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Yankees walk off for second straight game

Pinch-runner Jose Pirela scored off Brad Boxberger’s throwing error in the bottom of the ninth after Dellin Betances blown save, as the Yankees walked off for the second straight game, beating the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

With the game tied at 2, Mark Teixeira led off the ninth with a double and was replaced by Pirela.

After Boxberger (4-4) walked Chris YoungRamon Flores tried to bunt them over. Boxberger threw the ball away, allowing Pirela to beat the tag and score the game-winning run, giving the Yankees (44-37) their third straight win.

Betances (5-1) spoiled Michael Pineda’s gem by allowing a game-tying two-run home run to Steven Souza Jr. in the top of the ninth.

Pineda struck out 10 and gave up five hits and one walk in seven sharp innings, retiring 12 batters in a row at one point.

The Yankees scored two runs in the first inning off Rays starter Nathan Karns.

Brett Gardner and Chase Headley singled to start the game, and Alex Rodriguez drove in Gardner with an RBI single.

Headley scored on Mark Teixeira’s sac fly to give New York a 2-0 lead.

Karns settled down after the first and was as effective as Pineda. He struck out 10 batters in seven innings, giving up five hits, two walks and two runs for the Rays (42-41), who have lost seven straight.

The Yankees and Rays end their three-game series Sunday afternoon.

Ivan Nova (1-1, 1.50 ERA) takes on Erasmo Ramirez (6-3, 4.01 ERA) at 1:05 p.m.


Game 81: Yankees vs. Rays, 1:05 p.m.

The Yankees (43-37) play the second game of their three-game series with the Rays (42-40) at Yankee Stadium Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Michael Pineda (8-5, 4.08) faces Nathan Karns (4-4, 3.26)

Rays Yankees
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH 1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Joey Butler (R) RF 2. Chase Headley (S) 3B
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B 3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. James Loney (L) 1B 4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Steven Souza (R) RF 5. Garrett Jones (L) RF
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS 6. Ramon Flores (L) LF
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF 7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
8. Jake Elmore (R) 2B 8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
9. Curt Casali (R) C 9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B

Pineda Notes: Pineda leads the AL with a 7.92 K/BB ratio . . .Last Sunday at Houston he took the loss despite pitching his first complete game, allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned) in the Astros’ 3-1 victory. It was his fourth start this year with seven strikeouts and no walks, the most in the AL.

Karns Notes: He leads all major league rookies with 84 strikeouts and a .232 opposing batter average. He leads AL rookies in starts (16) and innings (91).

Yankees Notes: They’re coming off a 7-5, 12-inning win over the Rays as Brian McCann hit a walk-off three-run homer. The Yankees were down 3-0 in the seventh and 5-3 entering the bottom of the 12th. . .The Yankees are 7-4 against the Rays this season.

Rays Notes: Tampa has lost six in a row and 10 of 12. The Rays have gone from a two-game lead in the AL East to two games out of first (behind the Yanks). Friday’s loss was their fourth in their past 15 games on the road.

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McCann’s walk-off caps Yankees’ comeback

Brian McCann hit a walk-off three-run home run in the 12th inning to cap the second Yankees rally of the night, leading New York to a 7-5 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

Down 5-3 entering the inning, Mark Teixeira, who tied the game with a three-run home run in the eighth, hit an RBI single with two on and one out off Steven Geltz (1-4) to cut the deficit to 5-4.

McCann then hit Geltz’s 1-0 offering over the right-field fence to seal the Yankees’ comeback effort.

Chasen Shreve (6-1) allowed RBI singles to Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera in the top of the 12th to break a 3-3 tie.

Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez singled to put runners on the corners for Teixeira, whose single helped set up McCann’s heroics.

The Yankees trailed 3-0 in the eighth before Teixeira crushed Kevin Jepsen’s 1-0 pitch to the second deck in right field for his 20th home run of the season and tie the game at 3.

Chris Archer stymied the Yankees’ offense, allowing just three hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings for Tampa Bay (42-40).

