Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
The Yankees were supposed to be working the 2017 season without a strong collection of starting pitching. However, during the Yankees' current eight-game winning streak, the club's starters have silenced the detractors with a 6-0 record, 2.76 ERA and a 9.2 K/9 rate. How long can the run last?
Of the five starters, the pitcher expected to provide sterling efforts, Masahiro Tanaka currently owns the worst ERA. However, in his last start, Tanaka looked more like the pitcher who contended for the Cy Young Award last season. Tanaka had a superb spring training, but struggled in his first two starts (10 ER in 7 2/3 IP).
I don't worry about Tanaka. Once he hits a groove, he can rattle off solid start after solid start. Tanaka is the most complete pitcher of the crew and I have the plenty of faith he can put his rough start behind him.
Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge both hit home runs to power the New York Yankees to their eighth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more
Holliday hit a three-run home run off White Sox starter Derek Holland (1-2) as part of a five-run third inning to break a scoreless tie.
Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI infield single in the third inning to make it 5-0 and a two-run home run in the fifth inning that made it 7-0.
Luis Severino stuck out 11 batters over seven strong innings, Aaron Hicks hit two home runs, and the Yankees completed a sweep of the Rays with a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. >>Click here for a full box score.
Aaron Hicks' go-ahead home run in seventh inning was the difference in a low-scoring game, as both pitchers limited the damage early on. Matt Andriese held the Yankees to one run in six innings of work before New York scored two runs off Tampa Bay's bullpen.
Hicks, who also had three RBI for New York, became the first Yankee to hit a home run from both sides of the plate since Mark Teixeira on July 31, 2015...
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Luis Severino
Jordan Montgomery will start for the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays, it was announced Monday.
Luis Severino will pitch Thursday, with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka having their next starts pushed back a day.
To make room for Montgomery on the roster, the Yankees optioned Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
A two-run seventh inning propelled Baltimore past the Yankees at Camden Yards on Friday night by a score of 6-5.
Yankees RHP, Luis Severino notched six strikeouts and gave up one homerun in his bid to soldify himself as a top starter.
Brett Gardner opened the scoring in the first inning before New York added more momentum in the third via a Matt Holliday home run. The Yankees would hold a lead of 3-1 until growing that advantage in the fifth by adding their final two runs.
Tags: Brett Gardner, Luis Severino
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
It takes patience for a foundation to set. Not until the cement dries can the structure be built, eventually resulting in a finished product.
The Yankees enter the 2017 season with a promising young group of players already at the major league level and a fine collection of minor league players nearly ready to join them. Add the Yankees' ability to make trades with the prospects they don't have room for and their ability to play at the top of the free agent market, it is easy to envision the opportunity for an extended run of highly competitive Yankees squads.
Rewind to the 1996 season when three-fourths of the Core Four (Jorge Posada made his mark later) - plus Bernie Williams - made significant contributions to the Yankees' first World Series title since 1978. The 27-year-old Williams rapped 29 home runs and drove in 102 runs, Derek Jeter won the Rookie of the Year award at 22 years old, Andy Pettitte won 21 games at 24 and Mariano Rivera racked up 130 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings at the age of 26.
Previewing the 2017 Yankees season, beginning with expectations for the pitching staff...
Every single spot in the Yankees' rotation comes with at least a small amount of uncertainty.
Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has pitched quite well since joining the team, yet he throws with a ticking time bomb in the form of a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. However, Tanaka demonstrated last season that his elbow does not hinder his performance and he looked exceptional during spring training. In what could be a walk year -- Tanaka has an opt-out in his contract at the end of this season -- the 28-year-old could turn in his finest season in pinstripes...
Tags: Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
The Yankees erupted for 14 runs on 13 hits as they beat the Phillies, 14-1, on Thursday afternoon in their Grapefruit League finale >> Click here for the full box score
- Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
- Gary Sanchez, Ronald Torreyes, and Rashad Crawford all hit home runs.
