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The lineup for the series finale against the Houston Astros

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran

After winning Game 3 of their series against the Astros, 9-6, the Yankees play the Astros at Minute Maid Park at 2:10 p.m. EST in the series finale. In Saturday’s game, the Yankees had a 6-0 lead and then Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs in the second, one in the fourth and then three in the fourth including a two-run homer by rookie Carlos Correa to tie the game. Tanaka had his second consecutive subpar performance to raise his ERA to 3.88 and is not being consistent enough right now to be considered the No. 1 starter.

The Yankees won the game as a result of Mark Teixeira’s two-run double to deep left center in the eighth to score Brett Gardner and Chris Young. Chase Headley hit a solo homer in the ninth to give the Yankees an insurance run. Teixeira’s two RBIs in the eighth gave him 53 for the season, which puts him in a three-way tie for first in the American League.

In today’s game Michael Pineda will get the start for the Yankees. He will look to rebound from his previous start as he allowed eight runs on 11 hits in only 3.1 innings. He did not have command of his slider during that start against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Carlos Beltran, who has a .320 average with four doubles in his last six games, will get the day off. He needs more rest days than some players because he is 38 years old. With Beltran out of the lineup, Alex Rodriguez will be the DH and Garrett Jones will get the start in right field.

The Yankees will look to win the series 3-1 before going to Anaheim to play the Angels. Here is the lineup against the Astros:

Brett Gardner CF

Chase Headley 3B

Alex Rodriguez DH

Mark Teixeira 1B

Brian McCann C

Garrett Jones LF

Chris Young RF

Didi Gregorius SS

Stephen Drew 2B

The Yankees evened their series in Houston against the Astros

Chris Young in September of 2014.

Chris Young in September of 2014.

The Yankees (40-34), who were led by Houston-area natives Chris Young and Nathan Eovaldi, were able to even their series in Houston on Friday night with their 3-2 win over the Astros (43-33).

With the Yankees losing 2-0 in the seventh inning, Young hit a three-run homer off of Will Harris over the 19-foot wall in left field at Minute Maid Park to give the visitors a 3-2 lead. Young’s game-winning homer, which was his ninth of the season, drove in Carlos Beltran and Garrett Jones.

“That is huge,” Joe Girardi said. “We had not done much up until that point. He (Young) has been really hot and that is why he is playing everyday.”

He is from Houston and always enjoys playing at Minute Park based on how well he plays and that his friends and family can watch him person.

Young said after the game that he left 50 tickets for friends and family to attend the game. He began his career back in 2006 and has been playing games as a visitor in Houston ever since. In 105 at-bats at Minute Maid Park he has hit nine homers with a remarkable .409 average.

I’m sure it’s something to it,” he said of playing in his home park. “I mean it definitely doesn’t hurt to have some extra support behind your back, a little extra little fire when you to the plate.”

Young, who struggled in May after his hot start to the season, is on a nine-game hitting streak with four consecutive multi-hit games to raise his average to .271. He has been playing very well the previous seven games with Jacoby Ellsbury still on the disabled list and if he continues hitting like this he will deserve to split time with Beltran when Ellsbury returns.

To be able to do it in front of your family, your home town, and the city you grew up coming to baseball games in and now you’re one of the players on the field, it’s a little special for me,” Young said.

The Yankees were only 1-5 with runners in scoring position, but Young came through when it counted as he hit his third homer in June.

Eovaldi (7-2, 4.81 ERA) is from nearby Alvin, Texas, which is well known as the hometown of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Eovaldi looked up to Ryan growing up and said that he didn’t know that the all-time leader in strikeouts was sitting behind home plate until the fifth inning.

“Growing up, for me, I connected baseball with him,” Eovaldi said of Ryan.

He allowed two earned runs in six innings and this was his second consecutive start limiting the opposition to two runs scored. This means that he has bounced back very well from allowing nine runs in two thirds of an inning to the Miami Marlins on June 16.

Eovaldi, who had six strikeouts, used his splitter very effectively against the Astros according to Girardi. “I think his curveball was important for him tonight and the command of his fastball,” Giradi said. “He was able to elevate it at times and go down and away at times. I thought they mixed the pitches very well and kept them off balance.”

