Yanks pull Garcia after 1 inning; Happ surprised

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Marly RiveraESPN Writer


Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

SAN DIEGO — Veteran lefty J.A. Happ admitted that he was surprised with the strategy the New York Yankees employed in announcing that Deivi Garcia would be their American League Division Series Game 2 starter and then allowing the rookie to pitch only one inning Tuesday in the team’s 7-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The series is tied 1-1.

Garcia, who at 21 years old, 140 days became the youngest starter in pinstripe postseason history, threw 27 pitches (16 strikes) and allowed one hit, a solo shot by Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena, the second home run in as many games for the rookie.

Arozarena homered off Gerrit Cole in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS, marking the first home run of his postseason career. His five extra-base hits in the playoffs are the most by a Rays player since 2008.

After Garcia exited, the Yankees brought in Happ to pitch the second inning. The Rays put five lefties in a row at the top of their Game 2 lineup, with the right-hander Garcia starting.

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