Usually my goal for the Yanks in each and every April is to just finish April at .500. If over, great. But just finish at .500.
Joe McCarthy, the great ex-Yankee manager from 1931-1946, stated to never fall below .500 if you can help it , and if you do, get back ASAP.
Brett Gardner’s walk-off HR in the 9th won the game today for the Yanks, and made them 7-9. Now to continue that and get back to .500 ASAP.
Masahiro Tanaka did a great job, going 7 innings but getting a ND.
The Yanks scored first, on a WP in the first. A-Rod just missed a 3-run HR when his drive was caught at the top of the wall.
Tanaka gave up a run in the fourth to tie the game, and a HR which hit the foul pole in the fifth that put the Rays up.
Before the game winning HR in the bottom of the ninth, Gardner tied the game with an infield single in the seventh.
Gardner’s HR was his second of the year. He had three hits in the game.
A-Rod continues to struggle, he is at .132. It’s a little early, but come mid- to late May, there may be comparisons to Willie Mays ca. 1973 as far as greats past their peaks. Maybe it is a slump, but when you are almost 41, slumps get magnified.
Headley is at .159. He, like A-Rod, is having a rough go so far.
Some Yankees news: Brandon Pinder was called up recently, as the Yanks have gone from Cessa to Olson to Pinder in the bullpen. Now he has a partially torn UCL and is deciding between rehab or surgery. Nick Goody was brought up to take his place.
Jacob Lindgren at High A had elbow surgery last year, has struggled so far this year, and is having elbow issues again.
Aaron Hicks left Friday’s game with a sore shoulder after attempting a diving catch and will be having an MRI.
Today’s pitching line:
Tanaka 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 7 K, gave up 1 HR. 2.92.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 0.00.
Miller (w, 1-0, 0.00) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks , 0 K.