Yankees hope to improve on 5-6 record this week

The New York Yankees head into the third week of the young season with an unimpressive 5-6 record after dropping a pair of three-game series last week at the hands of Toronto and Seattle.The week started with the team traveling across the border to take on a division rival, the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yanks would take game one of the three game series 3-2. A two run single by Jacoby Ellsbury sealed the deal on what was an up and down game. Game two of the series was a clear struggle for Yankees pitching as they weren’t able to handle the high powered offense of the Blue Jays. The Yankees would drop that one by a score of 7-2. In the final game of the series, Yankee batters were simply outmatched by a dominant performance by Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman. Stroman only gave up two runs and three hits in eight innings pitched. Homeruns from former AL MVP Josh Donaldson and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki were all the Jays needed in a 4-2 victory.The team would return to the Bronx to take on the Seattle Mariners for a three game series. The Yankees were drubbed in the series opener, 7-1, as the Mariners racked up 12 hits. Catcher Chris Iannetta had himself a day at the plate with three hits which drove in three runs. They would then go on to lose the second game of the series 3-2, despite a 4-hit game from Carlos Beltran. Starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia was pulled after 4⅔ innings of wark after giving up seven hits and three runs.The Yankees were in position to lose their fifth game in a row, as well as getting swept for the first time this year, however, a solid seven inning outing for Masahiro Tanaka and a three hit game for Brett Gardner prevented that from coming to reality. The Yankees would win the game 4-3.One common problem throughout the past week was the amount of runners left in scoring position. The Yankees finished 4 for 57 with runners on either second or third base. Clutch hitting could have been key, especially in game three of the Blue Jays series and game two of the Mariners series, in which the team lost by two and one respectively.Batter Of The Week:Carlos BeltranGames – 6AVG – .375AB – 24H – 9HR – 1RBI – 3Pitcher Of The Week:Dellin BetancesGames – 3IP – 3.1ERA – 0.00H – 1BB – 0SO – 9This week, the Yankees will hope to counter their previous skid by starting a new winning streak as they take on the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays. Both matchups are three game series in the Bronx.Pitching Matchups vs. Oakland:Game #1:Eric Surkamp (0-1) vs. Michael Pineda (1-1)Game #2:Kendall Graveman (0-1) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (0-1)Game #3:Rich Hill (1-2) vs. Luis Severino (0-2)Pitching Matchups vs. Tampa Bay:Game #1:Erasmo Ramirez (2-0) vs. C.C. Sabathia (1-1)Game #2:Matt Moore (1-0) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (1-0)Game #3:Drew Smyly (0-2) vs. Michael Pineda (1-1)- Yankees Report by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.comCheck for David Bieber’s weekly New York Yankees Report every Tuesday morning throughout the season here at FingerLakes1.com.

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