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Bullpen Day Thrives, Yanks top Rays 4-1

Entering the last week of the regular season the Yankees opened a four-game set Monday night in the always dreaded trip to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees came into tonight sitting one and a half games (two in the loss column) above the Oakland A’s for home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game. Aaron Boone decided to go with a “bullpen day” tonight instead of giving the ball to a typical starter.

Eovaldi's strong outing, three-run sixth leads Yankees to 5-2 win

Taking two out of three from a premier team like the San Francisco Giants was not something the Yankees were supposed to do, if you want them to sell. But, for now, that sell mentality will once again be put to rest after a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Finding himself in the middle of trade rumors, Nathan Eovaldi (9-6, 4.80 ERA) tossed 7.2 innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits, striking out six and walking two. Today’s start coupled with his strong start against Baltimore last week have increased his trade value, and it should be interesting to see if a team makes a deal for him in the days leading up to the deadline.

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San Francisco’s offense was relatively quiet the whole game, expect in the 7th, when catcher Buster Posey singled in two runs.

On the other side, Giants’ starter Jeff Samardzija (9-6, 4.22 ERA) didn’t have much success. He allowed two homers, one to Mark Teixeira and one to Carlos Beltran, potentially in his final days in pinstripes, who now has 21 on the year.

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Besides the two homers, Samardzija was cruising until the sixth, when Jacoby Ellsbury grounded into an RBI double play that plated Aaron Hicks. After hitting back-to-back singles, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann came around to score on a Starlin Castro single. Didi Gregorius kept it coming as he smacked a double to score Castro.

Since No Runs-DMC was unavailable today, Chasen Shreve and Chad Green came in relief, combining for one strikeout, one walk and zero earned runs.

Article by: Phil Akre
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