In his first at-bat Altuve took a 91 mph fastball out to left for a left field for a solo shot. The play was reviewed, but the ruling was ultimately upheld. Altuve would also single twice later in the contest. Altuve finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.
Manager Terry Francona weighed in on the matter prior to Sunday's game at Kansas City. Kipnis has just two home runs and is slugging .326 in his last 59 games.
"I don't think he's in pain," Francona said. "I do think there are balls that he usually gets to, hitting wise, and he's fouled them off or swinging through them. I think he's frustrated, which I totally understand.
"But with good players, they play. I'm not sure you can always be 100 percent or we'd never have a team. From where I sit, you appreciate he's giving everything he has. That's why I'm quick to defend guys because more guys are banged up (than people realize)."
Fresh off a 4-for-4 performance against the Red Sox Friday, Zobrist slugged his second home run of the month in the seventh inning of Saturday's win. He has hit .267/.354/.409 with eight home runs, 29 RBI and five stolen bases in 345 at-bats.
Weeks has been decent this season for Norfolk with a .279/.394/.397 stat line and 10 doubles in 55 games. He managed three hits in 11 at-bats during a short stint with Baltimore.
The 29-year-old Petit has 54 major league at-bats and has posted a .278 average, but has not played at that level since 2010 with Oakland.
However, it doesn't appear one option will be to promote second base prospect Robert Refsnyder, who is batting .301 with a .401 on-base percentage, .497 slugging percentage and .898 OPS in 39 games since his promotion to Triple-A.
"He has a chance to be the second baseman of the future, maybe as early as next year," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, adding that if Refsnyder does see any big league time in 2014, it would likely be in the outfield. "If we can avoid it, I don't think we'd get the impact over the next two months that people would think. That jump from Triple-A to the big leagues is larger than it's ever been."
"He's playing at 100 percent as far as I know," Farrell said. "I see him every day; every player has got maintenance work that they do in the training room, which he goes through. Is his style of play more taxing physically? It might be. But I know that seeing him when he gets to the ballpark ... the early work that he goes through ... has tapered off as we get deeper into the season."
Pedroia has not only slumped off, but has seemingly lost his power. His home run totals have slipped from 21 to 15 to nine to four over the last four seasons. His stat line of .269/.338/.364 is by far his worst since his rookie season of 2006.
Ramirez doubled in a run in the third inning and finished with two of their five hits. In the process, he matched his hit total in 18 at-bats in a previous stint this year with Cleveland.