“We’ve got guys that can step up and fill his role”
FINAL SCORE: Yankees 4, Rays 2.
Paced by Brian McCann’s two doubles and three RBIs, the Yankees (13-8) won for the 10th time in 12 games as they remained in sole possession of first place in the American League East for a second straight day. The evening was overshadowed by news that Masahiro Tanaka will miss approximately a month with a strained right forearm and wrist tendinitis.
“Anytime you lose a guy like Tanaka, it’s not good, but at the same time, we’ve got guys that can step up and fill his role,” McCann said. “We hope to get him back soon.”
Chase Whitley was promoted from Triple-A for the spot start and will stick in the rotation after picking up the victory with five innings of one-run, six-hit ball. The bullpen was once again stellar, with Chasen Shreve, Esmil Rogers and Chris Martin combining for four innings of one-run work. Rogers pitched 2 2/3 innings and Martin worked the ninth around a single for his first career save.
“It’s a good experience for me,” Martin said. “I’m used to going in the fifth, sixth, seventh when obviously sometimes the game’s on the line, sometimes it’s not. Obviously in the ninth, to get the final three outs is tough, so it’s a good experience.”
“Last year, I was part of the guys that went down. We lost 4/5 of our rotation. We can step up and hopefully fill the void.”- @CC_Sabathia
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 29, 2015
This and that:
- McCann is in ownership territory of Jake Odorizzi, improving to 10-for-16 (.625) lifetime against the right-hander Tuesday. He has three doubles, a triple and two homers against Odorizzi.
- Yankees pitchers recorded 12 strikeouts, the third straight game in which they have recorded double digits. Their 11 games of 10 or more strikeouts are the most in the Majors.
- Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 and leads the Yankees with eight multi-hit games this season. Since April 22, Ellsbury is batting .429 (9-for-21) with six runs, a double, a homer, three RBIs and four stolen bases in six games.
- Jose Pirela went 0-for-3 tonight at Double-A Trenton. Before the game, Joe Girardi indicated that Pirela is close to re-joining the Yankees, but he is hitless in 11 at-bats over three rehab games.
- The Yankees have won their first five games against Tampa Bay this season, the first time they have done so since 2002.
Up next: Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.86) will slide in to start Wednesday as the Yankees go for a sweep. The original scheduled starter had been Tanaka, who is heading to the DL. Pineda has won his past three starts, including 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Mets on Sunday. Drew Smyly (0-0, 3.86) starts for the Rays.