Yankees Stop Skid Against Mariners
The New York Yankees finally got back into the win column on Sunday as they defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3.
Alex Rodriguez, who batted 6th in the batting order, had a line-drive home run in the 2nd inning to put the Yankees up early.
"Sometimes you've got to do that, you've got to shuffle the deck a little bit," Rodriguez said. "Whatever it takes to win."
The change in the lineup seemed to give the Yankees a little more depth in the middle of the order.
"I just thought I would change it up a little bit today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm not sure what I'll do on Tuesday."
New York was put in a position to win thanks in large part to Masahiro Tanaka, who gave up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked none for the first time this season, improving to 4-0 in four career starts against the Mariners.
The Yankees bullpen was lights out as well. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined to strike out all six batters they faced on 13 pitches each. Talk about being efficient.
The Yankees start a 3-game series on Tuesday against the Oakland A's at home.