Rapid Reaction: Yankees 2, Cubs 0

April, 16, 2014
Apr 16
10:30
PM ET
NEW YORK -- Completing a great day for the youthful part of the New York Yankees' rotation, Michael Pineda threw six shutout innings in a win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

The Cubs have what can barely be considered a major league lineup, but it was still impressive to see the Yankees use a pair of hard-throwing 25-year-old starters to dominate a day-night doubleheader. Masahiro Tanaka allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings Wednesday afternoon's 3-0 win, and Pineda gave up four hits in his six innings in a 2-0 win Wednesday night.

Pineda and Tanaka have each been very good through three starts this season, combining for a 1.58 ERA and 43 strikeouts (with just five walks) in 40 innings. Pineda is 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA; Tanaka is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA.

The Yankees recorded two shutouts in a day for the first time since April 19, 1987.

Bullpen works: Because the Yankees got eight innings from Tanaka in the day game, manager Joe Girardi had a more-or-less full and rested bullpen Wednesday night.

Girardi pulled Pineda after 89 pitches. He used David Phelps for the next four outs, followed by Matt Thornton for the next two, and then Adam Warren for the final three.

Warren had some trouble throwing strikes but got credit for his second career save. He became the fourth Yankee with a save this season. The other three are David Robertson (currently on the DL), Shawn Kelley (the fill-in closer who got his fourth save Wednesday afternoon) and Phelps.

A clean start: After setting off a fan furor with his dirtied hands last Friday against the Boston Red Sox, Pineda seemed to pitch with clean hands against the Cubs. And they still couldn't score a run.

Poor Cubs: The Cubs have lost 10 of their first 14 games, and even before Wednesday they had already been shut out twice this season.

Active again, Part 1: Before Wednesday, Scott Sizemore had played in just two major league games since 2011 because of two knee injuries that both required surgery.

Sizemore equaled that total Wednesday, starting at third base in both games on his first day as a Yankee.

In the night game, Sizemore scored the first Yankees run and drove in the second. The Yankees gave Sizemore Robinson Cano's old number, 24, but he wore 42 Wednesday night, as the Yankees celebrated Jackie Robinson Day a day late (because of rain Tuesday).

Active again, Part 2: After missing three games, Derek Jeter was back in the Yankees lineup Wednesday night. Jeter also took part in the pregame ceremony, as the Yankees unveiled a Nelson Mandela plaque in Monument Park.

Player of the day: Carlos Beltran homered in the first game, then had hits in his first two at-bats off Travis Wood in the night game. Beltran was named the AL player of the week last week.

Ex-Cub of the day: Alfonso Soriano, traded from the Cubs to the Yankees last summer, had two hits against his old team. Soriano also amused himself and the crowd by catching a fly ball in foul territory, avoiding distraction from a Cubs fan. (Steve Bartman, anyone?)

What's next: The Yankees begin a seven-game AL East trip to Tampa Bay and Boston, with the first of a four-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. CC Sabathia faces David Price, the 10th time the two left-handed aces have met since the start of 2009. The Yankees lost eight of the first nine Sabathia-Price matchups. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146