He has improved his stuff and has kept hitters off balance a lot more in his last two starts since he has allowed five and three hits respectively in his last two starts after allowing a combined 17 hits in his previous two starts.

“Tonight I was just trying to take it pitch by pitch,” Eovaldi said.

According to the Yankees PR Department and Fangraphs, Eovaldi’s fastball has the highest average velocity (95.9) in the Majors this season. He can be an effective starter when he locates his secondary pitches and throws his fastball at the right time, but he just needs to avoid starts when he completely loses his command.

After Eovaldi was taken out of the game after throwing 100 pitches, Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson and Dellin Betances combined to throw three innings and not allow a hit. Shreve, who has not allowed a run in his last 13 games to lower his ERA to an impressive 1.76, had three strikeouts in his inning pitched, and Betances struck out two of the four batters he faced.

After winning the game on Friday in Houston with big contributions from hometown players, the Yankees will play the Astros at 4:10 EST and will try for their first winning streak since they won straight from June 17-20. Masahiro Tanaka will make his first start against the Astros and will hit for the second game this season.

Brett Gardner and Brian McCann are both out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Astros

This is a 2012 photo of Adam Warren. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This is a 2012 photo of Adam Warren. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

After winning the final game of their series at home against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Yankees (39-33) will play the first game of their four-game series in Houston against the Astros tonight at 8:10 p.m. EST. The Astros, whose 42-32 record is better than anyone could have predicted, lead the American League in homers (107) and are third in slugging percentage and total bases.

Adam Warren will start the first game of the series against the Astros. This could be his last start before going back to the bullpen because Joe Girardi said that he didn’t think the six-man rotation will go past the series against the Angels. Warren, who has a solid 5-4 record with a 3.62 ERA in 13 starts this season, has allowed three runs or less in his previous eight starts.

In Warren’s last start, he had his best performance of the season as he pitched a season-high eight innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out a season-high seven batters. However, he was not as effective in his start on June 14 since he only threw 4.2 innings while allowing three walks, six hits and three earned runs on 92 pitches. He has been an asset to the rotation to this point of the season, and can definitely give the Yankees another quality start against the Astros, but with Ivan Nova’s return he will be more valuable as an impact reliever in the bullpen.

Dallas Keuchel, who is the Astros ace and will get the start tonight, is a lefty who has an 8-3 record with an outstanding 2.35 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. His 2.35 ERA is third in the American League, his pitching WAR is tied for third in the AL and his 0.98 WHIP is tied for second in the AL.

His home ERA (1.62) is much better than his road ERA (3.14), but he has struggled in his previous two starts as he has allowed five and three earned runs, respectively. In his last start, Keuchel gave up a season-high three homers and three walks in his start in Seattle against the Mariners.

Brett Gardner is 16-32 (.500) in his last seven games with 12 runs scored, four homers, 10 RBIs. He is having the best month of his season as those outstanding numbers in the last week have given him a .326 average in June with a .607 slugging percentage, six doubles, 24 runs scored and 17 RBIs. His 55 runs scored are third in the American League and his 15 steals are tied for second in the AL.

Gardner has the game off tonight even though he has hit so well over the last seven games. Joe Girardi has given him the night off because Keuchel is lefty and Gardner has a .239 average against southpaws this season. Gardner has also started every game since May 16 and not had the game off since May 6 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yankees activated Stephen Drew from the paternity list today and recalled middle infielder Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Scranton. These moves complete their 25-man roster and will mean that the Yankees will have a back-up middle infielder and that Garrett Jones will be the only true back-up outfielder. Jacoby Ellsbury is close to returning from the disabled list, which means that Chris Young will return to his back-up role.

The Yankees lineup will be less powerful than normal because Girardi has also decided to give Brian McCann the night off against the lefty starter. McCann is hitting .421 with two homers and five RBIs in the last seven days and has a .328 (20-61) average with 12 RBIs in June. Jose Pirela, whose best position is second base, will replace Gardner in the outfield.

Here is the lineup for tonight’s game:

Chris Young CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Jose Pirela LF
John Ryan Murphy C
Stephen Drew SS
Gregorio Petit 2B

Alex Rodriguez had five RBIs as the Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers 14-3 on Old-Timers Day

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

Willie Randolph and Mel Stottlemyre, who both received plaques in Monument Park on Saturday, both wore No. 30 as a Yankee, which makes it fitting that Nathan Eovaldi (No. 30) got the start against the Tigers since he is No. 30 as well. He made them proud as he only allowed one earned run in six innings in the Yankees 14-3 win over the Detroit Tigers, which was a complete turnaround from his previous start.

