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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees and Athletics will battle it out in the Bronx in this win-or-go-home matchup in the AL Wild Card Game at 8:08 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees have made back-to-back Wild Card Games, with a win coming against the Twins at Yankee Stadium last season. ...New York recorded their 20th 100-win season after 2018. It was their highest win total since their 2009 World Series team that totaled 103 wins. ...The Yankees broke the single-season MLB home run record with 267 regular season homers. They homered in 80.1 percent of their games. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Tampa Bay Rays
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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The Yankees travel to Boston to face the Red Sox in their final regular season series of 2018 on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games. ...New York's magic number for home field during the WCG is one after their win over the Rays. ...Andrew McCutchen will play in his 1,500th career game on Friday night, making him one of 14 outfielders to reach that feat in his career. ...Aaron Judge had the most popular jersey in the MLB for the second consecutive season. ...Giancarlo Stanton had his fourth multi-HR game on Thursday. ...Luke Voit has back-to-back three-hit games.

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Sep 27, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts and points to the Tampa Bay Rays dugout as he hits catcher Jesus Sucre (45) (not pictured) by a pitch and gets ejected from the game during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 27, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts and points to the Tampa Bay Rays dugout as he hits catcher Jesus Sucre (45) (not pictured) by a pitch and gets ejected from the game during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees blew out the Rays, 12-1, on Thursday afternoon, but the story of the game was CC Sabathia's retaliation after the Rays threw behind one of his teammates. >> Box score


1) After Andrew Kittredge threw high and behind Austin Romine in the top of the sixth inning, Romine exchanged words with Rays catcher Jesus Sucre. In the bottom of the inning, Sabathia's first pitch to Sucre drilled him in the leg, leading to an immediate ejection. It also cost Sabathia $500,000, since he was two innings away from hitting his innings incentive. Sabathia looked at the Rays dugout on his way off the field, and said "that's for you, b*tch." 

2) Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton (2), and Luke Voit all homered for the Yankees. 

3) Before his ejection, Sabathia tossed five innings of one-hit ball, walking none and striking out five. 

Tags: Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees continue their series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees almost mounted a comeback in the top of the ninth last night, but they fell a run shy in an 8-7 loss to the Rays. They are 6-3 in their last nine games. ...The Yankees magic number to cliching home field for the AL WCG is still at two games. ...David Robertson made his 500th appearance as a Yankee last night, marking the third player to reach the milestone. ...Luke Voit went 3-for-5 with two RBI last, which gives him multiple RBI games in four of his last eight.

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Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (24) comes to the mound to talk during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (24) comes to the mound to talk during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees managed to score four runs in the top of the ninth, but they couldn't get the fifth to tie it in their 8-7 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees sent nine batters to the plate in what was a suspenseful final frame. With the bases loaded, Aaron Judge roped an RBI single to start the scoring. Then it was Luke Voit who barely missed a grand slam to tie the game up at 8 with the longest single ever to deep center field that scored two runs. Giancarlo Stanton would hit a chopper to third to score Judge, but no outs came out it. However, Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar couldn't get Voit home for the tie.

2) Masahiro Tanaka had a three-run lead to work with when he entered the game, but he gave it right back with a three-run inning himself. He would settle down a little bit, but Tommy Pham would crush a solo homer in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Tanaka's line read four runs, three earned while striking out four and walking one over four innings of work. 

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Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees continue their series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a season-high 37 games over .500 after their win last night. The magic number to clinch the home Wild Card Game is two. ...Yankees hitters scored seven runs in the third inning last night, matching their highest-scoring frame of the season. ...Luis Severino picked up his 19th win on the season, third-most in the Majors. ...Yankees relievers have retired 36-of-43 batters in this series. ...Didi Gregorius has been cleared for baseball activities. Yankees "hopefully" will get him back for Boston series, according to Boone.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in New York's seven-run third inning as the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score


1) Sanchez, who had been in a 1-for-27 slump over his previous eight games, drove in at least three runs in a game for the first time since June 15 as the Yankees' magic number to clinch home-field advantage in the wild-card game to 3.

2) The Yankees scored seven runs on four hits in the third inning off three Rays pitchers, which was more than enough run support for Luis Severino (19-8), who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in five innings.

