It was yet another big day for the top International signees of the 2014 offseason as Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu had big performances on Wednesday. Masahiro Tanaka got the start on Wednesday and the Yankees desperately needed a strong outing. In the first two games of the Subway Series, Yankees pitching gave up 21 runs and 6 Home Runs to one of the worst power teams in the National League. Tanaka’s control was a little off in the first but he was able to escape some hard hit balls without giving up a run. After the first, the Mets would struggle making solid contact. Tanaka would only allow 4 base-runners the entire game as he pitched his first career shut-out. He ended the game with 8 strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Tanaka even picked his first big league hit. Tanaka has been stellar so far this season and he improved his record to 6-0 on the season. The Yankees got exactly what they needed from their ace as they were able to rest their subpar bullpen.
Jose Abreu is beginning to look like a serious bargain for the Chicago White Sox. The rookie from Cuba signed a 6 yrs / 68 M dollar deal in the offseason and has been a major force in the White Sox lineup since opening day. After his unbelievable first month, he has continued right into May and Wednesday was no different. With his team trailing 2-1 in the 8th inning in Oakland, Abreu came to the plate with runners on first and second. Abreu drilled the second pitch he saw to deep left and hit the facing of the second deck for a three-run Home Run and gave the White Sox the lead. His 15th Home Run on the season was the deciding factor in Wednesday’s win against Oakland. His league leading 15 Home Runs and 41 Runs Batted In have been a huge boost for Chicago as they are surprisingly creeping towards .500.
Other Notes from Yesterday:
– David Ortiz hit two Home Runs yesterday against Minnesota passing Jim Rice for 3rd on the Red Sox all-time Home Run list. He also tied Dave Kingman for 40th on baseball’s all-time Home Run list with 442.
– Matt Dominguez had a walk-off singled in the 9th against the Rangers. It was the Houston Astros first series win against Texas since June 2008.
– The Rangers received bad news on two of their starters yesterday. Lefty Matt Harrison is suffering from a chronic back problem and may need Spinal Fusion surgery that could end his career. Lefty Martin Perez has a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and may opt to have season ending Tommy John Surgery, adding to the long list of torn elbow ligaments in 2014.
-The Miami Marlins won at Dodger Stadium with a 13-3 victory for their 4th road win in 19 games.
– Ben Zobrist dislocated his thumb on a head first slide into second and is likely heading to the disabled list.