Yankee Recap: Tanaka Time Ends in a Loss for The Yankees


Masahiro Tanaka took to the mound today against the Mets. Tanaka took another step foreword in getting ready for the season. Tanaka went four and two-thirds while giving up three runs while only two were earned. He also gave up four hits and walked only one batter in his outing. The main thing I look at in the box score was SEVEN strikeouts. That is a big plus for a strikeout pitcher, and looks to be ready for opening day.

The two pitchers that relieved Tanaka were the two-man who are competing to become the new closer; Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Betances came in the fifth to relieve Tanaka, and was not the sharpest. Tanaka left a man on and then Betances gave up a home run before he was able to end the inning. Andrew Miller started the sixth inning, but struggled as well. He gave up a run on two hits and only got one person out before he got pulled.

A bright spot from the bullpen was Andrew Bailey, who pitched a scoreless seventh. In his inning of work he was able to strike out 2 while giving up zero hits. Bailey is trying to make a comeback, (He was 2009 AL Rookie of Year) and could be a nice addition to the Yankee bullpen.

On the other side of the ball the Yankees were not good only managing six hits. Chase Headley continues to have a good spring having two hits and an RBI in the third inning. Didi Gregorius keeps heading in the right direction after getting another hit and scoring a run.

Now to your Alex Rodriguez update of the day. A-Rod went one for three today with a strikeout and one left on base. This spring he is batting .290 with a couple of home runs. If A-Rod hits .290 for the entire season I will learn how to do a backflip, so let’s all hope for that.

So your Yankee recap is the Yankees fall to the Mets 7-2.

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