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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees play the second game of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees already clinched a spot in the wild-card game, as have the Oakland A's. Their magic number to clinch home-field advantage for the wild-card game is 4. ... Though Aaron Judge is hitting just .174 in eight games since returning from a fractured wrist, the Yankees are 6-2 in games he has appeared in.

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Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will have J.A. HappLuis Cessa and Masahiro Tanaka start in a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays that begins Tuesday after they placed LHP CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday afternoon.

Cessa, who last pitched on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will start Wednesday and take Sabathia's spot in the rotation after he went on the DL with right knee inflammation.

The 26-year-old Cessa, who is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in seven minor-league starts and 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight major-league appearances (three starts) this season, received the nod over top prospect Justus Sheffield, who is 5-3 with a 2.16 ERA with the RailRiders and last pitched on Thursday; Chance Adams, who made his MLB debut earlier this month against the Red Sox; and Sonny Gray, who was bumped out of the rotation a couple of weeks ago.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws a pitch during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws a pitch during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are still engaged in talks with the Tampa Bay Rays about starting pitcher Chris Archer with the non-waiver trade deadline less than 24 hours away, a source told SNY.tv's Andy Martino.

New York is among six teams pursuing Archer, as MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports the Padres, Braves and Brewers have also expressed interest.

Archer, 29, is under team control until 2021, and surely would garner a significant return should Tampa Bay move him. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Though he made Yankees history by becoming the third player in franchise history to strike out 500 batters before turning 25, RHP Luis Severino had his worst outing of the season in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Severino allowed season-highs of seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings, suffering his second loss since mid-April. 

Since starting the season with a 1.98 ERA, Severino has a 7.80 ERA over his last three outings, going no more than five innings and allowing at least three runs in each start.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez's lack of hustle running to first base on his game-ending groundout cost the Yankees in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Sanchez was slow out of the batter's box when he hit into a game-ending 4-6-3 groundout with the bases loaded and two outs. Aaron Hicks beat a toss to second base, however shortstop Willy Adames had enough time to regroup and throw to first to beat Sanchez by a step.

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Yanks rusty to start second half 00:03:57
Michelle Yu, Sal Licata and Marc Malusis recap the critical errors the Yankees made in Monday night's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Luis Severino pitched his worst game of the season and the Yankees' rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Severino (14-3) suffered his first loss since June 10 as the Yankees fell to 1-2 in the second half of the season. He allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

2) The Yankees trailed 7-3 in the sixth inning but rallied for three runs in the seventh to pull within one. After loading the bases with one out in the top of the ninth inning, Aaron Hicks grounded into a fielder's choice and Gary Sanchez, whose passed ball in the first inning allowed Jake Bauers to score from second base, hit into a 4-6-3 groundout to end the game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

Entering Monday, New York's bullpen has the best ERA (2.78) among all 30 teams. ... While the Yankees are five games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, they have the second-best winning percentage in baseball. Their plus-130 run differential ranks third. ... Among qualified hitters, Miguel Andujar leads the team with a .287 batting average.

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Yankees lose to Rays again 00:02:52
Michelle Yu and John Harper discuss Chasen Shreve's rough season, Clint Frazier being robbed of a home run and Masahiro Tanaka's recovery.

Yankees LHP Chasen Shreve surrendered a walk-off home run on the first pitch of the 12th inning as New York lost its third straight game with a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Five Yankees relievers combined to throw eight hitless innings until Shreve (2-2) gave up a walk-off home run to Jake Bauers on his first pitch to lead off the 12th inning.

2) Domingo German was shelled by the Rays, allowing six runs and nine hits over three innings. He gave up six extra-base hits, including an Adeiny Hechavarria home run and a Jesus Sucre RBI double that gave the Rays a 6-3 lead in the third inning. 

Tags: Adam Warren, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Miguel Andujar, Tampa Bay Rays
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Giancarlo Stanton discusses his struggles at the plate, whether he is considering adjusting his stance and how he plans to keep working.

