Tanaka dominates as Yankees beat Althetics 6-2

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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.

Tanaka pitched 7.2 innings of two run ball, while striking out six. Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless inning and Adam Warren got the final out of the game, securing a 6-2 victory for the Yankees.

What’s Next?

— 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.

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4 Responses to Tanaka dominates as Yankees beat Althetics 6-2

  1. Terry says:

    Could this be counted as an audition for Clay B?An interesting proposition,he wouldn't cost a top tier prospect,but there's a reason why.Could he be this years McCarthy?Sure fits the mold.He still has upside,not my pick though

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I don't think the Red Sox are selling. They're only 5.5 games out of first with half a season to play. They still have as good of a chance as anyone.

    • tom says:

      Red Sox won't trade him anywhere. He is very affordable to keep around for next two seasons. If traded, it won't be a cheap return. He has been an above above average pitcher so far.

    • mick says:

      The Saux aren't throwin' in the towel, yet. Plus, they really don't like to help the Yankees. Seems they've never quite gotten over that Ruth thing.

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