Masahiro Tanaka stopped Oakland’s winning streak at five and notched his ninth win of the season as the Yankees prevailed 2-1 over the Athletics this afternoon.
Tanaka wasn’t at his most efficient — he needed 104 pitches over six innings — but he held Oakland to one earned run and lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.02. In all he gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one. After a John Jaso first inning homer, Tanaka retired 10 straight batters. Also of note: Alfonso Soriano broke an 0-for-16 slump with an RBI single in the second.
The Yankees’ homestand finishes up at 2-6. But at least they get on an airplane happy.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is back on the active roster after spending two weeks on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
He returns after playing three minor-league rehab games at Double-A, where he went 1-for-8 with a homer and most importantly reported feeling no further post-concussion symptoms.
d’Arnaud hit just .196 with three homers and a .588 OPS in 31 games before being hit on the catcher’s mask by Alfonso Soriano’s backswing on May 13.
Anthony Recker got most of the action behind the plate in d’Arnaud’s absence, with Juan Centeno backing him up, but d’Arnaud figures to resume being the Mets’ primary catcher.
From Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com …
NEW YORK — Travis d’Arnaud is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Wednesday’s matinee series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sandy Alderson said.
D’Arnaud is due to play a third and final rehab game with Binghamton on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old catcher has been on the shelf since getting struck on his helmet by Alfonso Soriano’s backswing during a May 13 game at Yankee Stadium. D’Arnaud is 1-for-7 so far on his rehab assignment and was batting just .196/.274/.314 in 31 games for the Mets prior to suffering the head injury.
D’Arnaud was a big part of the December 2012 trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays.
He batted .328/.402/.588 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 86 career games at Triple-A.