Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday exited Saturday’s game against the Reds after just one inning due to mid-back tightness.
Holliday doubled and scored a run in the bottom of the first before leaving the ballgame. Jon Jay moved over to left field to take his place while Peter Bourjos entered the game to play center field. The Cardinals are calling Holliday’s exit “precautionary,” so it’s probably safe to consider him day-to-day.
Holliday, 35, is batting .364/.476/.394 across his first 10 games this 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.