Game recap: Yankees 5 – Orioles 0

Recap: The Yankees improved to 4-1 on their final homestand, shutting out the Orioles, 5-0, on Monday at the Stadium.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York YankeesNeed to Know: Michael Pineda was dominant, allowing just two baserunners in 7 1/3 innings, picking up his fourth win of the season.

Recently called-up Jose Pirela had two hits in his Major League debut, including a triple in his first at-bat. Pirela also scored a pair of runs, being driven in by Derek Jeter twice.

Chase Headley had two hits and blasted an eighth-inning solo homer.

Game ball: Jeter improved to 9-for-19 on the homestand, driving in three.

Links: Box

What’s next: The Yanks will hope to keep their faint playoff hopes alive with Brandon McCarthy (7-4, 2.54) toeing the rubber against Baltimore at 7:10 p.m. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 4.90) will start for Baltimore.

MLB: New York Yankees at Chicago Cubs

Tanaka confident in elbow, will start Saturday

Masahiro Tanaka, who returned from a partially torn UCL to pitch 5 1/3 innings on Sunday, is scheduled to face the Red Sox in Boston on Saturday. Tanaka will be limited to 80-85 pitches.

Tanaka is confident he’ll be able to avoid Tommy John surgery (Marchand, September 22):

“From where I am right now, I should be able to have a good offseason of training on what I want to do and I should be good to go next season.”

The 25-year-old Tanaka was placed on the disabled list after his July 8 start, but opted to rehab his elbow instead of undergoing surgery.

So far in 2014, Tanaka has compiled a 2.47 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 134 2/3 innings pitched over 19 starts.

Yanks claim Eury Perez

The Yankees have claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the Washington Nationals.

From the Yankees:

In 67 games with Triple-A Syracuse, Single-A Potomac and the GCL Nationals, the right-handed batter combined to hit .310 (75-for-242) with 36 runs, 14 doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI. Perez has appeared in 22 career Major League games with the Nationals (2012-13), batting .154 (2-for-13) with four runs and four stolen bases.

4:17 p.m.: LHP Josh Outman has been designated for assignment, the team said.

What’s on Tap for Monday, Sept. 22

The Yankees (80-75) open a four-game series against the Orioles (93-62) on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Michael Pineda (3-5, 2.15 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Wei-Yin Chen (16-4, 3.58 ERA) for Baltimore.

Weekend Review…

The Yankees took 3 of 4 from the Blue Jays, which included a 5-2 victory on Sunday >> Read more at NYYFans

Masahiro Tanaka, who had been out with a partially torn UCL since July, tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball during his return on Sunday.

Jacoby Ellsbury injured his hamstring on Friday and has not played since.

Game recap: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2

Result: The Yankees topped the Blue Jays, 5-2 ,to win the four-game series at the Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

Need to know: The Yankees only trailed the Blue Jays for half of the first inning. Masahiro Tanaka earned his 13th win of the season for the Bombers, allowing five hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings. Brian McCann hit a home run in both the first and seventh innings. Brett Gardner also hit a homer for the Yankees in the fifth inning. Captain Derek Jeter recorded an RBI-double in the seventh inning. Edwin Encarnacion sent in both of the Blue Jays’ runs on Sunday afternoon. Drew Hutchinson earned the loss for Toronto, allowing five hits and two runs over four innings.

Game ball: McCann earns Sunday’s prize for hitting two home runs and sending in three RBI for the Bombers on Sunday afternoon.

Links: Box score | Recap 

What’s next: The Yankees will start their last homestand of the regular season against the Orioles on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Michael Pineda (3-5) will have the call for the Bombers against Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen (16-4).

What’s on Tap: Sunday, Sept. 21

The Yankees will complete their series with the Blue Jays today at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka goes for the Yankees in his first game action since July . Drew Hutchinson pitches for the Blue Jays.  The game is 1:05 p.m. and is on YES.

Masahiro Tanaka will make his return to the mound as he tests out his rehabbed elbow. He will pitch between 70 and 75 pitches. Read more at In case you missed it…

Mark Teixeira left with a wrist injury during Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays as the injuries have piled up.  Teixeira vowed the play through it despite the Yankees needing a miracle to jump into a Wild Card slot over the past two weeks of the season.

This will be Derek Jeter’s last weekend game at home at Yankee Stadium.