GEICO SportsNite has post game reaction from Joe Girardi and Michael Pineda after the Yankees shut out the Cubs in a doubleheader sweep.
The Yankees (8-6) swept a day-night doubleheader from the Cubs (4-9) Wednesday evening as they defeated Chicago 2-0 thanks to a strong outing from Michael Pineda. >> Read the full recap and box score at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Pineda gave up four hits with three strikeouts and one walk over six scoreless innings.
Brett Gardner put the Yankees on the board in the fourth on a sharply hit single to right.
The Yankees added onto that lead during the fifth when Scott Sizemore hit a soft line drive to left to score Alfonso Soriano.
David Phelps came in to relieve Pineda in the seventh and promptly put the first two runners on base. He got the next three out to hold it at 2-0.
Adam Warren earned his first save of the season and the second of his career after he came in during the ninth with a runner on first.
What’s Next: The Yankees will start a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday as they send CC Sabathia (1-2, 6.63 ERA ) to the mound against David Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA).
The Yankees will recall Shane Greene as their 26th man before Wednesday night’s second half of the doubleheader.
He will be optioned back to Triple-A after the game.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed two bunt hits in eight dominant innings on a frigid Monday, Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game and New York welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the current Yankee Stadium with a 3-0 victory in the opener of Monday’s day-night doubleheader.
Need to Know: The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander struck out 10 for his second straight start, this time while wearing three-quarter sleeves on a 43-degree day that felt much colder because of a brisk wind. Tanaka (2-0) gave up a replay-aided hit to Junior Lake in the second inning and Anthony Rizzo pushed a bunt toward a vacated third base with a shifted infield leading off the seventh.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Dean Anna added an RBI each.
Tanaka threw 107 pitches, and Shawn Kelley allowed a single to Rizzo as he finished the three-hitter for his fourth save.
What’s Next: The Yankees and Cubs play again on Tuesday night in the second part of a day-night doubleheader.
The Yankees are expected to add catcher John Ryan Murphy and infielder Scott Sizemore before Wednesday’s games (Murti, April 15).
The team placed Francisco Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. This opens up a 40-man roster spot for Sizemore.
They also sent Shane Greene to Triple-A.
The Yankees and Cubs game on Tuesday night has been postponed due to incoming inclement weather.
The game will be played as part of a split doubleheader on Wednesday, a 1:05 p.m. game and a 7:05 p.m. game.
The pregame ceremonies honoring Jackie Robinson will take place before Wednesday night’s game.
Carlos Beltran was named American League Player of the Week.
Beltran hit .423 (11-for-26) with four doubles, three home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored.
This is the fourth time he was named AL Player of the Week and his 10th Player of the Week award in his career.
Francisco Cervelli will be placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, the Yankees announced.
And MRI taken on Sunday night showed Grade 2 strain of the hamstring.
The Yankees also optioned Shane Greene to Triple-A.
No corresponding roster moves have been announced.
Mark Teixeira and David Robertson are expected to return as soon as they’re ready to come off the disabled list (Kuty, April 14).
Teixeira, rehabbing from a hamstring injury, is eligible to return on April 20. Robertson, coming back from a groin strain, can come off the DL on April 22.
GEICO SportsNite hears from Joe Girardi and Carlos Beltran after the Yankees battled though injuries to pull out a 3-2 win over the Red Sox.