Tanaka struggles as Yankees lose to Rangers

The Yankees grabbed an early 2-0 lead but their bats went silent afterwards as they lost to the Rangers, 5-2, on Wednesday night in Texas.

After Josh Hamilton and Shin-Soo Choo delivered RBI singles in the second inning to tie things, 2-2, Delino Deshields, Jr. lined a run-scoring single to right field to give Texas a 3-2 lead.

Hamilton’s double play grounder in the fifth extended the Rangers’ lead to 4-2, and his RBI single in the seventh made it 5-2.

Masahiro Tanaka, who was near 80 pitches by the fourth inning, allowed four runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out three in six innings of work. His ERA for the season is now 3.80.

Chasen Shreve and Caleb Cotham combined to toss two innings in relief of Tanaka.

The Yankees wrap up their four-game series against the Rangers on Thursday in Texas at 8:05 p.m. Michael Pineda (9-7, 3.97 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees. He’ll be opposed by Yovani Gallardo (7-9, 3.19 ERA) for the Rangers.


Game 100: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m.

The Yankees (57-42) continue their four-game series against the Rangers (47-52) on Wednesday in Arlington at 8:05 p.m.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.64 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Colby Lewis (10-4, 4.49 ERA).

Yankees Rangers
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Delino Deshields, Jr. CF
2. Brett Gardner LF 2. Rougned Odor 2B
3. Alex Rodriguez DH 3. Prince Fielder DH
4. Brian McCann C 4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Carlos Beltran RF 5. Mitch Moreland 1B
6. Chase Headley 3B 6. Josh Hamilton LF
7. Garrett Jones 1B 7. Elvis Andrus SS
8. Didi Gregorius SS 8. Shin-Soo Choo RF
9. Stephen Drew 2B 9. Robinson Chirinos C

Tanaka Notes: Allowed three home runs in his last start, but that was all the damage as Tanaka gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings of work in New York’s victory over the Orioles.

Lewis Notes: After allowing 10 runs in four innings in his start on July 5, Lewis has allowed just seven runs over his last three starts (22 innings).

Yankees Notes: Winners of four straight games and eight of their last 10, the Yankees have opened up a seven game lead over the Orioles in the A.L. East.

Rangers Notes: Owners of the fourth-worst run differential (-48) in the American League, Texas has lost three straight games and sit eight games behind the Angels for first place in the A.L. West.

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Capuano designated for assignment; Cotham called up

The Yankees have designated Chris Capuano for assignment.

To fill his roster spot, the Yankees added RHP Caleb Cotham from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Capuano gave up five earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning against the Rangers on Tuesday night. He had a 6.97 ERA over 31 innings for the Yankees this season.

Cotham has a 1.37 ERA at Triple-A this season, over 19 2/3 innings. He also posted a 2.77 ERA over 26 innings with Double-A Trenton earlier this year.

Christopher Carelli

The Yankees finally decided they made a $5 million mistake by signing Capuano in the first place. All along, he has possessed a roster spot I felt someone else – almost anyone else – deserved. It seems the back-to-back appearances in which Capuano allowed nine earned runs in one and two-thirds innings marked the end of the line. Simply put, Capuano was unsuccessful as a long-man or spot-starter and received a lengthy rope to get things straight.

The Yanks have a plethora of players in the farm system that can fit the team’s long-man role going forward. They can continue to maneuver such players up and down as they’ve done successfully this season. Alternatively, the Yankees could still make a trade in the next couple of days; either for another reliever or by adding a starter before the trade deadline thus pushing a current rotation member – CC Sabathia for example – into the pen.


Yankees among teams in on David Price

The Yankees are one of the teams interested in trading for David Price from the Tigers, according to reporter Bob Nightengale (July 29).

The Dodgers and Blue Jays are also interested in Price.

The Tigers have been reluctant to become sellers leading up to the deadline, according to reports.

Price, 29, is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA and 1.110 WHIP over 21 starts (146 innings) with the Tigers this season.

He will be a free agent this offseason.

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In case you missed it Tuesday

An 11-run second inning powered the Yankees to a 21-5 win over the Texas Rangers Tuesday at Globe Life Park.

Chris Young went 3 for 6 with five RBIs and a grand slam, Brett Gardner went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and five runs scored, and the Yankees’ bullpen of Diego Moreno and Adam Warren pitched 8 1/3 hitless innings.

Ivan Nova, who left Monday’s start after five innings with fatigue, said he expects to make his next scheduled start (July 28).

Mark Teixeira expressed dissatisfaction after third base coach Joe Espada indicated he should score easily Monday, when Rangers OF Leonys Martin threw him out at the plate (July 28).

What’s on tap for Tuesday, July 29

The Yankees look to continue their four-game winning streak when they play the third game of a four-game series vs. the Rangers Wednesday at 8:05 p.m.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.64 ERA) will take the hill against Colby Lewis (10-4, 4.49 ERA).


Yankees erupt for 21 runs as they crush Rangers

The Yankees erased an early 5-0 deficit by scoring 11 runs in the second inning and blew out the Rangers, 21-5, on Tuesday night in Texas.

After falling behind 5-0 in the first inning, the Yankees sent 15 men to the plate in the second inning as they scored 11 runs to take an 11-5 lead. The Yankees added four more runs in the third inning to increase their advantage to 15-5.

Brendan Ryan had a pair of run-scoring doubles in the second inning and Didi Gregorius added a three-run triple.

Chris Capuano didn’t make it out of the first, allowing five runs on three hits while walking five in just 2/3 of an inning.

The Yankees added a run in the fourth, three in the sixth and two in the ninth to up their run total to 21.

Didi Gregorius had his first career four-hit game, Chris Young went 3-for-6 with four runs scored and five RBI, and Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with five runs scored and three RBI.

Diego Moreno tossed 5 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Capuano.

The Yankees continue their four-game series against the Rangers on Wednesday in Texas at 8:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.64 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees. He’ll be opposed by Colby Lewis (10-4, 4.49 ERA) for the Rangers.