Jon Jay is away from Cardinals due to a personal matter

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Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is away from the team for tonight’s game against the Cubs due to an undisclosed personal matter, but he’s expected to return for the final series of the regular season that begins Friday in Arizona.

Heading into the season Jay was viewed somewhat as a question mark after a rough postseason and Peter Bourjos’ presence has meant more corner outfield action, but he’s been his usual self offensively by hitting .302 with a career-high .373 on-base percentage in 138 games.

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.