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Yankees host red-hot Texas to open week

The Yankees started the week with a two game series against the Colorado Rockies. The teams played two games against each other a week before and the Rockies took both of them. This time the series is at home and the Yankees hoped to get some revenge.For the first game, the Yankees’ pitching had its struggles. Starting pitcher Ivan Nova couldn’t get anything going. It seemed like he was just throwing the ball for the sake of throwing it. He didn’t have any pitch to go to; the Rockies offense had his number. To go along with dismal pitching, the defense wasn’t there either as four runs were given up through two innings primarily due to two errors by first baseman, Rob Refsnyder and outfielder, Carlos Beltran. For the Rockies, starting pitcher Chad Bettis wasn’t anything special either, but was better than Ivan Nova that night. The Yankees ultimately lost this one 8-4.A similar thing would happen the next day, as both teams’ starting pitchers couldn’t get passed the fifth inning. C.C. Sabathia wasn’t at his best, giving up five earned runs through 4 ⅓. It didn’t seem to matter, however, because the Yankees offense gave him the help he needed. A grand slam from Chase Headley, a three run shot from Carlos Beltran, and a RBI single from Didi Gregorius helped lead up to an eventual walk off home run from Starlin Castro. The Yankees avoided getting swept in the season series, winning by a score of 9-8.The Minnesota Twins would then come over to town for a three game series. Yankees took the first game, winning by a score of 5-3. Starting pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka was able to get the job done, as he would go for six innings giving up three runs, and getting himself seven strikeouts. This would pave the way to the Yankees “three headed monster” which pretty much guarantees a Yankees’ victory, in which so it did. The offense was good also, as it was able to limit Twins’ starting pitcher Tommy Milone to just 3 ⅔ innings of work.Yankees’ pitching was at its best for game two, as Michael Pineda looked really good. Despite, letting up a home run early to Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier, he would go for six innings giving up just two hits and a walk, also getting eight strikeouts. As for the offense, it did get ten hits, but the only thing that mattered was a Starlin Castro RBI in the eighth that gave the Yankees the lead. The Yankees won this one 2-1.The Yankees tried to finish off the three game sweep the next day, but Twins’ starting pitcher Tyler Duffey had something to say about that. The 25-year-old took a perfect game into the sixth inning before having it broken up by a double off the bat of former Twin, Aaron Hicks. Duffey’s dominant outing would continue however, as a solo home run from Mark Teixeira was the only other hit for the Yankees on the day. Duffey’s final stat line would be eight innings, two hits, one run, no walks, and eight strikeouts. The Yankees lost this one 7-1.Batter of the Week: Carlos BeltranGM – 5AVG – .333AB – 18H – 6BB – 2HR – 1RBI – 5Pitcher of the Week: Aroldis ChapmanGM – 3IP – 3.0ER – 0K – 6BB – 0W – 1SV – 2This week the Yankees will be taking on the Texas Rangers, surprisingly baseball’s best. The four game series will be held in the Bronx. After the Bomber’s matchup against Texas, the team will be heading to San Diego for a three game series against the Padres.Pitching Matchups vs. Texas:Game #1:Chi Chi González (0-0) vs. Ivan Nova (5-5)Game #2:Cole Hamels (8-1) vs. C.C. Sabathia (5-4)Game #3:Nick Martínez (1-1) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (5-2)Game #4:A.J. Griffin (3-0) vs. Michael Pineda (3-7)Pitching Matchups at San Diego:Game #1:Nathan Eovaldi (6-5) vs. Colin Rea (4-3)Game #2:Ivan Nova (5-5) vs. Drew Pomeranz (7-7)Game #3:C.C. Sabathia (5-4) vs. Luis Perdomo (2-3)New York Yankees Weekly Report by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com

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