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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (AP) — Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings, Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez homered, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night. About two hours before the start, it was announced that Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin is away from the team after a positive COVID-19 test. The Yankees beat Tampa Bay for just the second time in seven games this season. The AL champion Rays had won 18 of the last 23 meetings, including a five-game victory in last year’s Division Series. New York slugger Luke Voit went 0 for 3 in his first game this season. The major league home run leader last year with 22, he was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after having knee surgery on March 29. Voit was hit by a pitch around the right wrist in the fourth inning and had a flyout to the right-field wall in the seventh. Montgomery (2-1) gave up one run, two hits, walked one and tied a career high with nine strikeouts. After Jonathan Loaisiga worked two innings, Aroldis Chapman got three outs to get his eighth save and complete a three-hitter. Chapman had an eventful ninth, including a visit by a trainer. Austin Meadows reached on shortstop Gleyber Torres’ error, but Sánchez later threw out the Rays DH attempting to advance to second. The lefty also walked one and struck out one. Judge started in right field after being rested Sunday and hit a first-pitch, first-inning solo homer off Luis Patiño (1-1). Judge, who entered with two hits in his previous 24 at-bats, has been dealing with what manager Aaron Boone is calling “lower leg stuff.” Sánchez made it 3-1 with his shot in the seventh off Josh Fleming. It was his second homer in three games after a career-high tying 18-game homerless streak. Mike Zunino connected on a 472-foot solo drive in the third for the Rays. It was the fourth longest homer in MLB this season, behind Yermin Mercedes (485 feet), Ronald Acuña Jr. (481 feet) and Marcell Ozuna (479 feet). Patiño allowed two runs and three hits in four innings. MOVING DAY The Rays designated INF-OF Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment. The former Japanese star hit just .167 with five RBIs this season. TRAINER’S ROOM Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks was a late scratch with a bruised right shin. He fouled a pitch off it in the eighth inning Sunday against Washington. … 3B Gio Urshela (sore left knee) returned to the lineup and singled in four at-bats. Rays: GM Erik Neander said CF Kevin Kiermaier, who sprained his left wrist sliding into second base Saturday, has no broken bones or ligament damage. … 1B Ji-Man Choi (arthroscopic right knee ) could be back in the next couple days. UP NEXT Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.61 ERA) will start Wednesday night’s game. The Rays have not announced their starter. Cole is 3-0 in four postseason starts against Tampa Bay but is 0-4 over eight regular-season appearances. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Mark Didtler, The Associated Press
A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday: ___ PADRES DEPLETED Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.27 ERA) and Blake Snell (1-0, 4.15) are slated to start for San Diego at Colorado in a single-admission doubleheader to make up Monday night’s postponement at Coors Field. Both games are scheduled for seven innings. The Padres will be without Fernando Tatis Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19 and was one of three players the team added to the injured list Tuesday due to health and safety protocols. The others were utilitymen Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo. San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said he learned of Tatis’ positive test in a phone call late Monday night, but the star shortstop was symptom-free at the moment. “Naturally, you’re punched in the stomach a little bit,” Tingler said. “He’s feeling well. I mean he is crushed, he’s crushed inside, mentally, things like that.” Tatis spent time on the injured list last month with inflammation in his left shoulder. He leads the Padres with nine homers and 23 runs. Snell is trying to bounce back from walking six in 4 2/3 innings against San Francisco. