We’ll have to get Craig in here on Monday to make sure this one qualifies:
Sabathia posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 28 starts last season, fanning 197 batters in 200 innings. The 32-year-old lefty underwent elbow surgery in October but is expected to be recovered by Opening Day.
The Yankees owe Sabathia a total of $99 million in guaranteed salary through the 2017 season.
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.