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Preview: Yankees at Rays

Erik Bedard makes his debut in the Tampa Bay rotation as the Rays look to end a pair of streaks when they host the New York Yankees on Friday. The Yankees rolled to a 10-2 win in the opener of the four-game series Thursday, securing their fifth straight victory while sending Tampa Bay to its fourth consecutive defeat. New York pounded out 16 hits - nine for extra bases - in its best offensive effort of the season.

Preview: Angels at Tigers

The Detroit Tigers broke out of their offensive funk their last time out and would like nothing more than to end their struggles in another area – beating the Los Angeles Angels. The Tigers, who host Los Angeles for the first of three games on Friday, halted a stretch in which they scored nine runs over the previous four games with Thursday’s 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four as Detroit won for only the third time in eight tries.

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3B Scott Sizemore also joined the Yankees after hitting .344 with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes Barre and .316 in 11 exhibition games. He spent most of last season recovering from a left ACL injury but could see some time at first base, at least while 1B Mark Teixeira remains on the DL. In terms of how close he is to recovering from that injury, Sizemore said, "I would say I'm not quite there yet, but I'm 95 percent."

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3B Scott Sizemore also joined the Yankees after hitting .344 with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes Barre and .316 in 11 exhibition games. He spent most of last season recovering from a left ACL injury but could see some time at first base, at least while 1B Mark Teixeira remains on the DL. In terms of how close he is to recovering from that injury, Sizemore said, "I would say I'm not quite there yet, but I'm 95 percent."

Baseball: Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees win over Cubs

Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka delivered a dazzling 10 strikeouts and allowed just two bunt singles Wednesday in the New York Yankees' 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Tanaka, unfazed by unseasonably chilly weather at Yankee Stadium -- where snow fell overnight -- walked just one for the second time in three starts this season. He lowered his earned-run-average from 3.21 to 2.05, drawing praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his smooth transition to America's major leagues.

Baseball: Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees win over Cubs

Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka delivered a dazzling 10 strikeouts and allowed just two bunt singles Wednesday in the New York Yankees' 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Tanaka, unfazed by unseasonably chilly weather at Yankee Stadium -- where snow fell overnight -- walked just one for the second time in three starts this season. He lowered his earned-run-average from 3.21 to 2.05, drawing praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his smooth transition to America's major leagues.

Preview: Cubs at Yankees (2nd)

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is thriving amid the hoopla surrounding the start of his major league career but faces a different challenge - a start pushed back because of a rainout - when the Yankees host the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Two of the most storied franchises in baseball get together for a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium after Tuesday's game was postponed as the Japanese superstar tries to record a third quality start in three outings. "He's adjusted really well so far, for me," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters.

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INF Scott Sizemore had his contract purchased from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, and he will be available Wednesday, when the Yankees host the Cubs in a day-night doubleheader. Sizemore, whom the Yankees signed as a minor league free agent in January, is expected to serve as a backup at multiple infield positions. He is a career .238 hitter in 160 big league games but has made just two appearances in the majors since 2011 because of two knee injuries. He was hitting .344 in 10 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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RHP Jenrry Mejia was removed after giving up two hits in five shutout innings when a blister tore open on the top of his right middle finger. "He's got one hell of a blister," manager Terry Collins said. "Tore it up completely. Ripped open. I would say there is a concern." Mejia retired the first nine batters before issuing a walk to Arizona leadoff hitter RF Gerardo Parra in the fourth inning.

Preview: Cubs at Yankees

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is thriving amid the hoopla surrounding the start of his major league career and faces another high-profile outing when the Yankees host the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday to start a two-game series. Tanaka takes center stage as two of the most storied franchises in baseball get together at Yankee Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day across Major League Baseball as the Japanese superstar tries to record a third quality start in three outings. "He's adjusted really well so far, for me," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters.
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