The Yankees won their first series of the second half, beating the Blue Jays 4-2 Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Sunday's game
1) The long ball continues to plague Masahiro Tanaka, but the Yankees right-hander kept the damage to a minimum on Sunday. Tanaka allowed two solo home runs in the fifth inning, but other than that he pitched six strong innings, allowing just four hits and striking out five.
2) Gio Urshela had come back down to earth lately, seeing his batting average drop 25 points since June 6, but the third baseman was responsible for most of the Yankees' offense on Sunday. Urshela had a two-run single in the third and in the fifth, during a tie game, Urshela broke for home on a wild pitch with two outs. The ball ricocheted right back to catcher Danny Jensen, who went to tag Urshela, but instead of placing his glove in front of home plate he tagged Urshela on the shoulder. Urshela was initially ruled out, but the call was overturned after replay.
3) Mike Tauchman, who was playing for a resting Aaron Hicks, belted a solo home run in the seventh for insurance for the Yankees. The outfielder also made a nice play in the field in the sixth inning with a diving grab on a blooper that the infielders could not get to due to the shift.
4) Gleyber Torres had a rough start to the game, making two throwing errors in the first three innings and was caught stealing in the second. He seemed to make up for it in the sixth, though, when he made a diving stop in short right field and threw out Justin Smoak while sitting on the ground.
5) Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman combined for three scoreless innings out of the Yankees' bullpen and five strikeouts, allowing just three batters to reach base.
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The Yankees continue their homestand against AL East foe Tampa Bay Rays on Monday with LHP James Paxton (5-4, 4.01 ERA) on the mound while the Rays starter is still to be determined for the 7:05 p.m. game.