Yankees back on track with series win over Boston

Effort and energy, was a key x-factor this week for the New York Yankees.To start it off, the team went over to Camden Yards for a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles. Game one of the series was a 4-1 loss. Orioles’ starter, Chris Tillman pitched a very solid 7 inning performance, which included 9 strikeouts. While on the other side, Yankees’ starter Luis Severino struggled to spot his locations and was penalized 4 runs (3 earned) as a result.Game two, the bats finally came alive. Productive offense from Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Didi Gregorius, and others helped lead the Yankees to a 7-0 victory. C.C. Sabathia, had his best outing of the year, throwing seven shutout innings with six hits, two walks and six strikeouts.The third game of the series, contained yet another dominant performance by Masahiro Tanaka. However, just as it seemed all season, the bats, baserunning blunders, and managerial decisions would completely waste away all that Tanaka had done. The game would end up in a 1-0 loss for the Yankees in ten innings. After dropping two out of three games against the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees would start a ten game homestand with a three-game series against their rivals the Boston Red Sox. A team in which the Yankees got swept the last time they faced.Although being out hit by seven, the Yankees still pulled off a 3-2 win in game one of the series. Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello didn’t look nearly as sharp as his last start against the Yankees, giving up three runs through seven innings. The hero of the game was Aaron Hicks, as he would hit his first home run as a Yankee, a go-ahead shot to give the team the lead. Andrew Miller then notched the save in the 9th despite scaring every Yankee fan watching.David Price’s inconsistencies against the Yankees would continue for the second game of the series, as he would only last 4 and ⅔ giving up 6 runs and 7 hits. For the Yankees, Nathan Eovaldi was simply good enough giving up just two runs through eight innings. A bases loaded double for Didi Gregorius was really all the Yankees needed in an 8-2 victory.Game three was the Yankees first test against knuckleballer Steven Wright. Steven Wright is one of only two active major league pitchers to throw this deceiving pitch. Safe to say their test failed, as Wright would pitch a complete game, only giving up one run, and three hits. Luis Severino would get the loss, giving up four runs, despite getting nine strikeouts. Severino now falls to 0-5 on the year.This week the Yankees suffered two significant injuries, as Alex Rodriguez, and pitcher C.C. Sabathia, both head to the 15 day Disabled List. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury also suffered a hip injury against the Boston Red Sox. He will not be put on the DL, but he won’t be playing for the next couple of days.Batter of the Week:Brian McCannGames – 5AVG – .294AB – 17H – 5BB – 3HR – 0RBI – 4Pitcher of the Week:Masahiro TanakaGames – 1IP – 8.0H – 5ER – 0BB – 1SO – 7The Yankees will hope to get more wins while on their current homestand, taking on the defending World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals in what will be the first four game series of the year. After their series against the Royals, the Yankees will close out the week with a three game series against the team with the current best record in the American League, the red hot Chicago White Sox.Pitching Match-ups vs. Kansas CityGame #1:Ivan Nova (1-1) vs. Chris Young (1-4)Game #2:Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) vs. Kris Medlen (1-3)Game #3:Michael Pineda (1-3) vs. Yordano Ventura (2-2)Game #4:Nathan Eovaldi (2-2) vs. Ian Kennedy (4-2)Pitching Match-ups vs. ChicagoGame #1:Luis Severino (0-5) vs. Chris Sale (7-0)Game #2:Ivan Nova (1-1) vs. Jose Quintana (5-1)Game #3:Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (0-0)In other important news, Yankees’ pitcher Aroldis Chapman is finally eligible to play after a 30 game suspension for a domestic violence case. The 28-year-old was acquired by the Yankees in the offseason from the Cincinnati Reds via trade. Chapman coming back means that the Yankees will have a brand new closer. Fans will finally get to see this full three headed monster in the back of the bullpen in action.– Report by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com

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