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Bronx,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Masahiro Tanaka allowed only two bunt singles 
over  eight strong  innings as the New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs, 
3-0, in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. 

Tanaka  (2-0) struck out  10 and walked just one to win for the second time in 
three  starts this  season. The rookie right-hander from Japan lowered his ERA 
from  3.21  to 2.05  after posting  a 24-0 record  and 1.27  ERA in his native 
country last season. 

He  had  set down 15 in  a row before  Anthony Rizzo's bunt single against the 
infield  shift to begin the seventh inning ended that streak. Tanaka responded 
by  retiring the  final six batters he  faced -- striking out three of them -- 
before being lifted for reliever Shawn Kelley to start the ninth. 

Carlos  Beltran  homered and Jacoby Ellsbury  went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the 
Yankees,  who have  won three straight. Dean Anna, starting at shortstop for a 
resting  Derek Jeter, drove  in the other run for New York, which has won four 
of  five  overall and improved to  5-3 on its current nine-game homestand that 
ends with tonight's nightcap. 

Rizzo finished with two hits and Junior Lake had the other bunt single for the 
Cubs, who have lost three in a row. 

Jason  Hammel  (2-1) suffered the  tough-luck loss, surrendering three runs on 
five  hits in  seven innings. He struck  out five and walked three in dropping 
his first decision of the season. 

Beltran's  solo homer in the first started the scoring. New York added another 
run  in the  fourth  when Brian  McCann  scored on  Anna's  sacrifice fly  and 
scored  again in the  fifth, when Brett Gardner doubled and later came home on 
Ellsbury's groundout to the pitcher. 

Ellsbury's  swing  was interfered with by  catcher John Baker during the play, 
but the Yankees had the option of taking the play as it played out or awarding 
Ellsbury  first  base with  Gardner remaining  at third.  New York manager Joe 
Girardi opted for the run. 

Kelley worked a one-hit ninth for his fourth save of the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

This  is the  first doubleheader of the  season for both teams ... Beltran has 
four HRs and nine RBI this season ... Tanaka has 28 strikeouts in three starts 
this  season ... This  doubleheader was forced due to a rainout on Tuesday ... 
The  second game of the doubleheader will see both teams wear the number 42 in 
honor of Jackie Robinson. 

 

Bronx,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  - This  time,  there was  no controversy  over 
Michael Pineda's latest impressive start. 

The  New  York Yankees  hurler fired  six scoreless innings  to help the Bronx 
Bombers  complete a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 
victory in Wednesday's nightcap. 

Five  days  after drawing plenty of  attention -- for both his performance and 
for  an apparent  foreign  substance on  his  right hand  that  was caught  by 
television  cameras --  when tossing six innings of one-run ball to defeat the 
Boston Red Sox, Pineda (2-1) held a punchless Chicago offense to four hits and 
a  walk. It was his third straight strong outing since returning to the majors 
following a two-year absence caused by shoulder problems. 

"Really, really good command of his pitches," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi 
of  Pineda.  "Wasn't the best conditions  to pitch in,  but I thought he did a 
really good job." 

The  shutout was  the second of the  day for the Yankees' staff, with Masahiro 
Tanaka  yielding just  two singles  and fanning  10 over  eight frames  in New 
York's 3-0 triumph in the opener. 

The  Yankees last blanked  an opponent in both games of a doubleheader on Apr. 
9, 1987, doing so against Kansas City. 

Scott Sizemore paced the offense in New York's fourth straight win by going 2- 
for-3  with an  RBI single that scored Alfonso Soriano, who also finished with 
two hits. 

The Cubs, losers of four in a row and shut out in a doubleheader for the first 
time  in  52 years, received  a pair of hits  from Starlin Castro. Travis Wood 
(0-2)  limited  New York  to two  runs despite  permitting 11  hits over 5 2/3 
innings. 

"They  found  some holes tonight  to put up their  two runs," Wood said. "Felt 
like  I made some good pitches, just too many pitches too early. I wasn't able 
to go deep enough in the ball game." 

Pineda  began the  contest by retiring 11  of the first 13 Chicago hitters and 
didn't  encounter  any real  trouble until  the fifth  inning, when singles by 
Castro  and Luis Valbuena  and a sac bunt put two in scoring position with one 
out and New York clinging to a 1-0 lead. 

The  right-hander  got of  the jam,  however, by striking  out Ryan Kalish and 
getting Darwin Barney to fly out harmlessly to center. 

Anthony  Rizzo tripled  with two  out in  the top  of the  sixth but  was left 
stranded  with Chicago  now trailing by two, as Sizemore plated Soriano with a 
two-out single to left during the Yankees' half of the fifth. 

With  David Phelps having taken over for Pineda, the Cubs threatened once more 
in the seventh but again couldn't come up with the big hit. Castro led off the 
inning  with a single  and Valbuena drew a walk before the Yankee reliever set 
down the next three batters. 

Chicago  did put  the tying  run in  scoring position  in the  ninth, as  Nate 
Schierholtz  came  through with  a leadoff  single off  Matt Thornton and Adam 
Warren walked Valbuena with one out. Warren then threw a wild pitch to advance 
both  after  inducing a  pop up out  of Welington Castillo,  but got Kalish to 
ground out to close out the victory. 

Wood  worked  out of trouble  on several occasions  early on, with the Yankees 
stranding five men through three innings of play, but was touched for a run in 
the  fourth. Sizemore singled, took second on a two-out hit by J.R. Murphy and 
scored the game's initial run on Brett Gardner's sharp single to right. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Yankees  left 12  on base for  the game  ... The last  time the Cubs were 
blanked in both ends of a doubleheader was Apr. 29, 1962 against the Giants in 
San  Francisco ... After going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the 
opener,  Chicago was hitless  in nine at-bats in such situations in Game 2 ... 
Yankees  shortstop Derek Jeter returned to action after missing three straight 
games  with quadriceps tightness, finishing 1-for-5 ... Zac Rosscup, called up 
by  the Cubs to  serve as the 26th man for the twinbill, threw 1 2/3 scoreless 
innings. 

 
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