CC Sabathia endured a rough second inning and the Yankees couldn't generate enough offense to overcome it in a 3-1 loss to the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about today's game

1) The Yankees struggled offensively aside from a fifth-inning solo home run by Aaron Hicks, who went deep for the eighth time of the year. Didi Gregorius hit his second triple of the season, but did not score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Tampa Bay Rays
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 (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

A strong start by Luis Severino combined with three home runs propelled the Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Rays on Wednesday night. >> Box score


Severino lasted six innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine Tampa Bay hitters. His ERA for the season now stands at 2.98.

Adeiny Hechavarria put the Rays in the lead in the top of the fifth with a solo home run, but the Yankees rally quickly in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury led the frame off the with a walk before Aaron Hicks singled. With one out, Aaron Judge clubbed a two-run double to put the Yankees in front.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees (88-69) continue a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (76-81) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (87-69) begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (76-80) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees (79-66) will play the first game of a four-game set against the Orioles (72-74) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia delivers in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Due to Hurricane Irma, the New York Yankees (78-66) will play the final game of a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays (72-73) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET

 

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New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

Due to Hurricane Irma, the New York Yankees (78-65) will play the second game of a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays (71-73) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET

Ronald Torreyes, SS  
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SNY's Sweeny Murti discusses CC Sabathia's outing in the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Rays at Citi Field.

Todd Frazier's three-run home run capped the Yankees' five-run fourth inning as New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Monday in a game played at Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma. >> Box score


After Matt Holliday reached on Trevor Plouffe's error that allowed Gary Sanchez to score and Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference, Frazier hit Jake Odorizzi's 3-2 offering over the left-field fence to give the Yankees a four-run lead.

CC Sabathia didn't make it past the fifth inning, but David Robertson struck out four batters in 2 2/3 scoreless innings as the Yankees won for the seventh time in their last nine games.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Lucas Duda, Matt Holliday, Tampa Bay Rays
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Aug 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees staring pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Due to Hurricane Irma, the New York Yankees (77-65) will begin their three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays (71-73) at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET

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New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine hits an RBI double against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine hits an RBI double against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine suffered a bruised left hand after he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Romine was hit by a Steve Cishek fastball in the bottom of the inning and stayed in to run the bases, but was replaced by Gary Sanchez for the top of the seventh inning.

"It got pretty swollen pretty quick," Romine said, according to the New York Daily News' Christian Red. "I was a little nervous. A little tingling, but they said it's not broken. Just a bruise."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka lost his second straight start on Saturday when he gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings in a 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Tanaka (5-3) left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning after five straight batters reached base, including Corey Dickerson, whose second home run of the game gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead.

"We have to get him right," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "I thought his slider was better today. I thought his splitter was better at times. But he made some mistakes with his fastball. His stuff was better than his last start, but it's not where we need it to be. And we've got to continue to work on it."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (90) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (90) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. (Kim Klement)

The Yankees (3-4) will continue their three-game series against the Tampa Bays Rays (5-3) at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

RHP Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with a club option for 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Eovaldi is not expected to pitch in 2017 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Eovaldi, who turns 27 on Monday, went 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 games (21 starts) with the Yankees last season.

In his six-year career, he is 38-46 with a 4.21 ERA in 134 games (127 starts).

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara)

The Yankees will look to take the third and final game of their series with the Rays on Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. from Tropicana Field. 

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Yankees Rays
Brett Gardner, LF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Gary Sanchez, C Evan Longoria, DH
Billy Butler, DH Brad Miller, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Corey Dickerson, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Curt Casali, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Juniel Querecuto, 3B
Aaron Hicks, RF Richie Shaffer, 1B
Donovan Solano, 2B Mikie Mahtook, RF

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4-2, 4.44 ERA) has had a lot of trouble keeping the ball inside the ballpark recently. Cessa has surrendered home runs in each of his last five starts, allowing nine long balls during that span.


Who's Pitching for the Rays: LHP Blake Snell (5-8, 3.87 ERA) did not look good in his last outing, pitching only 4.1 innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks. Snell has walked seven batters in his last 13 innings.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. (David Butler II)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. (David Butler II)

The Yankees will look to take their second game of their three-game series with the Rays on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. from Tropicana Field. 

