The Yankees did not start the game well. Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, then one more in the second – he’s now allowed 6 of his 13 runs this year in that frame. He had 43 pitches after two.
#TANAK would not be denied. He was going to go 4-0. Even bad Tanaka was a CC Sabathia you would be proud of. 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 0 BB was enough to fend off the Rays.
The Yankees didn’t have a hit through three innings, and it kind of felt like one of those days the bats would be a bit slower, the runs would be hard to come by. It was a quick turnaround from the night before.
But Mark Teixeira said “Nah, I got this.” He went deep to right in the 4th to cut it to 3-2, then he brought in another run in the 7th with a scorcher to right, through the shift.…