Tanaka Chucks a Complete Game Shutout, Yankees Beat Rays 3-0

Tanaka Chucks a Complete Game Shutout, Yankees Beat Rays 3-0

The Yankees began their toughest stretch of the season thus far on Monday night against the Rays in a showdown that will likely help decide the AL East crown. The series began with an unexpected bit of intrigue, as it has been leaked that the Yankees’ trade for Edwin Encarnacion kept him from being traded to the Rays. Encarnacion played his first game for the Yanks against the Rays on Monday night, although his offense would not be required as the Yanks rode the best start any pitcher has made for the Yankees this season from Tanaka to a 3-0 win to up their lead in the AL East to 1.5 games.

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The Comeback Falls Short, Yanks Fall to Royals 8-7 in 10 Innings

The Comeback Falls Short, Yanks Fall to Royals 8-7 in 10 Innings

The Yanks were forced to play catch-up yesterday even with nominal ace, Domingo German, on the hill. The Yanks fell behind early, but tied the game up in dramatic fashion to push the game to extra innings. Jonathan Holder and the Yankee defense couldn’t quite hang on, and lost a heart-breaker in the 10th. The Yankee winning streak ends at 7 games.

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The Yankees Push the Streak to 7 with a Double-Header Sweep of the Royals

The Yankees Push the Streak to 7 with a Double-Header Sweep of the Royals

The Yankees pushed their current winning streak to 7 yesterday, taking both games of a day-night doubleheader against the Royals in Kansas City by scores of 7-3 and 6-5, respectively. JA Happ did just enough to help his offense in Game 1, while the bullpen starred in Game 2.

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Rays 2, Yankees 1: Rays Outlast the Yanks in Extras

Rays 2, Yankees 1: Rays Outlast the Yanks in Extras

Fans at Yankee Stadium may have been able to experience Game of Thrones Day today, but the real treat was the rematch between Ian Snell and Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka got the better of Snell on May 12th, and he did the same today. Unlike the a week ago, the Yankees’ offense and bullpen was not able to give Tanaka enough support, and the Yankees lost 2-1 in 11 innings. As a result, the Yankees lost their lead in the AL East, falling 1/2 game behind the Rays.

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Rays 7, Yankees 2: Bats Are Afraid

Rays 7, Yankees 2: Bats Are Afraid

The Yankees struggled to score runs against the Rays on Thursday at the Slop….sorry, the Trop, while the Rays got on base against all 3 Yankee pitchers seemingly with ease to tie up the series at 1-1. Of particular note, the Rays used their “Opener” strategy to perfection, and Yankee tempers flared in the 6th.

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Yankees 5, Mariners 4: Yanks Walk-Off in the Bottom of the 9th

Yankees 5, Mariners 4: Yanks Walk-Off in the Bottom of the 9th

On a rainy Tuesday, the replacement Yankees created enough offense to pick up the pitching staff to earn an exciting win over the Mariners in walk-off fashion. Masahiro Tanaka did not have his best stuff, the defense behind him was questionable at best, and rain caused a roughly 1.5 hour delay in the middle of the 6th inning, but the Yankees found a way to squeeze out a win.

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Yankees 6, Giants 4: Sanchez Leads the Yanks Over the Giants

Yankees 6, Giants 4: Sanchez Leads the Yanks Over the Giants

The Yanks won again on a sunny afternoon in San Francisco, 6-4, taking the first two games of a three game set vs. the Giants, moving the Yanks to 16-11 overall. Do not let the close score fool you: the Yankees were in complete control of this game, even as the wheels nearly came off at the end. In reality, the story of the game can be told in two innings.

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Bombs, Controversy, and Another Man Down: The Yanks Reach .500

Bombs, Controversy, and Another Man Down: The Yanks Reach .500

The Yankees came into Saturday’s game looking to win their second series in a row, and gain some semblance of momentum despite the vast number of injuries the team has experienced this year. Saturday’s rubber match had a little bit of everything: controversy, home runs, strong pitching, and yet another significant injury. Ultimately, the Yankees beat the Royals easily, 9-2, and moved to 10-10 on the season.

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