Game 144: NYY vs. TB — Ordinary, fuzzy lollipop, stagnant

Toronto lost in Atlanta tonight, so at least the standings remain the same. Hey, I’m trying to be positive, here, and it’s better than my original opening sentence: “Can I blame it on an ordinary Tuesday?” Sometimes it just doesn’t work out right. Fuzzy side of the lollipop meets dirty floor.

The Yankees got things started with Alex Rodriguez’s 1st inning, 2-out solo home run. Rodriguez led-off the 4th inning with a walk, and two outs later, Greg Bird hit a 2-run home run off the center field wall to push the Yankees into the lead.

Adam Warren started tonight’s game against the Rays, his first start in some time after working predominantly out of the bullpen these last few months. And it wasn’t a terrible outing for him — 65 pitches in 4 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, and no walks, striking out 4 batters. In the 1st, with runners on the corners and 1 out, a single easily scored a run before getting the next batter to ground into a double play. And in the 2nd, a 1-out double stole 3rd and then scored on a throwing error. So when Warren left the game, the Yankees were winning, and the pressure was on the bullpen to keep that going.

Like I said, some days…

Jame Pazos came on in relief to start the 5th, getting 1 out, 1 single, and a walk before being replaced by Nick Rumbelow. Rumbelow was fine until the 6th inning — a lead-off single scored on a 2-run home run to put the Rays back on top. Another out and a single forced the Yankees to go to Chasen Shreve. Shreve threw his best outing in some time, something Branden Pinder continued, closing out the 7th inning for Shreve.

Bryan Mitchell is still showing his rust from his recent injury, so his 8th inning was a little rough — a strikeout, 2 singles, a ball ground into a force out at 2nd (runner on the corners), a 2-RBI single, and a walk. Chris Martin’s 3-pitch final out of the 8th was a much-needed relief for everyone.

The Rays got 13 total hits, but struck out 10 times by Yankees’ pitchers; in contrast, the Yankees got just 5 hits and struck out 6 times.

Fuzzy side; unsuccessful late-inning rally; disappointment; stagnant standings.

Final score: 6-3 Rays.

Today, the Yankees revealed that Alex Rodriguez had an MRI done that revealed a bone bruise on his knee, most likely from sliding into home at Sunday’s game. He was still very much a part of tonight’s game, scoring 2 of the 3 Yankee runs tonight. So, I’m guessing with the push for the postseason, we’ll be seeing more of a slightly bruised Rodriguez. Though at this late in the year, there isn’t one person who isn’t banged-up or bruised or dealing with all sorts of issues.

Go Yankees!

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