Rich Hill joined Cy Young and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers in history to strike out nine Yankees in a game after turning 41, and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated New York 9-1 Thursday to avoid sweep in the series of three comparisons.
Yandy Diaz hit a two-run single in the first inning off Jameson Taillon, Austin Meadows He doubled the lead with a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Randy Arozarena hit a three-run homer in the sixth, the first runs Michael King has allowed this season.
Hill (2-1), who became the oldest player in the majors This season after the Los Angeles Angels released Albert Pujols last week, he allowed three hits and walked three in six 2/3 innings of score.
New York announced before the match that shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having suffered from the disease before the start of the campaign.
The Venezuelan is one of eight members in the Yankees organization who have tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated, joining the pitching coach Matt Blake, third baseman Phil Nevin, first baseman Reggie Willits and four staff members who travel with the team.
Taillon (1-3) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, to leave its effectiveness at 5.40. He struck out nine and walked two.
For the Rays, the Cubans Arozarena 3-1 with three RBIs and two runs scored; Diaz 3-2 with two RBIs. The Dominican Manuel Margot 5-1 with a scored.
For the Yankees, the Dominicans Gary Sánchez 3-2; Miguel Andújar 4-0. Colombian Gio Urshela 4-1 with a run scored.