Tampa Bay Sports Day

MLB: Sabathia, NY Yankees Blank Tampa Bay Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — CC Sabathia threw five shutout innings in his season debut, and the New York Yankees bounced back from their opening loss with a 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

Sabathia (1-0) held the Rays to three singles, getting ample run support from New York’s five-hit, three-run third inning.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1) held the Yankees to two hits in his other five innings, but one bad inning was enough to sink Tampa Bay.

The close out their opening series Wednesday night.

The Yankees’ big hits came from the bottom of the lineup — No. 9 hitter Ronald Torreyes hit a two-run homer in the third, and No. 7 hitter Chase Headley added a solo home run in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.

The Rays, after getting 13 hits in Sunday’s opener, had just five singles, only one of them making it out of the infield.
New York’s bullpen was superb in relief of Sabathia.

The Yankees got a perfect inning each from Bryan Mitchell and Tyler Clippard. In the eighth, the Rays got two infield singles off Jonathan Holder, but Dellin Betances came in and ended the rally with a key strikeout of Rickie Weeks and by inducing a bases-loaded groundout from pinch hitter Logan Morrison.

Closer Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.

Evan Longoria’s first-inning single was the only hit in the first three innings against Sabathia. The Rays had infield singles in the fourth and fifth to put two on with two outs in each inning, but Sabathia got groundouts to end each threat.

Headley’s solo home run in the sixth extended the Yankees’ lead to 4-0.

NOTES: Rays C Wilson Ramos, on the 60-day disabled list to start the season, was presented with his 2016 Silver Slugger award before the game, chosen as the National League catcher by managers last season. … Five Rays made their Tampa Bay debut, with Peter Bourjos starting in left field, Rickie Weeks at first and rookie Daniel Robertson making his major league debut as designated hitter. RHP Jumbo Diaz made his debut in relief of RHP Jake Odorizzi in the seventh inning, and RHP Tommy Hunter made his debut in the ninth. … Bourjos lost a fly ball in the Tropicana Field roof and it dropped in for an RBI double. … Yankees LHP CC Sabathia is pitching in his 17th major league season — second among active pitchers behind only Braves RHP Bartolo Colon, who is in his 20th season. … 2B Starlin Castro and 3B Chase Headley on Sunday became the first Yankees teammates to both get three-plus hits on Opening Day since 2006, when Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon and Alex Rodriguez did it against Oakland