Yankees Defeat Diamondbacks 4-2 in Early Season Interleague Play
With the Houston Astros moving to the AL West this season, the MLB schedule will feature interleague series' throughout the season. The Yankees' first taste of the new interleague format has come early this season. Hosting the Diamondbacks for a three game series and Jackie Robinson night, the Yankees picked up a victory Tuesday night.
Though the win wasn't pretty, the Yankees outlasted the D'backs. Yankees' starter Ivan Nova only lasted 5 innings before giving way to the bullpen. Nova has struggled this season, though the Yankees still believe he can be a future top end starter. After giving up 2 runs in the third inning Nova settled down and kept New York in the game. A fourth inning homer by Robinson Cano was all the Yankees needed on this night.
It was fitting that Cano dealt the big blow for the Yankees on Jackie Robinson night. Cano wears #24, which is the opposite of #42, in honor of Jackie Robinson, and he was named after the Brooklyn Dodgers' Legend. After a slow start to the season, Cano's game has really taken off. He's been doing his best to keep the Yankees offense going.
The Yankees bullpen was stellar in an extended effort. Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera combined for 4 scoreless innings and allowing only one Arizona baserunner. It was fitting that Rivera got the save on this night, as he's the only player still allowed to wear the #42 in the league. The Yankees' bullpen is a steadying force late in games, though Manager Joe Girardi will certainly monitor Rivera's workload in his last season in baseball.
Diamondbacks' starter Brandon McCarthy labored through 4 innings, throwing 102 pitches and giving up 9 hits. He didn't have his best stuff on this night, and unfortunately hasn't been the same since he was hit in the head with a line drive late last season.
The Yankees' performance may have been a side note to what was really important Tuesday night. After the third inning, the Yankees played 'Sweet Caroline', a song traditionally played by the Boston Red Sox before the bottom of the 8th inning. After the horrific events that took place in Boston on Monday, the Yankees made it clear that they are standing with Boston. Putting their rivalry aside, the Yankees proved that baseball is more than just a game.
New York will look to continue their solid play Wednesday night as C.C. Sabathia takes the mound. The D'backs will start Wade Miley looking to bounce back from their loss.