LEADING OFF: Night moves for Tanaka; Blue Jays go batty

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (hand) is not in Wednesday night's starting lineup versus the Baltimore Orioles.

He stayed in the game, but Girardi said doctors would take a look at it. CF Jacoby Ellsbury is moving closer to coming off the seven-day concussion DL.

Gardner and Holliday may be tied in the home run column right now, but they are very different players.

As for the Orioles, they just finished up against the Yankees.

The suspension was announced Wednesday by the commissioner's office along with 72-game bans for Orioles outfielder Johnny Dixon and Arizona pitcher Bryan Valdez, who both tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.

This time, Tanaka was roughed up for seven runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, and his 11-start ERA shot up to a shockingly bad 6.34. He has given up three or fewer runs in each of his past five starts and has been a key for New York's resurgence.

It marked the third time this season Tanaka allowed seven runs or more, an emphatic rejoinder to the simplistic narrative that he could only pitch effectively to Austin Romine, who got the start Wednesday, rather than Gary Sanchez. His.165 well-hit average is also a career best.

Brett Gardner certainly seems to be getting better lift on the ball this year than in the past, and his 39 percent ground-ball rate this season agrees; he had a 50 percent career number entering 2017.

"When you have a guy up and down the lineup that can hit homers, it puts a lot of pressure on the other team", Holliday said. In the fifth, the Yankees scored twice to take a bite out of a 7-1 Baltimore lead, but the rally ended with Ronald Torreyes bouncing into a 5-4 fielder's choice. "They came out hacking and never stopped". "You're not putting yourself in good position to get the results you're looking for".

Tanaka retired the first two O's in the fourth but J.J. Hardy's double and a walk to Seth Smith preceded Adam Jones's three-run homer to right-center that upped the hosts' lead to 7-1.

Dixon, 20, was preparing for his third season with the Dominican Summer League Orioles and Valdez, 22 for his second season with the Dominican Summer League D-backs. He gave up eight hits and struggled to throw strikes (he issued five free passes) but held on long enough to get credit for the victory as the Orioles piled on the run support. If the Orioles end up erring on the side of caution again and benching Jones, Joey Rickard would likely pick up another start in cetnter field. Chris Davis followed with a sharp, RBI single to right. "I would say it was that he had his two best pitches. A lot of the times maybe when the pitchers are doing well, the (hitters) are slacking a little bit and maybe vice-versa, but that's baseball, and that's going to happen a lot in the course of the season". The Orioles, who were without center fielder Adam Jones (ankle, hip) on Wednesday, will try to avoid losing their third straight series behind right-hander Kevin Gausman. He allowed six runs on six hits over just two innings Sunday against the Astros.

  • Julie Sanders