Randolph was overjoyed that he got a plaque in Monument Park after growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn. “It is all about my legacy,” Randolph said. “They embraced me. I grew up in this town. Thurman Munson taught me how to be a winner. I grew up learning the Yankee way. We felt like we were part of the legacy and wanted to teach the young kids how to lead.”

Randolph was a 5-time All-Star as a Yankee (six overall), won two World Series as a player with the Bronx Bombers, four as a coach and had a .276 career average (.373 on-base percentage) with 1,239 runs scored, 2,210 hits & 271 steals. He played 13 of his 18 major-league seasons with the Yankees.

He was surprisingly fired as manager of the Mets in 2008 and pointed out in his speech that when he walks the streets, “Cabbies yell at me, “Willie, you got a raw deal with the Mets! They gave you a raw deal!”

Randolph said that he almost quit when he was in Double-A and told his mom that he wanted to come home to Brooklyn. His mom told him that she would pick him up at the train station but that she didn’t raise a quitter. This made Randolph reconsider quitting and led to him getting to the major leagues.

At the end of spring training in 1996, some in the Yankees front office were not convinced Derek Jeter could be the everyday shortstop, so they were close to trading Mariano Rivera to the Seattle Mariners for a shortstop prospect named Felix Fermin, but Randolph convinced Steinbrenner not to make this trade with the Mariners because he thought Jeter deserved a chance. Randolph obviously made the right call because the Yankees would not have had their dynasty without Rivera and Jeter.

The Yankees lived up to their Bronx Bombers nickname as they scored one or more runs in all but two innings. They slugged five home runs and tied a season-high with 14 runs. They have averaged eight runs a game during their current four-game winning streak after previously losing five of six games when they scored four runs or less in every loss.

Alex Rodriguez was 2-3 with a homer and five of the 14 RBIs and Carlos Beltran had his first multi-homer game since 6/15/2013 when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals.

In reference to A-Rod’s five RBIs, Brett Gardner said, “Our job at the top of the order is to get on base for A-Rod and he makes it seem easy.”

To leadoff the scoring, Rodriguez, grounded into a fielder’s choice in the first to score Gardner. Didi Gregorius hit a homer to the first row in right field to lead off the second inning. That was his fourth homer of the season.

Brian McCann grounded out to first with the bases loaded to end the second after Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly scored Stephen Drew. Defensively, to lead off the sixth inning, Gregorius made an outstanding barehanded play to just barely get Jose Iglesias out at first.

Beltran hit a two-run homer into the bleachers above the DKNY sign in right center field to start the third inning. That was his sixth homer of the season and his fourth hit in his last 11 at-bats (.364). Chase Headley had an RBI single through the infield to right to drive in Chris Young in the third. Alex Rodriguez hit a deep three-run homer with two outs in the third for his 3,001st hit. That was the team’s ninth hit in the first three innings.

Beltran smashed his second homer of the game in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 9-0 lead. The first time he hit one batting left handed and he hit this one above the US Trust sign in right while batting from the right side of the plate.

“We just need to approach it the same way we have been doing, putting good at-bats together,” Beltran said. “We are going to have streaks when we play good baseball and when we don’t, but over last four days we have been hitting and pitching well.” Beltran has hit .296 with seven homers in May in June after having a .162 average at the end of April. This proves that he has a lot left in the tank.

By the time the third inning ended, Brett Gardner, who is fourth in the AL in runs scored (49) and second in steals (15), was a homer away from cycle as he already had a single, double and a triple. He also made a great leaping catch against the wall in left center to get Yoenis Cespedes out to leadoff the fifth.

“Gardner has been really good,” Joe Girardi said. “A lot of times we score a lot of runs and he creates a lot of havoc on the bases. I wanted to pull him out of the game but because he had the opportunity (to hit for the cycle) we left him in there.”

The Yankees scored seven earned runs in 2.2 innings against Alfredo Simon as his slow pace did not work to his advantage.

