The Yankees had their win streak snapped at 9 in a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay yesterday.
Brett Gardner hit in the leadoff spot Sunday, working Rays starter David Price to a 3-0 count before slapping a 3-1 pitch up the middle for a single to start the game. The speedy Gardner attempted to steal second and had the throw beat, but unfortunately he slid headfirst. Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett put his foot between the base and Gardner’s hand, which prevented Gardner from touching the base and he was tagged out. Robinson Cano notched two hits. That was it for the Yankees’ offense yesterday.
Alfredo Aceves made his second start of the spring and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first by retiring Burrell and Dioner Navarro on pop outs. Aceves allowed one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in 2 2/3 innings. Steven Jackson walked in two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Kei Igawa faced bases-loaded jams in the sixth and seventh innings, escaping the sixth unscathed before walking in a run in the seventh. Igaawa is now mortal.
The Yankees are 14-9-1 now. Brett Tomko will start for the Yankees, who travel to Clearwater, Fla., on Monday to play the defending World Series champion Phillies at 1:05 p.m.