Yankees score early, hold off Rays

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

Chapman struck out pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said RHPs Matt Andriese and Alex Cobb will start the first two games of this weekend's home series with the Boston Red Sox.

A disappointed Jaime Garcia didn't say a word to manager Joe Girardi when he was removed one out shy of qualifying for his first win with the Yankees, and NY beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday to take two of three games in a series moved from Florida to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma.

Meanwhile, the Yankees nudged a half-game closer to the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. East race, trailing by three and a half games pending the result of Boston's game against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Garcia is winless in five starts since joining NY at the trade deadline after suffering a hard-luck loss against Cleveland his last time out, allowing one earned run in five innings.

Archer has hit a wall in September, first giving up a pair of home runs to the only batters he faced in Chicago before leaving with a forearm issue and then getting throttled at Fenway Park. Garcia didn't make eye contact with Girardi when he handed him the ball, and the two were later seen in a face-to-face argument in the dugout.

The Yankees (79-66) improved to 9-4 in 13 games since getting swept by the Cleveland Indians at home August 28-30. Archer, who struggled with his command, narrowly escaped further damage an inning later by striking out Clint Frazier with the bases loaded. But the three early runs were enough on a day the Yankees were holding back just a little bit. Manager Joe Girardi went out to the mound and removed Garcia at just 78 pitches. Girardi also acknowledged that recurring injuries to Bird have become a concern.

NOTES: 1B Greg Bird (back spasms) was not in the lineup for a third straight game but an MRI on Tuesday came back clean.

Per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Girardi said after the game, "I understand if he's still mad. But you got to be able to stay healthy".

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