Detroit, who was losing 13-3 in the eighth inning, had shortstop Josh Wilson pitch, and Young blasted a homer to right for his second RBI of the game and eighth homer of the season.

Nathan Eovaldi rebounded very well as in his previous start he became the only pitcher in Yankee history to allow nine hits and not pitch an inning. Eovaldi’s fastball, curveball and splitter were all much better than in his previous start in Miami. Eovaldi had four strikeouts, allowed a season-low three hits and retired the side in order in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings.

Brian Mitchell, who was called up from Triple-A on Friday, recorded the final nine outs and struck out Andrew Romine to end the game.

The Yankees will have the pitching advantage on Sunday afternoon as Mashiro Tanaka has a 2.49 ERA in his seven starts and Anibal Sanchez has a 4.65 ERA in his 14 starts.

Three homers and a solid start by CC Sabathia led to a Yankees sweep of the Angels

CC Sabathia getting ready to throw a pitch against the Angels.

CC Sabathia getting ready to throw a pitch against the Angels.

The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday afternoon, 6-2, at a mostly full Yankee Stadium. It was their third win in a row against the Angels and their sixth consecutive win overall. Going back to the series in Oakland, the Yankees have won seven of their previous eight games to give them a 32-25 record.

CC Sabathia rebounded from allowing homers to Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in the first inning to pitch six innings and only allow two runs. He allowed five hits, one walk and his seven strikeouts were the most he had in a game since May 11.

One of the strikeouts that he had was his 2,500th of his career. He is the 31st Major League pitcher to reach 2,500 strikeouts. When he caught Angels second baseman Giavotella looking with a changeup in the fifth inning Sabathia became just the ninth left-hander to accomplish the milestone. He is also the Major Leagues’ active strikeout leader.

This was Sabathia’s second straight start that he allowed two earned runs, and he got Kole Calhoun to ground into a double play to end the sixth inning, but Sabathia got thrown out of the game after the top of the sixth ended.

He started shouting at the home plate umpire after the double play was completed. The shouting caused Sabathia to be ejected, which lead Sabathia to get in Dan Bellino’s face, which also led to Joe Girardi being ejected.

Sabathia disagreed with a called a ball that was called during Kalhoun’s at-bat. “I just asked him where the pitch was,” Sabathia said after the game. “He said it was down. I said, ‘It’s not down, you just called it on [Chase] Headley.’ That’s when he threw me out.”

The crowd at the stadium got loud for each of the three homers that the Yankees hit off of Angels veteran starter C.J. Wilson. Chris Young, who only had one hit in his previous 13 at-bats coming into the game, hit a homer over the State Farm scoreboard in left field in the fifth to tie the score at two.

Later in the fifth inning, Brett Gardner hit a line drive homer to the back of the first level in right field to drive in John Ryan Murphy and Didi Gregorius. When the ball came off Gardner’s bat it appeared that his line drive would stay in the field. Gardner now has 26 RBIs after driving in 58 all of last season.

In the seventh inning, Jose Pirela his his first homer of the season (and his career) and the team’s third of the afternoon. Pirela’s homer to left center was 418 feet, and it was further than the homers that Young or Gardner hit, as their homers were both less than 400 feet.

Chase Headley, who hit a single in the first inning, is now on an eight-game hitting streak. Didi Gregorius, who drove in the first run of the game for the Yankees in the first inning with a ground out to second, was involved in turning two double plays and has one or more hits in four of his last five games.

Betances pitched a perfect eighth inning while recording two more strikeouts to give him 53 in 31.1 innings pitched. Betances got out of the eighth inning on an emphatic called third strike on a 3-2 count to Trout. Andrew Miller closed out the game with three straight strikeouts in the ninth leading to a drama free afternoon by the bullpen.

Miller lowered his ERA to 1.04 and Betances lowered his to 0.29. They are likely the best eighth and ninth inning combo in baseball.

The game which was played during a picture perfect afternoon with no humidity and without a cloud in the sky was finished in a very manageable 2:10. The Yankees will have an off day on Monday before starting a brief two-game series against the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Slade Heathcott will make his first big-league start tonight against the Rangers

Slade Heathcott

Slade Heathcott

The Yankees will play their first game of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers tonight at Yankee Stadium. The game will start at approximately 7:05 p.m.