- Luis Severino allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out four in five innings.
- Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard both tossed a scoreless inning in relief...
Luis Severino has made the Yankees' opening day roster and will be the team's 4th starter, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Severino pitched 13.2 innings during spring training, allowing six runs on 12 hits while walking five hitters and striking out 16.
The 23-year old righty went 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 71.0 innings for the Yankees last season.
Jordan Montgomery allowed one run in five innings and Austin Romine and Brett Gardner delivered run-scoring single as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Dunedin >> Click here for the full box score
Montgomery allowed six hits while walking one and striking out four during his five innings of work, lowering his ERA for the spring to 3.20.
Austin Romine, Gardner, and Judge all had run-scoring singles as they provided all the offense.
New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren will be a reliever to open the regular season while Luis Severino, Chad Green, and Jordan Montgomery will compete for two rotation spots, manager Joe Girardi said to Newsday's Erik Boland.
Warren, who had been considered for a rotation spot earlier this spring, had a 4.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League outings (four starts), allowing eight runs and 13 hits in 15 innings.
Though he spent most of last season as a reliever with both the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, he split time in the rotation and bullpen with the Yankees in 2015, going 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 26 relief outings.
CC Sabathia allowed nine hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Yankees beat the Phillies, 3-2, on Friday afternoon >> Box score
- Sabathia walked one and struck out one during his 5 1/3 innings. His ERA for the spring is now 6.75.
- Luis Severino struck out five batters in three perfect innings.
- Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino
Jordan Montgomery has emerged as a candidate for the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation, Newsday reports.
The 24-year-old has a 3.48 ERA in four Grapefruit League outinjgs, all in relief. He went 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A last season.
"We're looking at him," Joe Girardi said of Montgomery "I like him a lot. I think he's got really good downward angle. I think he's got deception. I'm very curious."
Luis Severino (5.06 ERA) and Luis Cessa (6.52 ERA) have struggled this spring, leaving Girardi to consider Montgomery.
Tags: Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is mulling over Luis Severino and Adam Warren for a possible spot in the rotation as Opening Day nears.
The two pitchers have had vastly different springs, and Sunday's game -- a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros -- was a huge example of it.
Warren gave up one run and four hits in 3 2/3 innings as the starter, while Severino, pitching in relief, gave up three runs, six hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Tags: Adam Warren, Luis Severino
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
Bullpen use is evolving in the Major Leagues and if there is a team that has a chance to utilize one of the "new" nuances, it is the New York Yankees.
I'm not speaking of the best relievers coming into games in the fifth or sixth inning as we saw often during the 2016 postseason. While the Indians' deployment of Andrew Miller demonstrated how effective teams can be when they employ relievers that are not only dominant, but can also last more than one inning in the process, such use throughout the regular season is seen as unrealistic.
The Yankees have two dominant relievers in Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, but each of them should be relegated to one-inning performances for the most part this season. If the club reaches the postseason, they could extend their appearances, but I don't expect it to happen often in the regular season.
Tags: Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
Luis Severino allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out four in three innings as the Yankees lost to the Rays, 10-6, on Tuesday >> Read the full box score here
- Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a homer -- his fourth of the spring.
- Greg Bird went 2-for-3 and is hitting .429.
- SS prospect Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer...
Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino
Gary Sanchez, Matt Holliday, Aaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka all went deep for the Yankees, who defeated Team Canada, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa.
- Holliday and Hicks drove in two runs apiece. Hicks also singled and scored twice, finsihing 2-for-3.
- Prospect Jorge Mateo went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
- Chase Headley tripled and scored while Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and scored a run.
- Luis Severino allowed a two-run homer in the first but kept Canada off the board over his next three frames. The right-hander was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings.
- Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in his only inning of work.