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t lasted more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his seven starts for the Padres since being acquired from Tampa Bay. He’s struggled with his control, too, walking 21 in 30 1/3 innings. BATMAN RETURNS Former Mets ace Matt Harvey will face New York for the first time since unceremoniously splitting with the team in a 2018 trade to Cincinnati. Harvey, now with the Orioles, returned to Citi Field with the Reds later that season but did not pitch. “Harvey Day” was once appointment viewing in Queens, with fans wearing Batman attire to support the right-hander known as the Dark Knight. Injuries and various malfeasance — including a day in 2017 when Harvey failed to show up for a game — brought a rapid end to his prime. After struggling through stints with Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City, the 32-year-old has added a sinker and found success with Baltimore, going 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA in seven starts. “I think he’s appreciative of the opportunity and he’s running with it,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I know he’s in a good place right now.” VIRUS CONCERNS Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.61 ERA) pitches for the Yankees at rival Tampa Bay, but it's uncertain which staff members will be available for New York. Third base coach Phil Nevin was away from the team Tuesday after a positive coronavirus test, and several other coaches were expected to miss the game due to contact tracing. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the contact tracing did not include any players. Nevin, who is fully vaccinated, was under quarantine protocol in Tampa, Florida. “He’s doing OK,” Boone said. Bench coach Carlos Mendoza replaced Nevin as third base coach, and minor league coordinator Mario Garza filled in as first base coach for Reggie Willits. Pitching coach Matt Blake was not visible in the bullpen area when starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery warmed up before Tuesday’s game. “We have a few other staff, coaches that are still pending and we don’t have confirmation on,” Boone said before the game. “There’s a few people that we sent home just as a precaution to make sure. We’re doing all we can to stay healthy. A little bit of a skeleton staff but nothing we can’t handle.” The Yankees on April 30 were able to relax MLB protocols after reaching an 85% vaccination rate among players and staff such as managers, coaches and athletic trainers. “We’ll have to definitely evaluate and make sure we’re doing everything we possibly can to prevent things from happening,” Boone said. ROCKET’S GREEN GLARE Juan Soto, J.D. Martinez and Freddie Freeman might not be the only ones blasting objects into orbit. NASA plans another attempt to launch its Black Brant XII sounding rocket on Wednesday shortly after 8 p.m. EDT. The rocket will create green and violet clouds that might be visible for a short period along the East Coast and beyond. Games are scheduled to be in progress at Atlanta, Washington and Boston at the time — so if players and fans suddenly start looking up into the night sky, no, they’re not really in outer space. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Neither Serena Williams nor Rafael Nadal would commit to competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Raffl scored from a tight angle with 1.8 seconds remaining and the Washington Capitals beat the short-handed Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night in the teams' regular season finale. Carl Hagelin also scored and Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 shots for Washington in a game between teams who will meet in the first round of the playoffs. The Capitals also welcomed right wing Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom back from lower-body injuries. Curtis Lazar scored for the Bruins, who played largely a reserve squad. That included nine players that entered Tuesday with fewer than 10 games this year and only six with 40 or more. Jeremy Swayman made 30 saves for the Bruins. Lazar opened the scoring midway through the second period when he snuck in front of the crease behind defender Tom Wilson and guided in Jarred Tinordi's cross-ice pass. Hagelin tied it with 3:45 left to go in the period, putting in a loose puck from in close after Swayman stopped Zdeno Chara's initial shot. It remained that way until Raffl collected a loose puck inside the final seconds in the Bruins' end. From just feet from the goal line left of the goal, he lifted a shot above Swayman's right shoulder and into the roof of the net. INJURIES Bruins RW Ondrej Kase (upper body) remained out after leaving early in Monday's game against the New York Islanders, his first since January after dealing with a concussion. RW Charlie Coyle (upper body) missed his fourth game. Ovechkin's return marked his first extended playing time since April 22. Capitals RW T.J. Oshie (lower body) and D John Carlson (lower body) remained out. THE FOURTH LINE EVERYDAY The Capitals fourth line of Hagelin, Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway all played their 56th game on Thursday, representing three of Washington's four players to appear in every game this season. The unit combined for 23 goals and 48 points. UP NEXT The Bruins and Capitals begin their playoff series on Saturday night in Washington. