With Tanaka Time in full effect, the New York Yankees barely edge out the Seattle Mariners by the final of 4-3 in first game back.
Tanaka allowed three runs in the victory, with Kyle Seager doing all of the damage. He threw 103 pitches, allowing five hits and striking out seven.
Michael Pineda was admittedly amped up last month when he made his first start against the organization that signed him as a 16-year-old nearly a decade ago. Fortunately the only mistakes that were hit were the two to Seager, a 1-0 curveball up in the third and a first-pitch fastball at the belt. “He put a good swing on it and went the other way with it. It’s a bad combination when you leave a ball thigh high to a guy that has hit 650-plus home runs”.
The second half begins the same way the first half ended: with a win!
The decision to keep Rodriguez confined to designated hitter – especially in interleague games on the road – has been the source of much discussion, but Girardi seems sold on the idea that keeping Rodriguez out of the field is keeping his body fresh, and Rodriguez hasn’t argued.
Playing for the first time since Sunday’s win at Fenway, the Yankees were sharp tonight.
New York took a 1-0 lead on Chris Young’s one-out homer in the second inning. Tanaka fanned nine Mariners in seven dominant frames at Seattle on June 3 and is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two career meetings.WALK-OFFS1.
Alex Rodriguez. Neither the steroid-stained slugger nor anybody in the organization had any idea of what to expect this season, but Rodriguez established himself as the Yankees’ best all-around hitter early on, jumping from his No. 7 spot in the Opening Day lineup to the No. 3 hole, where he has hit in 68 of his 77 starts. 293 with nine doubles, 14 homers and a. 902 OPS in 250 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers and. “Pitches were coming out of my hand pretty good, and I was able to pitch the way I wanted to”. Duda recently busted out of a prolonged power slump by bashing two homers against the Diamondbacks last weekend, but Duda is 0-for-10 against Lynn in his career. The one-out shot came against Joe Beimel (0-1).
Detroit has scored 67 runs in its last 11 games, since manager Brad Ausmus retooled his batting order. He held the Yankees to three runs in six innings.
In Toronto, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run, Justin Smoak added a three-run shot and the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay.
Marlon Byrd fell a triple shy of the cycle and Mike Leake pitched six strong innings and drove in three runs, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a three-game series at a rainy Great American Ball Park.
The Yankees scored one run in four separate innings.
After the half inning ended, the Nationals were in the field, poised to start the sixth when the same bank of lights went out.
The Reds have a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs to make up for the April 25 rainout. The Yankees had runners on base against the lefty in every inning but the sixth.