The Yankees will be starting the same lineup that they did on Wednesday except that Slade Heathcott, who was called up from Triple-A Scranton when Jacoby Ellsbury went on the disabled list, will get the start instead of Chris Young.

This will be Heathcott’s first career big-league start and he will be getting his first career at-bat. Slade, whose first name is Zachary, hit .285 with one homer, 17 RBIs and five steals in 37 games at Triple-A.

It’s surreal,” said Heathcott, who will bat ninth and play center field Friday night. “It’s a childhood dream to play in the big leagues and to start, and here I am getting to do it in pinstripes — it doesn’t get any better.”

Joe Girardi said that he wants Heathcott to take quality at-bats and play solid defense during his time with the Yankees. He will be able to play much better defense in right field than Carlos Beltran, which will probably lead to Beltran getting the day off on Saturday or Sunday.

Michael Pineda will get the start for the Yankees on Friday night. He will need to bounce back from his previous start when he had his worst outing of his great season. In his start on May 15 against the Royals he allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings while only striking out one. His slider was off against the Royals, which prevented him from striking out batters like he did against the Baltimore Orioles when he had 16.

He is the ace of the pitching staff right now and the Yankees need him to pitch like he has for most of the season. Nick Martinez, who played second base and pitched at Fordham, will get a start in this series and will be back playing in the Bronx for the second time. He threw 5.1 shutout innings during his previous start at Yankee Stadium.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series at Yankee Stadium:

RHP Michael Pineda (5-1, 3.31)
RHP Colby Lewis (3-2, 3.06)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

LHP CC Sabathia (2-5, 4.67)
RHP Nick Martinez (3-0, 1.88)
1:05 p.m., WPIX and MLB Network

LHP Chris Capuano (0-1, 12.00)
RHP Yovani Gallardo (3-6, 4.26)
8:05 p.m., ESPN

Jacoby Ellsbury has been placed on the DL with a sprained right knee

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day disabled list after Tuesday’s game with a sprained right knee after he was injured in the fourth inning. Slade Heathcott, who has a .285 average with one homer and 17 RBIs this season with the RailRiders, has been called up from Triple-A to replace Ellsbury. Heathcott is a former top prospect who is just starting to get back on track.

Joe Girardi said that Ellsbury hurt himself while he was swinging in the fourth inning. Ellsbury has a fairly extensive injury history dating back to his days with the Boston Red Sox. In 2010 he was only able to play in 18 games and in 2012 he was only able to play in 74 games. The Yankees need Ellsbury to be back soon since he has been an important contributor to their offense. Ideally, he will be out no more than 15 days.

So far this season Ellsbury is hitting .324 with 29 runs scored, six RBIs, 14 steals and a .412 on-base percentage. He has played very well along with Brett Gardner at the top of the lineup. The Yankees manager is not sure how long the leadoff hitter will be out of the lineup.

Is it going to cost him some time?” Maybe,” Giardi said. “Is it real serious? I don’t think so, but we really won’t know until the MRI.

Chris Young, who has a .264 average with six homers and 13 RBIs, will likely play center field in place of Ellsbury. Heathcott will now be the back-up outfielder

CC Sabathia will look to help the Yankees end their four-game losing streak

Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda

The Yankees are now on a four-game losing streak after their 12-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. They didn’t perform well on offense or defense in the series opener against the Royals.

Michael Pineda struggled mightily for the first time this season as he allowed five earned runs on 10 hits after allowing four earned runs in his previous four starts combined. His slider was not working like it did in his last start, which led to him only striking out one compared to the 16 strikeouts he had in his previous start.

He was charged with three earned runs in the sixth inning. He allowed a double to Alex Gordon, an RBI triple to Omar Infante and an RBI single to 29-year-old rookie Paulo Orlando. Pineda’s final earned run came later in the inning when Orlando scored.

It is tough to have success when one of your main pitches isn’t working, and Pineda realized that these types of performances will happen during the course of the season.“It’s not my day,” Pineda said. “These games happen sometimes.”

The Royals were led by Lorenzo Cain, who was 3-4 with five RBIs against the Yankees. He now has 19 RBIs after having 53 all of last season. Kendrys Morales was the other offensive star for the Royals as he was 2-5 with three RBIs. Morales’s double to deep center off of Jose Ramirez in the seventh scored Cain and Eric Hosmer and gave the Royals a 12-1 lead.