The Yankees hit the road to face the Braves at Champion Field on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Michael Pineda will toe the rubber in his second Grapefruit League start.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Alroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jorge Mateo, Luis Severino
Spring Training baseball is filled with surprising developments and Yankees camp has been no different. Yet, we all know that some of what happens in is quickly dispelled as it progresses, or dissipates as teams head north to begin the regular season. With the Yankees off to a 9-3 start, which performances can the team confidently embrace?
One of the Yankees' biggest questions heading into spring training centered on Aaron Judge's ability to make the necessary adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate as he competes for the starting right field job. The common belief was if Judge, who turns 25 years old in April, failed to display significant improvement at the plate, he would find himself in Triple-A at the start of the season...
The Yankees have five players who are favorites to make the 25-man roster participating in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which begins Monday with Round Robin play. What is the potential level of impact for the players and the club?
Tyler Clippard, who is on the United States club, will likely feel no impact from his participation. The veteran 34-year-old right handed reliever came to camp with a job locked down and nothing in particular to work on other than getting ready for the regular season...
The New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2, on the road on Friday.
- RHP Luis Severino struggled, allowing two runs, four hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters and gave up a two-run home run to Jose Bautista.
- Aaron Judge went 2-for-3, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Austin Romine each went 1-for-3.
Matt Holliday, Greg Bird and Billy McKinney homered to lead the Yankees past the Orioles, 8-1, on Thursday night in Tampa.
- Bird's two-run homer was his third of the spring.
- Holliday hit a solo shot for his first home run.
- McKinney went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, homering for the second time.
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
Battles in spring training are as common as tired arms and late swings. However, when a rotation competition goes two roles deep and has five competitors, some might question the team's reasoning.
Why such an expanded competition?
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:
Yankees manager Joe Girardi begins his 10th season as the club's skipper with arguably his toughest test ahead of him. Until the 2016 trade deadline passed, Girardi consistently managed a roster filled with star-studded, high-salaried, yet older players. When the dust settled, Girardi was in the midst of a full-blown transition, with a roster teeming with young talent. In the final year of his contract, can Girardi get the most out of the youngest team the Yankees have fielded since the 1990s, and thus earn another contract?
How did Girardi fare in 2016?
Coming off a Wild Card appearance in 2015, the Yankees returned a bulk of the same roster for 2016 with renewed expectations. Unfortunately, not all the veterans were able to replicate their inspired play from 2015. The Yankees got off to a 9-17 start and found themselves at the .500 mark as they reached the trade deadline...
Yankees pitcher Luis Severino worked on his mechanics this offseason with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez in the Dominic Republic, reports Mike Mazzeo of the NY Daily News.
After coming off a promising stint in 2015, the 22-year-old Severino struggled last season. He was 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA over 22 appearances split between the rotation and bullpen.
Severino sought out Pedro's assistance after a mutual friend put the two in touch.
Tags: Luis Severino
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
While a good number of players have already reported to Tampa, Tuesday marks the official beginning of spring training for the New York Yankees. As any other club, the Yankees have several areas of uncertainty which they hope will be resolved by April.
Who rounds out rotation?
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Alroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
The Yankees made a late push to sign free agent RH reliever Sergio Romo, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Romo agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The 33-year-old Romo had a 2.64 ERA (3.80 FIP) and 1.07 WHIP with 33 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings (40 appearances) for the Giants last season.
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia believes the young New York team has tremendous upside entering the 2017 season, and is capabale of exceeding expectations and contending for a spot in the playoffs.
"I think we have a tremendous amount of talent in the room," Sabathia said, according to Brian Heyman of Newsday. "We are very young, but I think we have a chance to be able to open up some eyes and kind of surprise some people, I guess."
Following the end of last season, Sabathia underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Yet the 36-year old veteran says he will be ready for Spring Training in Tampa in two weeks.
Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Severino
After a disappointing 2016 season, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino has sought to improve his mechanics, even working with Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez to make adjustments, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
Severino was 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA last season with the Yankees after a successful 11-start run in 2015. Severino believes his release point affected his command, which led to poor results. Working with Martinez, Severino is looking to correct these mistakes.
Tags: Luis Severino
The Yankees will almost certainly head in to Spring Training without making any further roster moves, GM Brian Cashman said recently.
"Realistically, the trade front has been the more active conversations, not that there's anything pending," Cashman said, according to Byran Hoch of MLB.com. "I do believe we're at 99.9 percent plus that what we have is what we're going to camp with, but you have to continue to stay engaged."
The Yankees have had interest in trading for Pirates LHP Jose Quintana, but Cashman said the price tags on certain players have been exorbitant.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:
The 2016 MLB postseason thrust relief pitching to the forefront of the game.
Teams with dominant relievers who could be used during high-leverage situations regardless of the inning and for more than three outs succeeded. The contention that such usage of bullpen arms would not survive the rigors of the regular season is fair, but how close can teams get to the style?
Chris Carelli, SNY.tv
Barring a change of heart from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, the club will not be bringing a new face into the 2017 rotation.
Cashman recently told the New York Post that filling the rotation voids will be too difficult for the Yankees to accomplish via free agency (payroll issues) or trade (unwillingness to meet demands). Instead, Cashman will stick with the youth theme, hoping that a couple of in-house talents emerge as viable fourth and fifth starters (or better).
Luis Cessa came over in last offseason's trade of Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees figured Cessa would provide some depth for the organization's Triple-A club. Due to various factors, Cessa, who turns 25 in April, became much more important to the Yankees than that as he tallied 70 1/3 innings with the big league club.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:
If Yankees GM Brian Cashman hopes to add new pieces to the roster or significantly change from within, it will likely come at the expense of left fielder Brett Gardner.
Cashman arrived at the Winter Meetings ahead of his normal offseason pace having made a preliminary move Sunday, signing Matt Holliday to be their primary designated hitter. The team left Thursday having agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman for five years, $86 million to be their closer.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Brett Gardner, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
The New York Yankees received a Cy Young worthy effort from Masahiro Tanaka and a triumphant comeback from CC Sabathia in 2016, but after that the starting rotation was wildly inconsistent. The results will most certainly push the Yankees into investigating the starting pitching market via free agency and through trades, but will they make any significant moves?
The Yankees have options in the organization to round out the rotation -- Michael Pineda, Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell and Chad Green -- plus a handful of minor leaguers looking to become part of the conversation. The issue here is that there are significant questions about each of those options and to be honest, there are potential problems with Tanaka (elbow) and Sabathia (age) as well. Should the Yankees sit back and hope for the best without approaching the market, the club could miss their second-straight postseason and fourth in five seasons.
Former Yankee Mariano Rivera said despite struggles Dellin Betances had at the end of the season, the new closer still has the talent to pitch well at the end of games, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Rivera was on hand at Wrigley Field on Saturday night as part of a pregame ceremony to hand out awards for the top relievers in baseball. There, Rivera said Betances can still pitch well in the closer's roll that he had problems with at the end of last season.
After finishing the season with an 84-78 record, good for fourth place in the American League East, the New York Yankees can look at their pitching staff as a facet that excelled at various points in the season, but had holes throughout.RotationMasahiro Tanaka earns ace money, and in 2016 he pitched like he deserved it. The 27-year-old right-hander hurled a career-high 199 2/3 innings, generating a 3.07 earned run average (3.51 FIP). The ERA was good for third-best in the American League. Tanaka went 14-4 for the Yankees, and the team was 23-8 in his starts. He stopped losing streaks and kept winning streaks going. Tanaka is the unquestioned ace of this staff.
