Live Blog: Yankees sweep Tampa Bay Rays 5-3

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (PIX11) — After clinching a first series victory of the season, the New York Yankees are looking to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m., when Yankees will send right-hander Michael Pineda (1-0, 5.11) to the mound, while the Rays match him with right-hander Matt Andriese (0-0, 3.86).

“We all feel good when Michael is on the mound,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He works quickly, he gets quick outs, he has pitched extremely well.”

“He’s got outstanding stuff and hopefully he gets deep into the game today,” Girardi continued.

The Yankees beat the Rays 9-0 in Saturday’s game. Masahiro Tanaka allowed just two hits over seven innings.

On this day in 1960, Roger Maris made his Yankees debut on Opening Day at Fenway Park.

Yankees lineup (5-6): Jacoby Ellsbury cf, Brett Gardner lf, Alex Rodriguez dh, Mark Teixeira 1b, Chase Headley 3b, Stephen Drew 2b, Garrett Jones rf, John Ryan Murphy c, Didi Gregorius ss, Michael Pineda rhp

Rays lineup (6-6): David DeJesus dh, Steven Souza Jr. rf, Asdrubal Cabrera ss, Evan Longoria 3b, Desmond Jennings cf, Allan Dykstra 1b, Brandon Guyer lf, Tim Beckham 2b, Rene Rivera c, Matt Andriese rhp

“Within our division, I think it’s really important, and to try to get on a roll here,” Girardi said. “We have a lot of games in the next 30 days. That’s important as well. To get back to .500 would be good.”

 

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Spoke too soon. Ryan Double gets to second with a pinch-hit off the wall in left center for his first major league hit in the bottom of the ninth. No outs. 

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The Yankees bullpen has not given up a run since the bottom of the fifth. 

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Ernesto Fieri stikes out Jacoby Ellsbury for the first out at the top of the eighth. Yankees lead Rays 5-3.

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Joe Girardi walks to the mound as Justin Wilson takes over for Chris Martin. 

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The bases are loaded! Didi Gregorius is at bat with Ernesto Frieri on the mound. Top of the seventh with two outs. 

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Garrett Jones’ third hit of the afternoon is an infield single. Yankees lead 5-3 at the top of the seventh with two outs. 

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    Chase Headley strikes out with an off-speed pitch by Brandon Gomes.

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    Chris Martin strikes out Brett Gardner to end the 6th inning. Yankees up 5-3 to start the seventh. 

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    Looks like Chris Martin slipped in an off-speed pitch to Brett Gardner in the bottom of the sixth.

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    Chris Martin is now on the pitching mound for the Yankees at the bottom of the sixth with two outs. 

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    The Yankees have had quality at-bats today. Alex Rodriguez is up to bat at the top of the 6th, two outs. 

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    Whew! The Yankees miss a near-double play. Didi Gregorius is out on second base. Brett Gardner’s speed helps him get to first. 

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    Michael Pineda gives “a little something extra” with fastball to Evan Longoria. Three balls and a strike at the bottom of the fifth. 

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    Evan Longoria is 17 hits away from 1,000 in his career. Bottom of the fifth, two outs. 

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    Steven Souza Jr. gets a double with a hard-hit ground ball.

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    Michael Pineda has had 19 strikeouts so far this season. 

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    Michael Pineda has allowed two runs on five hits so far. Bottom of the fifth, no outs. 

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    The Yankees have scored in three consecutive innings. They’re at the top of the 5th with one out. 

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    Alex Rodriguez has scored a pair of runs today. He scored a pair of runs last night, too. 

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    Alex Rodriguez heads home as Chase Headley hammers it into right field for a double. 5-2 Yankees at the top of the fifth. 

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    Mark Teixeira catches a hit by Brandon Guyer in foul territory. Bottom of the fourth with two outs. 

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    Michael Pineda strikes out Allan Dykstra for the second time today. Brandon Guyer up next for first at bat at the bottom of the fourth.

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    Eight hits for the Yankees already today.

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    Steven Geltz is now at the pitching mound for the Rays. 4-2 Yankees with one out at the top of the fourth. 

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    Sacrifice fly from John Ryan Murphy, caught by Desmond Jennings. 3-2 Yankees at the top of the fourth with one out.

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    Evan Longoria is 0-12 against Michael Pineda in his career. 3-2 Yankees at the bottom of the third. 

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    Yankees take the lead at 3-2 after Asdrubal Cabrera misses a catch. 

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    Alex Rodriguez advance to third from Teixeira’s ground ball. Two outs at the top of the third. 

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    “You can almost tell he’s being careful,” sportscaster says of Matt Andriese with Mark Teixeira at bat. 

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    Yankees, Rays tied at 1-1 after Steven Souza Jr. hits a homer in the bottom of the first 

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    Michael Pineda has only walked eight batters in his 15 starts with the Yankees. 

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    Yankees up 1-0 after a fly ball from Mark Teixeira. Michael Pineda throws some warmup pitches before the second half of the first. 

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    Matt Andriese walks Alex Rodriguez. Mark Teixeira at bat next. 

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    It’s a beautiful day for baseball in St. Petersburg, Fla.!

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