April 24, 2017

Yankees star C Gary Sanchez leaves game with hand injury

09 April 2017, 02:56 | Simon Arnold

Yankees star C Gary Sanchez leaves game with hand injury

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of Japan throws to the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Baltimore Saturday

Kevin Gausman is ready to take the ball in Saturday's middle game against NY.

BALTIMORE KEY TRENDS: The Orioles are now a ideal 6-0 in their last six home games, are 4-1 in their last five games versus American League East rivals and are 4-1 in their last five games overall. CC Sabathia and Luis Severino have each gone five innings - tied for the longest outing by a Yankees' starter this season. According to Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News, if Tanaka opts out of his contract this fall, the Bronx Bombers will let him walk. He finished with 20 home runs, 42 RBIs, and a 0.299 batting average in that span.

Jimenez makes his 299th career appearance and also hoping for a bounce-back effort after seeing his ERA soar over 5.00 last season for the first time since 2012. This could be a sign of regressing back to how he performed in the minor leagues before getting promoted to the Yankees.

Severino gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, but the Machado homer proved crucial to the Orioles, and the Yankees' bullpen couldn't hold on to the 5-4 lead the right-hander gave them.

Sanchez isn't the only Yankees hitter who has been struggling.

Bird was joined on the bench by Aaron Judge, who was told by Girardi on Friday that he wouldn't be playing Saturday.

Hull boost survival hopes with 4-2 win over Boro
The Teessider's lead only lasted nine minutes as Markovic netted from close range following a scramble in Boro's box. It was now all City and a thrilling through ball allowed Niasse to steal in on 26 minutes to make it 2-1.

The Yankees training staff and manager Joe Girardi examined Sanchez and immediately pulled him from the game.

Both teams scored once in a 30-minute first inning.

The 24-year-old catcher exited Saturday's game against the division-rival Baltimore Orioles with what looked to be a hand injury.

The New York Yankees rumors about the pitching staff aren't going to go away either if the team doesn't find some consistency in its starting rotation.

Masahiro Tanaka gets the start for the Yanks, while Kevin Gausman takes the hill for the O's. Combined, they allowed 11 runs on 16 hits, lasting a total of just six and 1/3 innings. Mazara is hitting.588 through four games, including 3 for 5 in this one.

The Yankees have a lot of work to do to become competitive in the American League East and provide any serious competition for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and Baltimore Orioles.

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