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Ian Nicholas Quillen, The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — San Diego star Fernando Tatis Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list Tuesday, along with two teammates. Padres manager Jayce Tingler said he learned of Tatis’ positive test in a phone call late Monday night. Tingler said the 22-year-old shortstop was symptom-free at the moment, and there is no exact timetable for his return. “Naturally, you’re punched in the stomach a little bit,” Tingler said before a game at Colorado. “You first of all want to make sure, certainly for Tatis in this situation, is he feeling OK? And it was good to kind of see him over Facetime, and he’s feeling well. I mean he is crushed, he’s crushed inside, mentally, things like that. “At the same time, for our guys here, we have a chance to pick him up. We’ve got a chance to pick it up up a little bit. We’re coming off a fairly decent offensive game. Look, it’s a blow, but we’ve got the guys. It’s not going to be one guy having to carry a lot of things. It’s going to be a lot of guys chipping in and contributing," he said. Infielder-outfielders Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo were put on the injured list for contact tracing protocols. Tatis spent time on the injured list last month with inflammation in his left shoulder. He leads the Padres with nine homers and 23 runs. Tatis has flourished on the road this season, hitting .385 with six homers and 10 RBIS. His 1.302 OPS on the road is the second-best mark in the majors of any player with at least 40 plate appearances, trailing only Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (1.364). “It is what it is,” outfielder Wil Myers said. “We’re in a situation where things are going on right now but we’ll just adapt and keep going. We’ve got three new guys in here today and we’re ready for the game today.” Profar has reached base safely in eight of his last 10 games. He is hitting .234 this season with one homer. Mateo was called upon as a pinch hitter in the ninth Sunday in San Francisco. He had an RBI double in San Diego's 11-1 win. He's hitting .400 over his last six games. San Diego recalled infielder/outfielder Tucupita Marcano and right-hander Nabil Crismatt from Triple-A El Paso and selected the contract of outfielder John Andreoli to the 40-man roster. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with each of his first two major league hits, JT Brubaker pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-2 on Tuesday night. Two days after making his debut, Stokes hit an RBI single in the fourth inning. The right fielder also doubled in a run in the eighth. Brubaker (3-2) allowed one run on five hits to win for the first time in four starts. He had four strikeouts and one walk. The Pirates had lost eight straight games to the Reds, including all four this season by a combined score of 44-9. Pittsburgh has won three of its past 12 overall. NL batting leader Jesse Winker homered and doubled twice for Cincinnati to raise his average to .374. His solo shot in the third inning off Brubaker tied the score at 1-all. Jeff Hoffman (2-3) lasted four innings, giving up three runs and four hits while striking out four and walking two. Hoffman is winless in his last four starts and fell to 0-3 in three career starts against Pittsburgh. The Pirates’ Adam Frazier had two hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth off Sean Doolittle. Frazier has a 12-game hitting streak, matching a career best. The Pirates moved in front 3-1 with a two-run fourth inning. Kevin Newman knocked in a run with a triple to the left-center field wall and scored on Stokes’ single to left. Phillip Evans hit a run-scoring double in the fifth. Winker’s second double of the game in the eighth scored Nick Senzel, who also had three hits, and got the Reds within 4-2. Stokes got the run back in the bottom of the inning by pulling a double down the left-field line. GARRETT BAN BEGINS Reds left-handed reliever Amir Garrett began serving a five-game suspension. Garrett was originally suspended for seven games by Major League Baseball for his role in a benches-clearing incident May 1 against the Chicago Cubs. The ban was reduced to five games Tuesday following an agreement between MLB and the players' union. “We’re going to miss him,” manager David Bell said. “No use really dwelling on it at this point. We’ll try to keep him working.” Garrett can take part in pregame workouts but must be out of uniform when games begin. TRAINER’S ROOM Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco was activated from the injured list after missing a week following a violation of MLB’s health and safety protocols. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. ... RHP Kyle Crick was placed on the 10-day IL with a right triceps strain. ... LHP Chasen Shreve was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis and OF/INF Hunter Owen was designated for assignment. UP NEXT The three-game series concludes Wednesday with Reds RHP Sonny Gray (0-2, 3.92 ERA) looking for his first win of the season. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox in his last start. The Pirates will go with RHP Trevor Cahill (1-4, 6.75). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Perrotto, The Associated Press