Jimmy Rollins doesn't sound close to returning

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Jimmy Rollins has already missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring and though the Phillies continue to call him day-to-day, his return to the starting lineup doesn’t sound imminent.

Here’s what Rollins told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News when asked if he’ll return to the starting lineup before the end of the regular season.

“I
hope so. Studies show, even if it’s a mild hamstring,
even though the doctors like to say 7-to-10 days, it’s usually three
weeks. And that’s at the mildest, before I can go and do what I need to
do. But I’m not going to have three weeks. Three weeks, that puts us
right at the playoffs, so, I’m definitely going to try to do my best to
come back before that.”

Rollins apparently feels well enough that he thinks he can pinch-hit from the left side of the plate, since he won’t have to push off his injured leg, but he’s not exactly painting the most optimistic picture here.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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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.