Tanaka ‘rusty’ As Yanks Lose

Tanaka ‘rusty’ as Yanks loseDellin Betances and the Yankees’ relievers couldn’t see the scoreboard from the bullpen in right-center field, so they had no idea a playoff berth was only a few clean innings away.
Giving up the lead still hurt, though.

Betances allowed up a tying homer and Andrew Bailey yielded the go-ahead hit as New York wasted a chance to secure an AL wild-card spot Wednesday night, losing 9-5 in 11 innings to the Boston Red Sox.

On a night when Masahiro Tanaka struggled early in his return from a hamstring injury, the Yankees stumbled again. Still, they need just one win in their final four games to earn the playoff spot.

“I thought it was a good sign I came out of this game strong,” Tanaka said through a translator.

Tanaka struggled in his first start in 12 days, returning from a right hamstring strain to make what should be his final tuneup before a likely start in the wild-card game on Tuesday.

The Japanese star entered with a deceptive 3-0 record against Boston. He allowed 10 earned runs in those starts, but the Yankees romped to big wins in each. He had trouble Wednesday, too, allowing four runs and five hits in five innings on 95 pitches.

He quickly fell behind, giving up a three-run homer to Travis Shaw in the first.

“He looked rusty,” manager Joe Girardi said of Tanaka. “He looked like a guy who hadn’t pitched in 12 days.”