The Yankees completed their sweep of the Rays, 12-1, at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. >> Box score
Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...
1) CC Sabathia fared better this time out compared to his last outing against the White Sox. The veteran lefty went six innings, allowing just one run on a bloop single in the top of the sixth inning. That was only one of three hits he allowed, while striking out seven and walking three. Sabathia also collected his 250th career win.
2) The Yankees were already leading 8-1, but Gleyber Torres wanted to add more to their total in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases juiced, Torres took a pitch to right center off the wall for a grand slam. All smiles as he rounded the bases and entered the dugout to high fives, Torres finished his day 1-for-3 with two runs scored, four RBI and one walk.
3) Gary Sanchez also tacked on four RBI himself. He set the tone early against Blake Snell, taking his changeup over the right field fence for a three-run homer. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, he laced an RBI double at 116.8 mph to left field -- his second-hardest hit ball this season. Overall, "The Kraken" went 2-for-4 with a run scored as well.
4) DJ LeMahieu continues to rake in the leadoff spot for the Yankees. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a walk, and two runs scored. His average also raised to .315. It was just another day showing how valuable LeMahieu has been all season long.
5) Cameron Maybin's home run streak of four games officially came to an end, as he went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
6) With the win, the Yankees swept the Rays, which gave them some breathing room in the division. The Rays are now 3.5 games back of the Yankees, as they have won four straight.
The Yankees will look to keep their win streak alive when the Astros come to town Thursday for a four-game series. Framber Valdez will go for Houston, while the Yankees' starter is currently unknown in place for Domingo German.