Jacoby Ellsbury's run-scoring single in the seventh inning was the difference as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3-2, on Tuesday night in Toronto.
- Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs on three hits in five innings while walking four and striking out six.
- Starlin Castro's RBI ground out in the second inning gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
- Brian McCann's solo home run in the sixth inning tied things, 2-2.
- Johnny Barbato, Chasen Shreve, and Dellin Betances combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief of Tanaka.
- Andrew Miller had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.
Sometimes teams win ballgames that seemed like they were one batter from going the other way. That happened tonight for the Yankees in Toronto. Tanaka was erratic early on, throwing 56 pitches in his first two innings and then found a rhythm over his next 36 pitches to end his five-inning outing. Despite the inflated pitch count, Tanaka didn't let the game get out of hand and the Yankees offense did just enough to grab a lead.
From the sixth inning on, the Yankees bullpen continued their strong start to the season pumping out more scoreless innings. The trend of short starts will have to come to an end quickly, or else the bullpen might begin to show some wear before the stress of the season truly begins. For now, the formula is producing wins and the Yanks are happy to take them.
The Yankees face the Blue Jays in Toronto at 7:07 p.m. on Wednesday.
RHP Michael Pineda (10.80 ERA, 1.60 WHIP) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by LHP J.A. Happ (3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) for Toronto.