Masahiro Tanaka was making his final start of the first half, and Tanaka wanted to finish strong. In the end, he had done just that, propelling the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.
The Yankees first got on the board with Brett Gardner‘s 10th home run of the season. Gardner was eventually added to the American League All-Star Game roster during the game. In the bottom of the third, Mark Teixeira, who will also represent the Yankees during the All-Star Game, had an RBI single to tie the game. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run single in the fourth, and two runs scored in the bottom of the eighth on a throwing error by Marcus Semien.
— The Yankees will head to Boston to play a series against the Red Sox before they split up for the All-Star Break. Michael Pineda will make the start for the Yankees while Clay Buccholz will pitch for the Red Sox. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on PIX 11.