The Yankees lost 3-2 to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday and that loss led to the Nationals sweeping the two-game series in Washington D.C. After their loss on Wednesday, the Yankees have now lost seven of their past eight games to drop their record to 22-19 and put them into a tie for first place in the American League East with the Tampa Bay Rays.
During their previous eight games, the Yankees have been outscored by a grand total of 43-19. The Yankees are off on Thursday and will need their offense to score more runs starting with the three-game series that they have at Yankee Stadium against the Texas Rangers from Friday to Sunday.
The Yankees will begin a six-game homestand at the hitter friendly Yankee Stadium after previously playing 15 of their last 19 games on the road. They went 9-10 during those 19 games, which is much worse than the pace they were on previously. Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira hit for much more power at Yankee Stadium than they do in away games, so that could help the offense improve over the next six games.
Adam Warren had his second consecutive impressive start as he allowed only two earned runs in 6.1 innings on Wednesday against the Nationals. He had four strikeouts and the only earned runs he allowed were solo homers. Warren also pitched well in his previous start against the Rays when he allowed three runs in seven innings, but he will be more valuable in the bullpen because the relief pitchers have been over worked this season and he had a lot of success in the bullpen last season.
The Yankees are getting some good news with Masahiro Tanaka because he is making a rehab start with the Triple-A Scranton RailRiders on Thursday night. The game started at 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network. Tanaka is only scheduled to throw 45 pitches, but if all goes well he will likely only need one more minor league start before returning to the rotation.
Tanaka had a 3.22 ERA and an impressive 0.94 WHIP in four starts before going on the disabled list with wrist and forearm issues.