New York Yankees Reaction: Headley, Beltran Lift Yanks Over White Sox

The New York Yankees have ended their homestand with a bang as they win a back-and-forth affair with the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon. 

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  • New York Yankees: 6 (16-20)
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Don’t look now, but the New York Yankees look alive after taking three series in a row after prevailing over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

The starter for New York, Masahiro Tanaka, struggled with his splitter but was still able to keep his team in the game. In five innings of work, the righty surrendered four runs on eight hits while striking out seven but walked three hitters.

Carlos Beltran had a big game today as he went 1-for-3 with three RBI and walked once. His lone hit happened to be the 400th home run of his career and have the Yankees a 5-4 lead in the first.

The Bombers also got solid production from catcher Brian McCann and second baseman Starlin Castro
as they went a combined 3-for-9 with two RBI including a solo home run by McCann in the eighth inning to pad the lead.

When the Yankees took the lead on Beltran’s home run, manager Joe Girardi released the horrifying three-headed monster of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman to wreak havoc for the second straight day.

Unfortunately, Betances gave up the lead in the seventh to turn “No-Run DMC” into “One-Run DMC” while snapping a 16.2 consecutive innings scoreless from the bullpen. He got out of a two-out jam to avoid further trouble.

Then Chase Headley picked up the dominant pen by slapping a pinch-hit RBI double to break the tie. Miller and Chapman then came in to slam the door shut and secured the seventh win in the last ten games.

 

 

Milestone:

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran cranked a two-run home run to left field off of Zach Duke to not only give the team a lead but put him in a magnificent club.

It was the 400th home run of his (what should be) a Hall-of-Fame career becoming just the 54th player to do so. In addition to that, he became just the fourth switch-hitter in history to do so.

He joins Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, and Chipper Jones on that list but also becomes just the fourth in baseball history to hit 400 home runs while stealing 300 bases.

This Day In Yankees History:

No, Joe DiMaggio did not break a 0-for-7 slump today but on this day back in 1941, he started one of baseball’s unbreakable records.

He slapped the first hit of his historic 56-game hitting streak, a record that stands.

Record Watch:

Jacoby Ellsbury drew his fourth catcher’s interference of 2016 and is on a great pace to pass Roberto Kelly, who set the record with eight back in 1992. The Yankee centerfielder has 18 in his career.

Ellsbury isn’t having the greatest of starts to the season but is pretty damn good at hitting the catcher’s glove with his bat.

Injury Report:

Everyone take a breather, some good news will come from the injury report today.

We all know Ellsbury returned to action today but CC Sabathia threw a 45-pitch simulated game this morning with no setbacks while stressing the fact that he is ready to return to action. According to Meredith Marakovits, he expects to start in Oakland on Friday.

In addition to good news regarding Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez also plans to return soon. He will be activated off the disabled list and plans to return to the lineup next Thursday when the Yankees travel to the West coast to visit the Oakland Athletics at the colosseum.

What’s Next:

After a very successful home stand, the Yankees will hit the road and head to Phoenix to square off against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Michael Pineda will take the mound with Robbie Ray opposing him.

Big Mike settles down once he reaches the third inning as the opposition is batting .202 against the righty after the second inning. When the game first starts, however, batters are all over him and batting .437 with six home runs.

Last time out, Pineda was clobbered by the Kansas City Royals for six runs to increase his ERA to 6.28.

Ray is 1-2 on the year with a 4.84 ERA and his lone win came back on April 19 against the San Francisco Giants. He has yet to have a start against the Yankees but is 2-2 in six interleague starts.

For those on the East coast, we’ll have a late night as first pitch will be on the YES Network at 9:40 PM ET. ESNY will provide you with a complete series preview containing everything you need to know before the game begins.

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