Yankees make NY pit stop on trip
A weird thing about this trip for the Yankees is that they get to sleep some nights in their own beds. They ended the Tampa Bay stop Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory and came home for their last off day of the regular season Thursday.
The flight was to New York was because their next stop on the three-series trip is in Queens to play the Mets at Citi Field in the second installment of the Subway Series. With both New York clubs in the hunt for postseason berths, an extra element of anticipation is in the air.
The Yankees remained three games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East with Toronto winning at Atlanta. The Jays come home this weekend and play the Red Sox before the Yanks enter Rogers Centre for a three-game set starting Monday night.
With an eye on the Toronto series, Yankees manager Joe Girardi set his rotation for the Mets series with Masahiro Tanaka getting the ball on regular rest for Friday night’s game. That will allow the righthander to make his following start next Wednesday night at Toronto, also on regular rest. Tanaka has allowed one earned run in 16 innings against the Blue Jays this year.
Tanaka will be opposed Friday night by Mets rookie Steven Matz. Saturday afternoon’s game pits Michael Pineda against the Mets’ Noah Syndegaard. CC Sabathia will start Sunday night’s finale against the Mets’ Matt Harvey, who will be held to a strict pitch limit.
Girardi did not announce the rest of the rotation for the Toronto series, but he did say that Ivan Nova would be in the bullpen for the Mets series, which means that it is likely Adam Warren will start Monday night and Luis Severino Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.
Severino was one of two rookies who were central figures in the Yanks’ victory Wednesday night, their second in a row against Chris Archer, who had won his previous five decisions against them. Severino pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run, six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in improving his record to 4-3 and bouncing back from his first rough outing in his prior start at Yankee Stadium against Toronto.
The other rookie pivotal in the victory was first baseman Greg Bird, who drove in the Yankees’ first run with a double in the second inning off Archer and an important insurance run in the ninth with a monstrous home run to right field off reliever Andrew Bellatti.
The run that proved to be the deciding one was driven in by Chase Headley, who fought off a tough slider from Archer for a flare single to left field in the sixth that increased the Yankees’ lead to 2-0.
Severino came out of the game in the bottom of the sixth after he was touched for a run on a double by Steven Souza. Justin Wilson got the last out of the inning with a strikeout and the first two outs of the seventh as well.
Dellin Betances then came in and did another high-wire act similar to his Sept. 7 appearance against the Orioles when he walked three batters and struck out three in the same inning. He walked the first three Tampa Bay batters he faced Wednesday night but came back to strike out James Loney, who had three hits, on three pitches.
As he had done in Monday night’s victory, Andrew Miller struck out the side in order for his 34th save.