Chris Young, who is 6-10 and 35 years old, lowered his ERA to an outstanding 0.94. He only allowed one run and four hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Brett Gardner tripled to right center in the first, but Young was able to bounce back and get Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira to fly out to end the inning. The Yankees would end the game going 1-5 with runners in scoring position and leave six runners on base.

The only run that the Yankees scored came in the fourth inning when they had an opportunity to put a few runs on the scoreboard. Rodriguez doubled to leadoff the inning and then Teixeira hit an infield single but the side was retired in order after that. Brian McCann hit a sac fly to score A-Rod, but the next two batters flied out and struck out.

Offensive ineptitude has led to the Yankees losing the last three games of the series to Tampa Bay and this game to the Royals. They have only scored six runs in their last four games, which makes it hard to win games. They have not been able to hit with runners in scoring position and they haven’t hit homers like they did before the losing streak.

They will need to do better offensively to even their series with the Royals. Didi Gregorius has tonight’s game off, which could help the offense as he is hitting only .167 in his last seven days. Jose Pirela, who is back in the lineup playing second, has hit well since coming off of the disabled list (.278). However, the Yankees need Stephen Drew, the normal second baseman, to improve soon as he is hitting .143 with zero homers or RBIs in his last seven days and his average is now all the way down to .171.

CC Sabathia will get the start on Saturday night. He will look to pitch seven innings like he did in his last start. He allowed three runs on six hits (and two walks) while recording a season-high nine strikeouts against the Rays. He got his first win in his last start and even though he has a 5.20 ERA he has pitched better than his won loss record (1-5) or ERA indicates. His stuff and velocity are both better than they were the past two seasons.

Saturday’s game at Kauffman Stadium begins at 7:05 p.m. EST.

Seth Meyers Went Behind the Scenes at Yankee Stadium

In this video, late night talk show host Seth Meyers talked to people at Yankee Stadium who do not usually get to tell their story. He interviewed a bat boy, a clubhouse attendant, the organist and a beer vendor.


On Thursday, the Yankees (9-7) won the series finale against the Detroit Tigers 2-1. They won three of the four games during their series at Comerica Park against the Tigers who previously had the best offense in baseball, and they finished their 10-game road trip to Camden Yards, Tropicana Field and Comerica Park with an impressive 7-3 record.

After struggling on defense during their first nine games of the season, the Yankees have played like they are capable of defensively and have made a number of highlight plays while winning six of their past seven games. During the win over the Tigers last night, Chase Headley made outstanding plays in the seventh and ninth innings to help the team get the win.

After not allowing a run in seven innings in his previous start against the Tampa Bay Rays, Masahiro Tanaka allowed only one run in 6.1 innings pitched against the Tigers. He had six strikeouts and only allowed three hits and was arguably more impressive during this start because Detroit’s lineup is much deeper and more powerful than Tampa Bay’s. Tanaka looked shaky in his first two starts of the season, but he has pitched like the ace he was last season in his last two starts.

It is a positive sign that Tanaka (1), Nathan Eovaldi (1) and CC Sabathia (2) allowed a combined four runs against the Tigers. Those three starters shutdown what is likely the best offense in baseball and proved that the No 1, No. 3 and No. 4 starters can have success any time they take the mound.

Tanaka pitched on normal rest for the first time this season and when he was interviewed after the game he said that there was no difference for him throwing on four days rest instead of five. He now has a 2.85 ERA in day games between last season and this season.

Also, during the series against the Tigers, Chris Young continued to prove that he could be a superior option to Carlos Beltran going forward. Young went 1-4 Thursday night, but during the series he was 7-13 (.538) with three run scored, two doubles, a homer and an RBI. He has an outstanding .357 average this season with four homers, nine RBIs, eight runs scored and five doubles.

Beltran has a .184 average with zero homers, so there is not comparison as to who has been more valuable this season. Beltran might still turn it around, but he appears to at 37 years old not have much left and Young is performing like he did in 2010 when he hit 27 homers with 91 RBIs and was an All-Star.

Both Yankees runs were scored by Jacoby Ellsbury, who used his speed to his advantage. In the sixth inning, Ellsbury walked, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and then he was able to score after causing Anibal Sanchez to balk. In the eighth inning, Ellsbury doubled to center, Brett Gardner sacrificed him to third and then he was able to score the winning run on Brian McCann’s ground out to first.