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Yankees Rays
Brett Gardner, LF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Aaron Hicks, RF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Gary Sanchez, C Evan Longoria, 3B
Brian McCann, DH Brad Miller, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Corey Dickerson, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Alexei Ramirez, SS
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Jaff Decker, RF
Mason Williams, RF Richie Shaffer, DH
Donovan Solano, 2B Bobby Wilson, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.97 ERA) -- coming off a no-decision in Boston in which he gave up just one run over seven innings of work. Has pitched into the seventh inning in each of he three September starts. Beat the Rays on Sept. 10, striking out 10 over 7.1 innings. 


Who's Pitching for the Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (1-0, 3.06 ERA) -- will be making his fourth start this season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings against the Yankees on Sept. 8 at Yankee Stadium. 

 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs around the bases after he hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez runs around the bases after he hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead three-run home run in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

With first base open in a 2-2 game, Sanchez homered off Brad Boxberger for his sixth home run in the past 11 games to give the Yankees the lead.

"He's meant a lot," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the Associated Press. "Offensively and defensively. It's kind of fitting that he got the big hit."

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees begin a three-game series with the Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. 

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Yankees Rays
Brett Gardner, LF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Aaron Hicks, RF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Gary Sanchez, C Evan Longoria, 3B
Billy Butler, DH Brad Miller, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Corey Dickerson, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Mikie Mahtook, RF
Ronald Torreyes, 2B Erasmo Ramirez, SS
Donovan Solano, 3B Richie Shaffer, DH
Mason Williams, CF Bobby Wilson, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.94 ERA) threw four shutout innings against the Dodgers last week, allowing only two hits and striking out five, before a pair of rain delays cut his start short. In his last 12.2 innings, Pineda has allowed four earned runs while striking out 16. 


Who's Pitching for the Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11, 4.98 ERA) has struggled recently, allowing a total of 11 earned runs on 19 hits in his last three starts, spanning 14.1 innings. Smyly has surrendered at least one home run in each of his last six starts.

Tags: Michael Pineda, Tampa Bay Rays

General view of fans arriving for the game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)
General view of fans arriving for the game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees will open their 2017 season with a six-game road trip, starting in Tampa Bay against the Rays on Sunday, April 2, MLB announced Wednesday. 


The time of the first game, which will take place on the first Sunday of the baseball season, has not yet been determined. 

After their opening trip, the team will head to Yankee Stadium on Monday, April 10 to take on the Rays in the home opener. 

For interleague play this season, the Yankees will play the NL Central, including three games at Wrigley Field from May 5-7. The Cardinals will visit Yankee Stadium from April 14-16.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Cessa (85) pitches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees go for their eighth straight win as they take on the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. 

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Rays Yankees
Logan Forsythe, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Evan Longoria, 3B Gary Sanchez, C
Brad Miller, SS Brian McCann, DH
Logan Morrison, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Nick Franklin, LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Corey Dickerson, DH Chase Headley, 3B
Steven Souza Jr., RF Aaron Judge, RF
Luke Maile, C Ronald Torreyes, 2B

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (4-0, 4.07 ERA) started the third game of New York's winning streak and takes the mound Sunday for his fifth start. The Yankees have won his first four outings and Cessa has a 3.09 ERA in those games, including Tuesday's wild 7-6 victory over Toronto when he allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.


Who's Pitching for the Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (6-7, 4.58) is 0-7 with a 6.11 ERA in his last 15 outings (eight starts) and allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings during a 7-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles Monday.

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees go for their seventh straight win as they take on the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. 

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Yankees Rays
Brett Gardner, LF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Nick Franklin, SS
Gary Sanchez, C Evan Longoria, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Brad Miller, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Logan Morrison, DH
Brian McCann, DH Corey Dickerson, LF
Rob Refsnyder, RF Steven Souza Jr., RF
Tyler Austin, 1B Mikie Mahtook, CF
Ronald Torreyes, 3B Bobby Wilson, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-4, 3.11 ERA) - looking to win his second consecutive start after pitching 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Blue Jays last time out. Has pitched well against Tampa Bay this season, going 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts. Has pitched at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts. 


Who's Pitching for the Rays: RHP Chris Archer (8-17, 4.06 ERA) - despite leading the American League in strikeouts with 211, Archer leads all of baseball in loses (17). Received a no-decision in his last start, allowing two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Has a 2.52 ERA in 12 career starts against the Yankees. 

