Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 20th
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (20-19) at New York Yankees (21-19), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.89)
NY Yankees - CC Sabathia (5-1, 3.77)
(Sports Network) - After suffering his first loss of the season, CC Sabathia
aims to continue his success in interleague play as the powerful left-hander
takes the mound this afternoon for the New York Yankees in the conclusion of a
three-game series vs. Cincinnati.
Sabathia, who was dealt a loss at Baltimore on Tuesday, is 20-7 with a 3.42
ERA in 41 career interleague starts, owning the most such wins on the Yankees
staff. He has won six of his last seven interleague starts since 2010, going
6-1 over the stretch. Additionally, he's 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 11 career
games against the Reds.
Also coming off his first defeat of the year, Johnny Cueto gets the ball for
Cincinnati. The righty, who gave up five earned runs in a 6-2 loss at Atlanta
Tuesday, has faced the Yankees twice, going 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA.
The Reds struck out 12 times against Ivan Nova on Saturday afternoon, but
still beat the Yankees 6-5 behind a three-run homer by Joey Votto and 6 1/3
good innings from Homer Bailey.
The Yankees scored twice in the ninth inning and had men at second and third
base when Curtis Granderson grounded out to end the game.
"We just didn't get the last hit that we needed to put them away," said New
York manager Joe Girardi. "It was good that we came back but frustrating that
we didn't win."
Bailey (2-3) snapped a five-start winless streak, striking out seven while
giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk.
Votto's three-run homer in the fifth inning broke a 2-2 tie. Mike Costanzo got
his first major league hit, a single in the sixth, and had a sacrifice fly in
the eighth for what ended up being the game-winning RBI.
"Like I tell the guys all the time, you never know which run you score is
going to be the winner," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.
The Yankees are facing the Reds in interleague play for the second straight
season and fourth time overall. New York won two of three games last year in a
series at Great American Ball Park.
The Yankees have recorded a winning record in interleague play in each of the
last 12 seasons (since 2000), and lost just one season series vs. the NL in
the 15 seasons of interleague play (5-10 in 1997).
05/20 10:40:29 ET