The Yankees secured a big victory over the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday, defeating their AL East foes, 9-3, snapping a season-high three-game losing streak, coming off of the tough 10-5 loss in 14 innings on Friday night/Saturday morning.
The Yankees needed to get a big start from Masahiro Tanaka, with the bullpen being used often lately, and the starting rotation looking very weak right now. Tanaka got off to a slow start, giving up three runs in the first fours inning, including a pair of solo homeruns, but buckled down after Mark Teixeira's 4th inning homerun and helped the Yankees win the game.
Derek Jeter was out of the lineup after playing in 13 of the 14 innings the night before, going 0-for-7 for the first time in his career, including a bases loaded strikeout to end the 13th inning. Jeter is back in the lineup today, playing shortstop and batting second.
Jacoby Ellsbury is leadign off once again, and why wouldn't he be? Ellsbury has been on fire at the plate over the past couple of weeks. He went 3-for-4 yesterday, picking up three more hits after a three-hit night Friday. He also stole his 10th base of the season yesterday, as well as hitting his 10th double.
Today's lineup vs Tampa Bay:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Kelly Johnson 3B
- Yangervis Solarte 2B
- Brett Gardner LF
- John Ryan Murphy
Pitching matchup preview: CC Sabathia vs Erik Bedard
CC Sabathia gets the ball for the Yankees in the rubber-game of this three-game series. Sabathia has already faced the Rays once this season, when he tossed seven innings of two-run ball back on April 17th in Tampa.
Sabathia, alongside Hiroki Kuroda, needs to step up his game with the Yankees' rotation in as poor of a shape as it is right now, with Ivan Nova done for the season, Michael Pineda for about a month, and Kuroda struggling badly.
Sabathia enters his start today with a 12-13 career mark and a 3.71 ERA against the Rays.
Getting the ball for the Rays is left-hander Erik Bedard, who has also seen the Yankees once this year, in a start the didn't really go his way. In that start, he only lasted 3.2 inning, giving up four runs on six hits.
Bedard is 0-9 in his last 15 starts, and is coming off of a no-decision against the Boston Red Sox this past week, giving up just one run in five innings.