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays

GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' loss 00:00:32
Yankees manager Joe Girardi discusses starting pitcher Luis Severino's struggles on the hill against the Rays.

Luis Severino gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Yankees lost 12-3 to the Rays Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >>Read the full AP game recap at SNY.tv. .


  • Severino, who was sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game, struck out seven, but also gave up eight hits. That included a three-run blast by Corey Dickerson in Tampa Bay's six-run fourth. Severino was briefly demoted to the minors last week but was recalled after Nathan Eovaldi went on the disabled list. He dropped to 1-8 and his ERA went from 6.42 to 7.19.
  • It was also a tough day for Yankees reliever Luis Cessa, who allowed five runs and five hits, including a three-run homer by Nick Franklin.
  • Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer and Aaron Judge a solo homer against Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi.
  • Evan Longoria had four RBI for Tampa.

What's next...

Toronto comes to Yankee Stadium Monday to start a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. R.A. Dickey (8-12, 4.61 ERA) goes for the Jays; the Yankees have not named a starter.

Tags: Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays

Luis Severino gets a second chance in the rotation thanks to Nathan Eovaldi's injury. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)
Luis Severino gets a second chance in the rotation thanks to Nathan Eovaldi's injury. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)

The Yankees and Rays wrap up their three-game series from Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

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Rays Yankees
Logan Forsythe, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Kevin Keirmaier, CF Aaron Hicks, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Brad Miller, 1B Starlin Castro, 2B
Matt Duffy, SS Brian McCann, DH
Nick Franklin, LF Gary Sanchez, C
Corey Dickerson, DH Tyler Austin, 1B
Steven Souza Jr., RF Aaron Judge, RF
Bobby Wilson, C Ronald Torreyes, 3B

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (1-7, 6.42 ERA) was demoted after a poor start last Tuesday in Boston, but is back in the rotation after Nathan Eovaldi went on the DL. Severino is 0-7 with a 7.78 ERA in eight starts for the Yankees and with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, he is 7-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts.


Who's pitching for the Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 3.13 is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his last five starts.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays

GEICO SportsNite: Judge-ment Day 00:01:24
Sweeny Murti breaks down the Major League debuts of Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin in the Yankees' 8-4 win.

Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin made history with home runs in their first at-bats, and the Yankees hit five home runs to power over the Rays for an 8-4 win. >> Read the full AP game recap at SNY.tv...


  • Batting with two outs in the second inning, Austin connected for a solo home run and Judge followed with one of his own. They became the first pair of teammates in baseball history to hit home runs in their first plate appearances.
  • Masahiro Tanaka allowed two home runs of his own, getting charged with four runs over seven innings. He struck out eight in the win. 
  • Starlin Castro evened things up in the fourth with a solo home run and Aaron Hicks put the Yankees up for good with a three-run shot an inning later. 
  • Didi Gregorius added a two-run home run to right field in the seventh, which was his 15th of the year. 
  • Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless ninth inning. 

What's next...

The Yankees will look to sweep the Rays in the finale of their series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. RHP Luis Severino (1-7, 6.42 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees and face off against RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 3.69 ERA).

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated as he scores during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated as he scores during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement)

Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin make their big league debuts as the Yankees and Rays continue their three-game series from Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

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Yankees Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Aaron Hicks, LF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Evan Longoria, 3B
Didi Gregorius, SS Brad Miller, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Matt Duffy, SS
Gary Sanchez, DH Corey Dickerson, DH
Tyler Austin, 1B Mikie Mahtook, RF
Aaron Judge, RF Nick Franklin, LF
Austin Romine, C Luke Maile, C

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-4, 3.32 ERA) went six innings in his last start, allowing just one run on six hits against the Indians. Last pitched against Tampa Bay on May 27, pitching seven innings of shutout ball in a win.


Who's pitching for the Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (6-3, 2.90 ERA) has made 20 appearances this season, 10 of them coming as a starter. He is 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA as a starter in 2016. Threw two innings of relief against the Yankees on July 30, allowing one run.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays

GEICO SportsNite: A-Rod's finale 00:00:24
Alex Rodriguez reflects on his final game as a member of the Yankees after going 1-for-4 with an RBI double against the Rays.

Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and played third base in the ninth inning in his final game with the Yankees, as New York took the opener from the Rays, 6-3, from Yankee Stadium on Friday night. >> Read the full AP Recap on SNY.tv


  • Rodriguez doubled in his first at-bat of the game, driving in Brett Gardner with the team's first run of the day. He would finish his last game 1-for-4.
  • Rodriguez, who started the game at DH, came into the game as the third baseman in the final inning. He exited after the first out was recorded and was replaced by Ronald Torreyes
  • CC Sabathia struck out seven and allowed three runs over six innings of work. He allowed a solo home run to Evan Longoria in the first inning. 
  • Tied at three in the sixth, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer to put the Yankees on top. He also had a two-RBI single in fourth. Castro now has 52 RBIs this year. 
  • Aaron Hicks drilled a solo home run in the seventh, his fifth of the season. 

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The Yankees won their third straight game, once again via comeback and this time doing it against a top-flight and hot pitcher in Chris Archer. However, the bigger story was Rodriguez.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Starlin Castro, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) talks to New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann (34) talks to New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees and Rays continue their three-game set from Tropicana Field at 6:10 p.m.

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Yankees Rays
Brett Gardner, LF Logan Forsythe, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Brad Miller, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Evan Longoria, 3B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Corey Dickerson, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Steve Pearce, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Steven Souza Jr., RF
Chase Headley, 3B Tim Beckham, SS
Austin Romine, C Curt Casali, C

Who's Pitching for the Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (9-6, 4.80 ERA) pitched 6 2/3 innings in his last start against the Giants, allowing two runs on seven hits in a winning effort. Struck out seven and was charged with just one run on six hits in his lone start against the Rays this season on May 29. 


Who's Pitching for the Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (2-11, 5.42 ERA): has a 5.82 ERA and three loses in four starts in July. Beat the Yankees on April 24, allowing one run on six hits while striking out six. Has not won since May 16. 

Tags: Nathan Eovaldi, Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) looks down after he gave up a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) looks down after he gave up a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

Ivan Nova got off to a rocky start at Tropicana Field and couldn't recover, as the Yankees fell to the Rays, 5-1, on Friday night. >> Read the full AP recap on SNY.tv.


  • Nova was hit early and often, allowing five runs on six hits in just 4 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out three but allowed two home runs.
  • Logan Forsythe started the game with a lead-off home run, and the Rays never looked back from there. Three batters later, Corey Dickerson added a solo home run.
  • Chad Green came on to pitch in the fifth inning, allowing an inherited runner to score on a Steven Souza Jr. sacrifice fly. 
  • Green allowed just one hit over 3 2/3 innings of relief. 
  • Mark Teixeira drove in Jacoby Ellsbury with an RBI single in eighth inning.

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After making some mental headway and necessary advances in the standings over the last few weeks, the Yankees enjoyed a much-needed off-day Thursday. However, instead of coming out fresh from the rest and ready to compete, the Yanks looked flat in every facet.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira, Tampa Bay Rays
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Juan Lagares left Saturday's game in Miami two innings after making a diving catch. (Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)
Juan Lagares left Saturday's game in Miami two innings after making a diving catch. (Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)

Before the Mets take on the Rockies, check out the latest news and rumors you might have missed from Friday.

Juan Lagares will have surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss at least six weeks. Brandon Nimmo has been called up to take his spot on the roster. >> Read more 

The Mets have an offer out for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. >> Read more

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Juan Lagares, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates at home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates at home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Thanks to Starlin Castro's two-run home run in the seventh inning, the New York Yankees won a game despite recording just one hit for the first time since 1914 in their 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and walked Brett Gardner with one out to bring up Castro, who hit Odorizzi's 1-0 pitch over the center-field fence to break up the no-hit bid, end the shutout and turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.

"I was just looking for one pitch I could drive," Castro said. "That's what happened." 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Tampa Bay Rays, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington at 8:00 p.m.

