"I thought he used his fastball and his curveball really effectively," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "He got a number of strikeouts on his curveball. He has pretty good stuff, that young man. We saw up to 94 mph and a pretty effective curveball."
Elias thought he had a couple more strikeouts, stalking off the mound aggressively on several occasions after believing he'd thrown a third strike, only to get pointed back to the hill by home-plate umpire Bill Miller.
Umpires tend to not be happy about getting shown up by rookie pitchers, so catcher Mike Zunino cautioned his teammate after the scene was repeated several times in the fourth frame on what turned into a walk to Mark Teixeira.
"Yeah, I told him after that inning to settle that down a little bit," Zunino said with a smile. "And he said OK and stayed right on the dirt when he thought calls were close. That's just him, just thinking balls were close. Luckily he was able to not let that rattle him."
Manager Lloyd McClendon said he didn't think Elias was trying to show up the umpire and likes the confidence and fire the youngster shows when competing.
"I'm still trying to get a few more guys to loosen up and unleash their talents as well," McClendon said. "He certainly has done everything we've asked him to do."
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.