Tags: Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Richard Bleier, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
The Yankees and Orioles play the second game of their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
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|Adam Jones, CF||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Hyun Soo Kim, LF||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Manny Machado, 3B||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Mark Trumbo, DH||Billy Butler, DH|
|Matt Wieters, C||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|Chris Davis, 1B||Chase Headley, 3B|
|Jonathan Schoop, 2B||Austin Romine, C|
|Michael Bourn, RF||Tyler Austin, RF|
|JJ Hardy, SS||Ronald Torreyes, SS|
Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (3-8, 5.75 ERA) -- will be making the start Saturday in place of Masahiro Tanaka, who has been shut down with a right forearm strain. Is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in nine September appearances. Threw two outings of scoreless relief against the Orioles in early September.
Who's Pitching for the Orioles: LHP Wade Miley (2-5, 6.38 ERA) -- had one of his best starts of the year last time out, throwing 8.2 innings of one-run ball against Arizona. Gave up four runs on five hits in five innings of work against the Yankees on Sept. 4.
Tags: Luis Severino, Baltimore Orioles
Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will not make his scheduled start Saturday and Luis Severino will pitch in his place, the Yankees announced Friday.
"No Tanaka," Joe Girardi told reporters after Friday's game. "We just decided it's the most starts he's had here. It's the most innings he's had. It's the third-most innings he's had in his career. He's healthy. He threw a really good bullpen a couple of days ago, but it just doesn't make any sense to us."
Tanaka, who missed his last start with a forearm strain, played catch earlier in the week and hoped to pitch against the Orioles. Instead, Tanaka's season will come to an end. He finishes the year at 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 199.2 innings.
Severino will be making his 11th start with the Yankees this season. He is 3-8 with a 5.75 ERA in 67.1 innings at the major league level in 2016.
Tags: Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
The New York Yankees turned a ho-hum season into one of excitement as they made a run into postseason contention amid roster turnover. While the run came to an official end Thursday night, the final series of the regular season still carries importance to the Yankees.
Last look at some kids
Aaron Hicks and Mark Teixeira homered in a five-run ninth inning and the New York Yankees hung on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-5, Monday at Rogers Centre. >> Read more
- Teixeira hit a one-out home run off Jason Grilli. Didi Gregorius followed with a single and Hicks homered to right field to break the 3-3 tie.
- Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single and Gary Sanchez a sac fly off Danny Barnes that gave the Yankees a 7-3 lead.
- Dellin Betances walked two batters and made an error in the bottom of the ninth inning before he was pulled without recording an out.
- Tommy Layne came in and allowed two runs on a bases-loaded walk and Dioner Navarro single, but got Russell Martin to ground into a fielder's choice and Troy Tulowitzki to foul out to end the game.
- Manager Joe Girardi, starting pitcher Luis Severino, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and bench coach Rob Thomson were all ejected by the second inning.
- Jonathn Holder allowed two runs in the third inning on a Tulowitzki RBI double and Michael Saunders RBI single that gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead.
- Brett Gardner went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Sanchez hit an RBI ground out in the first inning.
The Yankees' performance over the 14 games previous to Monday's seemed to demonstrate the club had no fight left in them, which seemed ridiculous considering they were closing in on a playoff spot after a seven-game win streak. But, J.A. Happ provided a spark by "having his teammate's back," to which Severino added gasoline by retaliating in kind.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino was ejected after hitting Toronto's Justin Smoak with a pitch in the second inning Monday night, leading to an angry shoving match between the teams.
Both benches and bullpens emptied and several scrums broke out near home plate after Severino threw inside to Smoak with his first pitch of the inning and then hit him in the leg with his second.
There was plenty of jostling in a large mass of players, but it did not appear any punches were thrown.
The Yankees look to win the final game of their four-game series with the Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday at 7:07 p.m.
