Reliever Danys Baez, who has come back from 2007 elbow-ligament-replacement surgery, had another impressive outing yesterday. He faced five Tampa Bay Rays and struck out four. The other hitter, Akinori Iwamura, grounded out. Baez has pitched 3 2/3 innings this season and has not allowed a base runner while striking out five. He missed all of last season.
An easy out
Tampa Bay's Gabe Kapler assumed that a hard-hit ball to deep third would be the third out of the fourth inning. So he ran from second to third and jogged toward home. Problem was Ben Zobrist beat out the single, keeping the inning alive. First baseman Aubrey Huff quickly threw home and Kapler was caught in a rundown, getting tagged out by shortstop Cesar Izturis to kill the threat in a 2-1 game.
Jeremy Guthrie makes his second start of the season at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Guthrie (1-0, 4.50) held the Yankees to three runs in six innings for the Opening Day win. He'll face the Rays' Jeff Niemann, the Rays' fifth starter who made his big league debut against the Orioles last year, allowing one run in six innings for the win. This will be Niemann's first outing of the season.