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New York Yankees Reaction: Tanaka Dazzles, A-Rod Homers To Help Yanks Avoid Sweep (Highlights)

The New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep by the Seattle Mariners with a lifting victory on Sunday Afternoon.

  • Seattle Mariners: 3 (5-7)
  • New York Yankees: 4 (5-6)
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It has been a frustrating week for the New York Yankees, but it has ended on a satisfying note.

Tanaka Time was a success as Masahiro Tanaka outdueled his former Japenese teammate, Hisashi Iwakuma, with seven innings of three-run ball (two earned).

Tanaka also struck out six, walked none, and even hit 94 MPH on the radar gun as he took the victory.

Brett Gardner led the offensive charge by going 3-for-4 with a run scored, stole a base, and drove in one run. Alex Rodriguez also busted out of his funk with a two-run shot in the second inning.

The Yankees strong suit, the back end of the bullpen, struck out each of the six batters they faced to secure a 4-3 Yankee win.

Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances have struck out the side for the second game in a row, and Aroldis Chapman returns in 22 days so this bullpen will get even nastier.

A-Slump? A-Gone. 

For weeks, A-Rod assured the Yankee faithful that he feels good and better results were on the horizon. We got a glimpse of those results in today’s ballgame.

After being dropped to the sixth spot in the batting order, Rodriguez broke his 0-for-19 slump by cranking a home run off the first pitch he saw from Iwakuma to left field.

It was home run number 689 and it gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

Rodriguez is still batting .118 on the year, and two of his four hits of 2016 are home runs.

Pure Filth:

How does one hit Dellin Betances? His stuff is so nasty it should be illegal.

After striking out the side during his outing in yesterday’s loss, he turned in an encore and struck out Norichika Aoki, Seth Smith, and Robinson Cano in his one inning of work.

Betances has struck out the side in each of his last four relief appearances and has a career strikeout rate of 39.6%.

This Day In Yankees’ History:

On this date in 1951, legendary PA announcer Bob Sheppard and hall of fame outfielder Mickey Mantle each made their MLB debuts.

What’s Next:

The Yankees will continue their nine-game homestand on Tuesday as the Oakland Athletics make their way to the Bronx.

Michael Pineda, who owns a 2-1 record with a 2.00 ERA vs Oakland, will take the mound in game one. He’ll be opposed by Eric Surkamp.

Thus far, Surkamp is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA but has failed to last five innings of work in two starts this season.

First pitch will be at 7:05 PM ET with full coverage beginning an hour before first pitch on the YES Network.

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