Dellin Betances looked like the dominating set-up man that he was last year for his fifth straight appearance as he picked up his fourth win and pitched a perfect eighth inning recording two strikeouts. Andrew Miller recorded his sixth save in as many chances and has proven to be an excellent offseason signing. He got the heart of the Tigers order, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, out on only eight pitches.

Miller’s fastball and slider combo helped him strikeout Cabrera and J.D. Martinez. Either the Yankees or Kansas City Royals likely have the best bullpen in the American League.

The Yankees are pitching well and playing well defensively and getting timely hitting offensively going into their Subway Series against the Mets, who at 13-3 have the best record in baseball. The Mets have won their last 11 games and this will be the first time in Subway Series history that the Yankees and Mets are both in first place heading into the series.

It is going to be awesome,” said Alex Rodriguez, who sat out his first game of the season on Thursday. “The stadium should be rocking. Our fans are ready and their fans are ready, too. It is fun for the players and even more fun for the fans.”

The Yankees called up lefty reliever Chasen Shreve before Tuesday night’s win over the Tigers

Chasen Shreve pitching during spring training.

Chasen Shreve pitching during spring training.

The Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-2, on Tuesday for their fourth win in five games. They are playing much better in their previous five games since they have been getting improved defensive play, reliable starting pitching and more offensive production.

Nathan Eovaldi had by far his best start as a Yankees and picked up his first win since August 8 of last season. He had four strikeouts and was able to get through seven innings while only throwing 94 pitches. That is a big improvement on his first two starts as he only threw 5.1 and 5.0 innings, respectively.

The Tigers were 0-6 with runners in scoring position while Shreve was pitching and he was able to get Detroit to hit into four double plays. Dellin Betances came into the game after Shreve allowed a double Alex Avila to leadoff the eighth, and he continued to pitch well retiring all three batters he faced including two strikeouts.

On offense, Chris Young continued to be much more valuable than Carlos Beltran as he was 3-3 to raise his average to .344 and hit his fourth homer of the season in the seventh inning. (Beltran has zero homers and a low .171 average.) Later in the seventh inning, Stephen Drew also hit his fourth homer of the season (he only has two hits besides those four homers) and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a wild pitch by Al Alburquerque.

The Yankees scored their first run of the game on a Mark Teixeira double to deep right that sent Brett Gardner home. Teixeria is now tied for the team lead with four doubles and his 10 RBIs are second on the team to Alex Rodriguez’s 11.


Chasen Shreve, who was sent down to Triple-A Scranton because he threw 3.1 innings and 56 pitches in the 19-inning loss to the Red Sox on April 10, was called back up to the Yankees on Tuesday and Brandon Pinder was sent down. Shreve allowed one run in his first appearance on April 6, but he rebounded to perform extremely well against the Red Sox as he recorded four strikeouts and only three hits while pitching in extra innings.

In Shreve’s week an a half with the RailRiders he did not allow a run in his 2.1 innings of relief. The 24-year-old from Las Vegas allowed four hits in the only game he appeared in but he was able to pitch well with runners on base since he didn’t allow a run to score. That is a positive sign since he will likely often be brought into games in the middle of innings.

Shreve is a pitcher that the Yankees can rely on in middle relief this season. After Shreve made an adjustment to increase his velocity early last season he was able to dominate like he had not the previous season.

Just decided to throw harder and stop worrying about trying to not walk people instead of throwing quality strikes,” he said. “It was more of my choice to throw harder instead of trying to spot everything.”

In 2013, at two levels of the minors in the Braves organization, he had a 3.90 ERA in 62.1 innings. He was a fringe prospect at that point. However, in 2014, while pitching 54.1 innings at Double-A and briefly at Triple-A, Shreve had a 2.67 ERA in 64 innings with an impressive 87 strikeouts and only 12 walks. He was promoted to the Braves on September 1 after also getting a call up for five games in July, and only allowed a run in one game leading to an outstanding 0.73 ERA.

He will be a pitcher that the Joe Girardi can count in to pitch the sixth, seventh or eighth innings along with Dellin Betances, David Carpenter and Justin Wilson. Andrew Miller has won the closer job for now.