Game 47: Yankees Need a Spark

Masahiro Tanaka did just about everything in his power last night the Yankees to victory. But, of course, that was not enough as the Yankees anemic offense only pushed across one run. It proved to be a game of missed opportunities as the Yankees left six men on base, and were an ineffective 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees look to pounce on Jharel Cotton, a right-handed pitcher who had been optioned to AAA on May 11 as a result of poor pitching. The A’s injury situation necessitated his call-up, though the seven shutout innings in his last start for AAA Nashville show his talent. The Yankees send Bay Area-native CC Sabathia to the hill to counter Cotton. Sabathia has pitched very well of late, winning his last two starts. The big lefty held the Tampa Bay Rays to just two runs (one earned) on four hits over five innings. He struck out six batters, and walked only one. He seems to have figured out how to pitch as a finesse pitcher in the powerful American League. Today, he goes for his first personal three game winning streak since 2013.

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The Yankees get an infusion of extra offense into their lineup today after Girardi opted to have Austin Romine catch Tanaka last night. Romine did collect the double to right field, but is nowhere near the offensive threat that Gary Sanchez is. So far this season, it appears that Tanaka is much more comfortable pitching to Romine, and it would not be surprising to see that battery become a permanent fixture for the Yankees.

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It’s worth noting that Joe Girardi decided to give Chase Headley a day off after going 0-for-3 last night with two strikeouts and a rally-killing double play ground ball. Headley was then lifted for a pinch-hitter, Gary Sánchez, in a high leverage at-bat in the ninth inning last night. Ronald Torreyes, who filled in so admirably at shortstop during Gregorius’s absence, gets the call at the hot corner today.

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Starting Lineups:

Oakland Athletics
  1. Rajai Davis – CF
  2. Mark Canha – RF
  3. Jed Lowrie – 2B
  4. Khris Davis – LF
  5. Ryon Healy – 1B
  6. Trevor Plouffe – 3B
  7. Chad Pinder – DH
  8. Josh Phegley – C
  9. Adam Rosales – SS
New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Gary Sánchez – C
  3. Matt Holliday – DH
  4. Starlin Castro – 2B
  5. Aaron Judge – RF
  6. Didi Gregorius – SS
  7. Aaron Hicks – CF
  8. Chris Carter – 1B
  9. Ronald Torreyes – 3B

Pitching Matchup:

Jharel Cotton (3-4, 5.68) vs. CC Sabathia (4-2, 4.62)

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