Yankees Game Recap: McCann’s Bat Leads Yankees To Victory


Although it was frustrating to hear that Masahiro Tanaka will be out for a while with wrist tendinitis, Chase Whitley was called up for what was supposed to be a spot start. That spot is his for a while and Whitley was effective enough over five innings as the Yankees beat the Rays 4-2.

The Yankees jumped on Rays’ starter Jake Odorizzi. Jacoby Ellsbury singled, stole second and went to third when Rene Rivera‘s throw went into the outfield. Brett Gardner drove Ellsbury home. Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann (who owns Odorizzi) doubled to make it 2-0.

The Rays got a run off Whitley in the top of the third. With one out, Steven Souza Jr. walked and then came around to score on Asdrubal Cabrera‘s RBI double. 

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In the fifth with runners on second and third and two out, first base was open. McCann was up. The Rays elected not to walk McCann and face the the struggling Carlos Beltran. McCann made them pay as he drove in two with a double.

Whitley was done after five. Chasen Shreve came in and walked James Loney and gave up a run on a Logan Forsythe triple. After a strikeout, Esmil Rogers came in and pitched 2.2 shutout innings of relief.

Chris Martin got the call as closer tonight so Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller wouldn’t be used three days in a row. Martin locked down his first career save.

The Yankees look to sweep the Rays again tomorrow at 1:05. Michael Pineda takes on Drew Smyly.

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