Behind seven strong innings from Masahiro Tanaka and some late heroics by Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees began the second half of the season with a 4-3 win over the Mariners last night at Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka allowed three runs in the victory, with Kyle Seager doing all of the damage. Seager hit a solo home run in the third inning before hitting a two-run shot in the fifth. However, Tanaka was able to keep the rest of the Mariners offense off the board. He struck out seven and walked two in the victory and now owns a 3.65 ERA and 74/15 K/BB ratio over 74 innings on the year.
The game was tied 3-3 before Alex Rodriguez connected for a go-ahead solo homer off Joe Beimel in the bottom of the seventh inning. You can watch it here. It was A-Rod’s 19th home run of the season and the 673rd of his career. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each threw a scoreless inning to finish off the win for New York.
The Yankees now sit at 49-40 on the year and hold a 4 1/2 game lead in the American League East.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Royals 4, White Sox 2; Royals 0, White Sox 2
Mariners 3, Yankees 4
Marlins 3, Phillies 6
Cubs 2, Braves 4
Rays 2, Blue Jays 6
Cubs 2, Braves 4
Indians 1, Reds 6
Pirates 1, Brewers 4
Orioles 3, Tigers 7
Mets 2, Cardinals 3
Tigers 2, Astros 3
Giants 6, Diamondbacks 5 (12 innings)
Red Sox 0, Angels 1
Rockies 2, Padres 4
Twins 5, Athletics 0
Dodgers/Nationals – suspended
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.