Most people suspected this already, but the Red Sox have officially decided that they’ll play the newly acquired in centerfield and shift Jacoby Ellsbury to left field. It makes sense: Cameron has played all of three games in left field — none of which with the Green Monster behind him — while Ellsbury has played 80 games there.
Of course, with the embarrassment of defensive riches the Red Sox have going into this season, they could probably stick one at catcher and hide one behind the second base bag like we used to with Kay from accounting during rec league softball, and they’d still be a defensively superior team. It’s like the positive version of moving deck chairs around on the Titanic, whatever that is.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.