Gardner, Yankees take advantage of walks, rout Rays 13-5

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Enlarge Image Gio Urshela celebrates his walk-off hit in the Yankees victory over the Rays Charles Wenzelberg

In the New York Yankees 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday, starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took a ground ball right off the shin which ricocheted to first baseman, Luke Voit in the sixth inning.

Voit and Urshela had three hits apiece.

Sánchez, who had struck out four times, fell behind 0-2 before hitting into a 5-4-3 double play and giving Alvarado got his fifth save in six chances. When he walked off the mound that time, he also shouted an obscenity in the direction of Tampa Bay's dugout.

Tanaka was having a gem of an outing, he had only thrown 88 pitches through six scoreless innings, but the injury forced him out of the contest. NY is 19-7 in its last 26 games overall. Gleyber Torres also had a two-out RBI infield single that was upheld via replay.

The unfriendly rivals play twice more this weekend after NY took two of three from the Rays last weekend at Tropicana Field. "But today, it wasn't their day", Rays manager Kevin Cash said. It was the only hit for Meadows in five at-bats.

"I really didn't think anything of it, honestly", Meadows said. Those pitches came minutes later, and just seconds after Sabathia turned to his teammates and effectively told them to prepare to go home.

Sabathia got into heated exchanges with the Rays the previous two times he faced them - once past year, once this season - when he grew angry over pitches that either hit or went behind NY batters.

Mitch Haniger and Daniel Vogelbach hit back-to-back homers as the Mariners ended a three-game skid a day after an 18-4 drubbing. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.

During his final start last regular season, Sabathia hit then-Rays catcher Jesus Sucre after his own catcher, Austin Romine, had been thrown behind the previous half inning.

ATHLETICS-TIGERS SUSPENDED: Oakland led 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning when the game at Detroit was suspended because of rain. He is expected to throw another bullpen in the next few days and could return to the rotation on the upcoming road trip next week.

GIANTS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2: Pablo Sandoval opened the 10th inning with a pinch-hit homer after shortstop Brandon Crawford made a game-saving stop in the ninth, helping San Francisco win at Phoenix. The teams split the first two games, with NY rallying for three ninth-inning runs for a 4-3 victory on Friday, while the Rays outlasted the Yankees 2-1 in 11 innings on Saturday. While New York's bullpen has been mostly strong, I trust Morton more to get through six innings and turn the game over to his bullpen with a lead.

The Yankees will have to hope Green can find his form from last season again or the Rays could take a quick lead over the first inning or two.

Harper's tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth inning wasn't as prodigious as his 466-foot drive in Saturday's 2-1 victory, but this 404-footer had plenty of distance to clear the right-center wall for the NL East leader.

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