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Dellin Betances sets single-season mark for strikeouts by a Yankees reliever

Dellin Betances of the Yankees pitches in the

Dellin Betances of the Yankees pitches in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dellin Betances said the accomplishment left him "speechless."

The reliever struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday night to give him 132 strikeouts this season. He passed Mariano Rivera, who struck out 130 in 1996, for most by a Yankees reliever in a season.

"I'm just honored and thrilled," Betances said. "It's incredible, everything that's happened to me." Betances has recorded 236 outs in 87 2/3 innings, 50.2 percent of them coming via strikeouts; Rivera struck out 130 in 107 2/3 innings in '96.

"He's been awesome for us all year," Derek Jeter said.

 

Jeter's a hit

Jeter snapped an 0-for-28 skid (the second-longest of his career, he went 0-for-32 in 2004) with a sixth-inning single, a ground smash back up the middle off Alex Cobb.

"I'm one for my last two, guys," Jeter said, smiling. "It felt good. I'm well aware of what's going on. Those stretches aren't fun. Going through it is difficult."

Next for Jeter is the final homestand of his career, eight games against the Blue Jays and Orioles. "I'm trying not to anticipate anything or try to figure out what it's going to be like," Jeter said. "We'll find out."

 

Tex: I must get stronger

Mark Teixeira was prepared for season-long issues with his surgically repaired right wrist. He was told by his surgeon to expect setbacks now and then.

"I was fully expecting to have some bumps this season," said Teixeira, who missed Tuesday's game with swelling in the wrist but returned to the lineup Wednesday night. "I can't really be that disappointed with the wrist."

But what has disappointed Teixeira is how he's felt physically overall this season, particularly in the second half. "I need to get stronger," Teixeira said. "This second half has been brutal, I just hit a wall. I need to get a lot stronger. This offseason's going to be important for that because I'm definitely not where I want to be physically."

After producing a first-half slash line of .241/.341/.464 with 17 homers and 48 RBIs, Teixeira's numbers dropped to .179/.283/.298 with four homers and 10 RBIs in the second half.

The 34-year-old said the time he spent last offseason rehabbing his wrist took away from his usual offseason conditioning, something he'll be able to correct going into 2015.

"I had to rehab all [last] offseason, but the wrist is structurally sound," Teixeira said. "And from all indications, it shouldn't be a problem next year."

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