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Yankees Rangers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF  Rougned Odor, 2B
Brett Gardner, LF Nomar Mazara, RF
Carlos Beltran, DH Adrian Beltre, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Prince Fielder, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Ian Desmond, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Mitch Moreland, DH
Dustin Ackley, RF Elvis Andrus, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Brett Nicholas, C
Austin Romine, C Delino DeShields, CF

 

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-2, 6.11 ERA)

Who's pitching for the Rangers: LHP Cesar Ramos 

Tags: Michael Pineda, Tampa Bay Rays

Michael Pineda gave up four home runs Sunday. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Pineda gave up four home runs Sunday. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Pineda gave up four home runs in five innings as the Yankees lost 8-1 to Tampa Bay Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap at SNY.tv here


  • Pineda allowed seven runs and 10 hits and struck out nine. He gave up five runs and two two-run homers in the first. One was to Steve Souza Jr., who hit a solo shot in the fifth.
  • Rays starter Drew Smyly allowed one run (Alex Rodriguez's double in the fourth) and six hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.
  • The Yankees missed an opportunity to sweep the three-game series after winning Friday and Saturday.
  • Rodriguez left the game with left oblqiue stiffness while swinging in the cage between innings and will have an MRI to assess the injury.

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I think it might finally be time to put aside the "Big Mike" moniker for Pineda. Not only does he seem to be lesser than a pitcher who deserves such praise, he fails to come up "big" in the types of situations in which the club needs it.

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Michael Pineda gets the start Sunday against the RAys. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Michael Pineda gets the start Sunday against the RAys. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Yankees go for a three-game sweep when they host the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium

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Rays Yankees
Logan Forsythe, DH Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Logan Morrison, 1B Brett Gardner, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
Corey Dickerson, LF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Steve Pearce, 2B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Brad Miller, SS Brian McCann, C
Steven Souza Jr. RF Chase Headley, 3B
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Starlin Castro, 2B
Curt Casali, C Didi Gregorius, SS

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (1-1, 5.29 ERA)

Who's pitching for the Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (0-2, 2.91)

Tags: Michael Pineda, Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. ( Adam Hunger)

Courtesy of a Brett Gardner home run, the Yankees walked off with a 3-2 win over the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Read the full recap here


  • Gardner tied the game with an infield single in the seventh inning, and with two outs in the ninth, Gardner hit a home run into the right field stands. 
  • Masahiro Tanaka struck out seven in seven innings of work, allowing two earned runs.
  • Making his first major league start, Blake Snell pitched five innings, allowing one run on two hits. He also struck out six.
  • Carlos Beltran put the Yankees up early in the first inning, scoring from third base on a wild pitch with two outs. 
  • The Rays answered back with two runs, one on Corey Dickerson's RBI double in the fourth and Kevin Kiermaier's solo home run in the fifth.
  • Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each pitched a shutout inning of relief.

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Tanaka didn't have his best stuff, but it was another effective outing, and his effort allowed the Yankees to remain within striking distance. The offense was quiet again except for Gardner, who drove in the last two runs of the game, including the walk-off homer. Betances struck out two more batters and Andrew Miller set down the order on nine pitches to grab the win.

Tags: Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Yankees will play the Rays in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

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Rays Yankees
Logan Forsythe, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Logan Morrison, 1B Brett Gardner, LF
Evan Longoria, DH Carlos Beltran, RF
Corey Dickerson, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Desmond Jennings, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Brad Miller, SS Brian McCann, C
Steve Pearce, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Chase Headley, 3B
Hank Conger, C Didi Gregorius, SS

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.06 ERA)

Who's pitching for the Rays: LHP Blake Snell

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees pinch hitter Jacoby Ellsbury (22) steals home against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
New York Yankees pinch hitter Jacoby Ellsbury (22) steals home against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees, with the help of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann, defeated the Rays, 6-3, to open their weekend series. >> Read the recap at SNY.tv.


  • It wasn't the best of outings for C.C. Sabathia, who was charged with three runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings of work.
  • McCann's two-run home run in the second inning tied the game at 2-2.
  • With the Yankees down a run, Ellsbury stole home in the fifth inning to even the game up again.
  • McCann put the Yankees ahead with his third RBI of the game on a single in the sixth.
  • Ellsbury put the game away in the eighth with a two-run double. 
  • The Yankees bullpen kept the Rays scoreless, and Andrew Miller recorded the save with a spotless ninth inning. 

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The Yankees literally stole one Friday night, and the star of the game didn't even start. The club has been much more aggressive on the bases this season, stealing a league-high 16 bases.

Tags: Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tampa Bay Rays
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