All A-Rod, all the time. He was the alpha and the omega for the Yankees in their series-opening win against the Rays last night. We're going just bullet points to recap it for the suckers like me who missed all the action.
- Final line for A-Rod: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI. He had 60% of the Yankee hits and 80% of their RBI.
- The first homer came in the top of the 2nd off Tampa starter Nathan Karns. Karns threw a meatball and A-Rod absolutely obliterated it into the left-center field seats. It measured at 477 feet. Yowza.
- He even came up with the game-winning hit, driving in Brett Gardner with a go-ahead RBI single in the 8th. Just give the man the MVP.
- Tough night for Adam Warren, who fell apart in a 4-run 4th and didn't come out for the 5th inning. His line was 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. He threw 80 pitches.
- With Warren going short, the Yanks needed some good middle relief work. They got it from Esmil Rogers. He pitched 2.1 scoreless frame with 1 BB and 2 K. That'll do.
- Betances-Miller got the final 7 outs. Combined 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. I think that's more what Joe had in mind with the co-closer idea.
- Shout out to Stephen Drew for smacking his third homer of the year to account for the other Yankee run.