Before today’s game, some moves. The Yanks brought up infielder Cole Figueroa from SWB and sent down Jose Pirela. They DFA’d Taylor Dugas.
Figueroa, a 28 year old lefty hitter, was hitting .317-3-36 for AAA SWB this season. He is 28, a lefty hitter and was .233-0-6 in 43 at bats for Tampa Bay last year. He played 3B today and went 2 for 4, both doubles.
The Yanks won 6-2 and increased their AL East lead to 3 games over Baltimore. Toronto is 3 1/2 back, the Rays 4 1/2, Boston 5 1/2 back. Hopefully this weekend the Yanks help to bury Boston.
Masahiro Tanaka gave up 2 doubles and 2 runs in the second, but those were the only hits and runs he gave up.
In the first, Brett Gardner, named to the All-Star team to replace injured KC OF Alex Gordon, homered (10) to put the Yanks up 1-0. Gardner had three hits in the game. Tanaka then gave up the 2 runs in the top of the second.
Mark Teixeira’s RBI single in the third tied the game, and Jacoby Ellsbury singled in two in the fourth to make it 4-2.
In the eighth, Ellsbury reached an a throwing error that let two runs score and made it 6-2.
Tanaka (W, 5-3, 3.63) 7 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 walk, 6 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.04.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1k. 3.46