Yankees lose late lead, fall to Tigers

The Yankees (6-7) blew a late 1-0 lead, losing by the score of 2-1 to the Tigers (11-2) on Monday night in Detroit in the opener of their three-game series.

CC Sabathia was cruising until the seventh, having faced the minimum up to that point while allowing three hits and walking none. However, Sabathia faltered in the seventh, allowing three singles sandwiched around an intentional walk as the Tigers took a 2-1 lead. Overall, Sabathia allowed two runs on seven hits in eight innings while striking out five and walking three.

Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the second.

The Tigers tied things, 1-1, when J.D. Martinez ripped an RBI single off a diving Didi Gregorious‘ glove with two outs in the seventh inning. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a run-scoring single up the middle to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

With runners on the corners, one out in the eighth and the Yankees trailing 2-1, Joba Chamberlain got Jacoby Ellsbury to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The Yankees continue their three-game series against the Tigers in Detroit on Tuesday at 7:08 p.m.

Nathan Eovaldi gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Kyle Lobstein for Detroit.

Yankees’ bullpen finishes off sweep of Rays

Four Yankees’ relievers held the Rays scoreless in the final four innings as New York won 5-3 in St. Petersburg to sweep the three-game series.

Yankees starter Michael Pineda gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five with one walk.

Andrew Miller allowed a leadoff double to in the ninth, but struck out the next three batters to earn his fourth save . . .Dillan Betances struck out two with a walk in 1 2/3 innings.

Mark Teixeira had two RBI on a sac fly and a groundout. . .The Yankees moved up six runners on outs Sunday.

Alex Rodriguez, who was hitting third, doubled and scored in the Yankees’ two-run fourth on John Ryan Murphy’s sac fly.

Chase Headley (2-for-5, two RBI) had an RBI double in the fifth.

The Yankees travel to Detroit to begin a three-game series Monday (7:05 p.m.) CC Sabathia (0-2) goes for his first win against Alfredo Simon.

Tanaka, Young help Yankees rout Rays

yankscreen0418Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven shutout innings and Chris Young hit a grand slam as the Yankees beat the Rays 9-0 Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Tanaka (2-1) gave up two hits with eight strikeouts. He retired 15 in a row in one stretch.

The Yankees scored twice in the sixth and seven times in the seventh, including Young’s slam.

Brian McCann was 3-for-4, including a two-run triple in the sixth. It was his fourth career triple and first since 2009.

The Yankees will try to sweep the three-game series Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Michael Pineda faces Matt Andriese.

LHP Matt Tracy to Marlins

Left-handed pitcher Matt Tracy was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins on Saturday following a move that sent RHP Joel De La Cruz to Yankees Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this week (Yankees).

In his first season in the majors, Tracy pitched two innings for the Yankees this season, allowing two hits and three runs against the Red Sox. Last season, the 26-year old moved from from Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he went 1-6 with a 4.45 ERA.

A-Rod has two HRs, 4 RBI as Yankees top Rays

Screenshot_2015-04-17-22-50-11Alex Rodriguez hit two homers to move within two of tying Willie Mays and had four RBI as the Yankees beat the Rays 5-4 in the series opener Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Rodriguez (3-for-4, .344) hit his first homer of the night in the second off Nathan Karns. The ball went 477 feet, best in the majors so far this season. He followed in the sixth with a two-run homer off Ernesto Frieri to tie it at 4, then hit an RBI single off Kevin Jepsen in the eighth to win it.

A-Rod has 658 career homers as he approaches Mays, who is fourth on the all-time list. He passed Derek Jeter for ninth on the all-time runs scored list (1,925). Next up is Stan Musial (1,949).

Stephen Drew hit his third homer of the season in the fourth, but the Rays knocked out Yankees starter Adam Warren in the bottom of the inning. Allan Dykstra hit a three-run homer and Logan Forsythe followed with a solo shot.

But the Yankees’ bullpen, led by Esmil Rogers (2 1/3 innings, no hits, two strikeouts), Dellin Betances (2-0) and closer Andrew Miller (third save) shut the Rays down the rest of the way.

The Yankees continue their three-game series at Tampa Saturday at 7:10 p.m. (WPIX). Masahiro Tanaka faces Jake Odorizzi.

Gardner has bone bruise

OF Brett Gardner had an MRI in Tampa, reconfirming a bone bruise on his right wrist as previously diagnosed by an X-ray (taken on Monday).

Gardner hasn’t played since being hit in the hand.

He’s hitting .261 with a .393 OBP over his 29 plate appearances this season.


Bullpen bottoms out in sixth

Three New York relievers combined to allow five runs in the pivotal sixth inning, and the Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 Wednesday night.

David Carpenter gave up a leadoff homer to Jonathan Schoop and Delmon Young greeted reliever Tom Wilson with a pinch-hit RBI single. Chris Davis followed with a two-run double and Caleb Joseph capped the uprising with a run-scoring single off Chris Martin.

“You’re winning after five and you have got a full bullpen, you feel pretty good about it,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We just couldn’t seem to get through that sixth inning.”

New York’s bullpen came into Wednesday night with a 1.73 ERA.

“We have some great arms in there,” starter Nathan Eovaldi said. “It was just one of those nights.”