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|Brett Gardner, LF||Devon Travis, 2B|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Josh Donaldson, 3B|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Edwin Encarnacion, DH|
|Billy Butler, DH||Jose Bautista, RF|
|Chase Headley, 3B||Russell Martin, C|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Troy Tulowitzki, SS|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Michael Saunders, LF|
|Aaron Hicks, RF||Justin Smoak, 1B|
|Ronald Torreyes, 2B||Kevin Pillar, CF|
Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (3-8, 5.70 ERA) will start for the Yankees for the first time since Aug. 14. Severino has been sensational since moving into the bullpen, allowing only one earned run on seven hits in 15 innings. Prior to his transition to the bullpen, Severino had a 8.58 ERA in his nine starts this season.
Who's Pitching for the Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.28) has allowed more than three runs just twice in his last 14 starts, and has not allowed more than four runs during that span. In his last outing, Happ allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out eight in five innings.
Tags: Luis Severino, Toronto Blue Jays
Michael Pineda allowed two runs and struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings and Gary Sanchez homered again as the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-3, on Tuesday night in Tampa.
- Trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, Brett Gardner hit game-tying RBI single and Gary Sanchez launched a three-run homer to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead.
- A passed ball by Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning allowed the Rays to draw within 5-3.
- Brad Miller's two-run triple in the third inning gave the Rays a 2-0 lead.
- The Yankees drew within 2-1 in the fourth when Mark Teixeira hit a solo homer.
- Luis Severino tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief, while Tyler Clippard allowed a run in his inning of work.
- Dellin Betances fired a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.
The Yankees' very faint playoff hopes remain alive. The Rays have been playing spoiler this month, and were set to strike again, having the Yankees down 2-1 at the top of the seventh inning, despite an 11-strikeout performance from Michael Pineda. But with the score tied, the Rays decided to pitch to Gary Sanchez with a base open and he unloaded another 400-plus-foot home run.
Dellin Betances allowed two runs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game as the Yankees lost to the Dodgers, 2-0, on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
- Betances surrendered an RBI double to Justin Turner in the ninth as the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Betances threw away a grounder from Yasmani Grandal, allowing Los Angeles to up their lead to 2-0.
- Michael Pineda allowed two hits while walking two and striking out five in four scoreless innings.
- The Yankees managed just one hit in five innings against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, and had three hits overall.
- Luis Severino and Tyler Clippard combined to toss three scoreless innings in relief.
The Yankees had to feel good once Clayton Kershaw exited the game after five innings with the game knotted at zero, but those feelings dissipated with their closer on the mound in a messy ninth inning.
A second relief stint might not be where New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino expected to be assisting the team, but he is once again an integral piece to the club's pursuit of a spot in the playoffs.
When Severino burst onto the scene as a starter last summer, he impressed with his electric stuff, but it was the poise he showed as a 21-year-old that seemed to separate him from other young pitchers. Severino's performance in 2015 aided the Yankees' run to their first postseason berth in two seasons and he looked to be the ace of the starting staff for years to come. Instead, Severino's path took a major detour.
Tags: Luis Severino
Luis Severino pitched three scoreless innings in relief in the New York Yankees' 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Severino twice pitched out of a jam involving a runner in scoring position. He struck out Jose Bautista with a runner on second base to end the sixth inning, and struck out Melvin Upton Jr. with a runner on third base to end the seventh.
Severino, 22, has appeared as a reliever in seven games this season, giving up one unearned run, two hits and six walks in 14 1/3 innings. In nine starts this season, he is 0-8 with an 8.58 ERA.
Bryan Mitchell tossed five shutout innings as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 2-0, on Wednesday night to finish a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.
- Starlin Castro's solo homer in the third inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
- Later in the third inning, Brian McCann's RBI single made it 2-0, Yankees.
- Mitchell was strong in his first start of the season, limiting Toronto to four hits while walking two and striking out two during his five scoreless innings.
- Luis Severino tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Mitchell.
- Tyler Clippard struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.
The Yankees answered the call in a big way and it was done by a pitcher in his first MLB appearance of the season and another who has rediscovered his confidence as a reliever.