McCann, Yankees get the best of Rays again

Bronx, NY ( – Brian McCann drove in three runs and the New
York Yankees continued their early-season dominance of the Tampa Bay Rays by
coming through with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday.

McCann, one night after belting a tie-breaking homer during New York’s 4-1 win
in the opener of this three-game series, and Jacoby Ellsbury fueled the
Yankees’ fifth triumph in as many meetings with Tampa Bay this month. The
former’s three RBI came on a pair of doubles, while Ellsbury finished 3-for-4
with two runs scored to help New York win for the seventh time in its last
eight overall.

A solid spot start from Chase Whitley (1-0) also aided the cause, with the
right-hander holding the Rays to a run and striking out five over five innings
shortly after being recalled from Triple-A.

Whitley could be getting a few more turns in the Yankee rotation, as general
manager Brian Cashman announced during Tuesday’s game that staff ace Masahiro
Tanaka is expected to miss at least a month after straining his right forearm.

All four New York runs came against Jake Odorizzi (2-2), reached for nine hits
over a 6 1/3-inning stint.