Before the game Joe Girardi said “you’d love to get five good innings” out of starter Jaime Garcia.
Such are the relatively modest expectations for any Yankees starter nowadays not named Luis Severino, Sonny Gray or Masahiro Tanaka.
The others? If Girardi has a full complement of relievers available, especially if that complement includes David Robertson and Chad Green, you could be pulled early, and likely will, at the first sign of trouble.
It happened to CC Sabathia Monday night with one out in the fifth inning and to Garcia Wednesday afternoon with two outs in the fifth.
Robertson doused Tampa’s hopes of a rally Monday and it was the strikeout machine Green doing so Wednesday in a taut 3-2 victory over the Rays in front of a matinee crowd of 13,159 at Citi Field.
The Yankees (79-66), wearing their road grays for the third and final game of a series held at Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, climbed within 3 ½ games of the AL East-leading Red Sox, who played Oakland Wednesday night.
Garcia was none too…
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