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Tanaka KO’d again in Yankees loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi had some strong words about plate umpire Scott Barry after ejections and beanballs overshadowed another poor outing by New York ace Masahiro Tanaka.

Corey Dickerson homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-high fourth in a row, beating the Yankees 9-5 Saturday in a game that included three hit batters, three ejections and one animated argument.

Yankees rookie Aaron Judge hit his 15th home run, the most in the majors. He also doubled and has a career-best eight-game hitting streak.

Girardi used his hands to cover the plate with dirt after being tossed by Barry in the fifth inning. That came right after pitching coach Larry Rothschild was ejected by Barry during a mound visit.

“Just upset,” Girardi said. “If I’m going to get tossed for asking about one of my coaches, I might as well get my money’s worth.”

Girardi also took issue with Barry for not cleaning the plate with his brush afterward.

“I’m not very appreciative of that, as well,” Girardi said. “I thought he stared down some of our hitters today, too, for longer than he needed to when they questioned some calls.”

Umpire crew chief Paul Emmel said Rothschild and Girardi were both ejected for arguing pitches.

“When Scott went out there to break Rothschild, he argued pitches,” Emmel said. “Same with Joe, he argued pitches. You cannot argue pitches.”

Rays starter Matt Andriese hit Matt Holliday after giving up a home run to Gary Sanchez in the fifth. In the bottom half, Yankees reliever Tommy Layne plunked Dickerson, who had hit two home runs off Tanaka.

Andriese (4-1) hit Aaron Judge with a pitch leading off the sixth and was thrown out. The 2.04-meter Judge dropped his bat and calmly went to first base after being struck.

“I know that Tommy’s pitching and a sinker got away and got Dickerson,” said Judge, who was hit in the ribs. “It’s baseball. It’s going to happen. They’re going to hit guys, and I was one that got hit. It’s part of it.”

Emmel said Andriese “was ejected for intentionally throwing at the hitter.”

Andriese said there was no intent.

“[Barry] felt it was time for Matt to go, and that’s the decision you live with,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Tanaka (5-3) struggled for the second consecutive start, allowing six runs and nine hits, including three homers, in three-plus innings. The Yankees ace gave up a career-high eight runs and career high-tying four homers over 1⅔ innings in a 10-7 loss last Sunday to Houston.

Both Girardi and Rothschild said Tanaka is fine physically.

Dickerson hit a leadoff homer in the first and a three-run drive in the fourth. Longoria also homered for the Rays and Logan Morrison had a two-run single during a three-run fifth that made it 9-4.

After Morrison’s single, Rothschild went to the mound and was tossed.

“I just said I thought he missed a couple pitches, and that was it,” Rothschild said. “I didn’t raise my voice, I didn’t swear.”


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