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New York Yankees Reaction: Eovaldi Dazzles In Team’s Sixth Straight Win

Nathan Eovaldi delivered another impressive outing as the New York Yankees shutout the Blue Jays in the first of three from the Bronx.

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The New York Yankees continue to be major league baseball’s hottest club as they took the series opener over the Toronto Blue Jays in front of 35,174 at Yankee Stadium. Nathan Eovaldi turned in yet another masterful performance, hurling six-plus innings of two-hit shutout baseball while striking out five.

Eovaldi won his fourth straight start with the victory, pitching to a 2.16 ERA in those outings. He also pulled the Yankees back to .500 (22-22) for the first time since April 14th.

Carlos Beltran drove in two runs for the Bombers as he continues to rake. He drove in the first run of the game with an RBI fielder’s choice in the first, and then connected on his 10th home run of 2016, a solo shot in the fourth.

The Yanks added insurance in the seventh when Austin Romine lined a run scoring ground-rule double down the right field line and Jacoby Ellsbury beat out an RBI infield single. 

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was removed from the game after the Romine double, not pitching poorly but coming up on the wrong end of a great performance by the Yankees’ staff. Dickey allowed four earned runs and struck out seven over six and two-thirds solid innings of work.

With a six run cushion via RBIs from Headley and Gregorius, there was no need for Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman to follow Dellin Betances’ two strikeout seventh.

Kirby Yates turned in a scoreless eighth inning and Luis Cessa followed with a scoreless ninth, securing the win for the Yankees.

Carlos ‘Belts’ Another One

In driving in two runs, Carlos Beltran now has 10 long balls and 29 runs batted in on the 2016 season. Over his last 15 games, he is scorching with a .345 (19-55) average, six homers and 18 runs batted in.

Ever since Beltran assumed designated hitter duties nearly everyday, he has not looked back. At this rate, he is staring directly at a 30 home run, 100 RBI output in his age 39 and quite possibly last season.

Nasty Nate

If the Yankees pitch, they win. For the sixth straight day they received stellar starting pitching, and for the sixth straight day they picked up a win.

With his six shutout innings, Nathan Eovaldi has lowered his ERA all the way down to 3.95. If you recall, it was at 5.46 on the first of the month.

Eovaldi has displayed the ability to pitch to last year’s second half standard and has turned himself into one of the anchors of this staff.

Injury Update

Alex Rodriguez was expected to be in the lineup tonight as the designated hitter against the Blue Jays. He was in a lineup, but it was with the Trenton Thunder.

He went 2-4 with an RBI single in his first game of a rehab stint that will, in management’s eyes, hopefully lead him back to the bigs at 100%. The waiting game continues with A-Rod, but the Yankees do not appear starving to get anyone back.

What’s next?

The two teams will battle it out tomorrow night in the Bronx with the Yankees going for the series win and their seventh win in a row.

Ivan Nova (3-1, 3.26 ERA) will take the ball for New York. He has pitched to a brilliant 1.65 ERA since rejoining the starting rotation and appears destined to stay.

Toronto will counter with Marco Estrada (1-2, 2.61 ERA), who struck out nine over eight innings in his last outing but did not factor in the decision. Estrada has been a bright spot in a shaky Blue Jays staff this season.

First pitch will be at 7:05 pm ET, can be seen on the YES Network, and can be heard on 660 WFAN/101.9 FM.