Sunday, August 17, 2014

What a difference 24 hours can make.

At this time yesterday, the Yankees were reeling from five straight losses, and the possibility of Tampa Bay passing them in the standings by the end of the weekend was realistic.

Then Saturday happened.

The Yankees did their best to let an early 2-0 lead slip away, but as he has done hundreds of times over his 20-year career, Derek Jeter saved New York. The Captain's go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth scored Brett Gardner to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. David Robertson nailed down his 32nd save of the season and the Yankees once again had life.

After Baltimore was blanked by Cleveland, the Yankees stand seven games back in third place in the AL East. New York is four games back of Detroit for the second wild card spot.

Today's lineup against Tampa Bay:

LF Brett Gardner
DH Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Carlos Beltran
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
SS Stephen Drew
2B Martin Prado

Pitching matchup preview:

Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound today for the Yankees, as they go for the series win at The Trop. Kuroda has shown signs of aging this year with a 7-8 record and a 4.03 ERA. In two starts against Tampa Bay this season, Kuroda has a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings. Kuroda will go against Jeremy Hellickson, who is making just his sixth start of the season. Hellickson has a 2.03 ERA. He's allowed six earned runs in 26.2 innings with a 1.16 WHIP.


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