Cedeno’s Struggles Continue, Rays Swept In New York

Severino’s K, Hicks HR,  X’s Struggles, Rays Swept

Matt Andriese delivered a quality start and departed after six innings on the right side of a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the pen was unable to secure the win for him.

Xavier Cedeno, who had been struggling, allowed a 2-run 2-out homer to Aaron Hicks in the bottom of the seventh to give the Yankees all the runs they would need en route to a 3-2 win in the Bronx.

It was Hicks second homer of the game, one from each side of the plate. “Obviously he had a big night, he got a hanging changeup from Matty [Andriese] and what looked like an elevated curve from X [Xavier Cedeno].” Kevin Cash said. “He didn’t miss it. He covered us on both sides of the plate and obviously he was the offense.”

With the lead, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi turned the ball over to Dellin Betances in the eighth inning. The Rays had runners on the corner with nobody out after a Jesus Sucre walk and a Corey Dickerson single but were unable to bring the tying run across. Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria struck out looking before Brad Miller bounced out to Bettances.

Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth inning and struck out a pair in picking up his second save of the year.

Luis Severino (1-0, 4.50 ERA) picks up his first win on the year. He allowed a pair of runs on five hist striking out 11 and walking one. Yankee pitchers struckout 15 Rays hitters on the night.

Injury Note:

Mallex Smith departed the game an inning after getting caught in a rundown and grabbing toward his hamstring. He will be evaluated overnight before it is determined whether a trip to the disabled list is required. “His hamstrings tight, we’ll probably take tonight to evaluate.” Cash said. “See how he responds coming in tomorrow. They are tricky things, especially when you’re talking about a guy really relies on speed.”

Bourjos’ Dinger:

Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees

Peter Bourjos came in to replace Smith in the fourth inning and delivered a solo homer off Severing which gave the Rays a 2-1 lead.

No Concern About Cedeno’s Health:

Thus far this year, Xavier Cedeno has faced worked in five games and registered just three outs while facing 10 batters. “Talking to X after the game yesterday, he expressed that might have been the best his body has felt – his arm has felt, and he felt really good today before the game.” Cash said. “He’s just in one of those little funks right now, but he’s been so steady for us for two years now that he’ll work through it.”

Up Next For Rays:

The Rays open a four game series against the Red Sox in Boston.  Chris Archer (1-0, 2.45 ERA) will take on Rick Porcello (1-0, 4.38 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.






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