CC Sabathia (3-2, 4.78 ERA) leads the charge against Chris Young (0-0, 3.50 ERA) as Robinson Cano makes his return to the Bronx with the Mariners. Sabathia has won two straight, and not just because the Yankees scored a combined 24 runs in the games against Tampa Bay and Boston. He did his part giving up one earned run in seven innings against the Rays, and two in six innings against the Red Sox.
After losing Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijaun Walker in preseason to injuries, and James Paxton in early April, Seattle has needed multiple pitchers to fill the back end of their rotation. They signed Chris Young to a one year contract in late March to do just that. “He’s a veteran presence. He knows what he’s doing out there,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “I think he’s over the hump from a physical standpoint now, and I would suspect that his outings will get better and better each time out.” In his last outing against Houston, Young gave up three runs on four hits with five walks in a seven inning no decision. He didn’t pitch in the Majors last year due to shoulder problems.
Robinson Cano makes his first trip back to Yankee Stadium after signing with the Mariners. He isn’t worried about the reception Yankees fans give him when he steps to the plate for the first time in a different uniform. “I’m just looking forward to going there, and now I’m obviously on the opposite team and hopefully I’ll be treated nice by the fans,” Cano said. “Just looking forward to going back and playing on the field that I first came up on as a young kid and what I learned as I grew up and see teammates, especially a guy like Jeter in his last year.”
McClendon tried to downplay Cano coming back, but when someone leaves a bad taste in your mouth like Cano did to all of New York, it’s hard to ignore. “It will probably be a little different, but it’s our job to control the atmosphere and his access and that’s what we’ll do just like we protect all of our players to a certain extent,” McClendon said. “You only have so much access to them and after that they got to get ready to play baseball.”
Notes on the game
Taking a no decision on Sunday against the Angels, Masahiro Tanaka hasn’t lost a regular season game since August 19th, 2012.
The Yankees had only 3 hits Sunday night but still got the win. The last time they had 3 hits or less and won a game was 2006 against Tampa Bay.
First pitch at 7:05 PM on Yes