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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7/23-7/25)

Following their rain-shortened two-game series split against the Mets at home this past weekend, the Yankees head down South for three days to face the Rays in Tampa Bay.  Tropicana Field has, in a way, been a house of horrors for New York, having gone just 4-9 at The Trop since the beginning of 2017 including an ugly three-game sweep just a month ago. The Yankees will begin play today at 63-34, five full games behind the first place Red Sox.  Tampa Bay comes in at 50-49, 19 games out of first and 9.5 games back of Seattle for the second Wild Card position. With trade rumors swirling for both squads and the teams headed in opposite directions, this series provides a key opportunity for the Yankees to get back on track and put pressure on Boston to once again close up the AL East race.

Severino struggles, Rangers offense explodes for 10 runs in beatdown of Yankees

Backed by last night’s terrific outing by Nathan Eovaldi, the Yankees won the opening game of a 3-game series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, by a score of 3-1. After Eovaldi pitched seven strong innings, the best we’ve seen in him in a long time, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller came in for an inning each to close the game out. Betances allowed a home run to Brett Nicholas, which was his first earned run of the year, but he still has an excellent ERA of 0.90. The Yankees sent Luis Severino (0-2, 4.86 ERA) to the hill today to face AJ Griffin (2-0, 3.18 ERA). Alex Rodriguez and Aaron Hicks remained out of the lineup due to injury, but A-Rod is expected back sooner than Hicks will be. Jacoby Ellsbury’s home run last night left Chase Headley as the only Yankees starter without a home run this season.

Picture Credit: Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez
Tuesday, April 26: New York Yankees 1 @ Texas Rangers 10
Winning Pitcher: AJ Griffin (3-0, 2.52 ERA) - 8.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 K
Losing Pitcher: Luis Severino (0-3, 6.86 ERA) - 3.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, K

Picture Credit: Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez
1st Inning
The Yankees went down in order. Prince Fielder’s RBI single scored Nomar Mazara from second, and the Rangers led 1-0 after the first inning. (Rangers 1-0)

Picture Credit: Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez
2nd Inning
Both teams did not threaten in this inning. (Rangers 1-0)
3rd Inning
Ronald Torreyes continued to take advantage of his at-bats with a single, but the Yankees did not do much else. In the bottom of the third, after two quick outs, the Rangers singled, doubled, and then Severino intentionally walked Fielder. With the bases loaded, the Rangers scored five runs in this inning - Ian Desmond walked, followed by a Mitch Moreland 2-RBI single, Desmond scored on a wild pitch, and then Elvis Andrus added on with another single. (Rangers 6-0)

Picture Credit: Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez
4th Inning
The Yankees went down in order. Ivan Nova came in for Severino and set down the Rangers in order. (Rangers 5-0)
5th Inning
AJ Griffin, the Rangers starter, set the Yankees down in order. Ian Desmond made it 7-0 with a solo home run to center. (Rangers 7-0)
6th Inning
The Yankees wasted a Torreyes single and did not do any damage. Brett Nicholas’s RBI double made it 8-0. The Rangers were piling on runs at this point. (Rangers 8-0)
7th Inning
After a walk and a single, Mark Teixeira finally got the Yankees on the board with an infield single to cut the deficit to 8-1. The Rangers added on another run when Nova threw a wild pitch and Desmond scored. (Rangers 9-1)
8th Inning
Yankees went down in order. Chasen Shreve entered for Nova and his second batter, Rougned Odor, homered to right center to make it a 10-1 game. (Rangers 10-1)
9th Inning
Tony Barnette entered for Griffin to start the 9th and the Yankees did not threaten in this inning as well.

Next Game: Wednesday, April 27: Yankees (CC Sabathia) @ Rangers (Martin Perez)

Article by: Bryan Peng
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