Michael Pineda allowed seven runs in just four innings, and that was a hole the Yankees offense could not climb out of as they drop the series finale to the Texas Rangers 7 to 6.

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The Yankees got quite close, but missed opportunities when they mattered most. Chase Headley led off the eighth inning with a double, but Tyler Austin, Mason Williams and Ronald Torreyes failed to get him in. Aaron Judge singled with two outs in the ninth, but Rangers closer Matt Bush struck out Gary Sánchez to end the game.

The blame for this loss basically should start and end with Michael Pineda. The Rangers didn’t score after the fourth inning, and asking your offense to score eight runs is a lot. Elvis Andrus singled a run home in the first, then came home on an Adrián Beltré homer. Next inning, Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run shot into the second deck in right field, and rookie Drew Robinson got his first big league hit next inning. with a solo shot into the Yankee bullpen.

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The Yankees got a brilliant performance out of their bullpen, which contributed five shutout innings. Tyler Webb, Chad Green, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman allowed two hits and two walks while striking out seven batters in relief of Pineda.

The Bombers got as close as they could in the seventh inning, when Ronald Torreyes hit a solo home run. Judge and Sánchez walked consecutively, and then Didi Gregorius grounded an RBI single to right field. However, Choo came up throwing and gunned Sánchez out at third base.

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After leaving the game early with right oblique tightness, Aaron Hicks is most likely headed to the disabled list. Hicks had been slumping, with just three hits since sitting out three games with an Achilles injury. The Yankees may call Jacoby Ellsbury up from his rehab assignment after just two games to fill the hole.

Joe Girardi revealed after the game that Starlin Castro was unavailable to pinch hit because he received a cortisone shot in his wrist. Girardi said that the wrist had been bothering Castro for six weeks. It’s unclear what the Yankees will do next with him.

CC Sabathia threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session today, and said afterwards that he felt good. He might be back before the calendar flips to July. Starting pitching has been bad for the Yankees of late, so a healthy Sabathia would help greatly.


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