Tyler Clippard worked an inning of relief for the win and Seung Hwan Oh pitched the ninth for his first save.
The Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton led the way coming into the week on four hits, three runs, two homers and four RBI. The question is whether the snow will melt in time for first pitch. One out later, NY chose to intentionally walk Josh Donaldson to load the bases for Smoak, who worked the count full before his shot to center field.
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Simpson had no points and four turnovers. "So not dropping our heads was one of the main adjustments we had to make". Matthews, the Kentucky transfer and Chicago native, had a run-out dunk with 1:33 left that made it 63-53.
So, the fact that Donaldson was 2 for 13 in the series - or that Smoak had five hits in his previous eight at-bats, including a 2-run home run off Tommy Kahnle in the seventh inning - did not outweigh the long-term data.
"Really good at-bats in that inning", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. The right-hander was 2-3 with a 4.19 in eight starts last season and is 0-1 with an 11.74 ERA in five outings (one start) against the Yankees.
NY answered with four two-out runs in the third.
"I love getting throws from Judge because there's a lot of true backspin to the ball so it's easier to pick them", Yankees catcher Austin Romine said. Tampa Bay lost the final three games of its opening series at home against Boston.