Yankees and Rays Play Rare Game with 3 Multi-Homer Performances
Sep 16 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 in 7 1/3 outstanding innings, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez homered in a span of four pitches with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth inning as the surging New York Yankees ran their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.Tanaka (13-4) won his sixth straight decision and has not lost since August 2.
Holder had his foot on the rubber when he motioned with his glove for McCann to repeat the signs.
Rays manager Kevin Cash termed it a "very unusual outing".
"Before the game, I was going to wear one belt and Tex told me to wear a different one, " Austin said. We watched Derek Jeter pull his hands in and inside-out singles to right field for two decades.
In the fourth inning, with the Yankees up 3-2, Corey Dickerson was on second base with two outs when Bobby Wilson came to the plate for Tampa Bay.
"I like the way the guys continue to battle", Cash said. I guess A-Rod was the drag on us.
He's pitched extremely well at home and struggled on the road. "We're professional no matter how many wins or losses we have".
Gary Sanchez, one of the Baby Bombers brought up from the minors as part of the youth movement, hit his 12th home run in 31 games, a drive into Monument Park behind the center-field fence in the third.
In Seattle, Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer and Dae-Ho Lee added a solo shot as the Mariners beat Texas 6-3. Here are the three stars of the game followed by the highlights.
The Rays trailed three times during a 7-6 win over Baltimore on Wednesday.
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The Yankees have won seven in a row, their longest winning streak since 2013, and have a chance to do some real damage down the stretch, with 18 of their final 21 games coming against division rivals.
For the 1st time all season, the Yankees are 10 games over.500.
Hernan Perez led the onslaught with his second four-hit game in three days, driving in three runs. He swung at the attempted free pass and sent a near home run to the warning track.
"I just got [my mechanics] back to where I want it to be and that's the way I'm pitching right now", Tanaka - who showcased a nasty splitter all afternoon along with a more-than-adequate slider - said through a translator. I think he's really hit his stride here the past month or so. He allowed four runs - three earned - over six innings.
New hitting coach Chad Mottola joined the Rays for the series opener Thursday, and Kiermaier and Souza homered twice in a 5-4 loss.
Austin is undoubtedly entering this game as the hottest hitter in the Yankees lineup and could do some damage against the Rays' lefty. He has right elbow soreness, and X-rays were negative. After a video review, Lindor and Napoli were allowed to score for a 4-1 lead, and Ramirez was placed at second.
DUFFY UPDATE: SS Matt Duffy underwent what the Rays said was successful surgery on his left heel Friday in Charlotte, with specialist Dr. Robert Anderson removing the bursa and debriding (cleaning up) the bone. Bob Anderson, team orthopedist for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, will perform the operation.
Teixeira and Girardi went through their dance Thursday night, and it was decided Teixeira would start at first base Friday night against Rays left-hander Blake Snell. NY on Friday night.
Masahiro Tanaka (13-4) struck out 10 and took a shutout into the eighth inning.
It was the right-hander's first major league outing since he started for the Yankees at Tampa Bay on May 14 past year. Pineda is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA over his past three starts.