Game 48 Recap: TB 9 NYY 5

A day after Masahiro Tanaka turned in one of his best pitching performances of the season, Michael Pineda took to the mound in the second game of this series and turned in another stinker.  He gave up runs aplenty early and didn't make it anywhere near the halfway point of the game before Joe pulled the plug.  The Yankees were down 5-0 before they even made a full turn through their lineup and despite a valiant effort from said lineup, they were unable to complete the comeback.

- 3 in the 1st, 2 in the second, and an exit before he completed the 4th.  6 earned runs on 9 hits in 3.2 innings for Pineda.  His ERA stands at a ghastly 6.92 and his numbers going back to his final 10 starts of last season are incredibly bad.  It's time to get him out of the rotation.

- The offense racked up 12 hits and put a lot of pressure on in the late innings, but they couldn't come up with the big hits they needed in the 7th and 8th to really draw themselves back into contention.  Chase Headley and Austin Romine led the way with 3 hits apiece, and Carlos Beltran hit another home run.

- Beltran's dinger was his 12th of the year but he did leave the game early with a shoulder strain.  Joe made it sound like he wasn't going to play today, but Beltran shouldn't miss more than a few games.  Without him and Teix today, the lineup will continue to run lean.

- A-Rod went 0-5 with 3 strikeouts.  Even with the home run the other night, he has not looked good since coming off the DL.

- Luis Cessa pitched 4 innings of 1-run ball in mop-up relief, although he did also give up a 3-run homer that provided Tampa's extra late-inning cushion.  If the Yankees do decide to remove Pineda from the rotation, Cessa would slide in nicely.