Didi Gregorius hit two home runs, CC Sabathia pitched five and 2/3 scoreless innings, and the Yankees shut out the Nationals, 3-0, on Tuesday night in the first game of a two-game set against the Nationals at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Things to know about tonight's game
1) Gregorius' first homer came in the second inning and his second came in the sixth. Gregorius' first homer of the night was the first time he had homered since May 23. He has tallied three multi-hit games this season.
2) Sabathia, who has struggled with the long ball as of late, allowed no runs on four hits in five and 2/3 innings. He walked three batteres and struck out three while improving to 4-1 on the season.
3) While Gregorius was responsible for two of the Yankees' three runs, Austin Romine added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second for the Yankees' second run of the game.
4) Chad Green, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman combined to keep the Nationals off the board a
The Yankees are going to need more of the same of what they received from Sabathia tonight as they try to navigate the next several weeks without Masahiro Tanaka.
The Yankees have already relied on rookie Domingo German to provide innings in Jordan Montgomery's absence, and will now turn to a 23-year-old Double-A pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga Thursday when Tanaka's turn in the rotation comes up. With two completely unpolished rookies making up 40 percent of the rotation, the veteran arms become that much more important.
Sabathia struggled at times tonight with his control, but he was able to squeak out of the jams he created. For the second straight start Sabathia demonstrated that he remains a key component to the club and that when he falls into a short skid it doesn't mean he's a step away from retirement.
Highlights from Sunday's game
Sure feels good to be home. pic.twitter.com/7oblrPfDdU- New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 13, 2018
CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.59 ERA) and the Yankees host Tanner Roark (3-6, 3.56 ERA) and the Washington Nationals for a two-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.