If they Yankees off-season had a blueprint, today is what Brian Cashman envisioned as he put the team together. Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t his best, but he kept the Yankees in the game and gave the team a chance to comeback and that’s what they did in their 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
It wasn’t easy though. Desmond Jennings hit his fourth homer of the season to make it 1-0 just two batters in. In the second, James Loney and David DeJesus singled. With two out, Ryan Hannigan would single to make it 2-0. Wil Myers would hit his third homer of the year leading off the fourth to make it 3-0. That would be it for the Rays offense on this day.
Jake Odorizzi struggles the second time around the batting order and this held true in this one. Mark Teixeira would hit a two run homer, his fifth of the year and fourth in five games to make it 3-2 in the fourth.
Kelly Johnson would lead off the sixth with his fourth homer of the year of Josh Lueke to give the Yankees the lead. The Yanks would continue to add to it in the seventh. Singles by Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Teixeira would make it 5-3. A sac fly by Alfonso Soriano made it 6-3. RBI’s by Gardner and Suzuki would make it 9-3.