walker had two doubles in a 14-inning game at Washington on April 28, 1931, and Mike Pagliarulo had two doubles in his debut at Minnesota on July 7, 1984.
“He was patient. I didn’t see him swinging wildly,” Girardi said. “The interesting thing for a guy who first comes up is he doesn’t know any of these pitchers, so he may try to get a look early on and he might get behind early in a count . . . but I thought he adjusted to the starter [Francis Martes] and got a high breaking ball off the lefty [Tony Sipp] the first pitch, and then was ready for it the next time he got one to hit. I thought his at-bats were good and his approach was good.”
In his first at-bat Sunday, Frazier walked against Mike Fiers. Frazier flied to left to end the fourth against Fiers, bounced back to Michael Feliz in the seventh and hit the ball hard off Dayan Diaz in the ninth, although it resulted in a 4-6-3 double play.
Warren set for Tuesday
Adam Warren (right shoulder inflammation) faced Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Wade in a 20-pitch simulated game Sunday morning. “Everything felt good,” he said afterward.
The plan is to give Warren Monday off and activate him on Tuesday, a day game against the Blue Jays at the Stadium.
Chad Green has emerged in Warren’s absence, getting more and more important innings. He struck out three in 1 2⁄3 innings Saturday night, making it six straight appearances without allowing a run and lowering his ERA to 1.86 in 15 outings.
“We really liked what we saw from him last year. He’s been really important,” Girardi said. “Bullpens are always evolving. That seems like the new guy now. It used to be the specialist. Now it’s the guy that can give you two or three innings and shut a team down. That’s the new guy that everyone’s looking for, and he’s done a pretty good job.”
Starlin Castro (right hamstring) has started doing some basic work on the field, including light running. “I don’t have an exact timetable, but it’s good that he’s on the field,” Girardi said. “I’d imagine he’ll start doing more when we get home.”
The Yankees are 9-16 in one-run games this season, which, entering Sunday, was the second-worst mark in such games in the AL and fourth-worst in the majors. In their last 13 one-run games, they are 2-11. They were 24-12 in one-run games in 2016 . . . Frazier became the 16th rookie used by the Yankees this season. They used 17 all of last season.