Torreyes homers, Sabathia shuts down Rays in Yankees first win of the season

Coming off a disappointing 7-3 Opening Day loss, the Yankees took on the Rays in game two of a three game set on Tuesday night. The team sent CC Sabathia to the hill to square off against Jake Odorizzi from the Rays. Ronald Torreyes hit the team's first homer of the season, and Sabathia pitched very well across five innings getting his and the team's first victory of the season in a 5-0 win.
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The Yankees struck early with a three run third inning thanks to a long home run from Ronald Torreyes. As the first Yankee homer of the season, Torreyes' blast put the Yankees ahead for good, giving them a 2-0 lead. The Yankees were then given a lucky break as Matt Holliday hit a high pop up that was lost in the roof of the Trop by left fielder Peter Pourjos falling in for an RBI double.

Sabathia threw well across five innings giving up just three hits while striking out two and walking two. He picked up his first win of the season giving the Yankees a much needed boost in game two of the season.

Chase Headley would hit his first home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Bryan Mitchell relieved Sabathia in the sixth inning and got through it unscathed. He was then lifted for Tyler Clippard who pitched a strong seventh inning picking up two strikeouts.

The Yankees scored their fifth run in the eighth inning on a Headley single, which scored Jacoby Ellsbury. The Yankees then sent Jonathan Holder out to pitch, and he was roughed up a bit allowing two hits as he recorded just one out via a strikeout. Dellin Betances then entered the game and walked the first batter he saw to load the bases with nobody out. However, he got out of the jam thanks to a strikeout and groundout to end the inning. Aroldis Chapman slammed the door in the ninth inning picking up two strikeouts to end the game.

The Yankees will play the series finale tomorrow with the first pitch at 7:10 PM ET. Michael Pineda will make his season debut again Alex Cobb from the Rays. The Bombers will look to salvage two of three games in their first series of the new season.

Winning Pitcher: CC Sabathia (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 6.00 ERA): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
Notables:
Ronald Torreyes: 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, R
Chase Headley: 2-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, R, SB
Jacoby Ellsbury: 2-4, R
Gary Sanchez: 0-5, 2 K
Aroldis Chapman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB
Steven Souza Jr.: 2-4


Article by: Chad Raines

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