Masahiro Tanaka allowed six hits and three runs in six innings for the Yankees (43-37).

Tanaka had allowed 13 runs (11 earned) in his last two starts and got off to a rough start Friday, allowing the first three Rays to reach base, including Evan Longoria’s RBI single.

He settled down afterward, retiring the next nine hitters in succession. Tanaka struck out five and walked one, though has yet to throw 100 pitches in any of his 10 starts this season.

James Loney and Rivera both hit sac flies in the first and fifth innings, respectively, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.

The teams meet Saturday at 1:05 p.m. in the second game of the three-game series.

Michael Pineda (8-5, 4.08 ERA) will take the mound for New York and face Nathan Karns (4-4, 3.26 ERA).


Game 80: Yankees vs Rays at 7:05 p.m.

The Yankees (42-37) begin a three-game series with the Rays (42-39) at Yankee Stadium tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Masahiro Tanaka (4-3, 3.88 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees against Chris Archer (9-5, 2.31 ERA) of the Rays.

Rays Yankees
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH 1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Joey Butler (R) RF 2. Chase Headley (S) 3B
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B 3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. James Loney (L) 1B 4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B 5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. David DeJesus (L) LF 6. Garrett Jones (L) RF
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS 7. Chris Young (R) LF
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF 8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
9. Rene Rivera (R) C 9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B

Tanaka Notes: Tanaka never yielded more than two home runs in any outing until allowing three in five-inning stints in each of his last two starts. However, Tanaka has a history of success against the Rays. He is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts versus Tampa.

Archer Notes: The Rays have never lost in Archer’s seven career starts against the Yankees. He is 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in those seven starts. Archer is 6-0 with a 0.90 ERA on the road this season, the lowest in the Major Leagues.

Yankees Notes: Brett Gardner is 7 for 18 against Archer and batting .462 over a nine-game hitting streak. But the heart of the Yankees lineup has been struggling. Alex Rodriguez is 4 for his last 23, Mark Teixeira is in a 2-for-24 slide and Brian McCann is in a 3-for-19 slump.

Rays Notes: Tampa is in the midst of a five-game losing streak. But they have fared well on the road recently, winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Rays have scored just 11 runs and struck out 51 times during their losing streak.


Beltran placed on the 15-day DL

The Yankees have placed OF Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain (Yankees, July 3).

OF Ramon Flores and INF Gregorio Petit have been recalled while OF Taylor Dugas has been sent down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Flores, 23, is batting .289 with six home runs and 24 RBI in Triple-A. In 10 games with the Yankees earlier this season Flores hit .250.

Petit, 30, is batting .340 while splitting time between A and Triple-A. In 18 games played with the Yankees this season Petit hit just .184.

Beltran’s DL stint will be retroactive to July 1.

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Yankees, A-Rod resolve bonus money dispute

The Yankees and Alex Rodriguez have resolved their dispute over bonus money owed, according to a joint press release from MLB and the MLBPA.

A-Rod’s contract with the Yankees has a marketing agreement that calls for a $6 million bonus for each agreed upon milestone reached paid within 15-days of designation by the team.

The first milestone was reached in May, when A-Rod hit home run number 660 that tied him with Willie Mays on the all-time list.

The contract reads: “It is the sole discretion of the New York Yankees to determine whether each of these milestones is commercially marketable as the home run chase.”

But the Yankees contended A-Rod’s off-field issues have made him unmarketable. Leading to a dispute that has lasted roughly two months.

Rather than paying A-Rod $6 million, the Yankees will donate a total of $3.5 million to charitable causes. $2.5 million of that will go to the MLB’s Urban Youth Foundation and $1 million will be split between the Boys and Girls Club, Special Warriors Foundation and Pitch-In. This also allows the Yankees to avoid any luxury tax implications by not directly paying A-Rod.

This news continues a trend of the Yankees charitable contributions occurring today. Earlier the Yankees announced they will donate $150,000 to the Pitch In For Baseball charity in exchange for A-Rod’s 3,000th hit baseball (July 3).