Do you believe in miracles? Chris Young is hoping for one, for himself and his new team.
Released by the Mets last month, Young went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBIs as the Yankees overcame a four-run, first-inning deficit to beat the Rays, 8-5, before 31,591 at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.
Young, who had one three-hit outing in 88 games with the Mets, became the second player to homer for the Mets and Yankees in the same season. The other was Dave Kingman in 1977.
Amazing, right? But not Amazin'. Not in the Bronx. That's a Mets' buzzword from 1969 that Young is obviously unaware of.
"It was amazing," Young said of the comeback. "It was amazing. We have a resilient group of guys out there."
Young hit only eight home runs for the Mets while batting .205 after signing a one-year, $7.25-million free-agent contact. He was an expensive bust in Flushing, but could see extended playing time for the outfielder-challenged Yankees in the season's final 19 games.
With Brett Gardner and Martin Prado already sidelined with injuries, the Yankees scratched Carlos Beltran after batting practice because of a recurrence of the soreness in his troublesome right elbow. If rest over the next few days doesn't cure him, Beltran's season will be over.
Young was making his second straight start in place of Gardner. Young had a two-run double on Tuesday and is 4-for-8 with four RBIs in five games since getting called up on Sept. 2.
"He's been a good player in the past," manager Joe Girardi said. "Sometimes guys can just have tough years and adjustments can be difficult on guys. He's been a productive player in the past."
Young said his time with the Mets is not on his mind even though he signed with their crosstown rivals. He just wanted to get back to the big leagues and possibly be in a playoff chase.
Really. He's not trying to stick it to the Mets.
"I'm sure other guys have a mind-set of, 'I want to show other teams they were wrong,'" he said. "But I don't really do all that. It's just about worrying about where I am right now and trying to do the best for that team at the time."
The standings and the calendar are not in the Yankees' favor. They have to try to win every game to mount a highly unlikely playoff run.
"It's happened before," Girardi said. "It's very difficult. But it's happened before."
Asked if he planned to remind the team of that, Girardi said: "They know. Believe me."
The Yankees trail wild-card Detroit by 4½ games and will have to leap over four teams to make the playoffs.
According to the website Fangraphs.com, the Yankees went into the night with a 1.0 percent chance of earning that second wild card. That was the lowest of any of the still-eligible contenders in the AL.
And it didn't look good when the Rays knocked out Chris Capuano after one-third of an inning and took a 4-0 lead in the first.
The Yankees rallied to tie it by the fourth on a solo home run and two-run single by Brian McCann and Young's home run off Jake Odorizzi (10-12).
Mark Teixeira drove in the go-ahead run with a triple in the fifth. Five Yankees relievers threw 81/3 innings of scoreless baseball before Evan Longoria homered off Esmil Rogers with two outs in the ninth.