Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Recap: Blue Jays 4, Yankees 2

CC Sabathia pitched two innings of two-run ball and the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays, 4-2, Tuesday night at Steinbrenner Field.

Sabathia Returns: Sabathia's 2015 spring debut went about as well as it could through the first six hitters, with Sabathia retiring all but one of the Blue Jays he faced and recording two strikeouts. After getting Dalton Pompey to go down looking, however, Sabathia surrendered an RBI double to Dayan Viciedo and an RBI single to Devon Travis -- the lefty only getting out of the second when Travis was thrown out at home. 

A Surprise Tex Message: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has struggled over the first few weeks of camp, but showed some signs of life in this one's bottom of the fourth. With the Yankees down 3-1 and Toronto righty Drew Hutchison on the mound in that inning, Teixeira lifted a high solo shot over the left-center field wall -- his first four-bagger of the preseason.

Betances' Blues: Dellin Betances labored noticeably while pitching the top of the third, allowing three of five hitters to reach while striking out none. The Blue Jays scored once off him when Jose Reyes tripled and Josh Donaldson drove him in with a groundout, making Betances' outing the second consecutive one in which he's given up a run.

Drew Beats the Shift: Batting with men on first and second and one out in the Yankees' half of the second, Drew lined an RBI single through the vacated left side -- plating Garret Jones and putting the Yankees on the board. Jones had walked and Chris Young had singled prior to Drew's knock, his lone one in two at-bats on the evening. 

A Blown Opportunity: Following a Jonathan Galvez base-on-balls and a Tyler Austin double, the Yankees had the tying runs in scoring position with just one out in the eighth -- a seemingly-ideal situation for them with Greg Bird at the dish. Unfortunately, though, the usually-clutch Bird struck out swinging against the Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna, who then induced an Austin Romine groundout to end the threat.

Next Up: The Yankees will head to Lake Buena Vista Wednesday night for a meeting with the upstart Braves -- beginning at a slightly-earlier 6:05 p.m. ET. Masahiro Tanaka is slated to start for the Yankees opposite Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz -- a matchup set to air live on MLB.TV and on tape delay on MLB Network.

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